A pair of breeding ospreys nesting on the Virginia Institute of Marine Science water tower received names Tuesday: `Coleman' and `Bridgette.'
The ospreys are having their lives documented in a live feed found here: http://bit.ly/iiLdMy. VIMS offered a contest to name the birds and it was won by Gwen Gorham of Covington in the far western part of Virginia, said VIMS spokesman David Malmquist.
Gorham said the names "seemed appropriate given the nest's proximity to the Coleman Bridge."
Other suggested names included the historical -- 'John Smith' and 'Pocahontas' -- the scientific -- 'Pan' and 'Hailie' -- and even pop culture -- `Elvis' and `Gaga.'
Gorham said her family has spent summers on Chesapeake Bay for more than 40 years. Activities include sailing small boats, camping, crabbing, fishing and birding. Watching the bird life, particularly the ospreys, is "our year-round pleasure," she said. "One pair always nests on the swinging bridge to Gwynn's Island...truly a mobile home."Copyright © 2015, Los Angeles Times