As far as members of the Grand National Waterfowl Hunt Club are concerned, life really does imitate art.

The club has planned to erect an $80,000 bronze sculpture "Geese in Flight" atop a 15-foot obelisk on the banks of the Chop-tank River in Cambridge, Md.But a pair of osprey got there first. For several days, the pair has been arranging branches, twigs and weeds on the pedestal.

"If they decide to nest up there, I don't know what will happen," said John W. Tieder Jr., a project organizer.