Not having seen the pole in question, yes, there is considerable
risk of electrocution and a consequent power outage. The
osprey's wingspan is long enough to accidentally reach wires on
either side of a common utility pole and zap. It happens a lot.
If you can find out the power company that serves the area, you
would be doing them (and the birds) a favor to alert them. It's
not an easy problem to solve since the birds can be incredibly
persistent about rebuilding a nest once they've started, but it's
certainly in the power company's interest to at least try to
Jane Schlossberg wrote:
> For a lark, I chose to take the back route to Horsford's
> nursery (at about 10:30 am, and 1 1/5 miles down Bostwick
> Road, on the left, on a utility pole with a yellow band, an
> osprey began building a nest. I believe I saw it gather the
> first grasses from the field, as it attempted to place it on
> the wooden cross beams, these fell, and soon it flew off to
> collect more. It then began gathering sticks, laying them down
> them carefully.
> I wonder if there is any risk of electrocution? I do not know
> if this will be successful or not, it was right on the
> Jane S.
> Saint George, VT