I have already left a message at Steve Costello's (of CVPS) office, since he has worked with Osprey platforms, even though CVPS does not cover that area. I just called Green Mountain Power after the Shelburne Clerk told me their provider, and spoke to a customer service rep who was interested and was going to forward the info to someone else, and I left my number. Not sure what else I can do at this time. It is really wonderful and frightening to see at the same time. Its wings were easily within reach of wires on the two sides.
Not sure what else I can do at this time.
From: Jane Stein <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Tue, 5 May 2009 12:27 pm
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] New Osprey Nest, Shelburne
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