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Thread subject: Ospreys disrupt Public Radio
Name Date Message
Melanie 03/30/10 04:04 pm LINK
Mickey 03/30/10 04:36 pm someone should let them know its illegal to remove that nest now Mel *hint*
Melanie 03/30/10 05:00 pm No eggs yet so it's not active, therefore it's fair game. First egg to last fledge is verboten. Anything before and after is legal.
Mickey 03/30/10 05:08 pm rot roh
Anne UK1 03/30/10 05:09 pm Great story - I love the picture with that osprey sitting there not a care in the world totally oblivious to the chaos he's causing :)

I don't think they're talking about interfering with the nest though - or am I reading it wrong?
Melanie 03/30/10 05:13 pm I think they are looking at doing something to make it difficult for them to perch in that critical area.

Even so, since eggs have not been laid (in spite of the claim that it's being caused by "The birds and their young are beginning to practice flight from the antenna that connects to Public Radio Delmarva's signal" they can still legally go up there and do whatever they choose to the nest.

I'm not aware of any bird (other than owls or bald eagles) who have young hatched at this point, let alone fledging.
Anne UK1 03/30/10 05:16 pm Yes, the article was a bit confusing. I'm guessing they're talking about what happens every year when the young do fledge, rather than what's happening right now.

Fingers crossed putting this rod in sorts out the transmission problem and everyone can carry on as normal. It looks like a well established nest.
cathy 03/30/10 07:17 pm The first osprey I noticed and what got me started on the osprey odyssey was a nest near my office on the top of a power tower. A few years after I first started watching it, the power company got a crane and lifted the nest off the tower (it was reported to weigh over 200 lbs) and moved it to a platform about a mile away from the power tower, right next to the river. I wasn't too happy about this since it was no longer visible from my office. Then they put some anti-osprey-nest structure on top of the tower. Ospreys occupied the platform since then (Marie and I visited it), but the size of the nest diminished. I guess with human built platforms, they don't need to build their own stick platform.
Celeste 03/31/10 06:39 am At first I thought the article was from last season..so I also was confused. It'll be interesting to see what they will do, since as you mentioned Mel, there are no eggs at this point.
Anne UK1 03/31/10 08:32 am Well I'm hoping this means they don't need to do anything with the nest:-

"The plan is to attach a rod from the top of the transmitter link to the end of the antenna leading to the dish, which should end the signal failure.

"We don't want to harm the birds, but we want to prevent them from perching on the rod," Weston said."

Fingers crossed it does the trick.

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