Rain, electricity lead to demise of osprey nest

Wildlife News

A little rain, contact with two wires and a 25,000 volt jolt spelled disaster for the osprey nest at the top of a utility pole next to All-West Glass on Legion Drive in Quesnel.

“Very sad,” owner of All-West Glass Jeff Marshall said of his first reaction to the news.

“People referred to them as the ‘All-West ospreys’,” Marshall said.

It was 2:30 a.m. Sunday morning when Gerald Fricker a line technician with BC Hydro received a call about a, “pretty big blast.”

What Fricker saw when he arrived on site was not promising.

“The whole nest was on fire,” he said.

From there the fate of the nest and its occupants went down hill.

The toughest part about Sunday morning’s fire is the loss of two young osprey.

“They [BC Hydro crew] found two dead birds,” Fricker said.

“I was hoping there would have been a better outcome,” Marshall said.

“They’re such beautiful birds.”

Read more: www.bclocalnews.com/bc_cariboo/quesnelobserver/news/98072009.html

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