PSEG crew relocates 20-pound osprey nest in Bayville

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BAYVILLE -

PSEG linemen on Thursday cautiously and carefully moved a 20-pound osprey nest that had been built on top of high-voltage wires.

Jim Jones, who serves on the environmental committee for the village of Bayville and is a wildlife volunteer, says PSEG was right to move the nest to a safer location, close to where it was built, instead of taking it down entirely.

In this case, the electrical pole was extended and a nest platform was bolted on. PSEG says it's necessary to remove the nest from the wires because it can jeopardize electrical service.

Last year, several Long Island communities were outraged after PSEG linemen removed a number of nests, leaving ospreys homeless.

Ospreys can end up with nests 10 to 13 feet deep and 3 to 6 feet in diameter -- big enough to allow a human to sit down.

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