July 11, 2013

Osprey chicks knocked out of Freeport nest recovering

The Associated Press

FREEPORT — Three osprey chicks knocked out of their nest at a Freeport park during a severe thunderstorm last week are being cared for by their parents and appear to be doing well.

Wolfe's Neck State Park Manager Andrew Hutchinson said Wednesday the 5-week-old chicks were knocked 50 feet to the ground by the July 5 storm.

He tells the Sun Journal one chick was found the next day.

The others were not found until Sunday.

Park staff built a platform on top of the tree and an arborist secured it. The chicks were placed on the platform.

Park staffer Pete Elkins says birds sometimes reject chicks handled by humans. But on Wednesday, the parent ospreys were rebuilding their nest on the platform and feeding their chicks.

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