Login  /  Register  | 3 premium articles left before you must register.

Osprey nests in need of repairs

Steven Dorfman Waterford

Publication: The Day

Published 02/03/2013 12:00 AM
Updated 02/01/2013 03:54 PM

The osprey platform nest near the middle of the Ocean Beach parking lot has survived practically unscathed from the ravages of the three major storms that pummeled our region over the last year.

Many other nearby nests were not so fortunate. Their platforms are now in a precarious state. Some have collapsed. Others have much of their wood ripped away, leaving the nests tottering.

It is no coincidence that the platform nest at Ocean Beach is intact. The platform has the size and bulk to support the nest, which can weigh 200 pounds. Other nests are on slim wooden poles but this one sits on a steel lattice attached to a solid concrete base and has withstood hurricanes and flooding.

A preliminary examination of the structure shows several spider cracks in the base, requiring eventual but not imminent repair.

Editor's note: The writer is a member of Protect Alewife Cove.

Town News

Visit Zip06
Submit Your:  Submit Your News Submit Your Photos Submit Your Events
Most Recent Poll
The White House photo of Obama shooting skeet is trending. What's the big deal?
After the president answered 'yes' when asked if he had ever fired a gun, the White House had to provide proof.
The timing feels uncomfortable. In two days, Obama plans to take his gun-control proposals on the road.
I bet that's the first time he ever picked up a gun.
I think the photo has been Photoshopped.
I'd say not very deft politics.
I bet Obama is an expert marksman.
Number of votes: 865

No current items found

No current items found

The Day on Facebook

In the past two weeks our Facebook fans have won tickets to the CT Tigers, Newport Winefest and Mystic Seaport. Become a fan of The Day on Facebook for access to these contests, breaking news, TheDay.com's best features and more!