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Osprey Nest Saved in Brick, With Some Help From JCP&L

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A JCP&L crew relocates an osprey nest that was build amidst electrical equipment. (Photo: Judy Tunis)
A JCP&L crew relocates an osprey nest that was build amidst electrical equipment. (Photo: Judy Tunis)

A family of osprey will have a safer place to live thanks to an effort by Jersey Central Power and Light company this week.

The electrical utility crew worked carefully to lift an osprey nest off a utility pole in the Sailor’s Quay development in Brick, then placed the nest back in place on a wooden platform located away from the potentially dangerous wires. The platform was added to the top of the utility pole so the birds could continue to access their home in a safe way.

A JCP&L crew relocates an osprey nest that was build amidst electrical equipment. (Photo: Judy Tunis)
A JCP&L crew relocates an osprey nest that was build amidst electrical equipment. (Photo: Judy Tunis)
A JCP&L crew relocates an osprey nest that was build amidst electrical equipment. (Photo: Judy Tunis)
A JCP&L crew relocates an osprey nest that was build amidst electrical equipment. (Photo: Judy Tunis)

“Now we wait for a successful hatch and fledge,” said Judy Tunis, a resident who shared photos of the transfer with Shorebeat.

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As New Jersey’s osprey population – once decimated and in danger of collapsing altogether – has grown and thrived in recent years, the seabirds of prey have been finding new locations for their nests, including on utility wires. Ron Morano, a company spokesman, has told Shorebeat in the past that osprey nests can sometimes contact electrical equipment, causing a fire. Additionally, the birds’ wings can touch electrified equipment, producing a deadly situation.

A JCP&L crew relocates an osprey nest that was build amidst electrical equipment. (Photo: Judy Tunis)
A JCP&L crew relocates an osprey nest that was build amidst electrical equipment. (Photo: Judy Tunis)
A JCP&L crew relocates an osprey nest that was build amidst electrical equipment. (Photo: Judy Tunis)
A JCP&L crew relocates an osprey nest that was build amidst electrical equipment. (Photo: Judy Tunis)
A JCP&L crew relocates an osprey nest that was build amidst electrical equipment. (Photo: Judy Tunis)
A JCP&L crew relocates an osprey nest that was build amidst electrical equipment. (Photo: Judy Tunis)

New Jersey’s osprey population is nearing record levels, according to data collected by volunteers last season.


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  • Surfrider

    That is great! Good going JCPL.

  • J W

    I was out sailing the Barnegat Bay last weekend and saw ospreys nesting on one of those lighted pilings out in the middle of the bay/mouth of the Toms River. I think they’re the markers for the intra-coastal waterway. Either way, big nest up there, and you can sail by and see them real close if you want to.

  • KaayC

    They are just so sweet for doing that!