NYS Environmental Conservation Officer (ECO) Stephen Gonyeau reported that on July 27th he was called to Putnam, east of Lake George, to assist with an osprey nest that had caught fire on a power pole. Gonyeau said he arrived to find two juveniles on the ground and learned that a third had been transported to a wildlife rehabilitator, but was unable to recover from its injuries.
DEC reported that the power company repaired the damaged pole and placed a nesting platform on top. One of the juveniles was returned to the nest and the remaining osprey was transported to a rehabilitator to be treated for smoke inhalation.
On August 4, ECOs Gonyeau and Marcia Goodrich returned to the nest with the juvenile osprey ready for release. They reported that the osprey was not mature enough to take off from ground level and fly, so it was placed on the roof of a nearby barn. When the release was complete, the ECOs left the area to allow the birds’ waiting parents to care for their young.
In 2017, Tracy Ormsbee wrote a story detailing the lives of Indian Lake’s power pole ospreys.
Photo of Juvenile Ospreys rescued from burning power pole courtesy DEC.