Two Baby Osprey Rescued from Fire in Centerville

Utility pole was on fire with an Osprey nest at the top...
One of two Osprey chicks rescued from a utility pole fire Sunday on Craigville Beach Road (WCCC photo)

Centerville, Osterville, Marston Mills Fire Department (COMM) responded to a call for a utility pole fire at 1136 Craigville Beach Road July 22nd, approximately 8 PM. Upon arrival, they discovered a large Osprey nest on fire at the top of the pole. Two Osprey chicks were recovered.

National Grid was able to remove one Osprey chick from the nest, another one was found alive on the ground, and sadly, a third chick was found deceased. Both live birds were placed in a box and returned to the fire station awaiting pick-up from Wild Care, a nonprofit wildlife rehabilitation hospital located in Eastham.

Amy Webster, Wildlife Rehabilitator and Special Rescue Coordinator at Wild Care, retrieved the two young osprey from COMM Fire Department. Upon initial assessment, one appeared to have a broken wing. The other was in excellent body condition, with a good prognosis for recovery.
Both birds were hydrated, fed, and placed into an oxygen chamber at Wild Care to prevent complications from smoke inhalation. With further assessment and x-rays, it was determined that there is a clean break in the injured bird’s wing. The wing will be evaluated by a wildlife veterinarian for further treatment, providing Wild Care with hope for its recovery.

The other chick is under evaluation, and Amy is actively seeking an appropriate Osprey “foster family” to adopt the chick. If secured, an attempt will be made to reunite the baby osprey with its new family.

“This is another outstanding example of how the community comes together to assist our local wildlife, and the important service that Wild Care provides to the community,” states Stephanie Ellis, Wild Care’s Executive Director. We feel confident that we can find a new nest for the healthy Osprey chick, and feel hopeful that the wing fracture on the injured bird can be repaired.

We ask that the public follow our Facebook page, “wildcarecapecod” for regular updates on these two birds.”

“I was so impressed that Wild Care was able to come and help during off hours” stated TJ Burchell, COMM Captain, “We were very pleased to find help for the two baby osprey, and are grateful that organizations like Wild Care exist.”


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