New twig digs for Edina's popular ospreys?

  • Article by: PAUL KLAUDA , Star Tribune
  • Updated: October 6, 2010 - 9:24 PM

Their penthouse nest in Edina is coming down, but talks have started that could lead to a new spot across the road.

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AnondsonOct. 6, 10 8:41 PM

. . . if these freeway lights in the future were ALL intentionally designed to make it easy for birds of prey like the osprey to build nests on them? I'm not sure what it was, maybe it was one of these osprey but it could have been an eagle, but a weekend past I caught sight of a large bird swoop down and land upon a squirrel in my front lawn. I swear the suburb I live in and others I live near are overrun with squirrels and rabbits that would feed a swarm of osprey. Make it attractive for osprey to nest here, natural yard pest removal!

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yathinksoOct. 6, 10 9:00 PM

Now we just need 2,999 more volunteers.

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babyzoeOct. 6, 10 9:30 PM

Where should contributions be sent? I have enjoyed these birds for years!

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mdcastleOct. 6, 10 9:31 PM

Like all the ones along I-494 through Bloomington I think would be high enough. I'm not sure if having 4 lights instead of 8 would provide a big enough "platform" but I'm sure they could add dummy arms at a a nominal cost. Mn/DOT likes to put them in whenever they can but the problem is that mast lights are only efficient when you have a large number of lanes or a big interchange to light and NIMBYS squawk if you put them in a dense residential area (no doubt why the deteriorating mast system wasn't replaced with a new mast system) because it's had to control light spill out into the neighboorhood. But what about just pouring a new foundation and moving the old mast with the nest back a few feet out of the way.

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MELANIE4774Oct. 6, 10 9:48 PM

are you serious? birds don't need you stop it

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wileyrulesOct. 6, 1011:00 PM

They're not likely to swoop down on a squirrel.

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jeffkvb1Oct. 6, 1011:02 PM

these birds are fish eaters!

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art1965Oct. 7, 10 1:21 AM

What hogwash! If you build it will they come?

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franklyrightOct. 7, 10 5:03 AM

this summer. While it was here it ate all the big squirrels. Unfortunately it left and the squirrels left grew big enough to wipe out my sweet corn and a lot of tomatoes later. The more predatory birds the better.

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stevnimOct. 7, 10 6:53 AM

This is probably lowest cost also.

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