SCE&G will allow ospreys to rebuild nest in Mt. Pleasant neighborhood

SCE&G will allow ospreys to rebuild nest in Mt. Pleasant neighborhood
An osprey sits on a utility pole where homeowners say a large nest once was before it was removed on Feb. 27. (Source: Live 5)
A homeowner says this was a picture of the nest on the utility pole from a few years ago (Source: Provided)
A homeowner says this was a picture of the nest on the utility pole from a few years ago (Source: Provided)

MOUNT PLEASANT, SC (WCSC) - Officials with SCE&G say they will allow ospreys to rebuild a nest in Mount Pleasant after it was removed by crews.

"In this particular case, we will allow the birds to rebuild the nest," said Paul Fischer with SCANA in a statement Wednesday afternoon.

However, if the nest impacts or threatens to impact the operation of the line, then the nest will need to be removed, according to Fischer.

According to the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, it's illegal to destroy or remove an active nest.

The presence of eggs or chicks would provide evidence to its activity.

Birds of Prey Executive Director Jim Elliott said nests are allowed to be removed and/or relocated if the location is deemed a hazard to humans or the birds themselves.

According to DNR's website, ospreys pick their habitat that has sturdy perching structures and easy access to fish. They have been known to nest on both man-made and natural objects such as cranes, buildings, bridges, nest platforms, telephone poles, or partially rotten trees with no tops. Osprey build huge nests which eventually reach "eagle size".

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