Falling Osprey Nest Sparks Hyannis Power Outage

CCB MEDIA PHOTO: An osprey nest in Hyannis

CCB MEDIA PHOTO: An osprey nest in Hyannis

HYANNIS – An osprey nest that fell on power lines near West Main St. and Old Craigville Road caused an electric outage in Hyannis for about 2,200 Eversource customers Tuesday morning.

Company spokesman Mike Durand said it happened just after 8:30 a.m. The power for most customers in the area was restored within 30 minutes.

Durand said this is when ospreys return to Cape Cod, looking for new spaces to nest.

“This is a very difficult time of year in terms of the osprey coming back and relentlessly trying to build or nest where they had been in the past,” said Durand.

Many times they’re attracted to utility poles and electric equipment where they make their large nests.

Durand said the company has been proactive for years in trying to create safe nesting spots for the birds, and has been credited with helping to restore the population.

“We have been working for the better part of two or three decades, in fact we were credited back in the day with being one of the groups that helped the osprey come back in terms of their numbers,” said Durand.

There was no indication an osprey was injured Tuesday when the nest fell.

By MATT PITTA, CapeCod.com News Director

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