- Associated Press - Sunday, June 15, 2014

MARYVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Alcoa Electric Department employees believe they’ve solved a power outage problem in Louisville that was caused by a pair of osprey fishing birds.

The Daily Times (https://bit.ly/1nHkWXW) reports they built a 4-foot by 4-foot platform atop a power pole at Henry Beal Park last year. This spring the birds built a nest on the platform.

Officials say at least two chicks have hatched. The young birds leave the nest about 8 to 10 weeks after hatching. The male and female head south for the winter, traveling to separate locations as far as South America, yet return to the same area if not the same nest the following year.

Alcoa electric engineer Mike Lindsey said the birds’ first nest-building activities caused two power outages because sticks were being laid over the lines.

“We couldn’t keep having power outages,” he said.

Ospreys prefer to nest on high ground near water, since fish account for 99 percent of their diet. An osprey can see a swimming fish from 100 feet in the air, swoop down and grab it with its talons.

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