- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 28, 2017

FLANDERS, N.Y. (AP) - A Long Island woman is dealing with annoying squatters - a family of ospreys that has nested on top of her Suffolk County home’s chimney for the past five years.

Dhonna Goodale says the ospreys, also known as fish hawks, roosted on top of her Flanders home the summer before Superstorm Sandy. Newsday reports (https://nwsdy.li/2tjgBVN ) her deck is covered in tree branches, bird droppings and half-eaten fish.

Now that the mother osprey has two hatchlings, she has become territorial and attacks residents if they come too close to the nest.

Despite this, Goodale is sympathetic to the birds and won’t tear down the nest. She plans to relocate the nest somewhere away from the house after the ospreys leave, and then put up spikes to prevent something like the chimney nesting again.

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Information from: Newsday, https://www.newsday.com

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