Born this spring, a juvenile osprey in Warrenton needed a little help getting back to its nest Wednesday.

The young bird of prey was discovered Tuesday in a yard near Alder Avenue and Southwest 16th Street, not far from its parents’ platform nest.

Sharnelle Fee, director of Wildlife Center of the North Coast, was contacted to come and take a look. She discovered that the bird’s feathers were just growing in and likely had glided to the ground in an attempt to fly. She and others monitored the osprey to see if it could take off.

“We were hoping he would fly, but his feathers haven’t grown out yet,” Fee said. “This one is a little behind.”

The osprey’s sibling and parents paid little attention to the situation. In an effort to keep the bird safe, it was placed on a woodshed over night. After the other ospreys continued to ignore the juvenile Wednesday, Fee said people decided to take action.

Melisa Colvin, a volunteer with the wildlife center for nearly three years, settled down the juvenile while Fee fed it an electrolyte solution and small whole fish. She suspected that it hadn’t eaten anything since Monday morning. However, they wanted to make sure it was able to still eat something.

“We fed him before he went up, but we wanted him to be a little hungry because we wanted him to call to his parents,” said Fee.

At 50 feet up, the nest could only be reached with a spider lift, which was provided by Melisa’s husband, Luke, who owns Arbor Care Tree Specialists. The two squeezed into the aerial bucket and were raised up to return the osprey back home.

While they made sure the young bird was secure, its parents began swooping down on the couple and hovering within feet of them. Once back on the ground, Luke Colvin described the experience as terrifying and amazing.

The platform nest is one of many that have been put up for ospreys in Seaside and Warrenton. The fish-eating birds have a tendency to construct nests on power line poles, Fee said, and the platforms nearby power lines have been used as an alternative.

 

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