NORTH RIVER - An osprey nest over a local ballfield that has been a concern for many people has been moved.
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A power line technician with Nova Scotia Power relocates an osprey nest at a local ballfield as many of the birds fly overhead.
Three volunteers with Nova Scotia Power, a contractor and representative from Stella Jones spent at least four hours on Sunday relocating the nest that hovered 50 feet above the Leo Blair Memorial Ballfieds in North River.
It was moved closer to a nearby pond, about 50 feet to the right of its original resting spot, and was elevated to 60 feet on a new pole. Wires were placed around the pole and adjoining light where the nest used to be to deter the birds - at least two adults and three babies - from returning to the previous spot.
Nova Scotia Power's Truro supervisor, Brad Roy, told the Truro Daily News there were a few reasons for moving the nest.
"A lot of people were worried ... the birds were dive bombing at people and within the last year they really became (problematic)," said Roy, adding it took about six months to get consent from environmental departments to do the transfer.
"It's very rare to do a transfer like that ... and we wanted to give back to the community because we know these ballfields would struggle if they had to pay for these things."
Jeff Oderkirk, president of the North River Recreation Association, which oversees the ballpark, was happy the nest was moved.
"It's good it was done and didn't destroy it," said Oderkirk, adding the ospreys were there throughout ball season and when a light attached to the pole the nest was on was burnt out, "nobody was willing to go change it because of the birds" so ball teams sometimes played without the light.
Bible Hill's Bev Meilleur was thrilled the nest was moved. A wildlife and bird lover, she's been waiting to see that happen for two years.
"Last year, the ball park tore (the nest) down three times because they were concerned about the children but the osprey would come back the very next day."
Meilleur acknowledges some people may not be pleased with moving the nest.
"Some say you can't or (shouldn't) relocate a nest but this is not far away," she said, adding she'll be watching closely to see if the birds make use of the new site.