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Freeport, Maine

Osprey chicks rescued after being knocked out of nest

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Three osprey chicks knocked out of their nest at a Freeport park during a severe thunderstorm last week are being cared for by their parents and appear to be doing well. Wolfe’s Neck State Park manager Andrew Hutchinson said Wednesday that the 5-week-old chicks were knocked 50 feet to the ground by the July 5 storm. Park staff built a platform on top of the tree and an arborist secured it. The chicks were placed on the platform. Park staff member Pete Elkins said birds sometimes reject chicks handled by humans. But on Wednesday, the parents were rebuilding their nest on the platform and feeding their chicks.

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