Nesting osprey drops branch, 6k lose power

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BRUNSWICK, Maine (AP) — A Central Maine Power official says a slippery-taloned osprey dropped a branch destined for a nest onto a transmission line, cutting power to about 6,000 electric customers in the Brunswick area.

CMP spokesman Gail Rice says it took workers about 90 minutes to restore power after it was lost about 11 a.m. Wednesday.

It wasn’t the birds’ first offense.

In the offseason CMP workers clear the nest from the transmission pole near the Bath Iron Works’ Harding facility, but the birds keep coming back.

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She says the utility sometimes tries to keep birds away from sensitive equipment by building nearby nesting platforms.

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Information from: Portland Press Herald, http://www.pressherald.com

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