07/31/15 2:08pm


An osprey chick’s star status may have just saved its life.

PSEG LI and a wildfire rescue specialist worked together Thursday to rescue a chick which had fishing line wrapped around its leg.

The chick was one of two remaining young osprey at the nest in East Marion, which has been filmed 24/7 by a popular livestream called “OspreyZone” since June.

The line could have proved dangerous for the bird, who could be seen on camera picking at the line to try to get it off.

But despite hundreds of viewers watching on and the owner of the webcam ready to send in rescue specialists, there was little that could be done to help the bird since the nest is perched on a 85-foot steel antenna, according to PSEG LI.

That’s where the energy company stepped in.

PSEG LI deployed a bucket truck to the nest Thursday evening and used it to bring Jim MacDougall from the Evelyn Alexander Wildlife Rescue Center in Hampton Bays up to the birds. There, Mr. MacDougall managed to untangle the fishing line from around the chick.

It wasn’t the first time some of the osprey chicks were in danger.

A third chick had been born at the nest, but died after not receiving enough food and being pecked at by its siblings. Though some commenters on the livestream begged for intervention, bird experts on the site said the death of the chick was a normal part of nature.

The fishing line wasn’t.

To watch a short video of the rescue, visit the livestream’s website.

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Photo caption: Jim MacDougall from the Evelyn Alexander Wildlife Rescue Center helps rescue a osprey from a PSEG bucket truck. (Credit: PSEG LI)

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To the editor:

I am appalled at the treatment of Steven Romeo through this tragedy. Innocent until proven guilty? What a joke.

I’ve always known him to be very responsible. He is an honest, hardworking man who goes out of his way to help others. When the toxicology and eyewitness reports come we will all know who is responsible for the lives of these precious young women.

After days of distorted news hype and hostile assumptions, I hope that the truth prevails and justice is served. He already will be spending the rest of his life with the horrible nightmare that was perpetrated upon him. The shock had already begun when he “walked away from the scene.” Long ago, my family was involved in a head-on accident. Bystanders had to chase after my mother who had been sitting in the back seat with her children. Walking down the street with one shoe on, no coat, freezing in the morning snow and leaving her bleeding family behind. No, she wasn’t drunk or making a run for it.

I’ve spent many years on the road and assisted in several accidents with fatalities. Judging from where the vehicle was hit, I am almost certain who is at fault. One thing for sure is this type of accident was bound to happen. Too many times have I seen a group of cars blowing their horns at an oversized vehicle making a U-turn and cutting them off. Oncoming traffic doesn’t expect the turn — especially when they are coming from the express lane, not the turn lane. The negligent driving practices of some buses and limos are putting the public in serious danger. If you can’t make a U-turn from the turn lane with certainty, you should go around the block.

My prayers go out to all involved.

Robert Chilton, Peconic resident

Photo caption: Prosecutors speak with the media after Steve Romeo’s arraignment. (Credit: Vera Chinese)