Osprey chicks saved in Old Saybrook

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OLD SAYBROOK & OLD LYME, Conn. (WTNH) — There are plenty of Osprey nests on Great Island in Old Lyme, and one of them may soon become the new home to a pair of newly abandoned chicks.

“I just cut up the little pieces of fish because that’s what the mothers would be doing, the parents,” said Grace Krick, who now cares for them after being called by the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.

The chicks were plucked from a nest heading out to sea. That nest was built on a fallen log in North Cove in Old Saybrook. When it broke loose and started to float away, Dan Ferrier jumped in his boat to try to save the birds.

“He actually risked his life going out,” Krick said. “He tied a rope around the log.”

Krick, a wildlife rehabilitator with A Place Called Hope, also jumped into action to save the abandoned chicks she believes are no more than two- or three-weeks old.

“Their eyes are open,” she said. “They’re starting to get some little pin feathers in; still have a lot of down.”

She tries not to handle them so they stay as wild as possible, but says people can help birds they see in danger. Just be careful of the sharp beaks and talons on the birds of prey. If smaller birds are returned to their nest, the parents won’t reject them, that’s a myth.

“They’re real good about taking their birds back even if you touched them,” said Krick.

As for the newly-abandoned Osprey chicks, they may find a new home in Old Lyme.

“There’s a couple of nests that the young were blown out of during a storm and they perished,” said Krick. She says the parents still stuck around and will hang out on their nest platform until it’s time to migrate.

She hopes to place the chicks in one of those nests.

“We’re thinking and we’re pretty confident that they will adopt these guys,” Krick said.

Volunteers plan to check on the chicks to make sure their new home is working out.

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