Baby Osprey rescued in St. Michaels

Dan Sutherland and Marc Barto work in CBMM's boatyard and live aboard their boats out in the harbor. On his way out to his boat last night, Dan saw an osprey nest with a baby in it come detached from its daymark and plunge into the water. He rescued the baby and he and Marc put it into a nest Marc built for baby ducks, and they made up a fish concoction in a caulk gun and fed it all through the night. It's looking much better this morning, and the DNR should be coming to get the baby today. Here's a couple pictures. Check out those talons!

Marc Barto 6/24/2008 update:

For those of you who are interested, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service was here this morning to reintroduce the baby osprey that Dan and I saved last Thursday. I was able to accompany them out to the Red #2 marker and they allowed me to climb up into the nest and place the fledgling with it's two new brothers. The parents then returned to the nest and adopted the new bird. It was a successful reentry. Peter McGowan was the biologist that helped us. He said he would send us photos of the nesting sight. Very heartwarming experience.

Information provided by Dawn Brownlee-Tomasso
Photos byRob Brownlee-Tomasso
Graphic Designer
Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum


Aubrey said...

Extremely happy to hear that the little osprey is doing well. I would gladly like to report that as of today, the nestling has been reintroduced to another nest. Thus far, it is a success and the parents are caring for it like their own. Many thanks to our friends at the Maritime Museum in St. Michaels. As a guest to the museum and an intrigued observer, I must also note that credit is due elsewhere. A young man who asked to recieve no praise for his efforts is truely the unsung hero for our little osprey. Out of respect I will not mention his name however, this young MD DNR employee is jointly responsible for the survival of this young bird. From one bird lover to another, thank you sir and thanks to the MD DNR and Federal fish and game commision.

frank said...

I came across this web sight by chance, and it didn’t surprise me that Marc Barto stepped in to help. He is of cause a rare bird himself with great sensitivity and untapped talent. For as long as I’ve known him he has had a gift of helping others and with no selfishness in mind.

Thanks for stepping in………………

Frank Russo

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