Ospreys that have been sighted on Shelter Island aren’t yet back in the area of the First Causeway on Ram Island. But when landscaper Christian Johnson observed a pole there Tuesday that looked like it wouldn’t properly support a nest, he called Mashomack Preserve’s Mike Laspia for advice about what he could do to reinforce the pole.
Because part of the pole had apparently rotted, the nest was in a precarious position, Mr. Laspia said. He told Mr. Johnson the landscaping crew could go ahead and work on the pole so it would provide ample support to a nesting couple.
They built what Mr. Laspia said was a “very substantial brace” for the pole while Dorothy Mundy, who happened to be riding through the area, stopped to shootsome pictures.
Mr. Johnson said it was a contribution he and his crew could make on behalf of Islanders who enjoy the annual return of the ospreys.
“That was a job well done,” Mr. Laspia said.