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Re: [TowerTalk] Red-Tailed Hawks

To: "'Tower and HF antenna construction topics.'" <>
Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Red-Tailed Hawks
From: "D Calder" <>
Reply-to: "Tower and HF antenna construction topics." <>
Date: Thu, 4 Feb 2010 11:17:36 -0500
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I spend (our company) spends approx $10k a MONTH here in Florida due to the
laws protecting
Osprey and eagles. We have to have a biologist check the nest to see if it's
active before we can get on
one of our towers. ($200) a pop.

If the nest is active (flightless young or eggs) we can't even get on the
tower. Be glad the Osprey
is gone. You were breaking the law and didn't know it.

Red tail hawks we are told is not a problem and none of my tower crews has
had any issues with them.
They just stay away until the work is done and then come back.

73 Dave

-----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf Of Doug Rehman
Sent: Wednesday, February 03, 2010 9:18 PM
To: 'Tower and HF antenna construction topics.'
Subject: [TowerTalk] Red-Tailed Hawks

For years, an osprey has maintained a nest on the top of our radio club's
180' tower. It appears that a red-tailed hawk has claimed the nest now.

We need to do some antenna work on the tower, just down from the top- about
10 feet below the nest. We know how the osprey reacted to climbers (noisy,
flying around, but never in an aggressive manner).

The research I've done indicates that red-tailed hawks lay their eggs in
March or April, so there shouldn't be eggs in the nest yet.

Does anyone have experience with red-tailed hawks while doing tower work?



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