Osprey back home in Gloucester

by Charlie Koenig - Posted on Aug 07, 2013 - 01:15 PM

Photo: James A. Beamer Jr., CEO and director of Sacred Friends, Inc., a wildlife rehabilitation group, hands a juvenile osprey to board member Michael Manard (on ladder), returning her to her Zanoni home. Photos by Jane Price and Pearl Beamer / Sacred Friends

James A. Beamer Jr., CEO and director of Sacred Friends, Inc., a wildlife rehabilitation group, hands a juvenile osprey to board member Michael Manard (on ladder), returning her to her Zanoni home. Photos by Jane Price and Pearl Beamer / Sacred Friends

An osprey is back home in Gloucester in a new nest, thanks to the work of the members of Sacred Friends, Inc., a nonprofit organization based in Norfolk that rehabilitates injured, sick and orphaned wildlife.

The osprey came in to Sacred Friends as a nestling when its nest came down at the Zanoni home of Bill Hudgins. James A. Beamer Jr., CEO and director of the organization, and his wife, Pearl, who is also a director, met Hudgins and his wife Shirley halfway between Gloucester and Norfolk to take custody of the animal.

The osprey was then taken to Midway Veterinary Hospital in Chesapeake, where she was weighed and had a complete checkup. Veterinarian Tony Poutous found no injuries, determining the bird to be generally healthy.

"We fed her a constant diet of fish, starting with sliced and diced and worked her up to whole fish," Pearl Beamer said. "When she was eating whole fish, we started talking to Bill Hudgins about re-nesting her. He and his son put up a new nesting platform."

On Friday, June 26, director Jane Price and Pearl Beamer made the four sides for the new nest, with the whole group driving up to Gloucester the next day "to take the girl back home," Mrs. Beamer said.