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Duke Energy puts in new pole for nesting bird that knocked out power

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The new nesting pole (L) and the repaired power pole (R). (April 30, 2014/FOX Carolina) The new nesting pole (L) and the repaired power pole (R). (April 30, 2014/FOX Carolina)
STARR, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Duke Energy is working on prevent future power outages in the Starr area - by building a nest for an osprey.

Residents who live near Highway 187 and U.S. 29 in Anderson County recently reported quick blinks of the power going out, according to Duke Energy.

Ryan Mosier, spokesperson for the utility company, said the power went out on Tuesday and crews found a tree or limb caused Tuesday's outage, but while at the scene they discovered a large bird's nest atop a power pole.

He said the nest was the cause behind the recent brief blinks and the pole had some damage from it. To create a long-term solution, Duke Energy crews were working to repair the pole and place a new one for the bird.

Duke Energy has in-house experts that deal with migratory birds, Mosier said. He said the expert confirmed it was an osprey but there were no eggs or young in the nest.

To prevent future outages and care for the osprey, crews have placed a temporary pole nearby with a plank atop it. Mosier said they will carefully relocate the nest to the new pole. He said once the property owner gives formal approval, they will place a permanent pole for the nest.

During Tuesday's outages, more than 1,000 customers were without power but most had it restored throughout the morning. It did go back out overnight, but power has since been restored, Mosier said.

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