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March 3, 2014

Our view: Return of osprey bodes well for region

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The heartfelt reaction of those who watched the drama unfold over the Internet showed how these birds can capture the imagination. With wingspans reaching 6 feet, they are often seen gliding low across the coast before diving talon-first into the water in search of fish.

“I’ve seen eight osprey flying at once off Forest River Park,” said Steve Saxe, a volunteer observer from Marblehead.

The birds, which migrate as far south as Venezuela, are expected to make their return to the area this month.

It will be a welcome sight.

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