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PG&E installs guards on South Bay power lines to protect breeding bald eagles

KCBS Radio San Francisco logo KCBS Radio San Francisco 4/30/2021 Jessica Yi
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A group of bald eagles in the South Bay has made their home in an unexpected spot atop power poles.

A concerned resident and bird watcher noticed a pair of breeding eagles frequenting PG&E equipment in Milpitas and managed to capture a spectacular photo of one of the birds enjoying a meal on top of a pole.

a flock of birds sitting on top of a pole: A bald eagle perches atop a PG&E power pole in Milpitas, CA with a fish in its claws, Apr. 2021 © Provided by RADIO.COM A bald eagle perches atop a PG&E power pole in Milpitas, CA with a fish in its claws, Apr. 2021

“Since utility poles are often the highest and most prominent point in a landscape, birds often perch on the poles to hunt or rest,” said Michael Best with PG&E. “Also, it is often easier for birds to build nests on the flat surfaces of electric equipment than in trees.”

But power lines can also pose a hazard to the birds, who might come into direct contact with live wires.

PG&E says after the customer reached out, it sent out a team to install raptor guards on the affected lines and protect the birds.

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