by Lisa Tome
Self-proclaimed "nature freak" Bob Evick spent part of his Father's Day reuniting a mother with her baby.
Evick, better known as “Bob The Tree Guy”, was using his 75-foot bucket truck to place a baby osprey in its nest.
Last week, the bird, named Freddy by Charlestown maintenance crewman Jeff Fields, was found along Frederick Street near the town athletic complex.
"I thought it was a dead duck," said Fields. Instead, it was a live osprey. Fields and Charlestown town administrator Wib Pumpaly then worked to find someone who could help the bird. That's when they connected with Tri-State Bird Rescue in Delaware. The bird, which wasn't injured, was taken to the rescue and checked. It remained there until Sunday.
When Fields was taking the bird to the rescue, he met Evick. Evick had rescued a few starlings while working on trees and was taking them to Tri-State for care.
After hearing the story of the osprey, Evick volunteered his services and his truck to return the bird to the nest.
"I love animals," said Evick, who had to position his bucket slightly above the nest, due to utility lines. "I will hold it one foot above the nest and drop it in. I can't touch the nest," said Evick, who reported that there were two other osprey babies in the nest. The mother circled while Evick completed the task.
Pumpaly said he was relieved when the task was done and the baby was safe at home. "I haven't slept for three days because I was worried about it. I knew it was in good hands," said Pumpaly.