WEST FALMOUTH - It was only a couple years ago that a young Osprey family could barely afford a nest on the Cape. Even older couples had trouble keeping up with a one-family fixer-upper, citing sky-high costs for branches and twigs on remote telephone poles.
Osprey nests are a new addition to the Cape community, welcoming the beautiful species in hopes of replenishing their numbers.
And replenish numbers it has. This government funded housing boom has created record profit for the Osprey community.
"Remember the housing boom of the 90's? Yeah, it's like that, but more exciting," Ralphie Osprey says. He's a twelve-year veteran on the Cape who's seen everything, including the housing bubble in the early 2000's. When he's not breeding or gathering fish, he likes to fly up and down the coast for potential hot spots and new properties. "Telephone poles are so last season," he said. "Birds these days expect at least 75 ft and above, that means stadium lights and antennas."
On the other hand, Ralphie also expressed some concern, "you have to wonder when home owners get this confident, are we witnessing another bubble? KaCaw!"