Bird Brains! Solar Energy Project Delayed Due To Nesting Red-Tailed Hawks

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A red-tail hawk in flight. (credit: Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

A red-tail hawk in flight. (credit: Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

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SAN BERNARDINO  (AP) – Work on a massive solar energy project could be delayed because several pairs of red-tailed hawks are nesting in the path of a power line.

The Riverside Press-Enterprise reports Sunday that Southern California Edison crews have been trying to upgrade a transmission line in the Mojave Desert to connect the solar project to the power grid.

The Bureau of Land Management said work on the line was expected to be done this month, but crews won’t be able to complete it until after the hawk nesting season ends in August.

A spokesman for BrightSource Energy Co. says that won’t delay the company’s plans to begin delivering electricity early next year from the solar plant.

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