Image source: Ranger Dave Taft, Gateway National Recreation Area
We learned via the Osprey’s Journey blog that Coley, the osprey that scientists have been tracking throughout the winter, has made it back to Jamaica Bay! He was in South America during the winter, but as of 5:20pm on March 20, Coley was spotted by Jamaica Bay naturalist Don Riepe. Coley was “sitting in the marsh by his nest with his mate while she was eating a fish.”
Image source: Ranger Dave Taft, Gateway National Recreation Area – osprey Coley’s summer nesting platform
We wondered about the status of the summer nesting platform of Coley, the osprey being tracked via GPS through the Jamaica Bay osprey project. Coley is currently in South America (right now he’s in Colombia), and the good news is that he will have a home to come back to – his nesting platform survived Hurricane Sandy.
Back in May, a male Osprey nesting in the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge was outfitted with a GPS pack. He was released in June. The within will keep track of him as he moves around – within Jamaica Bay and environs, and also as he migrates south for the winter (currently he’s in Colombia).
This is part of a two-year research project spearheaded by the nonprofit National Parks of New York Harbor Conservancy. (more…)