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Project OspreyTrack: Maps

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Thanks to Movebank.org, we are now able to present data in an interactive format using the map below. Please be patient as the data points load.
Smart Phone App.: Follow all our Ospreys (and dozens of other species across the globe) on the Animal Tracker (available on iphone and Android). Download for FREE at https://www.movebank.org/node/36241

NEW network links added for each of our newly tagged birds. Follow the directions on the PDF on creating Network Links. You can create a Network Link for each on your own version of Google Earth.

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Fall 2016 Interactive Osprey Tracking Map:
Click on the individual dots/lines of each bird to see their names and date of most recent point. Zoom in to see their movements in detail. Use the calendar feature to track locations of all birds on specific dates.

Holly (brick red) Adult female tagged with her mate, Hackett, at her nest in Annapolis, MD on 3 May, 2016. 
Hackett (peach) Adult male tagged at his Annapolis, MD, nest along with his mate, Holly, on 3 May, 2016.
Staddler (white) Adult male, nests in Hampton, NH, winters along the Amazon River in Brazil. Tagged 21 May, 2015 
Wausau (light blue) Adult male, winters in Venezuela and nests in Groveton in northern NH. Tagged 20 May 2015 
Belle (red) Summers in MA. Tagged on Martha's Vineyard in August 2010. She winters in southern Brazil. 
Nick (yellow) Adult male, tagged in 2013, nests on Tangier Island in Chesapeake Bay, winters in northern Colombia. 
Flow (blue) Tagged as recently fledged chick at a nest in Essex, MA,  11 August, 2014. Winters in Cuba.
Shanawdithit (green) Adult female tagged at the Virginia Waters power relay station in St. John's, Newfoundland, on 24 Aug, 2016.
Jocelyn (magenta) Tagged as recently fledged juvenile (female) at Virginia Waters power relay station in St. John's, Newfoundland, on 24 Aug, 2016. Daughter of Shanawdithit and sister of Virginia
Virginia (cyan) Tagged as recently fledged juvenile (female) at Virginia Waters power relay station in St. John's, Newfoundland, on 24 Aug, 2016. Daughter of Shanawdithit and sister of Jocelyn
Daphne (orange) Adult female tagged at a nest in the Memorial University of Newfoundland's Botanical Garden in St. John's, Newfoundland on 25 Aug 2016.
Leif (pale green) Tagged as a recently fledged juvenile (male) from the MUN Botanical Garden, Newfoundland on 25 Aug 2016
Trepassey (gold) Tagged as a recently fledged juvenile (female) at a nest near town of Trepassey, southern Newfoundland on 26 August 2016.

September 19, 2016
Lots going on with our Ospreys. Holly (brick red) popped up briefly in the Dominican Republic (having passed through the dark hole of Cuba) but promptly vanished again (presumably having crossed to S. America). We may not hear from her again until spring. Hackett has not popped up yet. If he winters in Cuba, we won’t hear from him either until spring. Both Staddler (white) and Wausua (light blue) are in Southern Florida. They are both following the classic Osprey highway, as we would expect from experienced birds. Interestingly Wausau passed right over the famous Hawk Mountain hawk watch site on Sept. 5 and must certainly have been counted. His track reveals that he also passed right over three other hawk count sites (Little Gap, Bake Oven Knob and  Raccoon Ridge) I wonder if they counted him too? Staddler also wanted to be part of the fall hawkwatch data gathering. He flew directly over the Cape May Bird Observatory and the Cape Henlopen on September 6. He was in good company as 169 Ospreys were counted at Cape May and 145 at Henlopen. Newfoundland bird Daphne (orange) also passed over Cape May on September 12 . . . and then turned around and has been settled near the observatory for at least three days.
Up in Newfoundland, Leif (pale green) started his first migration on Sept. 15. He headed out over open water south of the Avalon Peninsula on the 16th and flew through the night. He looked like he might land on tiny Sable Island, but made a right turn and made landfall on Nova Scotia. Adult female Shana (green) started her migration on the 16th – after a couple false starts – and was making the safer overland path. We suspect that we might have lost Trepassey. He has not uploaded since Sept. 11 – missing two scheduled uploads. That is never good news. We had a ray of hope when a local birder sent Rob a photograph of a young Osprey with a transmitter flying near where Trepassey should be, but we now assume that that was Leif passing through.

September 8, 2016
Both our NH Ospreys are on their way. Wausau (light blue) left on 4th, Staddler (white) left on 5th. Both making good progress along the Osprey flyway. Good luck boys.

September 6, 2016
Three birds are on the move. Holly and Hackett are both in the Everglades (actually by now, Hackett may be in Cuba). Once in Cuba, they will vanish for a while (see below). Daphne, one of the Newfoundland adult females began her migration September 2. As we expected, she did the smart, safe route over to Nova Scotia and then over to Maine, staying over land as much as possible. She will likely pass through the NH coast today – maybe she’ll say hello to Staddler and Flow on the way by. The rest of the Newfoundland pack are exploring more. Who will be the next to head south?

August 31, 2016
Our two New Hampshire adult males (Staddler and Wausau) are still hanging around their territories. My colleague Rob Bierregaard tagged several new Ospreys this year including six birds in Newfoundland. This is an exciting new initiative in the Osprey tracking project. No one has tagged Ospreys in Newfoundland before. This is the most easterly breeding location of Ospreys on North America and we suspect that the juveniles may attempt to fly directly south from here and perhaps have to cross several thousand miles of open ocean to reach their wintering areas in South America, perhaps taking a breather on Bermuda. The adults from here should know better and will likely take the “safe” adult route to South America – we’ll soon find out. Two ospreys have already started their southbound migration. Holly and Hackett are a breeding pair from Annapolis, Maryland. Rob tagged them in May 2016. Their nest failed, so they have both made an early start. Hackett started first on August 27 and Holly left on the 29th. They are both making quick progress down the east coast. Both of these transmitters are GMS models that use cell towers rather than satellites. The advantage of these transmitters is that they record many more data points (sometimes every minute, rather than hourly). The disadvantage is that they need to be within range of cell towers that use the GSM system. Once they reach Cuba they will drop off the screen and then (if they move further) they will appear again in northern South America. If they continue into more remote parts of the South America, we may lose them (perhaps for the rest of the winter). This is the first time we have followed these birds, so we don’t know where they winter. Things will heat up over the next few weeks as we track these thirteen Ospreys.

2016 Maps:

2015 Maps: