Project OspreyTrack: Staddler Map
July 18, 2016
We visited Staddler’s nest in Seabrook Harbor and confirmed that he has two very healthy chicks. His mate (same as last year . . . we could see her leg band) was feeding the youngsters and Staddler was seen nearby catching a nice big flounder.
May 30, 2016
Staddler and his mate have been sitting on eggs for at least a month now and should be close to hatching. His activity has been very normal and predicable and he has stayed within the same geographic area as he did last year.
April 13, 2016
Staddler is back to his normal “breeding” routine. There are lots of points around his nest (nest building, mating, feeding) and then he commutes inland to three inland lakes and ponds (fishing). He’s doing all of his fishing on Tuxbury Pond, Lake Attitash, and Lake Gardner all right along the New Hampshire/Massachusetts border.
April 7, 2016
Staddler decided to stop off for dinner at Tuxbury Pond on the border of NH and MA, just 9 miles from his nest. His GPS points at 5pm and 6pm showed that he was perched next to the pond. A less accurate Dopplar point at 6:55 (his final upload of the day) suggested that he was within 1.5 miles of his nest, so maybe he brought dinner for his girl at the nest (always makes a good impression after 6 months apart). Welcome back Staddler!
April 6, 2016
STOP PRESS: Staddler could get home to his nest TODAY. At 1pm today he was 99 miles from home and still booking it through Connecticut.
April 5, 2016
Staddler is making good progress and by Sunday was in North Carolina and on his way towards Virginia. He should be home within a week. Many ospreys are back at their nests already in New Hampshire so he may have to fight to get his nest back. The cold snowy weather may work in his favor.
March 31, 2016
Staddler is making good progress through Florida. Last night he roosted between Ocala and Gainesville.
March 29, 2016
Staddler has made excellent progress and has hopped across the Caribbean Sea like a skillfully thrown skipping stone. It took him less than three days from Venezuela to Florida. The urge to get back to his platform in Seabrook Harbor has kicked in big time.
March 28, 2016
Staddler has made quick progress and reached the coast of Venezuela on March 25. He headed off over the Caribbean Sea by 10am on 25th and was well on his way at 4pm when his last point uploaded. He should have reached Jamaica by about midnight. We’ll have to wait for his next data upload on Tuesday to find out if he made it.
March 22, 2016
Both Staddler and Wausau started their spring migration on March 18. Staddler left between noon and 1pm and Wausua left between 1-2pm. 750 miles apart but something triggered them both to head north within an hour of each other! They both traveled about 50 miles before roosting for the night. Now that they have started, the drive to get to their nests will be strong and they will likely average over 200 miles in a day. All the lakes and ponds and rivers are open here in NH, so they will have a much warmer welcome than last year.
March 3, 2016
Staddler has been the model of “smart winter Osprey” and has barely moved outside a ¼ square mile territory on the Rio Tefe since he arrived there in October. He obviously has an excellent territory and has no need to wonder. He should be heading north in a couple weeks.
October 28, 2015
Staddler has not moved outside a 1/4 square mile area on the shore of the Rio Tefe since he arrived here on October 14. It obviously has all he needs for the winter . . . fish, a place or two to sit in the sun and preen, fish, more fish . . . oh and did I mention fish? I won’t update maps and his blog unless something noteworthy happens. You can still check in on him via the interactive maps and the phone app. Have a safe winter Staddler?
October 17, 2015
Staddler is now on the Rio Tefé near the Rio Solimões in Amazonas, Brazil, just 18 miles from where Artoo spent last winter. This looks like this might be his winter home. It’s certainly a lovely spot.
October 13, 2015
Staddler has made a big push south, deep in Amazonia. He ended the 13th on the Rio Japura which is close to where Artoo made his winter home. How much further south will he go?
October 5, 2015
Staddler reached the Andes and then retreated back to a nice looking fishing spot near to Lake Maracaibo. After a day there, he headed back towards the mountains. Is he going up and over or will he skirt around to the north?
October 2, 2015
Staddler crossed successfully to Colombia. His crossing was about 468 miles non-stop in about 21 hours. After a quick rest on the morning o the 29th, he was on his way and quickly headed for Venezuela. He skirted along the west shore of Lake Maracaibo and crossed paths again with Juliet. He ended the day of October 1 near the Sierra La Culata National Park along the north edge of the Andes.
September 29, 2015
Staddler crossed over to Haiti on the 26th and quickly headed for Cabo Beata in the Dominican Republic – the launching point for the vast majority of experienced adult Ospreys crossing the Caribbean. His last GPS point of the upload was at 10am and he was high up and headed south towards the Caribbean. A Doppler point at 11:07 showed he was off the tip of Cabo Beata and starting his crossing. I expect he would have completed his trip by the end of the day.
September 25, 2015
Staddler went on a little tour of Cuba. He had been zipping along each day until the 20th, but then spent three days fishing and resting in central Cuba. He visited several lakes and seemed to restart and then backtrack a couple times. I wonder whether there was some weather that made him stall out and rest. Anyway, he was underway again yesterday heading east.
September 22, 2015
Staddler has made steady progress through Cuba with Gundersen and Juliet close behind. At the end of the day on the 21st he doubled back to roost near a lake (likely after having supper) and Juliet zipped by him to take the lead in the “race.”
September 21, 2015
Staddler made a 426 mile over-water crossing from N. Myrtle Beach, S. Carolina to Cape Canaveral, Florida beginning September 13 and arriving early morning on the 14th. He quickly made his way down to the Keys and crossed over to Cuba on the 17th. He’s now making good progress through Cuba.
September 10, 2015
Juliet and Staddler are still travelling close together. They ended the day of the 9th about 20 miles apart near Cape Lookout in North Carolina. The weather wasn’t very good yesterday, so they didn’t travel far. Today (Thursday) was lovely and clear so I expect they have both made good progress since the last data download. Let’s hope Juliet doesn’t make the rooky mistake and head south from the Cape over water. I know Staddler knows better.
September 9, 2015
Staddler has been making steady progress over the weekend. Amazingly he and NH youngster Juliet were travelling “together” on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. At 1pm on September 4, they were right together in Connecticut. They again came together over the famous hawk watching site at Cape May at 1 pm on the 5th and then again at the tip of the Delmarva Peninsula in Virginia on the 6th. He ended the day on Monday just south of Durants Neck in North Carolina.
September 4, 2015
Staddler is in no hurry at the beginning of his migration. He is meandering his way through prime Osprey hotspots. After a day on the Taunton River in Somerset, MA, he moved 50 miles to the Thames River just north of New London, CT. He spent the night there and then on the 2nd moved over to the lower reaches of the Connecticut River near Essex (where hundreds of Ospreys nest). He was still there this morning.
September 1, 2015
Staddler started his journey south on Sunday. He departed NH between 11am and noon and quickly headed down to Taunton River in Somerset, MA. He stopped there and has been hanging out there for the last 36 hours. This is the first year we have followed Staddler, so he knows where his winter home is, but we don’t. He is the first of the NH adult males out of the gate. Donovan, Gundersen, and Wausau are still at their nests.
August 25, 2015
Staddler and his mate have successfully fledged one chick. I stopped by a little over a week ago and saw the youngster on the nest still begging for food. Staddler is doing most of his fishing along the Merrimack River up to 13 miles from the nest.
July 14, 2015
Staddler is expanding his fishing range a little. Something has been catching his attention offshore (mostly off Plum Island). Must be some sort of shoaling fish that has entered the coastal waters. Whatever it is, he has made several visits out there (sometimes as far as a mile offshore). He has also made some recent fishing trips along the Merrimack River near West Newbury. He was photographed near Amesbury Mass with a fish last Saturday. On the same day he was photographed chasing a young Bald Eagle over Hampton Harbor and also photographed carrying a flounder. He’s a busy boy!
July 8, 2015
Staddler and his mate have at least 1 (we suspect 2) chicks. The heat shimmer while scoping the nest is proving too hard to get a really accurate head count, but we know for sure they are raising a family. I’m delighted to report that our three new birds (including Staddler) have now been added to the Animal Tracker app at MoveBank, so you can now follow all our Ospreys on your phone.
June 27, 2015
I have not had a chance to visit the seacoast to check on Staddler, but his mate was certainly sitting tight on eggs in early June. His data suggests that he is feeding chicks, but I’ll try to get confirmation soon. It’s interesting to see his visits inland to freshwater fishing spots. He continues to roost away from the saltmarsh each night.
June 2, 2015
Staddler is mostly fishing in the channels in Hampton Harbor (I assume at low tide) but has made some interesting trips south to Salisbury Beach and Newburyport/Plum Island. He roosts every night in a beaver pond 2.2 miles from the nest in MA. I suspect that they have hatched chicks. On June 1 and June 2 he started visiting Lake Attitash near Merrimac in MA. I’m curious if that is in response to astronomic high tides, foul weather or demands of hungry chicks (can’t wait for the tides). Hopefully I can get someone on the seacoast to check the nest for me.
May 23, 2015
On May 21, 2015 we headed to Seabrook and Hampton Harbors where we tagged a male we named Staddler. His name comes from the word staddle. Staddles are clusters of wooden stakes which dot the saltmarshes in Hampton and Seabrook. They were used when marsh hay was harvested. The Staddles allowed the hay to be stacked above the high tide level to dry. Old weather-worn staddles are present throughout the marsh and provide perfect feeding perches for these saltmarsh-nesting Ospreys. The nests her are on low platforms constructed by local resident Dave Weber. A huge thanks to Dave for providing boat access to the marshes. Staddler and his mate are incubating three eggs.
As usual my colleague Rob Bierregaard helped with trapping and outfitting of the transmitters and Chris Martin of NH Audubon was also present and helping.