Coley’s Winter Home?

To take a look back, Coley left his summer home and nest in Jamaica Bay around 9:40am on September 10th and reached the Florida Keys by September 15th. He arrived in Cuba early the next morning, reached Haiti by September 23rd, crossed the Caribbean and arrived in Colombia on September 26th. He then proceeded directly to the Cienaga Grande de Santa Marta and the Ciénaga Pajaral (Bird Marsh) in the Department of Magdalena in northern Colombia arriving by noon on September 26th.  Our Osprey has now traveled a total of over 2,600 miles in 17 days.

Since he arrived in the Bird Marsh area, he has taken two short flights – one on October 4th to the Magdalena River (the largest river in Colombia) about 14 miles west, and a second, a 5 hour round trip flight, to about 35 miles south of the Bird Marsh.  The Bird Marsh may well be the center of his winter home, since he has spent the last 10 days in this region, and these shorter flights may be typical for him on his wintering grounds.  I am not willing to say for sure that this is his winter home, as the recent short flights might just be his attempt to get his bearing on the region before heading to a final destination. However, as I said before, the Bird Marsh would be a perfect place for an Osprey to winter.

Meanwhile, our Nantucket Osprey, Señor Bones, departed Nantucket on September 15th, traveling on a similar path to Coley, and arrived at his winter home near Bucaramanga in the Department of Santander, Colombia on October 6th around noon. We know that this is his winter home as we have followed him there for the past two years.  He ended up about 275 miles south southeast of Coley, traveling 22 days and about 3000 miles along the way.

Next report to follow in a week unless Coley leaves Bird Marsh for another destination.

Thanks again to all of you for your input and support.

Coley and Dr. Bob signing off.

Bull’s eyes = Osprey’s location every hour.
Lines = Sequence of locations in time (not the actual flight path)

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