Coley has not moved much since he arrived in the Cienaga Pajaral (Bird Marsh) in the Department of Magdalena in northern Colombia on September 26th. He has made a few short flights away from the Bird Marsh area, but for the most part he has confined his activity to a very small section of the marsh, less than 2 miles across. We’ll be keeping an eye on his movement – or lack thereof. He may just be acclimating and hunting in a very small area, or the GPS pack could be having some technological issues, but normally we’d expect more data coming in and more movement. Bear with us as we sort it all out.
Now that he has been there for over 17 days, I am almost convinced that this will be his winter home. I cannot think of a better place for an Osprey to winter. If you zoom in on the map and click the “Sat” or “Earth” button, you can see that the area appears to be relatively uninhabited, and thus generally safe from hunters and other dangers posed by people. There is a small village of houseboats in the marsh, but overall it seems that he has picked a quiet place for a winter retreat!
This photo of the large adjacent marsh, Ciénaga Grande de Santa Marta, gives an idea of what Coley might be seeing these days:
Source photo: Augusto Sisa
Next report to follow in about 10 days, unless, of course, Coley leaves Bird Marsh for another destination.
Thanks again to all of you for your input and support.
Coley and Dr. Bob Signing off