Coley’s satellite transmitter still seems to be giving us some problems, but this only appears to happen when he is perched. Since the last report, two nice flights were noted during the hourly data downloads, one on November 18 where he was about 1.5 miles northeast from his center of activity (his resting/ roosting/ loafing area), the second about 1.4 miles also northeast. My Coley Concern Level (CCL) for the past 14 days is about 3, which I would consider normal.
As I have said before, if fish are abundant where he is then he can catch a fish very quickly and return to a perch to eat it. Once he has eaten, he has nothing to do but sit for the rest of the day or maybe two, before going out for another quick fishing trip. We get 17 hourly reports each day, and each report is a moment in time. That leaves a lot of time in the day when he can move about without us ever knowing where he is going between the hourly reports. If you look at the map, you will see he is moving about within that very small area that I call his center of activity, but nearly all of these points have 0 for his speed, so he is likely perched.
For the next couple of months, I will monitor Coley regularly and will send out a report if he does something noteworthy. Otherwise, reports will be less frequent – about once a month. We can expect Coley to start his spring migration north sometime in late February or early March. There will be plenty of excitement then as we track his homeward journey and return to Sandy-torn Jamaica Bay.
Thanks again to all of you for your input and support.
Coley and Dr. Bob signing off.