To quickly recap, Coley made it to Virginia on March 16th and spent the 17th sitting out bad weather in the area. We continue the saga here.
March 18th: Coley spent a second day in the same area of Virginia, apparently stalled again by the bad weather in the Northeast. He was about 7 miles northeast of Mechanicsville in the Richmond suburbs, resting and possibly fishing in several small ponds, including West Pond, in the area.
March 19th: With a storm raging in the Northeast (we had 14 inches of snow in New Hampshire), Coley delayed heading north until most of the storm had passed his area. Shortly after 11am, he headed northeast flying about 130 miles reaching Greensboro, on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. We do not have an exact time of his arrival there but most likely it was around 7pm. He is just east of Talbot County — arguably the Osprey Capital of the world.
March 20th: We do not have any data for today yet, but the weather has passed and the winds are coming from the west and southwest, relative good conditions for Coley to fly home — Hold everything!!!!! Just received an email from Jamaica Bay naturalist Don Riepe who reported that he spotted and photographed Coley at 5:20 pm this evening, sitting in the marsh by his nest with his mate while she was eating a fish. We know it was him as his satellite transmitter antenna was clearly visible projecting from the transmitter backpack. CONGRATULATIONS COLEY – YOU MADE IT.
He covered the 2600-mile journey home in 15 days and 7 hours!!!
Next report as new data is available.
Coley and Dr. Bob Signing off.