Welcome Back Coley!

Coley and His Mate Reunited after 2013 Spring Migration
Family reunion. Coley is on the left and his mate on the right, fish in claw. Photo: Don Riepe / American Littoral Society.

Coley, our amazing avian traveler, completed his northward migration yesterday, March 20th. He fittingly arrived at Jamaica Bay on the first day of spring and was quickly reunited with his mate.

We’ll continue to keep an eye on his travels and re-acclimation to the Bay. Although there are many exciting possibilities on the horizon (eggs! chicks! summer fishing!), for now let’s all say a hearty congratulations to this amazing bird.

Below is a complete map of his journey north.

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

Click the Sat(ellite), Ter(rain) or Earth buttons on the map for alternate views. The Earth view requires you to have the free Google Earth software on your computer. For a larger map, go to Google Maps or download the KML file to view in your copy of Google Earth.


  1. Welcome home Coley! I certainly enjoyed tracking you on your travels and hope you have a nice long rest after your long journey home. Thank you Dr. Kennedy for giving us all the opportunity to share in this amazing project. Looking forward to seeing more of Coley’s travels on his next migration.

  2. Where do we observe Coley’s nest?

    • Hi Barbara, Coley’s nest is at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge in Queens, not far from the visitor center. Check in with the Rangers when you arrive and they can point you in the right direction.

  3. Yes, this is wonderful news. Many thanks to Dr. Kennedy for keeping us informed. The Osprey are magnificient.
    If anyone can help our group to protect our Ocean Beach Osprey in New London CT..We would love to hear from you.
    The Osprey return to Ocean Beach light tower for decades. It’s very sad that another group would like to take the osprey light tower/ nest down, relocate the tower to the boardwalk to convert it into a clock tower. Our group loves the osprey. We look forward to their return..Thankfully we are able to keep the nesting site for another year!
    We would rather have the osprey and not a clock tower!
    Any suggestions?!

  4. Man that brings happy tears to my eyes and a awe struck internal reverence for that magnificent creature. I’d love to see his summer place. Are birders allowed to get close?

    • Hi Darlene, visitors can see the nest quite clearly from the trail at the Wildlife Refuge. The park asks folks to stay on the trail, both for the birds’ sake as well as the marsh’s!

  5. Oh my…I hadn’t seen the recent posts and was wondering where Coley could be. So good to see that he made it home and his mate was waiting for him. For human or bird that is wonderful! (I’m busy watching the Red Tail Hawks of Washington Square Park — sitting on 3 eggs! http://www.livestream.com/nyu_hawkcam)

  6. Thank you Dr. Kennedy, Don Riepe and your team for working together to make this miracle of technology happen.
    Welcome home Coley and mate.

  7. The long space with no log entries, over the Caribbean on the night of March 8th, it means he stayed on course, over the open ocean, in the dark, doesn’t it? Truly astonishing. Both the birds, and the humans who are smart enough to figure out the technology, so that now we can know WHAT the birds do, and can start figuring out HOW they do it.

  8. Welcome back Coley. It looks like your mate had dinner waiting for you. “Hello honey, I’m home.”

  9. Great news and a terrific project. I’m looking forward to more photos and updates. Like a previous commenter, I did not receive the recent updates so only learned of Coley’s return when I went to the website myself. You might want to check out your update system.

  10. Did Coley’s 15 days 7 hours trip set a speed record? Sounds fast to me.

  11. great news and great pictures. Welcome home.

  12. This has been so exciting to watch from afar! I’ve put your link on my blog, Osprey Diaries.

  13. Amazing! I’ve been following Coley’s migration since he left Jamaica Bay. Can’t wait to see him and his mate.
    Thank you for this wonderful opportunity.