It has been two weeks since we placed the satellite transmitter on our new Jamaica Bay Osprey. Since then he has spent all of his time between his nest on Yellow Bar Hassock and John F. Kennedy International Airport. The fishing must be pretty good along the shores of JFK.
One of our goals was to see how Ospreys use Jamaica Bay and whether they forage where they might get into trouble at JFK. Over the past two weeks, we have recorded our new bird 11 times either over or along the shores of JFK. This is not a particular good thing for our bird or for aircraft coming and going from the airport. On many occasions, aircraft have crashed after hitting flying birds or have had engines fail after birds were sucked into one of more of their engines. JFK actually has staff on board to monitor bird activity in and around the airport. We will keep our fingers crossed that our bird does not get into trouble while foraging in this productive but dangerous part of Jamaica Bay.
No word yet on the three eggs that our new couple have produced. They should be hatching within the next few weeks. And very soon we should have a name for our new celebrity Osprey.
Park Ranger Colleen Sorbera reported seeing two young at Coley’s nest on the 22nd of May. At that time they were at least a week old. We will keep you posted on Coley’s family life as the chicks grow up over the summer.
More as the adventure unfolds.
Coley and our new friend, and Dr. Bob signing off.