Weather Gets in C2′s Way

Coley II (C2) has slowed down a bit, largely because of the horrible weather patterns in the eastern US. Nantucket Island, where I am studying other Ospreys, had over 10 inches of snow yesterday (March 26th) and hurricane force winds gusting to over 80 mph! The Ospreys that already arrived on Nantucket must have had a very difficult time.

Back to C2. Yesterday morning he had made it to the northeast corner of Georgia. As I said, the weather likely slowed him down as he only has averaged about 95 miles per day since we last looked in on him in north central Florida. Here is a closer look at his march north over the last few days:

Day 8 – March 23rd – In the last report we left C2 at 4 pm in north central Florida, about 15 miles east of Ocala. He did continue migrating north for a few more hours and ended up spending the night along the Saint Johns River west of St. Augustine.

Day 9 – March 24th – A short day probably avoiding weather and taking some time to fish. He skirted to the west of Jacksonville and ended up along the St. Marys River, the border between Florida and Georgia. He was just east of the Okefenokee Swamp in Georgia and about 25 miles northwest of Jacksonville. His shortest day yet, only 60 miles or so.

Day 10 – March 25th – Another short day leaving Florida, staying about 15 miles inland from the coast of Georgia and reaching just south of the South Carolina border to spend the night northwest of Savanna, about 125 miles today.

Day 11 – March 26th – The awful day in the Northeast. Our last data point for C2 was at 5 am before the day had actually begun for him.

I expect that C2 will pick up some speed over the next few days of his migration. At the last data point he had about 700 miles to go to Jamaica Bay. With good trailing winds, he could be home before the end of the month!

C2 and Dr. Bob signing off.

LEGEND
Bull’s eyes = Osprey’s location every hour.
Lines = Sequence of locations in time (not the actual flight path)
Times in the data points are Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).

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Comments

  1. This answers my question in the prior post! I thought that the rush of wind up from the south would send C2 flying back to Jamaica Bay. Hope we hear more progress soon!

    Have you ever tried to put a webcam on one of the nests? Would be so wonderful to have live streaming as they do at Cornell and other venues.

    • We would have liked a webcam but didn’t get the funding.

      • What would it cost for equipment and support? Could you have a funding initiative just for that?

  2. How much funding would you need? I would be happy to help. You can contact me by email.