July Observations – Please Enter!!

Three Little Birds…. Jerusalem Nest – Photo by Roberto Tornatore










Hi everyone!

Tomorrow I will begin reviewing all of your observations (aka hard work) for the month of July and updating the fledgling status of each nest.  So if you still need to enter your observations now is the time to do so!  Currently we have 254 nests in the database!

Thank you again for all of your help with this program!

Jon Scoones

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Please Enter Your July Observations !

Beavertail Nest At the end of July we will assess all of your observations for the month of June.   So if you have any observations to upload to the website, or need to make another visit to “your” nests before the end of the month, you have one week left!    Thank you so much!

Beavertail Nest Site    Photo by Jen Osonicki

Jon Scoones

And remember – pictures are great!

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Thank You!

Many thanks to everyone who responded to our request for help and sent me observations/updates on the nests that were lacking data. I know it took time from your busy days and greatly appreciate your help! Jon

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Nest Status for June, 2016 And A Request For Help

Narrow River Mouth Nest & Young Osprey Monitor

Happy Summer, Fellow Osprey Monitors!

Many thanks to everyone who updated their observations for June.  When I checked the records a second time it was great to see everyone’s observations and anecdotes!

Please note that 23 nests still need to be checked and reported on for June – Are you able to help?

As of today, July 10th, following is a summary of the nest activity for Rhode Island.  If you see a problem just email me directly!

Still to check for June (and no July):   23 nests (or 10 % of the total nests).  See the list below if you would like to help do a one-time status check!

Active Nests: 162 or 66% of the total nests.

Not Active: 51 or 21 % of total nests

Unknown: 4 or >1% of total nests.  These nests are identified as “Unknown” because we do not have any data on them for the season and no access.

Total Nests: 246 (Thanks to all of you for submitting the new nests you found!!


LIST OF NESTS THAT NEED HELP!   We do not have reports on the following nests for June or July-to-date.  If you have a moment, please check on one of these nests and report back.   Currently me and our fantastic Intern Jenn are trying to cover these nests, but your help would be great!    To find a nest, go to the Informational Resources section on this home page and use the link to the Osprey Nest Sites in Rhode Island.  Please post your observation quickly so that others do not head out as well!

40 Barnacle Dr. – Narragansett
Brown St. – Warren
Buttonwood Pt – South Kingstown
Charley’s Platform – Warren
Cove Road Winnapaug – Westerly
Fogland Marsh – Tiverton
Freebody Park – Newport
Goose Wing Beach – Little Compton
Gooseberry Beach- Newport
Gooseneck Cove- Newport
Marine Drive – Narragansett
Mount Hope HS – Bristol
Napatree Pt. W – – Westerly
Narragansett Way S – Hopkinton
Potter Cove, SK – South Kingstown
Quonochontaug Pond – Charlestown
Quonset – Allen’s Harbor – North Kingsown
Rabbit Island – North Kingstown
Rt. 78 & Rt. 91- Westerly
Sleepy Hollow Farm – Warwick
South County Hospital – Narragansett

Thank you all so much!!  Be sure to check out my other recent post regarding the new map!

Jon Scoones



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New, Updated Map of Nest Sites!!

Osprey at Audubon Bristol EEC Nest, 2016. By George Cunha

I am please to announce a new map for your use when looking for nest locations and information about the nest sites.

To access the new map, just head over to the Osprey Links section, and click on the Osprey Nest Sites In Rhode Island link.  This link should take you to a Google map which I believe is much easier to use and provides an improved search function.  You can scroll to find a nest name, or just type the name into the search bar.

As always, the accuracy of the particular nest site data relies on your input.  So please review your nests and make sure the related data (location, directions, etc..) is correct.  If anything is not correct, please send me a note wit the correct information.

If you have any suggested improvements, please feel free to send me a note – it is important that this map works for all of YOU!

All the best – and be sure to check out my other recent posts.

Jon Scoones

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June Observations Are Due!!

Hi monitors!

If you have any outstanding observations to enter for June, please enter them now!    I am in the process of checking the activity level for each nest through the month of June – and it really helps if all of your observations have been entered!

Thanks again for your dedication to this program – your time is greatly appreciated!

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Nest Activity Status For May & Request For Help

Happy June Fellow Osprey Monitors!

Thank you again for all your time spent observing Rhode Islands’ Osprey and submitting your data.  I just finished reviewing all of your observations for May and was delighted to see that many of you highlighted milestones, provided suggestions, found new nests and of course, sent along your photos!

During my review of observations unfortunately I noticed that numerous nests were not reported upon during the month of May.   This is an important time to capture the data on the status of the nest and the number of chicks.   There are a couple of solutions for this situation:

1) If you have data from your May observations and have not entered it, please do so now.

2) Please open the document titled “2016 Nest Activity Table_May”.   This document lists all the unreported sites for May, along with directions for finding them.   Your help in visiting and reporting on these sites would be great!!  (The document can be found in the category titled “Osprey Links” on this page).     

If you know that a site is not active, damaged, etc, please make a note of that via the website so that we do not continue to monitor it throughout the season.

Thank you very much for all your hard work!!



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Updated Nest Assignments!


Hi everyone, and thank you so much for all the hours you have put in to date observing the Osprey of Rhode Island!

Following are a few items for your review:

1) An UPDATED Nest assignment list has been posted in the Osprey Links section of this blog.  Please be sure to review the list for accuracy.  I based the monitors’ names and activity status on those entries that have been made-to-date.

2) Wherever you see the word OPEN highlighted in yellow on the Nest Assignment List we are in need of a monitor!  Please feel free to sign-up or nominate a friend ;-) 

3)  If you see that a nest you are monitoring is not showing complete information (such as nest structure, location, directions) please feel free to send that information to me.

4) Please enter your observational data!  You spent valuable time making the observations, so please pass them along!  As you will see on the Updated Nest Assignment list, numerous nests with assigned monitors are missing any observational data.  No need to wait and enter them all at once – please enter your data the same week you make your observation!  Each month we review ALL submissions and enter a monthly status for each nest.   Having your data up-to-date makes this task much easier and accurate!53) New Nests: Thank you for your keen eyes and taking the time to send me the lat/longs and details about the nests you have found.  Now that I have updated the assignment list I will add more of the new nests during this week.

-5) Photos: Thank you and keep them coming, but if you send them as attachments to your emails it is much easier to post them! I will be posting many of the photos you sent later this week.




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White Rock Road in Westerley by Sandra W.

White Rock Road in Westerley by Sandra W.

Hi Osprey Monitors!

The previous posting explains how to access the list of nest assignments.  I know that a few of you will need some changes, so be sure to email me!

I just finished entering all the new monitor’s names and emails into the data submission section of the website.  So you should be able to enter your observations in time for the weekend!   That said, I was not always able to read everyone’s handwriting, so please send me a note if the website system does not let you submit your data.   Remember – your email is your username.   There is no password.

If you have not heard from me, please drop me an email so we can work everything out!

And remember your milestones – thanks!

Hope to see you on the trails, and thank you again for volunteering your time and talents!!



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2016 Nest Assignments

Avondale Female Returns

Avondale Female Returns  – Jennifer France

Hi Osprey Monitor!

Many thanks to all of you who attended our orientation sessions.   Between the three sessions we saw over 140 folks!    That is a great turn-out in support of the program and these magnificent birds. Thank you so much for your patience!

TO FIND YOUR NEST ASSIGNMENT(S) for the 2016 season, (1) please find the Osprey Links section on the right side of this page.   (2) Then find the link titled 2016 Osprey Nest Assignments  and click on the link.  (3) When the document has opened, please review the two  columns labeled Monitor Name A and Monitor Name B for your last name.  (Please note that while the Monitor Name A column is in alphabetical order, the Monitor Name B column is not.)   Be sure to copy down the town name, nest name, and type of nest site you are looking for!

LOCATING YOUR NEST SITE: The first step is to use the maplet on the home page of this site.  Be sure to maximize the size of the map to full page, then zoom in and out.   If, after looking at the map, you are still unsure of the location, please send me an email and I will respond with directions.

WANT TO COVER AN ADDITIONAL NEST?  Most nests that do not have two assigned monitors could use an additional monitor.  In some cases only one monitor is allowed at the site.  If you are interested in picking up a site that needs a monitor, please email me the particulars!

QUESTIONS:  I know that many of you will have questions, want to change your nest location or even take on an additional location.  And some of you will identify a mistake or two that I have made…..  Please send me an email with your questions so that I may have time to review your question and respond accordingly!

Thank you all very much, and I look forward to hearing from you!!

Cheers – Jon


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