Seems as though most of the Osprey have left RI for the season! Which means you can stop your monitoring as well. (I am receiving a couple of reports of juveniles flying about, but at this point it will be hard to tell which nests they are from. )
As a reminder, this is the time to make sure all of your data has been entered. Please note that the “notes’ section is character limited, which means you have to keep your messages short and sweet! It would be great to have all your data entered by November 1st.
Regarding your hard-copy monitoring sheets, please drop them off at our Bristol or Smithfield locations; or send them in to me. If you used a journal or laptop to record your observations, please hold onto them in case I have to call you to clarify something.
I am in the process of adding the new nests that many of you found. so please hold onto that data until I update this blog that the nests have been entered.
After you input your data, I will go through all the entries in order to determine the status of each nest, and the breeding success of each pair. I look forward to catching up on all of your observations!!!
As always, if you are having trouble with something, please send me a note!
If you have clear observations (positive or not) please be sure to either enter them online or send your hard copies to me. If you are unsure as to the status of your nest(s) please be sure to go out and make a final observation (or two!).
This is when the rubber meets the road, and your clear observations are important so that we have good, solid data.
New Nests: I am behind on adding some new nests, but will get to them after next week. So thank you again for your patience. I will place the new nest list on this blog once they have been updated.
Raptor Weekend: We had a quick sign up by folks to staff the Osprey Monitoring Program table that will be displayed at Raptor Weekend on September 12 and 13. That said, we can still use a lot of volunteer help in other capacities – we need help creating more material for the Osprey Table for guests to look at. And the event is a blast, so please drop me a note if you can volunteer on either day for a morning or afternoon shift!
The beginning of the story is sad – Dave Winsor (long time monitor and videographer) from Allin’s Cove worriedly reported that the bountiful nest (regularly producing four fledglings) had been downed in the storm’s microburst that blew through the area on August 4th. I also received notes from Norman Norris and Sandra Wyatt expressing concern and willingness to help repair/replace the pole and nest.
The middle of story gets better: Several of us, including the above as well as Butch Lombardi, Tracy Silvia, Scott Ruhren and others communicate goals and plans and identify unknowns, permitting requirements, etc… as efficiently as any professional project management team! It is left that Butch, who has experience in repairing and installing nests, will meet with the “principals” and discuss options for repairing the nest pole. Meantime Dave reports that 1 adult and 2 juveniles have returned to the area, leaving 1A and 1J MIA. Importantly, it appears that the juveniles are starting to feed themselves.
The end of the story is yet to be written – so stay tuned! Please contact me if you would like to help out in any way. Following are some images provided by Dave Winsor. Be sure to sign up for his feed on YouTube – it is sensational!
Photos of the nest are below: The nest during hurricane Irene; Kristen Fletcher of Wildlife Recovery at the nest a while back before the storm; damage after the storm and adult bringing food to the juveniles post storm.
Last week I received notes from Osprey Expert Rob Bierregarrd and Ian MacLeod, Director of the Squam Lake Science Center that an Osprey they had tagged (Lizzy) was hanging out in Belcher’s Cove, and could we make sure everything was ok? Well I called one of the program’s go-to people, and monitor for that area, Butch Lombardi. He was able to locate and photograph the bird as it “mooched” around the nests in Belcher’s Cove. Interestingly, Butch had reported seeing what looked like an interloper earlier in the week! All ended well, thanks to Butch! Ed. Note: I am on my way to NH this week and plan to stop by Ian’s Science Center in Squam Lake to say hi from all of us in RI. Jon
I was delighted to receive a visit from Linda and Pedro the other day. Although they have been monitoring Osprey in Pt. Judith Pond for 10 years they just joined our program last year. Linda provided wonderful photos (which I will post later) and we chatted for an hour or so comparing notes and laughs. Feel free to stop by and see me if you are ever in the neighborhood! Jon
Thank you to everyone who is helping monitor those nests that did not have any observations submitted to date. Your extra efforts are greatly appreciated! By the end of the week I should have a better idea of the status of most of the nests that we know about!
Thank you also for you patience as new nests are added, missing nests removed and so on!
And thank you also to everyone who is providing videos and photos for display. Please note that if you subscribe to YouTube you can be alerted when Dave Winsor posts another wonderful Osprey Nest video. These videos are great for folks needed to learn what to look for in terms of coloring, size, behavior, etc..
There are a few nests that we do not have status reports on and now is a great time to check on them!
If you are interested in helping by (A) making an initial assessment of a nest location or (B) becoming a monitor of an active nest please contact me by email. I will send you the list of unreported nests to review.
Thank you! Jon firstname.lastname@example.org
Following are some links to videos taken by one of or own monitors, David Winsor. David has a great set-up with a repeatedly successful nest at the same level as his deck. He does a lot of hard work to edit the videos and make them come out ready for prime time viewing! Sort of like a reality TV show!
The most recent is at the bottom of the list. Well worth watching!
Just a friendly reminder to be sure to visit your nest every week if possible, and certainly every two weeks. You do not want to miss the sight of fledglings poking their heads up to get a peek at the world around them. Or as on monitor reported, to see a pair defending their nest and eggs from a male interloper!
If there is no nest or no structure present, would you please make this clear when you submit your data to the website. At this point we have over 24 nest sites that need to be updated – so thank you in advance!! Jon Scoones