The Journeys of Nantucket’s Ospreys
At the end of each summer, the Ospreys that nest and raise their young on Nantucket embark on a long journey back to Central and South America. In collaboration with The Trustees of Reservation, Maria Mitchell’s Senior Research Fellow Dr. Bob Kennedy has attached GPS transmitters to two Nantucket Osprey. The first, Mr Hannah, was tracked for a full year before disappearing during his second tracked journey to South America. The second, Senor Bones, is currently in South America for his second winter wearing the GPS backpack. As winter gives way to spring, the Osprey return to Nantucket. The first sighting of an Osprey usually occurs around the end of March though the exact day varies year to year.
Senor Bones is Back on Nantucket!
His transmitter has stopped working but he was sighted on his nest around April 5th. We can assume he flew back from Columbia on a path similar to the route he took last fall (click the picture for a bigger image).