The first osprey in Project OspreyTrak reached South America yesterday landing safely on the Colombian shore. Rice, an osprey from Hopewell, Virginia, made the last leg of the trip from the Dominican Republic to Colombia in 25 hours.
We haven’t received additional data from Jett’s transmitter. The last transmission was September 26th 150km north of the Colombian coastline. With such a prolonged lapse in data, it is likely the bird is dead. We’ll continue to monitor for new data to determine the bird’s fate.
Thurston continues to forage on the Florida inter-coastal waterways. He’s not the last osprey in North America, but he’s certainly stalled his migration and is far behind many other tracked osprey (see http://www.osprey-watch.org/learn-about-osprey/osprey-migration/ for a list of active osprey tracking projects).