The Chesapeake Bay Foundation is currently tracking four osprey that have telemetry collars. All four birds call Maryland home, and breed and summer on the Chesapeake Bay and winter in South America. The telemetry allows the birds to be tracked. Here’s what they are finding out.
NICK from Tangier Sound winters in Cartagena, Columbia.
WOODY from Whitehall Bay in Annapolis winters in Maracaibo, Venezuela.
QUIN from Tangier Sound winters in Guantanamo, Cuba.
CRABBY from Crab Island Bay on Kent Island has a really erratic, inland flight pattern, wintering in Cayenne, French Guiana.
Check out their annual migratory flight patterns. Come March and April they will be back home!
Web Site with Maps: http://www.cbf.org/ospreymap
On a side note as taken from the Maryland Birding website: A dead bald eagle was found along the side of the road on Interstate 83 near Hunt Valley in Baltimore County on Saturday January 31, 2015. The eagle was banded and the tag check revealed that the bird was banded as a hatch year bird in 1986 in Maryland. The eagle was therefore 29-years old!
One out of 10 bald eagle survive to adulthood of 5-years. If they make it that far, then they usually will live to be 20 to 30-years old, as wild birds. In captivity bald eagle have lived to 50-years old.