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Thread subject: Satellite Tracking
Name Date Message
Ann 10/19/04 03:07 pm Don't know if you guys had heard of the young male Osprey who was shot in Wiltshire, England. He was rehabilitated by the Hawk Conservancy Trust and when he had put on enough weight he was released for his migration after tagging for satellite observations. He left England at the end of September and reached Northern Spain earlier this month.

Sad news today, I am in tears, he was found dead, they think that the severe weather in that area had hampered his fishing ability and that he was unable to replenish his fat reserves used up after his long flight.

Very sad after all the care and treatment he had received after the horrific attack on him but at least we know what happened to him.

The the Hawk Conservancy press release "We have learnt a great deal from his stay, and the experience gained and contacts we have made with other agencies can only help to increase the success rate of future raptor rehabilitations and reintroduction programmes at the Trust".

I know that very few juveniles survive their first migrations but we can hope and pray for better success for "our birds".

If only he hadn't been shot and left earlier, they would never have had the chance to track him but would he have made it, we shall never know.

It is up to all of us to try and protect birds on migration whenever and however we can, sorry I am not good with words but you know what I mean.

God Bless to You All.


Celeste 10/19/04 03:15 pm Ann, you spoke "your words" well....and you are so right. Migration is a miracle never to be taken for granted or taken lightly. It is part of the ebb & flow of life on this earth.
Pam 10/19/04 04:38 pm That was sad news Ann - I googled the Hawk Conservancy Trust which is at :
and if anyone is interested you can see photographs of this osprey and a video of his release and the start of his flight to Spain - a freedom that was to end in such a sad way despite everyone's best efforts.
Celeste 10/19/04 05:09 pm Just watched the video, and the good intentions of all involved.......knowing the end result is indeed sad.
Cecilia 10/19/04 05:10 pm A heart breaking story. I wish they could have kept him for release next year but I guess he would have been too tame.
Marie 10/20/04 02:19 am Like Cecilia, I too have been working far more than I normally do but tonight Ann, I have checked out this site and read the press release...Thank you for alerting us to this news. How sad to know of this osprey death. (Another star is born to the night sky.) These deaths touch all of us. We have to remember that we learn a great deal from even one tragedy. As the press release suggests, 7 out of every 10 juvenile ospreys don't make it past their first migration, let alone their first year. These facts are constantly with us as we remember our little family at DPOF and wonder.........
There is a certain sadness that goes with all the joy and pleasure that Birds bring to us. We can only marvel at their courage as they embark on journeys unknown...They have a trust as well as a compelling drive to fulfilling their destiny. Only the strong survive. The genetic programing inherent in all of them is beyond their control. I can only say after 15 years of studying birds... truly, all birds are marvelous and fascinating creatures. They are very worthy of our love, interest and study. Those especially that undertake these marathon migrations hold a special place in my heart.
Celeste 10/20/04 05:15 am Well said Marie, and you are so right. Not knowing what happens to our DPOF family really rings true the saying "ignorance is bliss".. There are so many harsh realities of life that we deal with everyday, perhaps in our case since we watch the DPOF nests so closely, it may be a good thing that we "assume" that all goes well, though intellectually we know otherwise. It is a comfort knowing however, that knowledge is gained even in tragedy. I for one continue to marvel at the migrations of all is certainly a wonder of nature to be sure.
karen 10/20/04 08:41 am So sad ... I like to think all our family is fine and fishing in South America ... not knowing the reality is easier. Maybe Mickey has heard?
Mickey 10/20/04 12:47 pm I havent heard a single peep yet :(

I like others here know in my heart that not every bird succeeds in its migration South.Thats the the hard cold truth.

But I also know that every bird fledged from the DPOF nest does migrate South successfully *wink*
Its what I believe and no one can change it :))))
karen 10/20/04 03:17 pm You and me both Mickey!
Ann 10/20/04 03:33 pm Thank you to everyone of you, I am glad there are such like minded people out there. I don't talk much about birds where I work they already think I am from another planet not being a booze soaked pool player (and we are all females apart from one who thinks he is great, he is only a colleague not a boss. Weird, I am used to men being bosses or in a trade not a data processor in a call centre. Sorry Micky no offence meant to other males I just don't like that particular one.

Glad you found the Hawk Trust site it is fascinating reading.

Do the American Ospreys migrate south overland or like ours do they cross the oceans? Sorry my American geography is terrible, now all the South American countries but not the States, anyone know a good map I can copy from the net?

Are there any Ospreys still around anywhere or have they all gone off to the sun? Wish I could it is cold wet and windy here in the north of England.

Bye for now

Celeste 10/20/04 04:20 pm If I recall Mickey, isn't it around Thanksgiving that Freedom called you last year? Wouldn't it be something if all 5 of "our" chicks called you at once? See what you can do.........:)

I think by now the ospreys here on the East Coast have migrated....though I have read that once in a while there might be an osprey still in November.....however, I also read when you see them that late, they are probably not the fittest to make a successful migration. I'm not a geography scholar either....however, I also have read that osprey if given a choice, will migrate over rivers, (overland), so that they can stop to rest.
cathy 10/20/04 10:59 pm One osprey (Jaws) with tracking from Woods Hole flew 15 hours over water from the Dominican Republic and made it to a lake in Columbia. These migration maps are interesting, but you have to keep clicking "next map for " to see segments of the migration.
cathy 10/20/04 11:04 pm Also, Elsie made it to South America!!!! Her route was very interesting. Maybe she met Spirit, Peace or CZ. CZ may have begged for a fish, but I doubt if there was any sharing.

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