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Thread subject: Osprey Update UNC Maps
Name Date Message
karen 11/12/05 12:27 pm Homer continues south :
http://www.bioweb.uncc.edu/bierregaard/migration_'05.htm

We've had another piece of bad news. Bluebeard's radio is off the
air. The last signals from him were right were we last reported him,
very close to where he spent the winter last year. While Jaws' radio
silence holds some hope, it doesn't look good for Bluebeard. Our last
signals were weak, and the activity counter was not going up, so he
either died or lost the radio.

It's frustrating to lose another bird and have no idea what could
have happened. He had made the really tough part of the trip,
crossing the Caribbean, and should have had an easy time of it
getting to his wintering grounds. An Osprey that isn't feeding young
really only needs one good sized fish a day to get by, so it's hard
to believe he had a problem with food. The most likely explanation
would be that he was shot. It happens down there more frequently than
we'd like to believe.

We'll just have to wait until spring to see if he shows up.

--
Rob Bierregaard
Biology Dept.
UNC-Charlotte
9201 University City Blvd.
Charlotte NC 28223

704 333 2405
http://www.bioweb.uncc.edu/bierregaard
FOB Webmaster 11/12/05 03:40 pm That's really sad if it's true. I've read that in quite a few communities in South America, all raptors are seen as a threat to domestic animals, so they just shoot away. I'm sure education has helped some, but not enough. Here's hoping he returns in the spring.
Celeste 11/12/05 04:31 pm Sadly, I have read that also....in Winged Migration "shooting" was shown for "awareness purposes"....It's heartbreaking if that is what has happened.....so many threats migrating birds have to endure..... natural and manmade
Marie 11/12/05 07:01 pm Ah, that is sad news but we can only hope this isn't the case and he will show up again in the spring. Just a radio transmitter ejected somehow. Lets keep our fingers crossed.
Mickey 11/14/05 07:34 pm if he did die wouldnt the thing attached to him still put out a signal?

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