Juvenile flies north instead of south
Today I received notification that a young osprey I banded on June 30th in Little Egg Harbor was found dead on August 25th 5 miles NW of Chenango Forks, NY. The banding recovery data indicated that the bird was found in a homeowners property by her dog. This is not entirely uncommon for juveniles to fly north then turn around and fly south to their wintering areas. In 2009, an osprey named "Hix" that was tagged and fitted with a satelite transmitter traveled north from southern Mass. to Maine after fledging. Unfortunately, he did not survive either.