Thursday, January 30, 2014

Old man winter

A nice coating of ice and snow on the coastal saltmarsh and Absecon Bay.
Ospreys are currently enjoying tropical weather in N. South America while all of us in the Northern Hemisphere are dealing with an arctic air mass that has engulfed most of the U.S. Prior to 2013, no ospreys have been seen in New Jersey past December 31, thanks to warmer weather during winter months. This year is a stark difference and really, something that is more typical weather for winter.

Ospreys will remain on their wintering grounds for at least another 6 weeks or until mid-March. Most spring migration occurs in late March. For now you can follow one bird (C2) from Jamaica Bay, New York who is wearing a satellite backpack and wintering in Venezuela.

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