“Edwin” the Tagged Osprey is (Hopefully) Heading Back Our Way

by Jane Ahrens

by Pierce Rafferty, HLFM Director

The male osprey “Edwin,” tagged with a cell tower transmitter last spring on Fishers Island, recently reappeared in Venezuela after “going dark” for several months over the winter while out of cell tower range. He had last been tracked on September 29, 2013, in northern Venezuela after his long migration south from Connecticut. Back data received by the Museum from these new transmissions reveal that Edwin spent much of the winter in the upper reaches of the Amazon River in Brazil before passing back through Venezuela on March 8 and 9, 2014, at the start of his northern migration. Edwin reached the Dominican Republic on March 10th and subsequently traveled through Haiti and Cuba.  He crossed over to the southern tip of Florida on March 16th, reaching the Orlando area in central Florida the following day. To follow Edwin’s on-going migration, please visit the Museum’s webpage www.fergusonmuseum.org under the “Track  Edwin” tab.

Those who monitored Edwin’s travels last summer will remember that he quickly became a Connecticut-centric bird who spent little time on Fishers Island. It will be interesting to see if he heads back to our shores to reestablish a nest at his former Middle Farms Flats/Beach Pond site, or if he finds a mainland site more to his liking.

Osprey “Edwin” reaches Florida from Cuba on March 16, 2014
Osprey “Edwin” reaches Orlando, FL area, March 17, 2014
An image showing how far south “Edwin” got in the Amazon this winter.

The Museum would like to thank the Spofford Foundation for funding this fantastic project and for pledging funds to tag another male osprey this spring.

An update 3/21/2014

Edwin reaches Virginia’s southern border March 21, 2014
Wide Shot: Edwin reaches North Carolina/Virginia border on March 21, 2014

Update 3/28/2014

Edwin arrived back in the New London area on March 26, but transmissions weren't received until the 27th. He has not crossed to Fishers as of 3/28. (Yellow lines to FI are from last season.)
Edwin arrived back in the Niantic area on March 26, but transmissions weren’t received until the 27th. He has not crossed to Fishers as of 3/28. (Yellow lines to FI are from last season.)
A closer look at Edwin's travels just over in Connecticut as of 3/28/2014.
A closer look at Edwin’s travels just over in Connecticut as of 3/28/2014.

Featured Photo

USCG Eagle passing the Race early morning March 18, 2023 on her return from the Chesapeake Bay . Photo Credit Marlin Bloethe

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