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Many of you have reached out wondering about the injured Osprey our Research and Conservation staff rescued a few weeks ago. Unfortunately, we have sad news to share. Despite the heroic and extensive efforts of everyone involved - from the network of TWI staff and partners involved in the rescue to the outstanding staff at Tri-State Bird Rescue & Research - this young Osprey's injuries were too extensive, and it did not survive. Along with the wounds it received from the discarded fishing gear, it also had a fractured wing that may have resulted from an attempt to free itself from the hook and line. It was a tragedy to lose this young Osprey, particularly from such a preventable cause, and especially this year when so many Osprey chicks in the area were lost likely due to lack of available prey. We'd hoped for a happy outcome, but for this bird it was not to be.
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6 months ago

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Thank you for caring for it.

Thank you for all you do ❤️

Heartbreaking to hear. We lost at least one as well to fishing lines. Westport MA

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How do the young ospreys learn how to fish? Is it just instinct or so they learn by watching? ... See MoreSee Less

7 months ago

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I learned from one of those anti seagull hawk guys that the adult takes the the juveniles out and dive on smaller fish, injuring the fish and dropping it back in the water giving the young ones an easy target. I actually witnessed this action while taking an early morning walk on the beach. Practice makes perfect!

Yeah, they definitely don’t just follow adults to foraging areas. They learn by trial and error. We watched the osprey fledgling at our osprey cam in BL return last summer with several small catches that were its first - a banded killifish, blue crab and then a pufferfish.

We watched a juvenile practice diving several times in Cape May Harbor on Sunday. It hit the water with talons outstretched, then got itself out of the water and airborne, shook the excess water off, rounded, and tried again.

Thanks for answering my question. On the beach today, I believe I saw several juveniles practicing fishing. It was amazing because I never noticed it before. I saw them do the little flappy dance they do just before they’re ready to dive, but did not dive. Then when they did dive I saw one head right down to the water, but never made contact and swooshed right up again. When he was ready, he finally took his dive and came up with a fish on his first try!!! 🐟🐠🐡

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On the 200 block of 26th last night. Never saw an Osprey on a pole 8n town before. ... See MoreSee Less

7 months ago

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Looks like he’s eating before going back to Mrs

Are ospreys getting ready to fly off our Pole

Deale Maryland along the Chesapeake Bay

Usually they depart in early September- female first.

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7 months ago

Thank you so much for accepting me into your group! ... See MoreSee Less

7 months ago