Osprey F54 was banded on June 20, 2022. Based upon measurements taken when banded, it is estimated that Osprey F54 was 36 days old at that time. Along with his color band, he was also outfitted with a U.S.G.S. band with the number 1218-10018.
Less than three months later, this Osprey was sighted here on Bonaire, a distance of over 3,000 kilometers, or about 1,900 miles. It would take nearly seven hours in a plane to make that trip, what we humans might consider a long flight, yet this young Osprey made an equivalent trip and arrived in Bonaire looking healthy and fit after his long flight.
With the information garnered from Dr. Rush and Natasha Murphy, his research assistant, I was able to report banded Osprey F54 to the Bird Banding Laboratory at the U.S. Geological Survey, Eastern Ecological Science Center. Each reported sighting adds a data point to this individual’s history and will provide further insight as to his movements and migrations.