03 August 2009

And the winning names for our Osprey Parents are...

Bella and Benicio submitted by our blogger/viewer Katt.

We had many names to choose from and we would like to thank all of our bloggers for participating in naming the osprey parents.

11 comments:

Carol said...

Good choice! So glad they finally have names. Question now is, how are we going to let them know! lol :)

Carol said...

Will the family ever be together again? Will the siblings meet up when they get to South America? What about when they come back here in a few years? Will they find their parents and will they know each other?

Carol said...

Congratulations, Katt!

Anonymous said...

Wonderful suggestion from Katt and best choice by our Moderator. I think Bella and Benicio already know their names because I'm sure many of us have sent out strong vibes--we want to see them again in January (or February). In the meantime, I'm enjoying the little bit of nest activity going on now.

Vivian

moderator said...

Hey Carol,

The osprey couple should winter in the same grounds as they did in past seasons. They are normally dedicated to their winter grounds as they are to their summer grounds.

The juvenile ospreys will be making their first flight south, so they will select an area that appeals to them for their new winter home. Osprey families do not normally travel together during the southward migration. It has been documented that juveniles may begin their migration together, but then separate after a time. Juveniles usually stay in the winter grounds until they approach adulthood (breeding age), about three years until they return to their breeding grounds.

Our newly named couple Bella and Benicio should return in January or February of 2010.

Anonymous said...

Congrats Katt!
Moderator,
Is there still a possibility of live coverage next year? Are there any plans in the future for banding of the ospreys?
I wish our osprey family a safe trip0 to South America!!! Happy fishing.
Thanks for all your information this season. I'll definitly be awaiting the 2010 season.
Mary Pat :)

moderator said...

Hey Mary Pat,

We are still considering live audio/video for next year, but it depends on the cost of the equipment. We are in the process of evaluating different streaming systems.

Banding:
The osprey nest is located atop a one hundred foot tower, which also resides within a quarter mile or so of our local airport. The communications tower, which is regulated by the FCC (Federal Communications Commission), is required to have a technician that is certified with antenna, tower climbing, and rescue skills. The problem is we don’t know of anyone in the area that can band osprey that is also certified to climb our communications tower to band the resident osprey.

Thank you for all your participation on the blog and web cam plus we hope to see you back in 2010 along with everyone else!

Carol said...

Forgot to wish our wonderful moderator a great vacation. Don't forget to come back so we can all enjoy your moderation of next year's activities in the nest. We appreciate your time and effort and we thank Palmetto Electric for letting you indulge in this somewhat time consuming activity. All the best! Bon voyage to you, Bella, Bonetio and the kids!
Carol

Anonymous said...

Funny you should say that. I work for a tower construction, service and maintenance company located in Frederick, MD. So I do know what you mean about the FCC regulations. It's just a shame. It is very exciting to track the chicks once they have left the nest plus all the information that is learned about the raptors.
I would like to wish a very safe and happy vacation. You deserve it. And again thanks for all your time and effort as our moderator for the webcam. And also to Palmetto Electric for allowing this to happen.

Mary Pat :)

Anonymous said...

All of this talk of wrapping things up is making me a little blue. We still have one young osprey on the nest and last Friday there were two. I'm hoping that means we will be able to watch a little longer. Even though the hatching and development excitement is gone, it is still enjoyable to see some activity there.

Thanks to our Moderator and the rest of the team for their diligence in keeping the camera going (some of the other sites are down a lot of the time), for the beautiful pictures, and for keeping us informed. Wonderful job by all!

We will be watching and waiting for the return of Bella and Benicio. And wish for good flying and warm weather for MG and GJ down south.

Vivian

Anonymous said...

Wow I just finally got back on line.. so glad you all like the names.. and I cant wait to use them next year.. Cant wait to talk to everyone again..

Thanks PE