Migration Miracle
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Migration Miracle

Dinusaur

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I was so moved by the migration story of this Osprey and because of my direct involvement in getting to know the story that I decided to share it in this forum despite the risk of being repetitious. On August 3rd of this year I took this photo of a female Osprey with leg bands, near Inverhaugh, Ontario, Canada. After I submitted the band number to Bird Banding Lab I came to know that the bird was banded in 2010, in a nest 6 km south of Luther Marsh, not too far from where I saw it. The bird is 8 years old now. In an e-mail to me on Oct 13, the bander, Mr. David Lamble informed me that the bird is reported seen recently in Santa Ana, Misiones, Argentina -- near southern Paraguay! After she left Ontario, most likely towards end of August, she has made safely to her wintering ground almost 9000 km away. What an incredible journey. She has been nesting in Southern Ontario three years now, this year she had three chicks. I hope that she safely comes back next year to raise another brood of young Ospreys. I am looking forward to that event. By the way I did some online reading to find out if this bird holds the long distance record for an Osprey. It appears that back in 1994, another Osprey made 10,000 km journey between Finland and South Africa - it is still the record as far as I could tell. However, this could be the first time that a Canadian Osprey was recorded wintering in Argentina.
A Heart Warming Story by Dinusaur, on Flickr
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Wow, thanks for sharing. I love bird stories.
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Thanks for sharing this great story and awesome photo!
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As an update to this story I managed to visit the nest site on Aug 11, 2019 and confirmed that she covered another 9000 km in early Spring in completing her triumphant return to the same nest in Ontario from her wintering ground in Argentina. She has raised three chicks again this year though I only got to see one on the day I visited. She is nine years old and still has plenty of years left to continue with her journey back and forth between North and South America.


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Tremendous story, thanks for sharing Dinu
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Wow....I'm sad that I'm only discovering this thread now....it is a very cool story....thanks! I'm about 30 min. away from Luther marsh.
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