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Great Bay and Coastal New Hampshire Osprey Monitoring

WELCOME TO THE 20th year of osprey monitoring at Great Bay and Coastal New Hampshire!
Our first nesting ospreys were found in 1989 by Steve Mirick in the Durham woods while doing a census of Great Blue Heron nest sites.  Since then we've grown to 16 known active nests, so far, in 2008.

The official Project Osprey partnership concluded its 5-year mission three years ago.  Monitoring of the state-threatened osprey will continue in southeastern NH as Great Bay Osprey Stewards.  This year's monitoring efforts will again be under the leadership of Chris Martin of New Hampshire Audubon.

The mission of the Great Bay Osprey Stewards (GBOS) is to promote and enhance osprey populations and the habitats they depend upon in the Great Bay watershed, through population monitoring, outreach, education, and stewardship.

Updated Monday December 08, 2008 @ 11:20 P.M.

NEW: Ospreys removed from NH Endangered and Threatened list as another record breeding season ends.  See Press Release Here.

Four chicks fledged at Colby Marsh; three at Dame Road, Great Bog, Landing Road, Strafford Co. Farm, Stubbs Pond, WSA#3, & WSA#4; two at Lubberland Creek & Brookside Sanctuary; one at Blackwater River, Brackett Brook & Hampton River Duck Blind and none at Jeffs Hill, Squamscott River & Willey Pond.

This is a total of 32 fledged young from 16 active nests for an average of 2.000 fledged per active nest.

Two new osprey nests were found by Steve Mirick on duck blinds in the Hampton/Seabrook Marshes.  The first. an active nest with one chick, was found on July 11 in the north end of Hampton Marsh near the Hampton River.  The second, an occupied nest with no young was found on July 14 in the Hunt's Island portion of Seabrook Marsh.  This appears to be a "starter" nest for birds that hopefully will have an active nest in 2009.

Chris Martin found an active nest with one young in Greenland behind the NH Vocational Tech buildings off Rte 33 on Brackett Brook on 06/18.

Another potential new nest for 2009 was found by Scott Standley in a wetlands off South Road in North Hampton on 05/21.  Intermittent sightings of one or both birds continued throughout most of the nesting season.

Three of our 16 known nest sites failed: Jeffs Hill before hatch & Squamscott River around hatch time.  Willey Pond also failed because the branch supporting the nest broke off probably as a result of the recent winds & thunderstorms.  One chick & possibly two were lost.  All other nests have hatched.  Jeffs Hill has had spotty success over the years, but this is the first failure at Squamscott River after 15 consecutive successful nests in its 16 year history.

See Dennis Krause's photos of the female with 4 chicks at Colby Marsh HERE.

See what's happening on the Nashua River.  VIEW osprey photo sequences by Kevin Klasman of Hollis, NH.
They are under PHOTOS in the main menu.  Thanks to Kevin.

The nest site maps powered by MapTech are now back in working order.

In addition to the usual pests to avoid, Dennis Krause has confirmed that the black bear warning under GBOS/WARNINGS isn't an idle warning.  He ran into one at the Willey Pond nest site off Dame Road on April 15th.  The bear has not been seen since.

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