Dear Birding Aus-ers,
I am seeking your help in locating and recording Osprey nests in NSW.
*Osprey Watch* is a *Foundation for National Parks and Wildlife* project
building a picture of the distribution of nesting Ospreys across NSW.
Launched on Friday 23 June, there has already been some new and exciting
reports, with Osprey reported nesting in the Hunter Valley for the first
time since 1984, reports of a nest in the upper reaches of the Macleay
Valley, more than 100km upstream of the river mouth, and a nest on the
Taree telecom tower that already has chicks out and testing their wings!.
The majority of Osprey nest on the mid and far north coast, however
there has been an expansion of nesting activity in recent years, with
Narrabeen (2005) the most southerly report.
There are a couple of ways you can help:
send in any information about nests by filling in a data sheet (if
you know of nests from last year, but haven't been back this year,
let us know and we will check them out)
* indicate whether you are able to help confirm nesting records
and/or monitor nests to provide information on approximate times
of laying, hatching and fledging, as well as the number of chicks
* help search in areas where nests are suspected (we've had reports
from locals and boaties which need checking out, and perhaps
require a bit of detective work).
If you live on the *south coast, *or *inland *of the coastal areas,
we're keen to get reports of any sightings of Osprey during the winter
breeding period to build up a picture of how far south birds hang out
during the colder months.
*How to participate?
Download a reporting form or volunteer registration form from the
/*Osprey Watch*/ page of the Foundation for National Parks and Wildlife
Or contact me directly:
Ekerlogic Consulting Services
PO Box 249, Grafton 2460
(02) 6644 7882
(0428) 299 300
regards and happy birding, Angela
www.fnpw.org.au <http://www.fnpw.org.au/> or call Angela Brady on 02
6644 7882 or 0428 299 300 for more information.
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