On a sad note, we report that Flow, the 3-year-old male Osprey hatched at the Cox Reservation nest in 2014 under the glare of Greenbelt’s webcam, and who had been wearing a satellite transmitter since age 3 months, disappeared on his southward migration in early October.
Great-horned owl predation is suspected. Flow had been followedthroughout his short life by thousands of viewers, as he migrated successfully between northeastern Massachusetts and Cuba five other times.
Remarkably, Flow was in an elite group of only four out of 54 juvenile Osprey tagged by lead investigator Dr. Rob Bierregaard that survived to be 3 years old and we all had high hopes he would become an active breeding adult somewhere in our region in 2018.
Flow provided valuable scientific data in his lifetime and brought much joy to many of his followers. He will be missed.