Osprey Crossing | Photo of the Week

Posted on in On the Mountain by Hawk Mountain


During our Autumn Hawkwatch, our counters tally hundreds of osprey passing over the Lookouts. This past season, a specific osprey named Wausau was tracked by OspreyTrax possibly passing over Hawk Mountain on the morning of September 6. He was their first bird to pass over the Sanctuary! 

The male osprey spent the night of Sept. 5 on the ridge just near 309, north of New Tripoli. He then flew early on the morning of the 6th, presumably passing North Lookout at 7 am. Next he turned south flying past the north side of Lancaster around 9am, switching to thermals. 

Wausau is from New Hampshire's north country, and his trip to his winter waters just east of the Andes in Colombia took just 36 days. 

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Map of Wausau's recorded GPS tracking signals, showing he might have followed the ridge down to Hawk Mountain before eventually turning south towards Lancaster.