Keep looking up at towers and telephone poles and you will see more osprey than in years past as the population of young osprey on the North Fork has grown by about 50 percent over the last five years.
According to the Group for the East End, there were 198 active nests across the East End in 2014 and 301 active nests in 2018, resulting in a 47 percent increase of young produced over the five-year span. Additionally, The North Fork also has the densest population of breeding osprey, specifically in Southold Town.
A strange wailing noise startled Elizabeth O’Reilly at her East Marion home late Saturday afternoon. She walked back on her deck, with a few neighbors, and looked up toward a tree, where she spotted something that looked at first like a plastic bag. But as she looked closer, she could see it was an osprey. (more…)
An osprey flying in Southold. (Credit: John-Paul Stanisic)
How long does it take an osprey to journey 3,500 miles from South America to the northeast?
About three weeks.
Ospreys began returning to the North Fork in mid-March. Last year, North Fork Bob — a tagged osprey whose migration patterns have been tracked by ornithologist Rob Bierregaard since 2011 — left South America March 23 and arrived on the East End April 12. (more…)
North Fork third baseman Penn Murfee was taken to ELIH Monday. (Credit: Joe Werkmeister)
UPDATE: North Fork Ospreys manager Bill Ianniciello said Penn Murfee was released from Eastern Long Island Hospital and back with his host family Monday night and appeared to be OK.
Ianniciello said Murfee, who had come back from a long road trip, appeared to be dealing with some dehydration.
Original Story: A North Fork Ospreys player was taken to a local hospital Monday evening after he felt his heart racing and faintish during a Hamptons Collegiate Baseball League game at Cochran Park in Peconic.
In the bottom of the first inning at around 7:20 p.m. against the Riverhead Tomcats, North Fork third baseman Penn Murfee hit a double to right field and started to feel faintish and his heart racing when he got to second base, a team official said.
Murfee, who’s from Nashville, Tenn. and attends school at Vanderbilt University, was then taken out of the game and laid behind the dugout.
Southold Town police and Southold fire department officials responded to the scene. Murfee was taken to Eastern Long Island Hospital for evaluation.
The game was delayed for about 15 minutes while he was being treated and is currently underway. The Tomcats led 6-0 when the game was delayed.
JP Stanisic courtesy photo
Local photographer JP Stanisic of Southold spotted a pair of ospreys at a nest at Mill Creek on Sunday.
He shared his photos with The Suffolk Times for publication in this week’s upcoming paper, but we figured we’d share a few more of his shots at northforker.com.
KATHARINE SCHROEDER PHOTO
How do ospreys beat the heat? Maybe they don’t need to. After all, when summer ends here they migrate south as far as South America.
The more pressing concern for this parent and chick nesting in Southold is to keep safe during the thunder storms that may rumble through the area today.