Expert: Famous Long Island osprey found a mate
NEW YORK - An osprey that goes by the name of North Fork Bob is off the market. After five years of flying solo, Bob has finally settled down with a mate, says ornithologist Rob Bierregaard, who has tracked Bob with a transmitter since 2010. He says the bird has traveled 35,000 miles, making stops in Florida, Cuba, Haiti and even Venezuela. But since April, he has set up shop near Peconic Bay in Mattituck. His lack of movement tells experts he has finally found the one.
Since the 1960s, ospreys have made a remarkable recovery on Long Island after a toxic pesticide known as DDT was banned, experts say.
With a passion, a nest and a camera, Paul Henry and his friend Tommy set up a live webstream to get a closer look at the way these birds live. The website gets as many as 30,000 hits a day and has peaked at 500 viewers watching at any given time.
Once the Ospreys fly south for the winter, diehard viewers can watch a reel highlighting the birds on the North Fork.
Now that a Mrs. Bob is in the picture, next summer Bierregaard hopes to take back his radio, change the battery and use it on the next bachelor or bachelorette.