Danny Got The Shining (New Red Band)

Redrum.
Redrum.
Danny gets his photo taken for the Project Red Band archive.
Young Osprey Danny gets his photo taken for the Project Red Band archive.

Folks, meet Danny. Danny is a very special Osprey because he is Jack & Wendy’s first offspring. Ever. You might remember Jack & Wendy, the very dysfunctional Osprey couple from earlier this spring:

Flashback: Jack courts Wendy by doing the amazing Skydance
Flashback! Jack courts Wendy by doing the amazing Skydance
Flashback: Wendy goes fully upside down defending their nest
Flashback! Wendy goes fully upside down defending their nest
Flashback! Jack shows poor taste by decorating their nest with a dead duck.
Flashback! Jack shows poor taste by decorating their nest with a dead duck.
Flashback! Jack shows us why he and Wendy have always failed to produce chicks. Jack was just too selfish with his little fish.
Flashback! Jack shows us why he and Wendy have always failed to produce chicks. Jack was just too selfish with his little fish.

Somehow though, Jack managed to pull it together in time and the couple have successfully turned their house into a real home for the first time ever with the addition of their first offspring: Danny.

Introducing Danny
I. Am. Danny
And on a beautiful sunrise this week, Danny got a visit from Ben Wurst the Osprey Hero for a checkup and banding.
And on a beautiful sunrise this week, Danny got a visit from Ben Wurst the Osprey Hero for a checkup and banding.
Ben can;t keep his eyes off that sunrise, and Danny can't keep his eyes off Ben.
Ben can’t keep his eyes off that sunrise, and Danny can’t keep his eyes off Ben.
Danny: Red Banded Osprey 76 C.
Danny: Red Banded Osprey 76 C.

Being such a special fish-mangling monster, Danny was smartly chosen to join a very elite group of Osprey on Barnegat Bay, and to become part of Project Red Band. Danny has been outfitted with a bright red auxiliary band, “76 C.” This distinctive, easy-to-read band will enable more sightings of Danny around LBI, on migrations, and throughout his entire fish-mangling life.

Danny should fledge and leave the nest by August, hanging around the North End of LBI until fall when he begins his epic migration to South America. So pack those binoculars whenever you head to the beach, and if you happen to see one of LBI’s very special Red Banded Osprey, be sure to report it. Become a Citizen Hero and join the effort to conserve our local animals. All from the comfort of your deck or beach chair.

Wanna’ know what I love best about Project Red Band? That it allows us to see LBI’s Osprey as unique individuals, as opposed to some vague population. The Osprey may not be our friends, but they are our neighbors. It matters who they are, and it matters where they live. And who doesn’t like keeping an eye on what their neighbors are up to?

Follow along at the NJ Osprey Project Facebook to keep tabs on our Red Banders.