Reader photos: Ospreys return to the North Fork

(Credit: John-Paul Stanisic)
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. 

In a story published March 19 in The Suffolk Times, we asked readers to submit photos the take of ospreys as they return to the North Fork.

Here are some of the submissions: