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By Tim on February 27, 2015
It is felt a little more Spring-like at Rutland Water in recent days and it won’t be long before the first Sand Martins will be zipping back and forth over the reservoir. We know from satellite tracking studies that the earliest-arriving Ospreys will be beginning their northward migration in the next few days and so checking 30(05)’s latest satellite data is always more exciting at this time of year. The latest data shows that she is still at her wintering site on the Senegalese coast and, in reality, she probably won’t begin the long journey back to Rutland Water until the second week in March. Rest-assured we will let you know as soon as she sets-off!
The Senegalese coastline between Dakar and St Louis supports a large wintering population of Ospreys and, as we know from last winter’s visit to Senegal by members of the project team, 30 spends her winter in the company of many other Ospreys. In recent weeks one of the birds she is likely to have come into contact with is UV: a first winter juvenile male from Northumberland. Joanna Dailey has kindly sent UV’s data from 23 February and it shows that he skirted around 30’s winter territory. Having watched the interactions between adult and juvenile Ospreys in Africa this is to be expected; most juveniles learn that they can not mess with established wintering birds, such as 30! For more on UV’s travels in Senegal, check out the Kielder Ospreys excellent blog.
30 is one of the Ospreys that we’ll be following during World Osprey Week from 23-29 March this year. You can see the latest locations of the WOW Ospreys on our new interactive map.
Closer to home preparations are nearing completion for the new Osprey season at Rutland Water. We’ll have a brand new Osprey viewing hide thanks to generous funding from Caterpillar and a new and improved webcam thanks to the Martin Lawrence Memorial Trust. More details soon!
By Tim on February 12, 2015
World Osprey Week is now just over five weeks away and we now have a brand new logo to advertise it with. You might remember that before Christmas we ran a competition – open to all participating schools – to design a new WOW logo that was ‘striking, instantly recognisable and easy to reproduce’. We received over thirty entries from schools in the UK, Spain and Poland and we now have great pleasure in announcing the winner…
So a huge well done to Natalia Gutkowska from Zespó? Szkó? w Dobrzykach in northern Poland for designing this brilliant logo. We think that it encapsulates World Osprey Week perfectly – the Osprey linking children across the world.
In the photo below Natalia is with Klaudia Czarnota whose logo we also loved. Klaudia was awarded third place behind Jemima Hart from Brooke Priory School in Rutland. Special mentions also to entries from Hurst Lodge School from Berkshire and Montorre and Urretxindorra schools from the Basque Country in Northern Spain which were also superb.
Many congratulations to Natalia, Jemima and Klaudia and thank you to everyone who entered. We really enjoyed seeing your brilliant logos. Watch out for more on WOW early next week. For more information about WOW, including details of how to sign-up for free, click here.