30(05) is in Morocco!

Last time we checked in with 30(05) she was just shy of the Mauritanian border, about to head into the West Sahara – that was on the 14th of March. We have now had more data from her satellite tracker showing that she has safely crossed the West Sahara, potentially the most hazardous part of her journey, and has now reached the southern tip of the Atlas Mountains in Morocco.

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The Atlas Mountains rise to more that 3,500m in places, and Ospreys often skirt around the north side of the mountains, avoiding the higher peaks that lie further to the east. 30(05) is an experienced bird, so this is the route we would expect her to take – this is the 22nd time she has migrated! This image from google maps shows the kind of landscape she is currently flying over.

30(05) view 101m up

Since we last checked 30(05)’s data on 14th March she has traveled nearly 850 miles – and she still has over 1500 miles to go. Last year she set off on 10th March and arrived back on 26th March – this year she set off a day later and is making slightly steadier progress. For the past three days 30(05) has traveled on average 200 miles a day, compared to 290 miles per day on the equivalent part of her journey last year. This is probably down to unfavourable wind conditions in her location – hopefully as she passes into Europe the conditions will be in her favour and she will make her way quickly back to Rutland. We’ll keep you updated on her progress!

Nearly halfway

 

 

6 responses to “30(05) is in Morocco!”

  1. Josh's Super Special Gold Class

    Hello Thirty,

    Are you happy on journey?
    We are in Bilbao and we think you are going to fly over us on the thrusday 23rd or friday the 24th of March.
    We are going to look for you in the sky.

  2. Rita Beard

    Why is nothing shown on the satellite tracking map?

    1. Kayleigh Brookes

      The satellite tracking map can be seen here: http://www.ospreys.org.uk/satellite/index.html. This spring’s migration is currently in green.

  3. Suzie

    Waking early this morning … I watched the wide angled nest cam for a couple of hours … a visit by a pair of insect hunting rooks was followed by a brief territorial spat between two male Egyptian geese … then, at 07.42/44 I was rewarded by my first season’s glimpse of an Osprey flying towards the trout farm!
    I know that my recent bird identification record is less than perfect but on this occasion I’m pretty confident that ‘someone’ is home!

  4. Bill Hunt

    Welcome home 33!!!! 🙂

    Tasty looking fish…fresh from the trout farm?

    1. Kayleigh Brookes

      It was a reservoir fish Bill, he caught it in front of the Lyndon Centre!