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By Holly Hucknall on September 7, 2017
30(05) has travelled a further 341 miles since we last caught up with her on the evening of September 4th. On September 5th she crossed into Mauritania and spent some time near the coast at Banc D’arguin National Park in the late afternoon/evening.
We know this is a regular fishing spot for her – you may remember she stopped here on her spring migration earlier this year. The flight route from the UK to Gambia goes straight over Banc D’arguin National Park and back in March we shared this photo John Wright captured from the plane last year.
With another 200 or so miles to go, we expect with our next update 30 will have arrived at her destination!
By Holly Hucknall on September 5, 2017
The latest data for 30 shows where she settled to roost last night, after completing day 9 of her migration. She had almost crossed the Western Sahara and was about to fly over the border into Mauritania – she now has a mere 500 miles to go until she reaches her wintering grounds in Senegal!
We know that 30 should be able to cover 500 miles in 2 days quite easily, so it is looking like she may match her record of completing migration in 11 days, as long as the weather conditions are in her favour. We know that Maya left at a similar time to 30, I wonder if she is travelling at a similar pace?
Meanwhile in Manton Bay, plenty of local residents are making the most of the empty nest. A cormorant has regularly been spending the night on the nest, and black headed gulls, crows and pied wagtails have been spending time there during the day!
By Holly Hucknall on September 2, 2017
On Friday morning, 30(05) was just south of Madrid and was about to start another days flying on her journey south. We thought she might be crossing the Strait of Gibraltar in a couple of days at the rate she was going. In fact, she really got a move on, and ended up making the crossing on the 31st, travelling an unbelievable 400 miles in one day!
30 was still making the sea crossing at 8pm at night which is quite unusual, but looking at the map it looks like she may have been blown off course a little and that may be the reason she was out at sea so late. Being an experienced bird though, she was able to adjust the direction of her flight and roost for the night on the Moroccan coast.
At 11am this morning 30 was just south of Marrakesh and just north of the Atlas mountains. Hopefully tonight she will be able to fish by the coast before crossing the Western Sahara. She is now more than halfway on her journey, having travelled a total of 1891 miles since she set off on the 27th of August – if she continues at her current rate she will complete her migration in record time!
33 has now also set of on migration, finally following his family after hanging around in Manton Bay for a few days, rounding off an excellent osprey season at Lyndon. We haven’t been completely osprey-less in Manton Bay though, as today a juvenile male osprey from an off-site nest paid a visit! Thank you to volunteers Gill and Peter who spotted the bird. As well as the juvenile male osprey, we have also had a cuckoo passing through, and green sandpiper, water rail, snipe, greenshank and little grebe have all been seen on the reserve today too – Lyndon is still well worth a visit before we close for the season on September 10th!
By Holly Hucknall on August 31, 2017
We are happy to report that we have had more data come through from 30(05)’s satellite tag, and she seems to be having a straightforward journey so far. Since setting off on the morning of August 27th, 30 has travelled 965 miles and has now made it to just south of Madrid.
30 bypassed the Bay of Biscay and chose to travel over land through France, which means she missed our friends at the Urdaibai Bird Centre by around 35 miles! She spent last night roosting by the River Guadarrama near Toledo, hopefully a spot where she was able to catch a fish to fuel her journey.
30 is averaging around 241 miles a day at the moment, and it will be interesting to see if she keeps this rate up. The weather conditions in Spain look perfect today for migration, so hopefully in a couple of days time she may be crossing the Strait of Gibraltar.
Meanwhile in Manton Bay, the soggy weather stopped 33 from setting off yesterday – we expect he may be on his way today and will keep you updated. In other news, you may remember that S2(15) (offspring of Maya and 33) was spotted in the Netherlands earlier this year on May 26th. Well S2 has been spotted again, this time on August 27th in Belgium!
This suggests that S2 spent the summer in the Netherlands and has now started his migration south again. It will be interesting to see where S2 turns up next spring – hopefully we’ll see him at Rutland! Thank you to Wim Janssen, who spotted S2 in Belgium and reported his sighting to the Roy Dennis Wildlife Foundation.
By Kayleigh Brookes on August 30, 2017
Thanks to Education Officer Pete Murray for the following blog and videos from the Osprey Stand at Birdfair! Many thanks to Mike Dilger and Nick Baker for joining Sam at the Osprey Tent, to Paul and Abi for being interviewed too, and to Sam for being such a star!
The Bird Fair Interviews
This year the Rutland Osprey stand hosted a series of short interviews which we captured on video for your interest and entertainment.
Sam Newcombe is 11 years old and very enthusiastic school Osprey Ambassador at Casterton Primary School. He arranged interviews with TV personalities Nick Baker and Mike Dilger at Bird Fair.
Enjoy their answers to Sam’s questions, including Nick’s description of a duck catching and eating a swallow on an Osprey Cruise, and Mike’s amazing impersonation of one of his favourite south American birds, in their interviews at Bird Fair.
We have also included recorded two short interviews Sam made at Bird Fair, with two other people who have valuable roles in the project. Paul Stammers is the Osprey Project Information Officer and Abi Mustard is a young volunteer on the project now studying Biology at University. Paul and Abi tell Sam about who inspired them with their interest in natural history.
Jackie Murray, Education Officer for the Osprey Project, talks to Maisie who has visited the Lyndon reserve and actively follows the progress of the osprey project from her home in Bath. Maisie explains about the “Ozzie migration messages”, written by children visiting the Lyndon Reserve and Bird Fair ,which will be to be sent to children visiting the Urdaibai Bird reserve in the Basque area of Northern Spain.
The Osprey Ambassador interviews
Many local schools in the Rutland Water area have chosen Osprey Ambassadors who are our link with their school. The Ambassadors have a monthly “Osprey Club” at the Waderscape hide, where they get the latest news about the ospreys, get a chance to watch the ospreys in and around the nest site as well as other wildlife on the reserve. They take the latest osprey news and regular short presentations to share with other pupils at their school.
Jackie interviews four ambassadors in the hide and the Ambassadors explain about what they have done in their schools.
Finally, here are some amazing photographs taken by Sam over the Birdfair weekend, thanks for these Sam!