Satellite Tracking

We’ll be posting regular updates about satellite tracking projects here on the website. You can also track former projects using Google Earth. Check out our step-by-step instructions to find out how. Alternatively, click here to view the Osprey migration route with Google Maps. Google Maps also shows overhead high resolution satellite images, which is handy for finding places along the route.

Unusual Visitor

 It was an interesting weekend down at Manton Bay, with freezing temperatures and a very unusual visitor. Information Officer Paul Stammers was brought to the attention of this  visitor by a thump on the side door of the visitor centre, when he went to investigate he found a sparrowhawk! 

Luckily the bird was unharmed and after been bough inside for a rest and a warm up it was released as good as new, back to being the top predator of the bird feeder. Birds flying into glass is a common occurrence, to prevent this happening you can place something in the window, like a sticker or a blind. This will make the window pane more obvious to birds, allowing them to avoid collisions.  

 

Manton Bay 

It was extremely cold for the pair in the bay this weekend and please spare a thought for our amazing volunteers who were sat in our waderscrape hide watching the ospreys and helping any adventurous visitors who managed to make it that far! 

Despite the cold and wind both the Maya and 33(11) were busy, fishing and nest building all weekend. Hopefully the weather will warm up before they decide to lay any eggs. 

Nest scraping

In the Snow!

 

Here is the pair soaking up the sun before the next storm. 

 

Rutland ospreys 

30 our tracked osprey has the right idea, she’s staying warm in Western Africa. Our latest update shows she has made her way back into Mauritania, she should be reaching Morocco any day now!  

Unlike 30 some of the ospreys have been a lot quicker and are enjoying the freezing temperatures in Rutland. We now have a total of six birds back, some of which have already been spotted fishing at the local fish farm. 

It wasn’t just an exciting weekend for ospreys but also our osprey ambassadors check out the education teams blog here

 

Waiting for Spring

For me the arrival of migratory birds marks the beginning of spring and today has almost felt like is could be just that, with a pair of ospreys in Manton Bay and reports of another one in the area. Furthermore, today we have had the first reports of chiffchaff singing at Lyndon. However, looking at the weather report for the weekend, I think the team here and the ospreys are going to be in for a bit of a shock, lets hope its not as bad as the beginning of the month.

Even with  the miserable weather this morning, we were eventually treated to the sunshine. This helped to provide views of the great northern diver, tree sparrows and water rail. Down in Manton Bay we were treated to four different birds of prey: short-eared owl, buzzard, red kite and of course ospreys! 

 

33 and Maya seem to be settling in very well to Manton Bay, today 33 decided it was time to add some accessories to the nests in the shape of some teasel, not the best nesting material around, but he seemed quite pleased with it! Maya was busy nest scraping and getting the nest ready. Hopefully, it won’t be long until we see some eggs in the nest.  

 

We have also had an update from 30 our tracked osprey, Geoff Harries has provided a beautiful picture showing her tag. She is currently in Western Sahara, amazingly she manged to fly 30.05 KM in just one hour! At this rate it won’t be long until she back in the U.K.  

Photo Credit to Geoff Harries.

 

Place of the Winds- 30’s Migration

Today we have had another update from 30’s tag, from her last position on the 11th March she has headed  North West, towards the coastline. Incredibly on the 12th March she flies straight across the capital city of Mauritania, Nouakchott also known as the “place of the winds”. This might explain why 30 decided to take this route, as wind speed can have a significant effect on osprey migration. Furthermore, she passed over this city on her migration last spring meaning it could be a useful landmark ensuring she stays on track during her migration. 

30’s route then heads up the coast, with a slight detour inland to  roost, before heading up the coast again, on average she is traveling 223.3 KM a day, which is very impressive! She should soon be heading into Western Sahara, then hopefully on to Southern Europe. 

30 (05) Migration and Maya in Manton Bay

We’ve had so much excitement at the Lyndon Visitor Centre today, with Maya back on the nest and also an update on 30(05)’s migration. 

The data from the GPS tracker, attached to 30’s back, shows that she has started to move away from her wintering site. She had been relaxing on the beach in Senegal for the past few months. However, on the 10th March at 13:00 she left the beach and headed slightly inland and North, towards Nouakchott, the capital of Mauritania. We are hoping to get another update in the next few days, as she could be as far as Southern Europe by now, we are all looking forward to seeing her back in Rutland soon! 

We are currently working on setting up the website to show her current migration,  but until that’s ready you can still check out her migration maps from previous years. 

 

Maya in Manton Bay  

Having already finished her migration Maya has been getting down to some spring cleaning. The sun rise was beautiful this morning, and was a great backdrop to our first views of Maya on the nest. 

 

 

Since then Maya has been very busy moving sticks, bringing in grass and getting the nest ready for the new breeding season. This is great behaviour to see, now all we is 33(11) to return and everything will be set for the season. 

 

Then at about 14:30 Maya went fishing right in front of the Lyndon Visitor Centre, giving everyone amazing views of this spectacular sight. It was incredible to see her fold in her wings and plummet down towards the water. Then, flying out again with a trout and back to the nest to enjoy it! 

To add to the excitement the education team have been busy visiting schools to spread the osprey word, you can read about it here.

By the Beach

Good news – 30(05) has arrived at her wintering grounds in Senegal! She finished the 3000 mile journey at 4pm on September 8th, and will remain on her patch of Senegalese beach now until spring next year.

3000 miles completed!

3000 miles completed!


30 slowed down a little as she reached the border between Mauritania and Senegal, probably stopping to fish at the river that separates the two countries.
30's location over the past few days

30’s location over the past few days


We are so pleased she arrived safely – she set off on the same day as Maya, so here’s hoping Maya has arrived safely at her winter home too, wherever that may be. Here is a close-up of the area 30 stays – a quiet spot with an unending supply of fish right on her doorstep!
A nice place to spend the winter

A nice place to spend the winter


As well as the good news about 30 we have something else to share with you – wonderful volunteer Dave Cole has made another brilliant video, this time of a juvenile osprey on Lagoon 4. The video features some great moments of osprey behaviour that we don’t see on our webcam, including the mid-air shake ospreys do after a good bath!

Today is the last day that the Lyndon centre is open to the public before it shuts for the winter, so we’d like to say thank you very much to everyone who visited and supported the project this season – we hope to see you again when the ospreys return in 2018! You will still be able to access the Lyndon reserve over the winter, and we will continue to keep you updated with osprey team news here on the blog.