Osprey 30

Female Osprey 30 fledged from the Site B nest in 2005. She returned to Rutland in 2007 and bred for the first time in 2009, raising two chicks with translocated male 08(01), at a nest on private land known as Site K. 30 and 08 raised a further six chicks from 2010 to 2012. Sadly 08 did not return in 2013 and 30 did not breed in 2013 or 2014. In 2015, however, she found a new mate and raised two chicks!
30(05) was fitted with a GPS tracker on 19th June 2013.

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. 

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.

Almost there

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.

30(05) is nearly there

30(05) is nearly there


30(05) stopped near the coast at Banc D'Arguin National Park

30(05) stopped near the coast at Banc D’Arguin National Park


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.
Banc D'arguin seen from the sky (JW)

Banc D’arguin seen from the sky (JW)


With another 200 or so miles to go, we expect with our next update 30 will have arrived at her destination!

I would fly 500 miles

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!

What a journey!

What a journey!


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?
30 was almost over the Western Sahara when she settled to roost last night

30 was almost over the Western Sahara when she settled to roost last night


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!
A cormorant has been spending the night on the nest

A cormorant has been spending the night on the nest

1891 miles down…

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!
2nd Sept
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.

The 2 dots in the sea are 30's location at 7pm and 8pm

The 2 dots in the sea are 30’s location at 7pm and 8pm


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!