After spending the winter on the Senegal coast midway between Dakar and St Louis, it looks as though our satellite-tagged Osprey, 30(05), began the long return migration to Rutland yesterday afternoon.
Non-GPS data (accurate to within 1km) showed that at 7pm last night she had flown 128 miles north-west and was roosting close to Reserve Sylvo Pastorale Des Six Forages in northern Senegal. We’ll know more on Saturday, when we should receive the next batch of GPS data. During the winter 30’s transmitter is programmed to send data once every five days, but as of Saturday it will revert to the spring cycle, meaning we’ll receive GPS data each day.
It will be fascinating to see how far north she has travelled by Saturday; if all goes well she should be crossing the Sahara by then. We’ll update you with her progress at the weekend and also add the data to the interactive Google Earth map (please note that her current non-GPS locations are shown on this map). Don’t forget that 30 is one of the Ospreys we’re tracking this spring as part of World Osprey Week. Click here to find out more about WOW.
More good news to report is that the Manton Bay webcam is now back online (click here to view). So far we have seen Pied Wagtails and Egyptian Geese on the nest. How long before the first Osprey? If you haven’t entered our competition to guess the arrival of the first Osprey to Manton Bay, then make sure you do now…before it is too late! To find out more, and to enter, click here.