It’s always lovely to know where our ospreys go after they leave us. This privileged knowledge is aided greatly by the use of satellite tracking. However, we can’t and don’t put trackers on every bird, so this means we rely heavily on leg ring sightings for information about the whereabouts of the birds. Of course, sightings of ospreys close enough to read the ring isn’t always possible, and consequently we often don’t know where our birds have been. However, we do sometimes get lucky, and in the past we have occasionally had confirmed sightings of our ospreys elsewhere, such as 1K, 2K and 5F in Gambia, 1J in Spain and 32 in Senegal.
We always get very excited when we get a report of a Rutland osprey, and just recently we had another one! One of this year’s juveniles has been seen and photographed twice since he set off on migration in August! 2AA is a male osprey who fledged from a Rutland nest in 2016. He was first spotted at Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire by Dr John Horsfall on 15th September 2016. Here are the photographs John took of 2AA.
Amazingly, the same osprey was then seen and photographed on 22nd October 2016 by António Gonçalves in Portugal! Here is António’s photograph.
Sightings like these are fantastic and we can’t emphasise enough the importance of reporting ring numbers. Every sighting of a ringed osprey is significant. Confirmed sightings of ring numbers are sporadic, and it’s highly uncommon to get two sightings of the same bird in two separate locations, particularly in such quick succession!
Here is a map of the two locations 2AA was sighted.
We know that not all ospreys go to Africa, as has been proven by 1J who winters near Cadiz in Spain, and 06, a translocated female who wintered in Portugal. So it will be interesting to find out what 2AA does next…