WOW update – Belle and Helena on the move

We’re still waiting for the next Osprey arrival at Rutland Water, but in the meantime it is exciting to see several of the World Osprey Week Ospreys getting closer to home.

Belle  – one of the American birds – has just made it to Florida. The latest satellite data shows that she completed a 270km sea crossing from Cuba in just over six hours yesterday afternoon.

Belle's flight from Cuba to Florida took just over six hours

Belle’s flight from Cuba to Florida took just over six hours

Meanwhile, over the other side of the Atlantic, another of the WOW Ospreys has just completed a crossing of a different kind. The latest satellite data downloaded by Pertti Saurola shows that Helena – one of the Finnish birds that we are following – is in Tunisia having successfully crossed the Sahara. Helena is fitted with a GSM satellite transmitter that sends data via the mobile phone network. Unfortunately Helena wintered in a mobile phone ‘black spot’ and so Pertti is still waiting for the data that was collected over the winter months to come through. It is exciting that she is on her way home though – she is the first of the Finnish birds to set-off.

We should have more news on the other WOW birds tomorrow. Will 30 have beaten the bad weather and reached France? Will Donovan still be in Georgia? Check back tomorrow for an update.

In the meantime, you can check the latest locations that we have for all the WOW birds on our interactive map. You’ll see that four of them still haven’t set-off on their spring migration. It will be interesting to see when they finally get going!

The latest data shows that Helena has crossed the Sahara and is now in Tunisia

The latest data shows that Helena has crossed the Sahara and is now in Tunisia