Bienvenue 09

09 is getting closer to home; his latest data shows that he roosted close to the Atlantic coast of France last night, 30 miles south-west of Bordeaux.

After his remarkable fligth from Morocco to central Spain on Wednesday, 09 has made slightly more sedate progress since. On Thursday night he roosted in a wooded valley in the foothills of the Pyrenees, 23 miles east of Pamplona, after a day’s flight of 205 miles.

09's roost in Northern Spain, 22nd March

09's roost in Northern Spain, 22nd March

Next morning he left his roost site shortly after 9am and within an hour he was 20 miles north and approaching the French border. Forty-five minutes later he was in France and continuing to make good progress north-east. At 12 noon he turned to a more northerly heading, passing just east of Bayonne at 34kph at an altitude of 134 metres. He was now 65 miles further west than his autumn migration route and by following this more westerly course, he had avoided the Pyrenees.

He continuined to follow the coastline north for the next four hours and at 4pm he reached Lac de Cazaux, just south of Bordeaux. He remained there for the rest of the evening – and presumably caught a fish before settling down in a forested area half a mile from the eastern shore of the lake. His day’s migration of just 127 miles suggested that he was in need of a rest; and this would have been the perfect place to do just that.

09's migration on 23rd March

09's migration on 23rd March

09's more westerly spring migration

09 is following a more westerly course as he flies north, compared to his migration last autumn

The Atlantic coast of France is a great place to watch migration and yesterday two Ospreys were seen at Pointe de Grave, a watchpoint further up the coast. The Mission Migration website is well worth a look and has daily totals of birds seen at various migration watchpoints around France. I wonder if 09 will be seen at one of them as he heads for home? Given his current rate of progress there is every chance that he will be back in Rutland some time on Monday. Watch this space!

One response to “Bienvenue 09”

  1. Gayle M Whalley

    Just wanted to say a very big thank you for keeping us all so up-to-date with the news this year and the brilliant HD camera at Manton Bay. I am gripped by all the excitement so far and the journey of 09(98) is amazing. Very much appreciated :-)))