She’ll be coming round the mountain…

30(05), our satellite-tagged osprey, is now in Africa! She has been making excellent progress on her autumn migration this season, and is already three-quarters of the way to her wintering grounds! She has been travelling for eight days, and has covered a total distance of 1865 miles / 3002km! As of 5th September at 9pm, she was just north of the border between Morocco and Western Sahara.

Journey so far Sept 2016

30’s journey so far


When we last reported 30’s movements, she was in central Spain, heading towards Gibraltar. She made the crossing of the Strait of Gibraltar to the west of the main Strait, at quite a wide angle. Last season she crossed slightly east of Gibraltar. This time, she left Spain at Zahora at 7am on 3rd September, and two hours later made landfall in Morocco at Asilah – a crossing of 48 miles / 77km.

Gibraltar autumn 2016

30’s crossing of the Strait of Gibraltar


Perhaps the wind blew her west, away from her usual course over the Strait. Whatever the reason, 30 safely made it to the other side and continued strongly on her southward journey. She roosted just north of the Atlas mountains that evening, then on 4th September headed around them, taking her usual route around the end of the mountains towards Agadir.

Atlas mountains autumn 2016

Skirting the Atlas Mountains


She did fly across the very edge of the mountains though, at the western tip, as you can see in the image below!

Autumn 2016 Atlas mountains

Over the end of the mountains


30’s next challenge is the Sahara crossing. I wonder whether she will be the other side of it when we next receive data…



7 responses to “She’ll be coming round the mountain…”

  1. Hassan Dibani

    @north of the border between Morocco and Western Sahara

    There is no such thing as western Sahara nor is there a border!

    1. Kayleigh Brookes

      Many thanks for your message. Western Sahara is a territory in North Africa, bordered by Morocco, Algeria, Mauritania and the Atlantic Ocean. See here for more information, plus a map of its borders –

  2. Sheila FE

    Thank you Kayleigh for another informative blog. Yellow 30(05) is certainly on a mission to reach her winter destination once more.
    I can never really understand how they (osprey) or indeed any other bird which migrates, knows the route it has to take, particularly the young juvies on their first southward journey. It is just amazing.


    Fantastic news.The wonders of migration.Fly high stay safe

  4. Alan Sampson

    Hi Kayleigh

    Perfect reply! – but don’t let smart-ass nit-pickers distract you – awesome posts!

    1. Kayleigh Brookes

      Thank you Alan!

  5. Ann Creasey

    Excellent response Kayleigh to an ignorant post! Farewell to Maya and 33 and a safe journey to all the Ospreys. What a great year it’s been for them and a privilege for us to share their lives with them. Thanks to all the team at Rutland and look forward to March next year!