Last week we reported that four of the satellite-tagged Ospreys that we followed as part of World Osprey Week were still heading north. The great news is that two of them have now made it back to their nests.
Pertti Saurola reports that Ilpo finally returned to his nest in southern Finland on 24th April, some ten days later than his mate, Helena. The first exact GPS fix from the nest was recorded at 21:16. Next morning Ilpo went fishing at Haapajärvi around 07:20, and again at 09:40 when he caught another fish at Kernaalanjärvi. He eventually returned to the nest at around 11:00. Juhani Koivu from the Osprey Foundation and raptor ringer Harri Koskinen were at the nest at 10am and saw Helena waiting for Ilpo to return with breakfast. The remaining two Finnish birds, Seija and Tero are still in Poland and Russia respectively.
Over the other side of the Atlantic, North Fork Bob has finally made it back to Long Island. He arrived during the afternoon of 21st April and is now doing his best to attract a mate and breed for the first time. Let’s hope he is successful!
With Ospreys back at their nests in Europe and America webcams provide a really exciting way to follow them. That’s exactly what students from one Zespó? Szkó? nr 1 w Radawnicy in Poland have been doing. English teacher Joanna Zamczyk takes up the story…
In Poland there are only 30 pairs of ospreys. We are really happy that near our village there is also an osprey’s nest. In Lipka the nest had been located on an artificial platform. Several years ago our ospreys moved to another place – a pylon, but unfortunately their nest was destroyed during the winter season, because of unfavouable weather conditions. Currently, after the rebuilding of the nest, power engineers were able to install a webcam in the ospreys’ house. It is the first live transmission from ospreys’ nest in Poland. We can observe these amazing birds online here. Recently when we have been observing the nest via the webcam, we have noticed that there were not two but three adult ospreys ! That was really surprising.
Another WOW school who have been following Ospreys at their nest is Provo Primary School in the Turks and Caicos Islands. Principal Sian Jones has been in touch to say that a pair of Ospreys are nesting on a platform that students at the school helped to erect during WOW last year. Here are a couple of photos taken by one of the families – notice how white the Caribbean Ospreys are compared to their American and European counterparts!
Meanwhile Montorre and Urretxindorra Schools from the Basque Country have also been busy with their Osprey studies. They have made these three superb videos as part of their work for World Osprey Week – well done to them all!
Montorre School were one of four schools who participated in an international Skype link on the final day of WOW. Here’s pupils from Edith Weston Primary School talking to them during the link-up.
Another school who got involved in WOW this year was Chirbury School in Montgomeryshire. Teaching Assistant Kate Puplett has sent us some of the excellent work that children in the Osprey club did during WOW. She says ‘The Osprey Club children really enjoyed WOW, it was just brilliant to follow the tracked ospreys’ progress in such detail (shame 30(05) got stuck in Spain!!). We loved reading the blogs and feeling part of a world wide community of osprey lovers.
Many thanks to you and your team for all your hard work organising such a fantastic osprey-filled week. We hope to be part of it again next year.’ Huge thanks to Kate and everyone at Chirbury!
To find out how your school can get involved in the Osprey Flyways Project and World Osprey Week, click here.
If you’re a teacher you might also like to book on to the teacher training day that we’re organising in July. Click here for more information and booking details.