Blue UV from Nest 1 started his migration on Tuesday 2 September sometime around 08.30 GMT – at 08.35 he was flying across Kielder Water. The fixes for his first day were only about every hour. By 10.20 he was over the North Pennines SW of Haltwhistle and kept on the line of the hills, utilising thermals no doubt, down to near Kirby Stephen just before 12.00. He changed direction to more SSW to fly over Bowland and had his first experience of a large urban area when he overflew Warrington at 737m and 24 knots, about 44 kph or 27 mph. He was flying at 30 knots or so at times but usually less.
He continued on west of Nantwich before settling to roost in the area of Maiden Castle Hill Fort near Broxton, a journey of about 240 km or 148 miles.
On 3 September he was on the move by 06.00 GMT but with only around hourly fixes he was on a tree each time as he headed slowly SW, only travelling 30 km by 09.20. By 13.28 when the data downloaded he had flown a further 113 km, west of the Long Mynd in Shropshire then into Wales east of Knighton, skirting both the border and Brecon Beacons National Park until near Velindre.
So a very leisurely start for him. On his last day at Kielder, Monday, he spent time in the trees around the nest area with visits to the nest to shout for fish! The first fish seen via the nestcam arrived at 16.20, but Blue VT beat him to that one and flew off with it. Blue UV made his feelings clear.
However at 17.50 YA landed with a much larger fish which a clearly ravenous Blue UV lunged at, getting YA’s toe.
But he still managed to snatch the fish before his sister, who stood watching the ‘morsels’ being eaten.
After about an hour and 10 minutes he walked away from the trout, and flew off. The last time on camera at Kielder. Safe journey to him and all ospreys.