Blue UV heads off on migration. Sedately!

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.

UV's first day of migration 2 Sept

UV’s first day of migration 2 Sept

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.

UV to 13.28 GMT on 3 Sept

UV to 13.28 GMT on 3 Sept

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.

Not a happy juvenile (c) Forestry Commission England

Not a happy juvenile
(c) Forestry Commission England

However at 17.50 YA landed with a much larger fish which a clearly ravenous Blue UV lunged at, getting YA’s toe.

UV nips YA's toe (c) Forestry Commission England

UV nips YA’s toe
(c) Forestry Commission England

But he still managed to snatch the fish before his sister, who stood watching the ‘morsels’ being eaten.

VT watches UV eating (c) Forestry Commission England

VT watches UV eating
(c) Forestry Commission England

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.

Just beforeUV's last recorded departure from the nest (c) Forestry Commission England

Just before UV’s last recorded departure from the nest
(c) Forestry Commission England

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3 Responses to Blue UV heads off on migration. Sedately!

  1. Joyce Rawlings says:

    God speed lovely Blue UV….(small tear!!).

  2. Vivien Finn says:

    Great news that Blue UV has started his migration, Joanna. Even better news is that he almost flew over my home in Warrington. Just one avenue away.( when map enlarged) Also just before he reached Stockton Heath he flew over Loushers lane which is where Tony’s rear garden is situated.
    And where were we……..in Wales at Borth y Gest watching his Grandfather on a post at Morfa Harlech. lol.

  3. joannadailey says:

    How fantastic, Viv! Just a bit of a shame you were watching Grandfather 11(98) at the time (he is worth looking at whenever there is a chance), so missed UV’s first migration. But they tend to follow very similar routes, so in a couple of years….!

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