7H explores in Morocco. UV goes nowhere!

After her 12 hour sea crossing from Portugal to Morocco on Sunday 7H has been taking it easy. On Monday she was on the move early for her, possibly hungry after her long journey, but she didn’t leave her roost area until late morning. She could have fished at sea in that time, but was also by a couple of streams or small rivers inland. She then flew over the Bouznika Forest (tiny, especially compared to Kielder!) before heading parallel to the coast and south of Casablanca. Initially she flew at altitudes of up to 470m but generally around half that before a spell of an hour mainly over 500m. She travelled at speeds between 25-45 kph, mostly nearer the lower end. 7H found a roost for the night at 17.45 GMT  about 5 km inland, having first circled around to the coast and back. She was on agricultural land in a row of tall trees between fields. She covered about 150 km in the day.

7H roosts in trees on the edge of farmland

7H roosts in trees on the edge of farmland

On Tuesday the data download was early afternoon. By then 7H had covered about 50 km still heading parallel with the coast. She reached the river Oum Er Rbia (Arabic for Mother of Spring) shortly before 12.00 GMT. The next fixes show her hunting or stationary by the river. The second largest river in Morocco, the fishing opportunities in the Oum Er Rbia attract humans too!

7H checks out the Oum Er Rbia

7H checks out the Oum Er Rbia

7H travel 22 and part of 23 Sept

7H travel 22 and part of 23 Sept

Back in Portugal UV continues to laze by a reservoir; the pause in his migration has lasted for nine days. A tracked Scottish 5 year old male osprey, Rothiemurchus, is on his usual stopover at the opposite end of Iberia; he carries on after two or three weeks to wintering grounds in Senegal, just north of The Gambia. What will UV do next?



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11 Responses to 7H explores in Morocco. UV goes nowhere!

  1. Perhaps he’ll stay where he is if there are plenty of fish and reasonable weather.

  2. Chris Young says:

    Any news on Blue VV I fear the worse especially when you look at the similarities with Rutland’s Osprey 09? http://www.ospreys.org.uk/category/satellite-tracking/osprey-09/

    • joannadailey says:

      We haven’t had data on VV since 11 September, Chris. With GSM trackers the osprey needs to be within range of a mobile phone mast; Rutland’s 09 had the traditional tracker which uploads via satellite. So the position isn’t exactly the same, and typically there are no uploads for at least 5 days when a bird is crossing the Sahara. But the more days that pass without receiving an update the more likely it is that your (and our) fears may be justified.

      • Chris Young says:

        Thanks for the update Joanne, so some hope remains…my fingers are crossed everyday (as are a few others I imagine) for some good news!

  3. Joyce Rawlings says:

    Bet your geography is now at PHD level Joanna!!

  4. Pat Selman says:

    Would UV be OK to overwinter in Portugal like some ospreys do in Spain?

    • joannadailey says:

      He wouldn’t be wise to try, Pat. The temperature in Portugal usually falls to a level where fishing would become very difficult so he should head for Africa or even southern Spain where some other UK ospreys overwinter.

      • Sue C says:

        I’m not so sure about that Joanna – there are precedents for ospreys wintering successfully in Portugal, the north coast of Spain and even south western France. Will send you details later via the RSPB site.

        It’s too soon to say if UV will stay in Europe though – it could just be a stopover.

  5. Jillian UK says:

    Following these birds on their migrations with Loch Garten, Tweed, Aberfoyle and Roys birds-just fascinating.

  6. Keith Rogers says:

    UV will think he has found a home like Kielder Reservoir – nicely stocked.
    7H progress look good but like others a wee bit worried with VV as the days pass.

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