The Nests 1 and 2 cameras are working with streaming to Kielder Castle Cafe during opening hours, which from Saturday for the two weeks of school holiday are 09.00 to 17.30.
Reviewing recorded footage has identified a few birds on both nests, but not the ones we long to see!
Whilst work has been going on at Kielder in readiness for the new season UV has been ‘doing not a lot’ on the Grande Côte in Senegal. As a juvenile his patch may not be quite as good as those used by some adults who will have started their migrations now, although from Google Earth images there appears little difference in habitat along most of the coastal strip between the Langue de Barbarie and just north of Dakar. Neverthless readers may recall that UV made frequent exploratory trips from the area he is now in, especially to the north, suggesting he could have felt it lacked ‘something’. The Rutland Osprey Project adult female 30(05) left her wintering grounds on 10 March. UV had spent a night quite near her area, but he has been nowhere near there since she left. He hasn’t ventured very far afield at all. Apart from a direct return trip to the phosphate mine at Darou on 20 March UV’s only ‘exploring’ was on 17 March when he went well south of his normal Darou route on the way back. This made it a 75 km outing. He was never at a particularly high altitude and had a stop on the beach when travelling up the coast.
Most days he has been very sedentary, with perhaps three flights off shore. Here is an image of a fairly typical day.
But on 22 March he was very unsettled in the area he sits during the day. Instead of spending a couple of hours or more in a very small range he often flew around for about 5 minutes before returning to a tree close to the one he left for 15 minutes or so, then off again. Spot the difference to the previous image!
Some nights he has been fidgety too, flitting around some distance in the dark. Paul’s weather analysis can find no explanation for these behaviours.
Meanwhile, in Morocco 7H has continued doing interesting things suggesting she is unsettled too. Are some first winter ospreys restless at migration time, caused either by the adults moving through, or by instinct?