UV resumes migration

After a stopover in Aragon lasting from the afternoon of 7 May to the morning of 15 May UV resumed his migration.

Yesterday he travelled 273 km across Spain.

UV resumes migration after a week off

UV resumes migration after a week off

UV’s starting point yesterday was the Embalse de Santolea which has two dams. The village after which the reservoir was named was demolished when the reservoir was first established – this happened to the properties in the North Tyne valley when Kielder Water was created. Four species of fish can be found in this reservoir (another he visited only has three!) so reasonable choice on the occasions he was there during the stopover. Here he is exploring it.

8 May: UV explores Santolea

8 May: UV explores Santolea

A view across Santolea reservoir.

HD image of Santolea courtesy Paul Wildlifewriter

HD image of Santolea
courtesy Paul Wildlifewriter

During the stopover the weather was largely showery (or worse) and cool in Aragon. But by the weekend it was improving. UV would have replenished reserves after his feat of endurance in Africa and clearly felt fit to continue yesterday. He seemed to struggle to find thermals initially but they improved as the day went on – as this graphic by Paul shows.

UV thermalling

UV thermalling

UV overflew other reservoirs near the start and end of his travel. This is the late afternoon one.

Somewhere for the night?

Somewhere for the night?

He carried on flying and roosted in trees on the banks of the river Duero.

15 May roost by the Duero

15 May roost by the Duero

This morning there was an early email. UV had set off, just. Here is a context image.

Which direction will UV go?

Which direction will UV go?

Will he turn north and hug the coast after a Pyrenees crossing? Or continue WNW to cross the Bay of Biscay? That was his southward route from the UK. Paul’s weather analysis indicates  that if UV goes to the north coast of Spain by Tuesday morning he will have a “window” for a sea crossing, probably diagonally over towards the coast of France. That “window” is expected to close with stormy weather moving  in from the Atlantic later in the week.

Choose wisely, UV.

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2 Responses to UV resumes migration

  1. JW4926 says:

    Thank you Joanna ….. and Paul too, for the graphics ……… good luck young man – stay safe

  2. Cirrus says:

    Well, if UV chooses the Bay of B please please let it be early in the week then

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