We left UV heading in the direction of Kielder, more or less, yesterday lunchtime. He didn’t travel a lot further yesterday. The North Lancashire area experienced showers and poor visibility in the afternoon. UV stopped about 22 km NW of Preston shortly before 14.00 local time. Here is the spot, above the river Hodder.
He was in the Forest of Bowland, an AONB. The ‘wildlife’ page in the link focuses on Hen Harriers. Several pairs used to breed there but sadly this has not been the case for a number of years.
UV stayed about four hours near the river then flew on as the weather cleared. He reached the river Lune about 6 km south of Kirkby Lonsdale then headed east along the river Greta to find a roost.
He travelled only 151 km yesterday.
Today has also been weather affected as this graphic by Paul shows.
On his first migration UV flew down the Pennine ridges using the thermals – most of the Kielder tracked juveniles adopted this strategy – but the tops would be covered in mist and low cloud today. So UV kept to the west of the higher ground at first, then by soon after 11.00 UTC he was perched on a hillside above the A66 east-west roadlink.
He had another stop in moorland before the last fix at 12.59 UTC, when he was flying towards the Lake District. But is that where he was going? Here is a close up comparison of his 2014 route and current one over the last 24 hours of data.
We will be keeping an eye out at Kielder tomorrow, he could very well keep criss-crossing his Autumn route.