UV has an early stopover. And Nest 2 news

The last fix on UV’s data in yesterday’s email was west of Bromsgrove. It looks probable that he was seen just before then. A report on BirdGuides timed at 18.37 yesterday is of a sighting of an  osprey “around noon” over a small lake at Brockhampton estate which is owned by the National Trust. Here is UV’s location at 10.52 UTC ie just before noon.

Was UV seen at Brockhampton?

Was UV seen at Brockhampton?

Today’s email showed UV didn’t travel for much longer. The headwinds which Paul described in yesterday’s blog probably prompted his decision. He was still in the same area near the River Severn today, resting and fishing. This map from Paul shows his migration from setting out on 10 September to soon before he resumed ‘explore’ mode.

UV's migration to near first stopover Courtesy Paul Wildlifewriter

UV’s migration to near first stopover
Courtesy Paul Wildlifewriter

UV is a non-breeding osprey and now is in an area he hasn’t visited before. This experience will go in his memory bank of “available resources” for possible future use.

Paul’s weather analysis suggests the adverse migrating conditions could continue for several days.

Back at Kielder Y6 and 37 are still at Nest 2. Early today 37 arrived on the nest with a trout but, unusually, was not followed in by a daughter eager to snatch a fish.

37 looks around for Y6... (c) Forestry Commission England

37 looks around for Y6…
(c) Forestry Commission England

... and eventually flies with the fish (c) Forestry Commission England

… and eventually flies with the fish
(c) Forestry Commission England

Given it is unlike Y6 to resist a fish did her absence mean she had begun her migration? No, she turned up to claim the slightly smaller trout seconds after 37 landed again about 40 minutes later.

Y6 sppeds in for the trout (c) Forestry Commission England

Y6 speeds in for the trout
(c) Forestry Commission England

Just after 16.00 37 brought her another meal.

A whole trout this time (c) Forestry Commission England

A whole trout this time
(c) Forestry Commission England

Y6 will certainly have plenty of reserves when she does begin her migration.

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3 Responses to UV has an early stopover. And Nest 2 news

  1. JW4926 says:

    UV has certainly been on a learning curve this season …… as have I ……. Thank you Joanna for the updates and Paul for UV’s travel log ….. :-) Next season will be very interesting …..

  2. Cirrus says:

    Oh, the river Severn is not a million miles from me. To be looking up at the right moment and see him fly further south would be wonderful.

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