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.
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 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.
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.
Just after 16.00 37 brought her another meal.
Y6 will certainly have plenty of reserves when she does begin her migration.