Delving into the data covering UV’s travel from the UK to Spain has revealed some further points of interest.
He left the south coast on Friday to the east of Portland Bill, but no sightings were reported by the Observatory.
Before he completed his Channel crossing he halted on Îles Chausey. UV was there for under 30 minutes. He moved position, possibly in response to the tidal effects mentioned in the link.
UV carried on and reached land just west of Mont Saint-Michel. Again he stopped briefly, this time on the mud flats.
He roosted inland. A newly tracked juvenile male, Sagal, crossed to France a day behind UV but his track and distance travelled were extremely similar.
On 17 September UV left the French coast west of Saint-Nazaire to cross the Bay of Biscay. He passed over another French island, Noirmoutier, which is home to the most expensive potatoes in the world!
Over a third of UV’s crossing was at night and with a near full moon. He reached the port of Getxo in Spain at about 02.20. He didn’t stop immediately but travelled over Bilbao and was perched on the roof of the Bilbao Exhibition Centre in the first stationary fix!
Yesterday UV was heading SW in Spain.