More on UV’s migration to Spain

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.

16 Sept UV leaves the UK

16 Sept UV leaves the UK

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.

16 Sept UV at Îles Chausey

16 Sept UV at Îles Chausey

UV carried on and reached land just west of Mont Saint-Michel. Again he stopped briefly, this time on the mud flats.

15.53 UTC UV near Mont Saint-Michel

15.53 UTC UV near Mont Saint-Michel

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!

17 Sept UV's track over Normoutiers

17 Sept UV’s track over Normoutiers

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!

An unusual roost for UV, Bilbao Exhibition Centre

An unusual roost for UV, Bilbao Exhibition Centre

Yesterday UV was heading SW in Spain.

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4 Responses to More on UV’s migration to Spain

  1. thehutts says:

    We visited the Isle de Chausey a month and a half ago:
    https://huttsatwork.wordpress.com/2016/08/03/a-channel-island/
    It is an amazing spot but somewhat busy when we were there.
    Sally

  2. jw4926 says:

    I was reading of Sagal last evening …… how very very similar his flight has been to that of UV…… I wonder if anyone spotted the boy atop the Exhibition Centre in Bilbao ……. Definitely a ‘look at me’ moment!

  3. Cirrus says:

    so far, so good. stay safe UV

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