Today UV made a flying visit to Kielder after a very long day yesterday when he travelled 675 km from France to a roost inland of Blackpool. This graphic shows the UK part of the route and today’s onward travel to Kielder.
Whilst we may be thrilled that he is ‘home’ the occupants of the Kielder nests weren’t so happy as he toured some of them.
37 flew in to the nest as he saw a bird – which we know from data was UV – approaching. UV didn’t go too close.
He carried on his exploration of Kielder. Next to receive a visit, and a lower level one, was Nest 4. The nestcam is very fogged at the moment but even so UV’s tracker is visible.
During his circuit UV would have seen Nest 1A from distance. His mother was incubating at the time. He also checked out Nest 3 where there is unlikely to be any recorded footage.
Before UV left Kielder he returned to Nest 2 which was quite a magnet for him last year. EB is still not keen on these visits.
UV has flown 5634 km this migration and on a route closer to his Autumn journeys.
NE Spain as a staging post was definitely on the agenda this Spring.
UV is so much more experienced now than this time last year but he still has to establish his own territory AND attract a mate AND breed. Many people hope he’ll do just that. As a young male he may achieve some of those objectives but not all. It’ll be a very interesting season!