UV arrived ‘home’ today

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.

courtesy Paul Wildlifewriter

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 shouts at his nephew
(c) Forestry Commission England

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.

UV flies away from Nest 4
(c) Forestry Commission England

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 flies past again
(c) Forestry Commission England

UV has flown 5634 km this migration and on a route closer to his Autumn journeys.

courtesy Paul Wildlifewriter

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!

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6 Responses to UV arrived ‘home’ today

  1. Vic says:

    Glad he’s home safely, should be interesting year.😀

  2. Jo says:

    Super news Joanna – thank you ….. and to Paul for the route maps…… been wondering all day where he was upto on his return ……. Have there been any possible spare females at Kielder this season ?……. Is there any possibility that he would/could use nest 1? Sorry!! Delighted he’s home safely!

    • joannadailey says:

      Yes Jo, very special that he arrived here today,

      There have been a few female intruders. Doubt he’d use Nest 1 where he hatched, his parents moved because it was getting overlooked.

      If data shows he has formed a territory we won’t be able to give details for protection reasons but we’ll update as best we can

  3. Jo says:

    Oh – that’s fine Joanna ….. I fully understand …… I do hope the lad settles ……

  4. Cathy says:

    Fantastic news. Welcome home UV!

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