Racking up the air miles

After UV’s visit to Kielder on 18 May he had a quiet few days over a small range. Dull or wet weather at times resulted in the GSM/GPS transmitter’s battery running low so there were few fixes. But from 24 to 26 May UV was up and away enjoying the sunshine. Plenty of fixes and action!

On 24 May UV spent several hours at Kielder but he was less interested in Nests 2, 3 and 4 than in previous visits.

It is likely that 69 escorted him away from Nest 4. Data showed him flying up and down the edge of a block of timber near the nest. Mrs 69 was following the flight with more interest than alarm. Here’s a short clip, press HD for best quality.

UV paused in several parts of Kielder Forest. He prefers to be near a burn and sites with sparse Sitka Spruce but sometimes he was on the edge of a block of timber. The data doesn’t indicate any activity other than perching. Hard luck, all those readers who want to see him paired up and settling down!

The next day UV appeared to forage, or at least examine closely the fishing prospects, at Tindale Tarn just over the border into Cumbria. Ospreys are seen there most years. UV returned for another look on 26 May. A 3D representation of the area.

courtesy Paul Wildlifewriter

After Tindale Tarn UV spent the rest of 25 May in the Spadeadam area, home to an RAF station. Again he chose to perch by a burn. He roosted in a nearby timber block, part of Spadeadam Forest.

On Friday he began a busy day by returning to Kielder. A circuit of the Forest – but without a wave of his wings at nest 2 – ended with him flying into Scotland briefly before heading south. He picked up Tarn Beck (the Cumbrian/Northumberland border) and tracked along it before returning to the river Irthing. The times are UTC.

a rest by the Irthing

He’d probably eaten breakfast by the same river earlier. Then it was on to a stretch of the South Tyne. Again, he’d explored the same stretch a couple of weeks ago. More than one visit to any water body is probably needed to assess whether foraging prospects are good.

Via Tindale Tarn (the earlier image) UV was back to Spadeadam for a siesta before setting out for two new lakes, or Loughs to give them the Northumbrian term.

courtesy Paul Wildlifewriter

Ospreys are seen at Greenlee quite often over the season. Coincidentally, we’d just asked the National Park whose volunteers guide walks around the area if there have been recent sightings!

UV roosted that night in Wark Forest, part of the Forestry Commission England Kielder Forest area.

On 26 May UV flew 164 km and checked out 7 bodies of water, 3 of which were new to him. A learning experience for him – and for us about a young male osprey’s behaviour.

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5 Responses to Racking up the air miles

  1. thehutts says:

    Would be good to have a nesting pair of ospreys using the loughs one day. Sally

  2. Jo says:

    So very pleased the lad is using his hols to spread his wings …… Lovely update Joanna and thank you for the graphics Paul – I follow these up with maps and #Earth to give me a good overview of the areas plotted.

  3. Stevie says:

    Are there any more nest sites either planned or available in the Kielder vicinity? I’m sure Fish is plentiful but with more and more successfully returning Osprey I’d love to see colonisation on a grand scale. I have travelled and seen Osprey in the Speyside areas as well as Rutland Water but being selfish it’s a lot closer to visit Kielder:)

  4. Cirrus says:

    A really interested Blog Joanna, thank you. UV seems to be making the most of his hols

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