Aln: to the Netherlands

Nest 2 juvenile Aln has encountered tough migrating conditions so far. Held up for a day in the Lake District, she flew in an usual direction yesterday because of strong westerly winds.

Today, very early, she crossed the North Sea to the Netherlands, helped by the tailwinds.

courtesy Paul McMichael

None of the tracked Kielder juveniles have taken this course. The weather conditions are so important for migrating birds, that fact can never be over-emphasised.

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7 Responses to Aln: to the Netherlands

  1. Jo says:

    Interesting that she goes her own way ……. a possibility that she’ll overwinter in Spain d’you think?

  2. joannadailey says:

    Aln’s migration has been influenced by the weather. No idea re final destination, from other tracked Ospreys it isn’t clear what may result in overwintering in Spain

  3. Sal Lloyd says:

    It is worth looking back to the Lake District Osprey Project’s No. 14 on his first Spring migration as a 2 year old in 2015.
    Albeit he was coming the opposite way to Aln, but he entered Europe via Italy and spent a lot of time exploring the rest of mainland Central Europe and also Scandinavia before finally returning to Cumbria.
    He has ever since taken a more direct route back and to to Africa, perhaps through experience, who knows.

    So hopefully the unpredictability of Aln’s path may not be as alarming as it may seem – God willing…..

  4. joannadailey says:

    Aln’s path isn’t alarming at all, the weather has influenced it every step, Sal.

  5. Ruud Kampf says:

    Not only that, the bird is very welcome in The Netherlands…

    Paul: can you send more recent and detailed maps of the whereabouts of the bird.

    See for a presentation on a Finnish Osprey in The Netherlands:

    • joannadailey says:

      Thanks for your comment, Ruud.

      Mare detailed maps and information about Aln’s time in The Netherlands will be put on the blog shortly, an overview of recent events is imminent!


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