Aln: more on 1 and 2 October

Aln arrived at Almeria on the southern coast of Spain early on 1 October. After a thorough exploration of points east, she roosted just inland.

what next?

The coastal strip Aln was exploring is in the Parque Natural Cabo de Gata.

slowly round the Cabo de Gata

On the image above, you can see Aln spent a few minutes at the salt marsh area, a Ramsar site.

courtesy Street View

She carried on without stopping there, but perched many times towards the bottom of the cliffs further east – all within the protected area.

from c12.00 UTC onwards

Aln went a little inland by late afternoon. Her roost was another of her less scenic ones – a cement works! Not in the protected zone.

near Carboneras

On 2 October, Aln began by retracing her ‘steps’.

soon away from the coast

An osprey overwintered at Cabo de Gato last year, but Aln left the cliffs and headed west, helped by a tailwind.

past polytunnel land

The water in the midst of the polytunnels at El Ejido was visited by an unringed osprey a couple of weeks ago. Aln turned north instead of diverting to it.

She didn’t retrace her route of a couple of days earlier as she headed mainly on a NNE course. By soon after midday, she would see the Sierra Nevada mountains ahead as she skirted round the edge of the Sierra de Gador. The highest mountains in the Sierra Nevada are over 3000m ASL. Aln flew parallel to a couple of steep sided, but lower ones – El Buitre (2466m) and Cerro del Almirez (2519m).

El Buitre is near the east end, Cerro de Almirez to the west

As Aln neared from the south at about 14.00, the slope rose 900m. Aln climbed just over 1000m, and would have been able to see over the ridge to lower land beyond.

Once over mountains, Aln crossed a plateau about 1000m ASL. Shortly before 15.00, she travelled just east of Andasol, a solar power station.

Aln increased her speed as she passed the station

Aln followed a couple of river valleys as she maintained  her course and gradually drew near her southward course. By 17.00 she was near a reservoir she would have recognised, the Embalse de Negratin. She hadn’t stopped there on the way south, and didn’t on 2 October, roosting instead by a river.

in familiar terrain

Yesterday, Aln’s data came in the morning and she had resumed her NE course.

An interesting migration!

UV was still in SW Portugal yesterday, Archer was settled in northern Senegal.



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7 Responses to Aln: more on 1 and 2 October

  1. Cirrus says:

    What is she doing !!!!! still, why hurry if you dont’ need to do so . Hope you find an appropriate Spanish winter resort or maybe in Portugal Aln . Just keep safe, and fed.

  2. Cathy says:

    My my, a confusing migration. You raise adventurous Ospreys Jaydee, what with Aln and UV.

    • joannadailey says:

      Archer had a much more ‘standard’ migration, well done her. But there are so many different strategies. Fascinating, Cathy!

  3. Jo says:

    I admire her style ……. UV all over …. I wonder if she’s concerned about winds and large bodies of water …. Thank for the update Joanna …. Good to hear of the lad and that Archer’s enjoying her hols!

  4. Sal Lloyd says:

    Predictable Aln is not.
    Hope the experts are learning from her at the very least.
    But mostly I hope she isn’t in a state of confusion??

  5. Sal Lloyd says:

    Could she have gone back to familiar surroundings to reset her bearings……

  6. We do not think that Aln is lost, Sal, nor that she is confused, indecisive or suffering from any other kind of psychological impairment. I believe that we have at least a general idea of what is going on – Joanna has already referred to it in passing – and it relates to different migration “strategies” and the underlying reasons why one bird selects one kind of strategy while another does something completely different.

    This is not an easy thing to explain in a few words (or even in a great many words) so the details will have to wait until tomorrow when we have had time to analyse the data properly, and then write up our conclusions. Watch out for the next Kielder Ospreys blog! :)

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