Archives for August 2012

To the Spanish Basque coast

Rothiemurchus was away early and headed SSW for La Rochelle and then down the coast to Ile d’Re. At 1600GMT crossed the entrance to the River Gironde and on down the Landes coast until Arcachon Bay where he headed offshore and cut the inner corner of the Bay of Biscay. Came ashore at San Sebastian and roosted the night in wooded hills above Lekeito. A day’s flight of 705 km

August 31st to North Spain

To Wales

Aigan flew west to start with to Mull Hill, and then south and when off Port Erin changed heading to SSE and headed towards North Wales. At 10am she reached Amlwch in Anglesey and kept on over the North Wales mountains. Just before midday she passed the North Wales osprey breeding area and at 1pm was over Machynlleth, close to the Dyfi ospreys at the Montgomery Wildlife reserve. After 2pm she stopped in woodlands to the NE of Llandovery to roost overnight after 150 miles

August 31st flight

Across the seas to North Devon

Another slow start, but at 11am she  was 13 miles south and at midday flew out over Pendine Sands and passed Caldey Island and headed out to sea. She was 5 miles south of Caldey at 1pm and heading for the north Devon coast at 2pm, flying SE at 64kph some 250 metres abover the sea. She made landfall and at 3pm was perched north of Muddiford and then moved south to roost overnight in a wooded valley east of Barnastaple. Just 80 miles today.

To North Devon

Rothiemurchus – big first flight to France

He left the Lake District and headed south in the morning, SE of Morcambe at midday but by 4pm he was at Birmingham and headed SSE for West Sussex, and then across the English Channel to Caen and then on further into the French countryside to roost for the night.  A really good day’s migartion of 416 miles

First day’s flight – 416 miles

Aigan sets off on first migration

Aigan left her breeding area in Moray after 9am and an hour later was in the centre of the Cairngorms; at midday she was at Aberfeldy (close to Rothiemurchus’s favourite haunts) and at 2.15pm flew over Glasgow at a low altitude. Flew down through Ayrshire and at 5pm was near Port William, south of Wigton, and then struck off over the sea to the Isle of Man. Passed Ramsay at 6pm and at 7pm was just south of the island but turned back and roosted overnight in the grounds of a big house just west of Castle Douglas, after a flight of 257 miles.

Migration on August 30th

A longer flight to SW Wales

She set off SW and at midday was flying S at 45kph in the Yorkshire Dales. At 1pm was over the Forest of Bowland and an hour later was over the sea SW of Stockport flying SW at 59kph. She coasted south and flew in over North Wales and at 5pm passed Aberystswth and then roosted the night near Newcastle Emlyn, SE of Cardigan after migration of 232 miles

SW flight to SW Wales

Headed to the North Sea coast south of Newcastle

Fearna had a slow start and was perched at two places near Langholm at 1pm and 2pm. Then she headed SE and was near Hexham at 5pm and flying SE at 41kph just N of Stanley at 6pm. An hour later she was a short distance out over the North Sea but turned back to the coast and roosted overnight east of Durham after a flight of 92 miles.

SE to Newcastle

Redirected migration to the SE – getting back on track

Fearna was under way locally after 7am and at 9am was perched north of Barr Loch, and at 11am was perched near Camphill Reservoir. These must be difficult days when young ospreys will be trying to catch fish for the first time after leaving home, where the male provided their food.  At 1pm Fearna had moved away SE to be near Dungavel and then set off towards the Scottish Borders, crossing the motorway near Abington and then missing the big windfarms in the forests north of Moffat. At 6pm she was near Garvald and spent the night in woods nearby after a flight of 81 miles.

Heading south-east

Short movement to find fishing sites

Fearna moved a little SW to Harelaw Reservoir at dawn, and then flew west to Kaim Dam, north of Lochwinnoch, and roosted the night in shelter belt woods just to the north – only 12 miles.

Local movements

Fearna starts her migration

Fearna was still at her nest area until at least 4.40 pm on 25th, then we lost signals due to low battery strength, but at 2pm on 26th she was well south in Perthshire near Blackford, and then flew west along the hills and was perched just east of Dunblane at 4pm and 5pm. An hour later she was flying SSW past Stirling and at 6pm heading over the northern suburbs of Glasgow. She crossed the city and settled for the night in a wooded farmland ‘island’ to the east of Paisley after a flight of 96 miles.

First day’s migration