Lake District

Rothiemurchus was perched beside Derwentwater north of the Low Brandelhow ferry pier in the Lake District at 7am and 8am, almost certainly after fishing. He then flew north and between 9am and 10am flew over the Bassenthwaite Osprey Site before heading north to his last year’s haunts south of Carlisle. I wonder if he will settle in Cumbria or whether the pull of the Highlands will take him north? Three days until the next downloads.

This is a fascinating bird to track home – he is old enough to breed at three years of age but he left it rather late to leave Africa. The very poor weather for migration from Spain to the UK also delayed him. There’s just time to breed if he quickly found an unattached female with a nest! His summer of wandering last year will have taught him the locations of many of the possible nests.

Bassenthwaite Lake 9-10am