Autumn migration and a new interactive map

The start of September means that we are in autumn migration season, and many of the UK’s ospreys have already started their long journey south. In recent years satellite transmitters have provided an incredible insight into the flights of individual birds, but colour ringing also has the potential to provide a wealth of information on migration. The Foundation coordinates the colour ringing of ospreys in the UK, and the recent surge in popularity of digital photography means that we now get many more records during migration. In the past few days alone we have received reports of UK birds from the Channel Islands, Belgium and Spain. These sightings include the breeding female from Foulshaw Moss in Cumbria, who was seen at Embalse de Aguilar in northern Spain; a two year-old male from Rutland Water who was identified in Belgium having likely spent the summer in the Netherlands; and a juvenile from Galloway Forest heading south over Jersey. We have added details of these sightings, including photos, to a new interactive Google map that we will update regularly during autumn migration. So if you are lucky enough to see or photograph a colour-ringed osprey in the coming months, please send us the details using our simple online form.

Click here to view the colour ring sightings map.

Many thanks to Alan Modral for these fantastic photos of a juvenile osprey that passed through Jersey on 26th August.

PL9 was ringed as a chick at a nest in Galloway Forest this summer and was photographed by Alan Modral in Jersey.

PL9 attracted some unwanted attention from one of the local Peregrines.

Thanks also to Alberto Benito took these stunning photos of blue/white 35, the breeding female from Foulshaw Moss in Cumbria, at Embalse de Aguilar in northern Spain. This large reservoir may well be a regular stop-over location for 35. Many thanks to Alberto for the photos.