Welcome to the Scottish Wildlife Trust's osprey tracking project, which aims to track osprey chicks as they make their way from Scotland to West Africa - a journey of over 3,000 miles. Unfortunately, as no osprey chicks were born at Loch of the Lowes in 2014, the project is currently on hiatus; however, we are hoping to tag chicks again in 2015.
You can track our osprey chicks (from various years) using the map and tabs below, or follow the instructions to view the migration in Google Earth. Regular updates are also available on our blog.
You can turn individual migration tracks on and off using the checkboxes below. Please note that since Nov 2012 we have not been receiving data on Blue 44. Since May 2014 we have not been receiving data on Blue YD.
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This male osprey hatched on Monday 21 May 2012 at the Scottish Wildlife Trust's Loch of the Lowes Wildlife Reserve in Perthshire. Its mother - affectionately known to many as 'Lady' - is thought to be the oldest breeding osprey in the UK. 'Blue 44' was satellite tagged on Monday 2 July 2012 by osprey expert Roy Dennis. Unfortunately, since Nov 2012 we have not been receiving data on Blue 44.
First seen on Tuesday 12 June 2012, this male osprey hatched at one of the Scottish Wildlife Trust's Angus reserves. To protect the nest's location, we have located the first point on the osprey chick's journey over the county town of Forfar. 'Blue YD' was satellite tagged on Tuesday 17 July 2012 by osprey expert Roy Dennis.
Blue YD undertook his first return migration northwards in spring 2014 at the age of two. He migrated successfully north to the UK, but unfortunately his transmitter stopped working over Yorkshire. His current whereabouts are, as a result, unknown.
If you would like to follow the migration of the satellite-tracked ospreys within Google Earth, you can add the osprey satellite data to your copy of Google Earth. If you do not already have this software, download it for free from the Google Earth website.
Once the ospreys are in your list of Places you can use the toolbar on the left hand side to toggle on/off each tracked osprey and double click them to zoom straight to their location.
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