Our wee Osprey, Blue 44, is still in France, which comes as no surprise considering that South West France is enjoying temperatures above 13 degrees Celsius and is expected to get warmer over the next few days. But not all is joy for our Osprey as there’s a chance that rain might also be coming along. In the meantime, Blue 44 keeps enjoying the east part of both Etang d’ Hardy and Etang Blanc as we can see in the picture below of his movements over the past week.
Meanwhile, Blue YD is another kettle of fish altogether. Being younger than Blue 44 is clearly no impediment to being adventurous! He has visited two familiar roosting sites North West of Pendao in the Senegal River and flew South to a new perching point across the river near the village of Bakao. He eventually headed back to his favourite roosting area around Dado. You can see his movements for over the last week in the Google Earth image below.
Like Blue 44, YD is a world away from our rainy Scottish weather at around 6 degrees Celsius – instead he is basking in daytime temperatures of around 36 degrees Celsius, which is what makes West Africa such an ideal wintering ground for ospreys and other migratory birds.
More news next week…