Osprey Migration Update 8th May

Two-year old Osprey Blue YD continues his first ever northward spring migration, and has now reached the northern coast of Spain, having left his wintering grounds in Senegal on 24th April.

Blue YD continues northwards through Spain - copyright SWT
Blue YD continues northwards through Spain – copyright SWT

We last left him on Monday evening, about 40 miles to the West of Madrid. He continued steadily northwards throughout Monday, and roosted overnight by the Río Cega, where we hope he found further sustenance for the journey ahead! On Tuesday, he continued northwards towards the coast over agricultural land and the Cantabrian Mountains, reaching speeds of up to 40 km/h.

Blue YD on May 6th, crossing the Cantabrian mountains as he approaches the Bay of Biscay – copyright SWT
Blue YD on May 6th, crossing the Cantabrian mountains as he approaches the Bay of Biscay – copyright SWT

Blue YD was approaching the coast by Tuesday Evening, and changed his course slightly westwards, aiming for the Bay of Santander, roosting overnight on the estuary of the Ría de Cubas. We last received data from the satellite tag in the early morning of Wednesday and look forward to seeing how his journey continues. As you can see from the image below, Blue YD crossed the Bay of Biscay on his journey south two years ago so we suspect he will continue on his current course across the Bay to the Northwest of France – but only time will tell!

Blue YD’s current position alongside his route southwards in 2014 – copyright SWT
Blue YD’s current position alongside his route southwards in 2012 – copyright SWT

Victoria – Volunteer Species Protection Officer

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