Following his brief adventure along the north bank of the Gambia river, FR3 has now gone a step further and hopped across the southern border into neighbouring Senegal!
Our young satellite tagged osprey left the Bulok bolon sometime after 11am on 26 March. By 12pm he had reached the Senegalese border. From there he headed south west, passing over the large inland delta which branches off of the Casamance river, to the south of Diouloulou.
By 3pm, FR3 had arrived on the Atlantic coast, to the south west of Boko. He roosted for the night within the “Reserva Ornitológica de Kalissaye” – a long sandy beach, fringed by what appears to be scrub woodland.
The following day (27 March) travelled up the coast, along a narrow strip of land, the “Punta de Saloulou”, before heading inland to an area of mangrove swamp to the north of Kayélo.
It will be interesting to see where FR3 goes from here. With the majority of adult ospreys now likely to be back on their breeding grounds or on route this will have freed up prime fishing and roosting areas along the coast. This may at least partly explain FR3’s increasingly “restless” behaviour.
You can view the latest data on the Osprey tracking page