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Re: Glaslyn Ospreys

Postby bigyetiman » Thu Sep 07, 2017 2:29 pm

30 is almost home as of yesterday just a couple of hundred miles to go, so fingers crossed she will arrive back some time today. With no doubt many more Ospreys on her tail. A friend of ours who spent a winter in Senegal Osprey surveying has a photo of a beach with an Osprey on every piece of driftwood or little bush
Our Swallows finally left on Tuesday. Today 67 Sand Martin flew in fed around lake for 10 mins then took off high south
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Re: Glaslyn Ospreys

Postby Hen-Gen » Thu Sep 07, 2017 3:57 pm

Great to see someone posting on Sept 7th. I had begun to think that everyone had been pecked to death by their chickens in some sort of attempt at avian world domination.
So wintering in Senegal. Sounds like a suitably subtropical place to spend the winter. Just hope they face no problems in that country. I read somewhere recently that Africa is set to be the most populous continent on Earth. Glad I won't be around to see the wildlife Armageddon this entails.

Here the declining Arctic Skuas have, this summer, been dining on the Red Necked Phalarope chicks ( a rare in the UK species but globally numerous species). This is due to the reducing population of sand eels caused by global warming and therefore the poor returns from kleptoparasitism. Anyway the Phalaropes have now left to spend the winter in Ecuador - makes me a bit envious.

I've no doubt the RSPB will come up with some half-arsed solution to this which will do nothing to benefit the birds but which gives a feeling of smug, self-congratulatory satisfaction to the local populous in Sandy, Bedfordshire. It is only since moving here that I have come to realise the true inanity of this organisation.
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Re: Glaslyn Ospreys

Postby bigyetiman » Fri Sep 08, 2017 8:28 pm

Luckily for the Ospreys the Senegalese locals have seen all the data relating to the journeys these birds make and what all the legs rings relate to and they now have an understanding of the importance of the area. When they go out fishing they will even throw some onto the beach for the birds as they feel it is like a talisman of luck.
Too many pen pushers in the RSPB these days that have no idea of what goes on at ground level. Like a local reserve here, where loads of anti predator fencing been put up to stop foxes eating Lapwing and Redshank chicks. This all makes a great perch for crows to sit on and eat the aforementioned species. The reserve manager even had a hissy fit when a pair of Marsh Harriers decided to breed as they would eat them to. Having watched Harriers on other reserves I have never seen one take a Lapwing or Redshank chick.
Know where you are coming from Hen-Gen on that one
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Re: Glaslyn Ospreys

Postby Margaid » Sun Sep 10, 2017 3:38 pm

30 has reached Senegal. She slowed down a bit as she reached the border between Mauritania and Senegal.
Looks as though the first juvenile, Z6 left Glaslyn on Friday. Amazing to think they set off all alone.
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Re: Glaslyn Ospreys

Postby bigyetiman » Sun Sep 10, 2017 4:07 pm

You beat us to it Margaid. Agree it is amazing that the young manage to make their way south alone. When I know humans that can get lost even going short distances.
Phalaropes are even more amazing travelling to South America.
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Re: Glaslyn Ospreys

Postby Margaid » Sun Sep 10, 2017 4:52 pm

L0, one of the juveniles from Aberfoyle has reached France. He's "grandchick" of Glesni, the female who nests at the Dyfi project. The other one is till at Aberfoyle.
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Re: Glaslyn Ospreys

Postby Margaid » Tue Sep 12, 2017 10:03 am

Z8 seems to have left Glaslyn on Saturday afternoon. Nothing posted about Aran and Z7. 5F, the female causing all the controversy with the nest on private land also seems to have left. Let's hope she finds her own mate next year.
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Re: Glaslyn Ospreys

Postby Margaid » Wed Sep 13, 2017 10:12 pm

They think Z7 may have gone too - he hasn't been seen since 8 am on Monday.
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Re: Glaslyn Ospreys

Postby Margaid » Mon Sep 18, 2017 3:26 pm

It looks a s though ALL the ospreys seen on the live web cams have left the UK. Aran (the adult male at Glaslyn) hasn't been seen since last Tuesday.

The juveniles from Aberfoyle who both have trackers fitted are now in France, and the male hasn't been seen around the nest for several days.
All the webcams are now turned off but you can still get updates on FaceBook.
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Re: Glaslyn Ospreys

Postby bigyetiman » Mon Sep 18, 2017 8:01 pm

Thanks for the update. Lets hope for a safe winter for them all.
Now it's looking for the first Redwing and Fieldfare of the winter
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