We now have two young ospreys in Africa. The red spots to the top right of the map show the route of Number 15 in 2013. It sadly stopped in the Sahara Desert on the 4th October 2013.
The middle line of red dots show the route taken by Number 14 on his way to Bioko where, yesterday, he was still roosting and fishing as young birds do.
The line of red dots to the left is of this year’s youngster 8A. A month ago he left Bassenthwaite and after giving us a bit of a fright in Portugal, has made it as far as Senegal – and beyond. It probably means that his migration has now finished but he now has the task of finding a suitable place to spend his time for the next few years, much as Number 14 did. He seems to be taking his task seriously as he has over the last few weeks taken a look at Gambia, Guinea Bissau, other parts of Senegal, dipped a toe into Guinea – for about twenty minutes – and is now on the borders of Mali and once again Mauritania. It may seem that going inland, away from all that nice coastal fishing isn’t the most brilliant thing for a young osprey to do. He is, however, at the head of the great Niger River and therefore, hopefully, not short of water of fish. He is also as it happens about a hundred miles west of where Number 14 was on the 24th September 2013.
The question is where to next? The north and the serious Sahara would not be wise. South-east following the river…..interesting! Back west along the Senegal River, another possibility.
Number of countries covered so far….12.
Please ignore the gap in 8A’s line, he didn’t go underground. It’s the technology it doesn’t quite catch up, a bit like the writer.