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The Osprey Weekly is now Osprey News

The Osprey Weekly is now Osprey News

The 2021 breeding season is in sight, and so I thought it worth giving the Osprey newsletter another shot. I've made a few changes, including shifting the service I'm using to publish the newsletter, that will (fingers crossed) make it easier for me to maintain this.

Y6 spotted in Africa

Y6, a 2016 bird from nest 2 at Kielder Forest has been sighted in Africa:

Y6 seen today at Tanji Marsh
2016 female Blue Y6, from Nest 2, was seen today by Bird Guide Fansu Bojang. Fansu has conducted a number of surveys at sites in The Gambia, and saw Y6 on his first visit to Tanji Bird Reserve last…

She bred in Perthshire last year. Let's hope she'll soon be back in Scotland, raising another brood.

Poole following in Rutland's footsteps

This year marks 25 years since the start of the Rutland Water translocation project. Could we hope that Poole Harbour, now in the 5th year of its translocation project, might see its first chicks this year?

CJ7, the female who spent last summer in Poole, hoping for a mate, is a Rutland-hatched bird…

Rutland & Poole: Two of a Kind - Birds of Poole Harbour
The year 1996 was the beginning of an exciting translocation project, which aimed to reintroduce a breeding population...

Back in the day…

This is a fascinating account of the lengths they had to go to to protect the early osprey nests in the UK, decades ago in Scotland.

Protecting A Pioneer – Jim Crumley - The Scots Magazine
Jim recalls protecting the first osprey nest in Stirlingshire armed only with a torch and loud-hailer – and being rewarded with many magical sights.

Event: Alan Poole on the revival of Ospreys

One of the best-known authors writing about sopreys, Dr. Alan F. Poole, is delivering a webinar entitled “Ospreys 2021 — The Revival of a Global Raptor,” on February 25:

Audubon, TIOF to present ‘Ospreys 2021 — The Revival of a Global Raptor’
The Sanibel-Captiva Audubon Society and The International Osprey Foundation will host Dr. Alan F. Poole for a Webinar program, “Ospreys 2021 — The Revival of a Global Raptor,” on Feb. 25 at 7 p.m. via Zoom. An author and associate of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Poole will bring attendees up to d…

One for the night owls, if you're on European time, because it's running at 7pm in the US…

You can register for the event here.

Return of the Rosie

Over in the States, resident breeding female Rosie has returned to the San Fransisco nest she shares with Richmond — who doesn't migrate. Let's hope they have a successful year, and that her early return means we won't see a repeat of last year's shenanigans, when a young female made a play for the nest.