A BIRD was sighted during a transcontinental journey in the tropics of Africa.
A five-year-old osprey was sighted in The Gambia, some 4,000 miles from where it hatched in Foulshaw Moss Nature Reserve in 2016.
The male bird of prey (tagged Blue V8) was spotted this week in Tanji Marsh Bird Sanctuary in The Gambia by Joanna Dailey of the Kielder Osprey Project.
Paul Waterhouse, Reserves Manager for Cumbria Wildlife Trust, said: “This is a great second sighting of V8 in The Gambia (it was last seen there in January 2021) and I think we can safely say that Tanji Marsh Bird Sanctuary is V8’s chosen wintering site. .
“It was seen in Cumbria this summer and it’s great to see one of Foulshaw’s old chicks really thrive into adulthood.”
A pair of ospreys, Blue 35 and White YW, have successfully bred in Foulshaw Moss Nature Reserve near Witherslack for eight consecutive years.
V8 was one of their third brood. Paul explains why ospreys return to this site: “Thanks to years of restoration work, the precious bog habitat here at Foulshaw Moss is now a haven, teeming with vast wildlife and close to lakes and rivers. the coast, which have abundant reserves of good-sized fish, this makes it an ideal breeding site for ospreys.
Paul Waterhouse and Foulshaw Moss Nature Reserve were featured on last week’s episode of The Lakes with Simon Reeve on BBC2, Sunday, November 21. Paul told Simon about this important nature reserve and how it supports the very successful osprey pair.
Reeve said: “We desperately need more wetland habitat and Foulshaw Moss shows we can restore it.
“We saw ospreys which was a background thrill – they are amazing hunters and great conservation icons. ”