First Welsh ospreys fledge in 400 years

This is a video from Wales about the maiden flight of a Cors Dyfi osprey chick, called Einion, this summer.

From Wildlife Extra:

First ospreys fledge at Cors Dyfi in over 400 years

Ospreys in Wales

July 2011. The Montgomeryshire Wildlife Trust is pleased to announce that on Wednesday July 27th at 14.22, the first of the three Dyfi osprey chicks fledged the nest at their Cors Dyfi reserve near Machynlleth. This is the first time that ospreys have successfully bred on the Dyfi since 1604 and marks a milestone in the conservation of ospreys in Wales.

Wales’ rarest bird

Project Manager for the Dyfi Osprey Project, Emyr Evans said “The osprey is Wales’ rarest bird and to see the first of the three youngsters take his maiden flight this afternoon was truly an incredible sight – to think that James I has just taken over from Elizabeth I on the throne the last time ospreys successfully bred in the Dyfi valley feels almost unreal. Centuries of persecution led to the extinction of the osprey as a species in the UK but thankfully now we have two breeding pairs in Wales. Almost 40,000 people have visited the Dyfi Osprey Project since we opened in April – I wish all of them could have seen this seven and a half week old osprey launch himself off the edge of the nest this afternoon and take his first flight around the Dyfi”

40 second flight

“It was Einion, the eldest male chick that was the first to fledge – he pushed himself off the side of the nest and flew towards the Dyfi River before turning around, circling the nest three times and finally landing back next to his parents on the nest. It was a 40 second flight that we have been waiting years to see”

Satellite tags

In partnership with the BBC and Autumwatch, all three osprey chicks were ringed and satellite tagged on Tuesday, 19th July. World renowned osprey expert Roy Dennis OBE flew down from Scotland to oversee the tagging accompanied by Tony Cross of the Welsh Kite Trust.

January 2012: Mystery surrounds the whereabouts of a young female osprey that migrated with her two brothers from their nesting home in Mid Wales to Africa: here.

Angler helps save entangled osprey from cold: here.

Bassenthwaite osprey chicks take flight: here.

August 2011: A young, female Scottish osprey, which is being tracked by satellite, has embarked on a celebration zig-zag-tour of Britain and a flypast of RSPB reserves before the bird heads for Africa for the winter: here.

Sat-nav ospreys embark on perilous journeys: here.

March 2012. According to the BTO migration blog, the first osprey sighting in the UK for 2012 was claimed by Gloucestershire on 28th February. Other sightings of migratory birds include Sand martins, and the BTO cuckoos heading this way: here.

March 21th 2012. The first osprey sighting was recorded at the end of February, but this bird has now been joined by many others as they end their long migration back to the UK from West Africa. Last year’s pair have returned to Glaslyn, and 2 ospreys have already appeared at Rutland Water: here.

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