Many thanks Alan and Noisette. I know that Portugal and Spain (and possibly some areas in Morocco) are about to conduct their annual census on overwintering osprey. Does such a project occur in France?
I haven't heard anything, but with most sightings of ospreys noted on the "faune" sites, the information would be fairly easily available. There was one that overwintered in the same area a few years ago, maybe even the same one, but a lot of these spots are quite remote & an osprey can stay unseen by birdwatchers for a long time.
Thanks Noisette. I think the difference is that folk are called up to spot and report over a particular weekend, and it becomes a concerted effort.
At the moment we have a count of all waders etc on the marshes & also all the Egrets, Herons & Cormorants in dortoirs are being counted. I'm out every late afternoon. There is also a survey of Black Storks overwintering & we happen to have one locally, but they are so rare that no-one would go out hunting for them as such, you just get very excited when you see one If there were any Ospreys seen they would be in that sort of catergory. It a bit like asking folk to do a count of Great Grey Shrikes in Britain. There are just odd one's here & there.
Well done for all your efforts Noisette. It sounds very hard work, requiring a lot of patience! Good luck with your project!
Friday, January 13th, 2017
UG 16 Domaine de Certes - Cabanot / Audenge (33)
1 Osprey (Pandion haliaetus)
[Département de La Gironde Espaces Naturels own website]
Comment :En stationnaire, B.Normand et F.Hillion
14/01 11:24 CHESHIRE : Osprey, Hale [S]
one reported in flight at Within Way
14/01 15:07 CHESHIRE : Osprey, Hale [S]
earlier report actually referred to a boat
Alan, I am a bit confused. Earlier report of an Osprey 'in flight at Within Way' was actually 'a boat'?! Eh?!
The osprey is a boat named 'White Osprey'!! Honestly.
Only 65 days to EJ!
Thanks, Clare, all clear now!
Overwintering ospreys in France
Thanks for that Alan, I've never seen the report but it seems to be taken from the observations found in various sites, we even got a mention! It'll be interesting if they do another one in a few years to see if the numbers are going up!
Gironde, this one is definately overwintering
Monday, January 16th, 2017
Les Fougères / Artigues-de-Lussac (Les) (33)
Comment :En vol stationnaire au dessus de l'étang. Sans doute le même individu vu au même endroit à plusieurs reprises depuis un mois