Logie was still at her nest at
11am but transmissions coming in late evening showed Logie was close to
Tomintoul from 4pm to 5.30pm perched at the edge of a conifer
plantation at Inchcape, two miles ENE of Tomintoul, 30 miles from home.
She appears to be following last year's autumn route round the east
side of the Cairngorms, but she chose a poor day to start her migration
- low clouds and poor visibility. She's 15 days later than last year.
It's amazing to think she has been in Scotland for just under 4 months and now she's off on a 3000 mile plus flight to West Africa. Which way will she go? Will she stop-over in the Solway? Will she go to the same tree in Guinnea Bissau? Let's hope she has a successful migration.
No news yet - but it's been raining all night with thick clouds so it's likely the transmitter battery is not charged so no signals - probably sheltering somewhere near Glenlivet from heavy rain. Back home at Logie's nest her two young were being buzzed yesterday by two young ospreys from a nearby nest - one even sitting on Logie's nest in the hope of getting a fish from the male.
Still no news and it's getting worrying. Except for a
very brief signal at 12.25pm on 22nd August, no signals have come
through. That signal only showed that there was insufficient volts to
carry out a GPS reading at 6pm on 21st August, so we do not know where
The options are transmitter failure, because she has been in a location with no sun (an eagle in that general area has also failed to send out a signal in the last few days) or that the transmitter has suffered a fault, or very sadly that she has died and is in a place where the transmitter's solar panel is hidden from the sun.
Taking the optimistic view, I've emailed contacts in the Solway Firth
to keep an eye open in her last year's haunts - maybe she is already
there and her transmitter is not working. Her colour ring is a white
ring with black AN on the left leg and the transmitter aerial would be
visible on her back. Please email if you see her. Keeping fingers
crossed that she is now in a sunny location so her transmitter is
charging and we will get news of her location.
Have you seen Logie?