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Ospreys have been spotted in the British Isles by some of you and now is your chance to show us where they are.

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The Welsh Ospreys

Huw Jenkins talks about Ospreys in the shadow of Snowdon

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Ospreys are extremely rare as Huw Jenkins describes in this report for BBC Wales and of the 200 known pairs in Britain most of them are in Scotland. If you live in these areas or if you see them passing through as they migrate to their nests you can let us know on the map below.

What now?

Once you have submitted your sighting you will be able to see your peg in the map on WOtM's Osprey page.

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And don't forget you can check on Logie's progress on Roy Dennis' diary.

User comments

Pete Mantle
I saw an Osprey flying Southeast over Arctic Street NW5 on 14th Sept, 2008 at approx 1300hrs LOCATION: 51.5498,-0.1126 DATE: Mon, 24 Nov 2008 12:02:18 GMT

Mary Sanders
I holidayed, with my family, on the Norfolk Broads in September. We had the privilege of observing an osprey on the upper reaches of the river Bure (between Wroxham and Coltishall) over a five-day period. We contacted the local RSPB rep (jacky?) and learned that it had almost certainly been blown off-course by the easterly winds. We were lucky enough to see it dive, and spent many hours tracking its progress. We trust that it is now safely in africa. It was a truly great experience the like of which we don't expect to repeat! LOCATION: 52.7080,1.3815 DATE: Fri, 7 Nov 2008 19:36:11 UTC

Nicola Dancer
Is it possible to have seen two ospreys on migration on 21/10/08 at 10am? I saw two extremely large birds with white chests and white underwings in Sandleheath, Fordingbridge, Hampshire. LOCATION: 50.599998,-2.450000 DATE: Thu, 23 Oct 2008 15:28:46 UTC WOtM team: It's likely but it would be very late for an Osprey. Beware though as Buzzards are very similar looking - the way to tell them apart is by the wings. The ends of the Osprey's wings droop over whereas the Buzzard's point upwards.

Ishbel Leddy
We saw a large bird of prey while we were walking between the Ditchling-Brighton road and the Chattri (/indian War Memorial). It had quite a lot of white on it including a white rump and wasn't flying the way we have see buzzards flying. Could it have been a migrating osprey? Our other thought that it was a captive bird of prey being flown. LOCATION: 50.8926,-0.0879 DATE: Wed, 22 Oct 2008 07:07:12 UTC

Ken Holbeck
Osprey fishing at RSPB Strumpshaw Fen, Norfolk, on Thursday 16th October at 10.30am. When the bird appeared about 60 coot made a quick exit off the water to the cover in the reeds. The osprey, dark in colour and probably a late adult on passage, made two dives and was successful on each occasion. The fish were taken to a nearby tree and consumed. The half dozen observers in the Reception Hide were ecstatic to witness this classic hunting style. The predator was about to make a third foray over the water when a sparrowhawk appeared from nowhere and the osprey disappeared as quickly as it came. The whole episode took about 20 minutes. LOCATION: 51.566700,0.466700 DATE: Tue, 21 Oct 2008 10:46:35 UTC

Mrs S. Flanagan
Friends think they saw an Osprey on the marsh area off Two Tree Island near Southend on Sea on 11.10.08. Have there been any other sightings? Is it possible or likely? LOCATION: 51.5395,0.7004 DATE: Mon, 13 Oct 2008 19:03:24 UTC

Karen Anderson
Single Osprey seen mid afternoon, circled 3 times before heading north!! I know Osprey (2 I think) are at a coastal site not far away (Langstone Harbour) but I didn't realise that one would come up such a relatively small river - especially at low tide! Is that unusual? LOCATION: 50.9022,-1.2603 DATE: Sun, 12 Oct 2008 21:46:21 UTC

Angus Donaldson
I live at Bridgend of Glenlivet, Ballindalloch AB37 9BT and have had 3 sightings this month of an Osprey - the most recent being today. I presumed that Ospreys would normally have left for the winter by now. I am certain it is the same bird I have been seeing ad gues that it might be a youngster. We live rght beside the river Livet and I have seen the bird both flying and perched in trees. I would be interested in learning your views.Thank you. Angus 11 October 2008 LOCATION: 54.000000,-2.000000 DATE: Sat, 11 Oct 2008 13:24:51 UTC

Fred Carroll
That osprey sighting at Drumgay Lough was on 8 October 2008. LOCATION: 54.3662,-7.6080 DATE: Sat, 11 Oct 2008 09:24:27 UTC

Fred Carroll
Juvenile osprey arrived from north over Drumgay Lough Irish Grid H 2430 4740 (just north of Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh, NI) at 12.50 pm. Mobbed closely by five jackdaws. Calm sunny weather. Circled repeatedly about 80 feet anticlockwise over water eventually passing directly over me on the west shore. Me with 10X binoculars. Departed (still chased by jackdaws) to west (towards Lough Erne) after four minutes. Looked down at water throughout, but evidently not impressed by the fishing – no slowing down for a better look, certainly not diving into water (unfortunately for me). Roughly buzzard sized, but more rakish. Upperparts (including wings and tail) dull brown, not noticeably dappled (post first moult, or worn?); underparts dull white, with no noticeable darker breast band; head dull white with broad dark patch from hooked beak though eye to back of head; underwing dull whitish with no noticeable dark carpal patch, but with dark trailing edges of the coverts along all bases of primaries and secondaries, and with parallel darker bands on the flight feathers; tail dull whitish with parallel dark bands – two central feathers different from others, giving impression of being darker and longer than others, a bit like great skua in last respect, but this probably an illusion due to these two feathers having a narrower semi-transparent terminal pale edge than other. This seems to be the total of its presence here – I was there for about two hours before and after this incident. Nine whooper swans in the lake. LOCATION: 54.3662,-7.6135 DATE: Fri, 10 Oct 2008 10:53:06 UTC

Jeff Parker
Single osprey sited today 03/10/08 and many times this past week, been here for some weeks now. LOCATION: 53.6886,-0.4285 DATE: Fri, 3 Oct 2008 15:53:56 UTC

Chris Brisley
Spotted on the 29.09.2008 on a lake LOCATION: 51.1190,0.9943 DATE: Tue, 30 Sep 2008 17:26:34 UTC

Jane Waite
Saw an osprey diving in a local lake for fish last weekend (september 20th), it was amazing to watch, and we couldn't believe our eyes as it hovered then plunged into the water.... LOCATION: 51.0761,-0.9091 DATE: Mon, 29 Sep 2008 14:07:34 GMT LOCATION: 51.0761,-0.9091 DATE: Mon, 29 Sep 2008 14:07:38 GMT

Shirley Rushmer
27.9.08 - Liphook, Hampshire - Osprey still in this area - friends first spotted it nearly two weeks ago. Saw it catch a fish yesterday, after several unsuccessful attempts. LOCATION: 51.383301,-0.100000 DATE: Sat, 27 Sep 2008 06:24:49 UTC

Alan Lewendon
I saw a large bird of prey sat atop an isolated fir tree. I was on a bus travelling down the A338 near Hurn Airport so did not have a long viewing. The size and colouring suggested an osprey. Could this be one heading back to Africa? LOCATION: 50.7903,-1.8237 DATE: Fri, 26 Sep 2008 15:37:59 UTC WOtM team: If it's an Osprey it will be heading south to spend winter in Africa. As a result of climate change, many are now wintering in Spain and France though.

Paul Dennis
I cant believe it, seen two ospreys inside a week, seen none in the last 30 odd years, 26/9/08 Barnsley, South Yorks LOCATION: 53.5746,-1.4200 DATE: Fri, 26 Sep 2008 09:56:10 UTC

Phil Boardman
Hello all, I have seen an Osprey over stocks reservoir at 16.15 on 14.09.08. It came in from the north at about 500ft stayed for about 5 mins then went south. I have put a photo on wotm, hope u all like it, t t f n. Phil LOCATION: 53.9998,-2.4197 DATE: Tue, 23 Sep 2008 19:13:48 GMT

Jeff Parker
Saw one pair circling towards our house coming from Barrow Haven direction. Appeared to be hunting. Also told by nearby birdwatching friend that two pairs had been seen the previous day. LOCATION: 53.6924,-0.4391 DATE: Tue, 23 Sep 2008 17:40:28 UTC

Richard Phillips
An osprey has been hunting on my neighbour's ponds for the last 5 days - probably a young bird as I did not see it catch much although it had many attempts. I think it left yesterday. The ponds are a mile south of my post code GU33 7JD LOCATION: 51.0362,-0.8652 DATE: Tue, 23 Sep 2008 11:45:41 UTC

Pat Fereday
We were sitting by the lake at Compton Verney in Warwickshire yesterday from 12 until 5pm and there was an osprey present the whole time. We saw it fishing once and then it perched in a tree for the rest of the time. We hadn't got our scope with us and through the binoculars we couldn't tell if it was tagged. Would it be resting on it's way to Africa from Rutland or Scotland? I asked at the reception desk and they weren't sure but they thought it had been there for a few days. LOCATION: 52.1790,-1.8375 DATE: Mon, 22 Sep 2008 10:41:56 GMT WOtM team: Great sighting! It's either started its migration or is feeding up before it heads south for winter.

steve holt
On Sunday 21 November saw a large bird circling high above open fields just South of Margate Kent.It looked similar in size and shape to buzzards that have been seen migrating through recently. Howver it was the call that first made me look up and this sounded much like a peregrine. No idea what an Osprey sounds like! The bird was being harrassed by two smaller birds.Unfortunately no binoculars so unable to identify visually. Local birdgroups have reported an Osprey in the area LOCATION: 53.250000,-1.916700 DATE: Mon, 22 Sep 2008 10:17:58 UTC

Chris John
Osprey sighted Saturday 20/9/08 approx. 1130 am fishing in the estuary of the river Nevern - being persistently mobbed by crows LOCATION: 52.0153,-4.8285 DATE: Sun, 21 Sep 2008 22:16:32 UTC

Jeff Fox
Whilst fishing a small lake in Albourne a large bird of prey circled for and on several ocassions dropped down into the lake and on one occasion took a Rudd. The bird was with us of and on for around two hours during midday on the 20th Sept. On returning home I looked it up and positively identified it as an Osprey. LOCATION: 50.9204,-0.2499 DATE: Sun, 21 Sep 2008 17:16:59 UTC

Ian Griffiths
Single Osprey circling over stour estuary at high tide being harrassed by gulls 15:30 PM 20th September.Made several aborted dives. Disapeared in an Easterly direction over Shotley Gate and Harwich. LOCATION: 51.9612,1.2360 DATE: Sat, 20 Sep 2008 14:55:00 GMT

Anthony Lloyd
Osprey carrying a trout north over dam from Bewl water, Kent. TN3 8JH at 1800hrs 19/9/08 LOCATION: 52.633301,-2.500000 DATE: Fri, 19 Sep 2008 16:59:19 UTC

Peter Gloyns
Sitting in a tree by the Beaulieu River on 18th September, stayed overnight, still there 19th! LOCATION: 50.5414,-2.0215 DATE: Fri, 19 Sep 2008 11:22:57 UTC

jonathan bingham
This Sunday (14 Sept 2008) I was cycling along the A368 towards Blagdon when above me I noticed a very large bird. The size of the bird was instantly attention grabbing. I live in the Mendip area (Wells) and see Buzzards on an almost daily basis and am very familiar with their size, flying style and wing shape, pattern and colour. I would say the bird was 30-40% bigger than a Buzzard and there have been times when cycling that I have been quite close to Buzzards as they have swooped onto a telegraph pole at the side of the road. Also, the bird had a 'kink' to the leading edge of the wing and seemed to have very pronounced splayed feathers at the end of the wings. It looked far more menacing than a Buzzard. The colour of the bird seemed dark, as I was looking up it would've been silhouetted somewhat but I have to say I didn't noticed too much white on the underside. I was cycling with a car behind me and couldn't stop at that point to get a better look. There were a number of smaller, black coloured birds flying around, close to the bird. I can only think that this bird was an Osprey. I was very clode indeed to Blagdon and Chew Valley Lakes where Ospreys are sometimes spotted, especially during migration. Were there other sightings? Were any tracked birds known to be in the area, etc? LOCATION: 51.3186,-2.6724 DATE: Thu, 18 Sep 2008 15:56:15 UTC

Steve and Sue Prangnell
We have seen ospreys every week at Newtown nature reserve on the Isle of Wight from July and have see them also on spring migration in March and April. These sightings are recorded locally and presumably sent to BTO, but we wondered if there is any need to record the sightings via WOTM as well. LOCATION: 50.7262,-1.3993 DATE: Fri, 12 Sep 2008 13:30:21 UTC WOtM team: Well, it's always good to hear about sightings so bring them on!

Graham Jennings
Watched what I am 99% sure was an osprey for about 15 mins, it was circling a lake just across from brompton-on-swale caravan park. It dived to lake but I could not see it hit water it circled again and was mobbed by dozens of lapwings. I was watching with binoculars and could clearly see its white chest and wing markings aswell as its head. It left the area eastwards LOCATION: 54.3646,-1.7578 DATE: Wed, 10 Sep 2008 15:01:29 UTC LOCATION: 54.3646,-1.7578 DATE: Wed, 10 Sep 2008 15:01:30 UTC

Andrew Savage
Sunday 7th September at approx 3.30 pm - Osprey circling high above the garden for 5-10 minutes then moved off swiftly in a south-easterly direction. LOCATION: 52.5231,-0.9695 DATE: Tue, 09 Sep 2008 12:19:47 GMT

Philip Mallinder
Osprey sighted resting on post 18.15 Saturday 06.09.08 LOCATION: 50.5012,-4.2984 DATE: Mon, 8 Sep 2008 09:06:30 UTC

Dave Gilmore
Single osprey seen in the College Valley (North Nortumberland) on Friday 29 August 2008, fishing in the small river. Bird was flying South along the course of the river. Was not able to see any identifying tags LOCATION: 55.5368,-2.1749 DATE: Tue, 2 Sep 2008 12:45:41 UTC

A. Traveller
osprey easily seen perching on nest not far from Dovey Junction. Viewed from train. LOCATION: 52.5889,-3.9427 DATE: Tue, 17 Jun 2008 16:05:33 UTC

Brian Sherwin
I saw the nesting pair last week. They now have 3 chicks who appear to b doing well. LOCATION: 53.9157,-2.6971 DATE: Wed, 4 Jun 2008 21:04:14 UTC

Michael Grosvenor
Distrinctive tail shape and size, soared at high altitude for a period of ten minutes then moved on. Very large wing span and size. LOCATION: 51.6989,0.2348 DATE: Wed, 4 Jun 2008 18:42:58 UTC

Pam and Martin Davis
We have been watching an Osprey this afternoon at Leighton Moss RSPD reserve. The bird was perched on a dead branch and holding a fish between it's feet - absolutely beautiful! LOCATION: 54.1705,-2.8345 DATE: Tue, 3 Jun 2008 18:27:00 UTC

robert french
osprey looks like no.90 in the photo i managed to take at eyebrooke on the 19 of this month LOCATION: 52.6830,-0.8871 DATE: Mon, 26 May 2008 10:53:21 UTC

mike goddard
circling above m25/23 interchange 24/05/08 LOCATION: 51.2757,-0.1511 DATE: Sat, 24 May 2008 16:03:54 UTC

Catriona MacVicar
I saw an Osprey last weekend at a small man made loch in Logie Coldstone, Near Aboyne. It had been chased from the loch by another bird and landed on the tallest fir tree beside the loch. This is the second time I have seen one at that spot.I believe an Osprey is regularly seen at Aboyne Loch, possibly the same one. LOCATION: 57.0990,-2.9086 DATE: Fri, 23 May 2008 13:58:20 UTC

Kenin M. Bell
Oseprey nesting at Maplewood Conservation Area on and by Burrard Inlet , North Vancouver, B.C. for 18 years. Returned on April 8/'08 from central American. Some of our young birds winter as far south as Chile. Two pairs nesting this year.

Yvonne Brown
I noticed this bird firstly due to its calls, it was a strange call that i have not heard before - ( more of a wooo'ing then an eek noise). After the calls a second bird appeared and they swooped around for about ten minutes. They also appeared again the day after - (today). They are very like an osprey, I have searched a number of sights and cant find anything similar in colour apart from a marine skua, definatley would say it didn't look like a buzzard because of the white underbelly and white crown they have. I have recorded the call but unable to view the bird due to my camera phone, please could you help me to identify them. Thanks,Yvonne WOtM team: Sorry Yvonne, it's too hard to identify your sighting from what you've described

J McEachan
There are a pair of nesting ospreys on the mobile phone mast at Carie, South Loch Rannoch.

Alasdair Loudon
Two ospreys fishing in the Endrick Water area, one the pool the other the river. After 20 minutes of fishing the pool and two unsuccessful dives, finally caught a medium sized pike and circled way way up with it, before drifting down again to eat it on a dead oak tree LOCATION: 56.0552,-4.5291 DATE: Sun, 20 Apr 2008 10:21:36 GMT

Liz
Osprey sighted at 7.20pm Saturday 19 April 2008. Being mobbed by crows and seagulls as it came in over the cliffs at Peacehaven, East Sussex. LOCATION: 50.7920,-0.0082 DATE: Sat, 19 Apr 2008 18:31:58 UTC

Stephen Potter
Spotted an adult osprey two miles south of Dunning, Perthshire on the B934 Dunning- Yetts o' Muckhart road. Only a few yards from the road (west side), seen whilst delivering milk around 6.30 this morning. LOCATION: 56.3074,-3.5925 DATE: Sat, 19 Apr 2008 17:01:41 GMT LOCATION: 56.3074,-3.5925 DATE: Sat, 19 Apr 2008 17:03:10 GMT

Russell
Tuesday 15th April -single Osprey travelling North 8.15am at location on map(boundary between Teesdale/Weardale).Unable to see any rings etc. LOCATION: 54.6579,-2.1973 DATE: Fri, 18 Apr 2008 20:05:13 UTC

Alasdair Loudon
First sighting this morning of a fishing Osprey. It spent 5 -10 minutes or so observing the marshy pool just south of the Endrick Water - two dives but no fish- and then moved off east. Tried to track it on bike but it had vanished. Very exciting, and we hope, of course, that this one is now a local resident. LOCATION: 56.0598,-4.5291 DATE: Fri, 18 Apr 2008 12:24:55 GMT

Derrick Holmes
Monday April 14th Three ospreys sighted flying and calling about three thousand feet south of Gloucester over housing area near M5. Very sunny conditions bright blue sky. Recognised by the bent wing flight in gliding. One gliding bird separated from the other two who were soaring. Watched through binoculars for about ten minutes. Moved off in North easterly direction. Late report - Have only just discovered this report page!! LOCATION: 51.8646,-2.2522 DATE: Fri, 18 Apr 2008 10:54:55 UTC

martin
Flying down Lamorna valley mobbed by gulls at 12.15 LOCATION: 50.0765,-5.5399 DATE: Wed, 16 Apr 2008 14:56:32 UTC

David Plunton
10.15am April 12th 2008A pair of Ospreys circling just north of the river Itchen at Kings worthy, Winchester.Both headed off in a northerly direction LOCATION: 54.9382,-1.3843 DATE: Sat, 12 Apr 2008 09:27:02 GMT

Ben Dobson
arrived last week stayed for about 7 days, hasn't been seen today LOCATION: 53.9961,-2.4142 DATE: Fri, 11 Apr 2008 02:09:47 GMT

Ian Brown
1 osprey fishing on 6/4/08 LOCATION: 57.6742,-3.1062 DATE: Fri, 11 Apr 2008 17:20:05 UTC

Ian Brown
Single male? seen fishing since 02/04/08 usually in evenings. LOCATION: 57.6751,-3.1069 DATE: Wed, 9 Apr 2008 13:08:07 UTC

terry barry
Colombia is one of the wintering quarters for the osprey - I live in Bogota, the capital, and in one of it´s big parks with a lake in the middle of the city, we saw an osprey there back in December. At the moment (April) many of Colombia´s transient winter migrants are heading north to the USA and Canada - yesterday (8 April)in my local park the Western/Eastern pewee (flycatchers) were all over the place and there was a bright scarlet tanager now in full summer plumage - both species on the move north. Hopefully I will also see Barn/European swallows flying over as well as Eastern kingbirds and common nighthawks on their return journey - all of which spent time in the park on their southward path back in October. LOCATION: 4.600000,-74.083298 DATE: Tue, 8 Apr 2008 16:40:47 UTC

Karl Pitwon
I live in Orne southern Normandy, I have been an avid birdwatcher for the last 35 years . At the moment it is fantastic for bird migration . First swallow this year at the house 15th March, first Chiff-chaff 13th March. Whilst on the subject of Ospreys I saw one yesterday at 3 o' clock over Le-ferte-Vidame , which is a small town 5 kms east of my home. I saw it without binoculars, as it came circling over me , flapping constantly , which is I think common with Ospreys . I finally had a good look at it as it came closer indentifiying it as an Osprey , not a White phase Buzzard or a Honey buzzard as first thought . Finally this morning half a kilometre from the house my wife and i had the pleasure of seeing a female peregrine sitting in a tree, that gratefully took off for identification purposes ........ I cant wait for the Black Storks to return again this year, the Whites are getting so common now , even nesting about 50 kms from us LOCATION: 48.433300,0.083300 DATE: Tue, 08 Apr 2008 10:59:18 GMT LOCATION: 48.4237,0.5740 DATE: Tue, 08 Apr 2008 11:00:06 GMT WOtM team: You seem to be in a prime position Karl - good luck spotting the Black Storks.

saffron allen
I live in Bath, was in my garden which backs on to fields and then National Trust woodland a few days ago, gazing at a bird of prey, (not one of the regulars) as it cruised above me, paused and looked down, and cruised on, looked like it was scanning the land. Could it have been an osprey? LOCATION: 51.266701,-1.083300 DATE: Mon, 07 Apr 2008 14:30:38 GMT

Barry Walker
I was fly fishing at Meadow Fishery, Mickle Trafford with my brother Malcolm. This is the second sighting in a fortnight. Today, Sunday 6th April, the Osprey hovered over the lakes for about a minute. The time was about 14.30. LOCATION: 53.2274,-2.8043 DATE: Sun, 6 Apr 2008 17:01:32 UTC

Nick Atkin & Jean Mills
Seen at Venus Pool Shropshire on 31st March. Caught what looked to be like a very large roach. LOCATION: 52.6429,-2.6537 DATE: Sat, 5 Apr 2008 17:37:45 UTC

Steve Turner
Seen on Good Friday LOCATION: 51.7542,-1.8347 DATE: Fri, 4 Apr 2008 09:51:51 UTC

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