You know when summer is well on its way, when you see your first Osprey of the year. Osprey 'VE' or 1408005 to its friends, has been seen fishing in the Greater Manchester area around Abram (SD6001) and the Dover Basin (SD6100) from 15th to at least the 19th May and was giving very good views while it caught Trout.
Osprey 'VE' was ringed as a chick near Kirriemuir, Angus on 28th June 2007 and it was here that it was colour ringed. Amazingly 'VE' has not been seen since it was ringed, even though this bird has probably travelled in the region of 17,800km (11,100m) on its migrations to and from West Africa!
If you see this or any other colour ringed bird you can report your sighting via www.ring.ac.
Photo by Hugh Insley