Blue CU2 - Jimmy

The Story

A
3 yr old
male osprey
born in Scotland
near Carsphairn
Dumfries & Galloway

ringed Blue CU2 on July 8, 2012

The first sighting of Blue CU2 back in the UK was last year when he intruded on the Dyfi nest on August 20, 2014.
It was then that his nickname was coined in fun connection to his Scottish name "CU2 Jimmy"!

 

Video of Jimmy / Blue CU2

with kind permission of Emyr Evans
Manager Dyfi Osprey Project (DOP)

live footage of CU2 intruding at the Dyfi nest in August 2014. At 2 years old, he would have been returning to the UK for the first time having survived the hazards of migration. He was passing through Wales perhaps on his his way back to Scotland. Ospreys like to check out other nests and here he is causing a bit of a commotion!

Read about Jimmmy on the DOP Blog

Blue CU2 was the first male Osprey to land on the Glaslyn nest in the 2015 season on Wed 15th April in the sad non-return of the established male 11/98. He was a striking bird and held his ground while the resident female mantled. By his third landing the female, Mrs G, was beginning to relax and the following morning she allowed him to mate with her and accepted a fish from him. However he was quickly replaced that morning by Mrs G's 3 yr old son Blue 80.

Jimmy pictured when he landed for the first time on the Glaslyn nest in Apiril 2015

On the Sunday 19th April Blue CU2 was back, this time himself displacing Blue 80. He took up as the mystery male in a tree left of the Glaslyn nest, his identity not evident at first. The female took to fast chase. Jimmy performed an impressive acrobatic flight witnessed by Gail, he flew a only a relatively short distance off, and undeterred was soon back roosting nearby. On the Monday evening there was confusion. The female flew over to Jimmy to attract his attention who had not yet dared to land on the nest, to land back in the nmest herself and lay an egg! The egg was likely infertile as neither the female or Jimmy ever incubated it. Two further eggs were laid while Jimmy was around but none of these came to anything and were not bothered with either. And somehow Jimmy did not commit himself to providing or settled as a mate. Here is a shot of him fishing over the Cob.

image of Jimmy electrocuted when he was laid on the ground by the bto

Jimmy spent longer and longer away from the Glaslyn nest and in the middle of the next week on Wednesday 29th April he moved away by his own volition, when Aran came on the scene. He flew a distance off, making his way 25 miles northeast up to the Mynydd Hiraethog Denbigh moor area north of Pentrefloelas, Conwy County. During the week following he was spotted several times perching with fish on fencing along the A543.

On Monday 11th May Jimmy was to catch his last fish.
It was a very wet windy morning with likely dense mist and somehow he found his way to the fateful killer pole. By late morning Scottish Power engineers were called out to investigate and outage to find poor Jimmy tragically electrocuted, hanging over a transformer of an medium voltage end power pole, holding a part eaten fish thought to be a trout.

image of Jimmy electrocuted when he was laid on the ground by the bto

It was a horribly tragic ending to a beautiful bold bird who had tasted of life, survived the long migration to and from Africa with its many pitfalls, come close to breeding, who had decided to prospect for his own nest and mate and was minding his own business doing wahat Ospreys do..

Such a cruel blow of fate.
His life stolen by a power pole.
RIP Jimmy