It is a beautiful spring day in Rutland today – the first Sand Martins are zipping back and forth over the reservoir, Chiffchaffs are in full voice and now we have an Osprey!
At lunchtime today John Wright checked the Site B nest and was thrilled to see 03(97) sitting on a favourite perch nearby. He probably arrived between 10:30am and midday for what will be his fourteenth summer at the nest (situated on private land near Rutland Water). 03 was the first Osprey to breed in Rutland in 2001 and since then he has raised 30 chicks with three different females. Let’s hope he adds to that tally this year!
03’s a day earlier than last year, when he arrived to Arctic-like conditions. As he rests close to the nest this afternoon, it is a relief that things are decidedly more spring-like than they were 12 months ago.
We’ll have more on 03’s return, including some photos from John, tomorrow, but for now it is just great to report that the 2014 Rutland Osprey season is officially underway!