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By Tim on May 27, 2012
5R has kept the chicks well fed with fish today – catching a Roach and two Pike since 9am. Not only that but he caught all three within sight of Waderscrape hide. The newly-hatched chick seems to be doing very well and like its older brother or sister (we won’t know which for several weeks), it seems to have grown stronger almost by the minute.
Unlike earlier in the season, 5R has flown straight to the nest with eat catch today – meaning that the fish have been alive and kicking on the nest. This isn’t usually a problem, but look what happened when he delivered the first of the Pike to the nest this morning. As soon as he took his foot off the fish it kicked in a last desperate attempt at freedom, propelled itself into the air and landed slap bang on top of the chicks!
Fortunately neither chick was hurt, but it took 5R and his mate several minutes to work out what to do. Eventually the female freed the chicks by dragging the fish to the side of the nest. What a relief!
By Tim on May 27, 2012
Great news this morning – the second chick in the Manton Bay nest has hatched. Although it is still very weak, it has already had a few tiny morsels of food, which will help it to get stronger through the day. Here’s a video of one of its first feeds this morning. As you’ll see, there is a noticeable size difference between the two chicks, but the new arrival shouldn’t take long to catch up if 5R continues with his almost constant supply of fish!
This feeding business, though, does take a bit of getting used to. I think this photo says it all…
By Tim on May 26, 2012
If you have been watching the webcam today you’ll know that the Manton Bay chick seems to be getting bigger by the minute. Compare this video – recorded just a few minutes ago – with the one from earlier this morning (see update below) and you’ll see what I mean. As you’ll see, we’re still waiting for the second egg to hatch – perhaps tomorrow morning.
Earlier this afternoon an intruding Osprey flew over the bay; prompting 5R to fly to the nest to defend his nest and family. Now is the time that we expect to start seeing two-year-old Ospreys returning for the first time and with 12 chicks fledging in 2010, there could be several new returnees in the coming weeks. In fact, we already know that one of the 2010 Rutland contingent, 12(10), is already back in the UK – she intruded at the Dyfi nest in mid-Wales (where one of our 2008 Rutland birds, Nora, is breeding) last week.
Of course 12(10) is not the only Rutland Osprey to have visited Cors Dyfi recently. Yesterday our three-year-old female 00(09) made a real nuisance of herself at the nest while the breeding male, Monty, was away fishing. Dyfi Osprey Project manager Emyr Evans has sent a great video of the intrusion. How amazing to see two Rutland females fighting over a nest in mid-Wales; a really positive indication of how the Osprey distribution in southern Britain has changed in recent years. Many thanks to Emyr for the video.
By Tim on May 26, 2012
5R must have caught a fish very early this morning because there was already one in the nest when volunteer Moira Carnie arrived at 6am. Since then the female has fed the chick every half hour or so. It’s amazing how much stronger the youngster looks today; last night it had real difficulty moving around the nest, but as this video shows its much more mobile already today – and enjoyed a good feed from Mum!
By Tim on May 25, 2012
If you have been following the website recently you’ll know that one of our two-year-old Ospreys, 12(10), recently visited the Montgomeryshire Wildlife Trust’s reserve at Cors Dyfi. She hasn’t been seen there since, but earlier today another Rutland Osprey made a brief visit. This time it was 00(09), the three-year-old female who arrived in Rutland in late March. With the Dyfi breeding male, Monty, away fishing 00 made quite a nuisance of herself before her half-sister, 03(08) – or Nora as she is now better known, finally left the nest to chase her off. Before she did Emyr and the Dyfi Osprey Project team managed to get this photo of 00 to confirm her identity.
Since her return in March, we’ve seen 00 at least once every week – often intruding at our established nest sites. We’ve often wondered how far afield she’s exploring during her absences from Rutland and today’s sighting at Dyfi sheds new light on this.
So what is 00 doing? Well, put simply, she’s looking for a mate. Despite the fact that three different three-year-old males have recently returned to Rutland, none of them have settled at a nest yet. 00’s repeated intrusions at our established nest sites shows that she is keen to find a vacant territory – and a male to share it with. As the video below shows, she even spent a day on the Manton Bay nest before the return of 5R’s regular mate. As we’ve said before, Roy Dennis’s satellite tracking of Rothiemurchus – a three-year-old male Osprey from Scotland – demonstrates how much young Ospreys often range, and 00 is no different. If she was to find a lone male at a nest in Wales then there is every chance that that’s where she will stay – it’s what happened to Nora after all. This again shows how crucial our work at Rutland Water will be in the birds’ re-colonisation of southern Britain.
This latest sighting really does demonstate the value of ringing. It goes to show that whilst satellite tracking has added immensely to our knowledge of Ospreys, ringing is still incredibly important too. It also shows that although Dyfi and Rutland are 130 miles apart, this is no distance for an Osprey. We last saw 00 in Rutland on Tuesday this week. I wonder how long it will be before we see her again? We’ll be sure to let you know.
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