As we suspected, 8F definitely migrated yesterday morning. Shortly after 9:30am he appeared over Manton Bay from the north, glanced down at his mother and sister on the nest and then headed powerfully south-west. Unbeknown to us at the time, he was off on his 3000 mile journey to West Africa. We know that now because he didn’t return to the nest yesterday evening. Over the previous week or so, the young male had spent prolonged periods away from the nest, but always returned in the evening. This time, though, he didn’t reappear; and only his sister was present at dark. Who knows how far 8F flew yesterday, but conditions were good for migration and he may well have reached the south coast. There were numerous Ospreys reported in southern England yesterday. I wonder if one of them was 8F?
Unlike her brother, 9F has shown no inclination to leave, and has spent most of the last 24 hours food-begging incessantly either on or close to the nest. Not that you can blame her for not flying far today. We’ve had heavy rain for much of the day; definitely not the weather to set off on your first migration to West Africa. Who knows how much longer she’ll stay for but, gievn what we’ve seen over the past few days, she could be here for some time yet!