We had some fantastic news this morning! The first 2012 Rutland Osprey chick has returned to England! It is 8F(12), a male Osprey who hatched and fledged from the Manton Bay nest. He was one of two chicks from Manton Bay that year, his sibling was a female, 9F(12).
8F(12) was spotted early this morning at Hanningfield Reservoir in Chelmsford by David Low. This is only 87 miles from Rutland Water, as the crow (or Osprey) flies, so we are hoping to see 8F here soon, possibly today!
What exciting news! Ospreys generally return to the country of their birth for the first time when they are two years old, and we were hoping to see some 2012 chicks back this year. Generally, two-year-old Ospreys return later in the season, in late May or June. The earliest we have ever seen a two-year-old return was 28 April. That particular bird actually bred that year, but this is highly unusual, it is more common for birds that young to spend the summer exploring their natal area and further afield, in the hope of finding a nest and a mate in time for the following year.
We now have three birds from the Manton Bay nest that have returned to England. We hope that 8F makes his way to Rutland soon and drops in on the Bay!