By 3pm yesterday there were no Ospreys left in Manton Bay but we felt sure that one of them could return later in the evening or even first this morning. I never thought that when we were stood outside the centre watching 9F soaring high in the air it was the last time I would see her this summer.
John Wright was in the hide yesterday and watched all three family members leave the bay:
06:15 – The day started with the adult female on the T-perch and 9F food begging on the nest.
09:20 – 5R returned to the bay having roosted away last night. He landed on the far T-perch with 9F.
10:00 – 5R flew off south-west and the adult female flew north-east on a fishing trip.
10:45 – The adult female returned to the T-perch without a fish and 9F continued her relentless food begging.
11:30 – The adult female caircled the bay once and then flew strongly south-west.
13:30 – 9F began diving into the water and continued for several minutes.
14:30 – 9F left the nest and she circled up to 2500 to 3000ft until almost invisible with binoculars. She then came back towards the bay before slowly and hesitantly going south-west.
17:45 – Still no Ospreys back in the bay.
We haven’t seen any of the birds since so we can safely assume that they have begun their migration. Having left yesterday there is every chance they will have reached northern France today. We wish them well.