I always think that late March is just about the most exciting time of the Osprey season, and this year has got off to a brilliant start. Following 03(97)’s earliest-ever return to Site B on Sunday, a second Osprey arrived in Rutland this morning. 00(09) is 03’s daughter, and fledged from the Site B nest in 2009. She spent much of last summer exploring Rutland – and also Wales – in search of a mate and, judging by her very early arrival this spring, it looks like she is even more intent on breeding this year. At 8:10 she appeared over Manton Bay and alighted on the nest. She’s been there ever since, moving between the nest and the nearby perches. We wonder if the resident male 5R(04) will return to join her today? Last year he returned on, yes you guessed it, 19th March.
So…keep watching the webcam! We’ll have another update later in the day.