When 06(09) returned to Rutland last week it meant that three of the nine chicks who fledged from nests in the Rutland Water area in 2009 had made it back. This roughly equates to the return rate of previous years and we were delighted. Surely we couldn’t expect any more?
Earlier this afternoon a male Osprey intruded at Site B and then Manton Bay. We didn’t get a positive ID, but we expected it to be 06(09). Half an hour after being chased away from Manton Bay, it landed on a vacant nest nearby; allowing John Wright to read the ring. Amazingly it wasn’t 06, or either of the other 2009 returnees. Instead it was blue/white 03. A male who fledged from Site N in 2009. This is absoultely brilliant news, not least because 03 is one of 08(97)’s chicks. We said when 08 disappeared in May that it would be a fantastic leagacy for him if one of his chicks returned, and now it has happened!
We’ll post more about 03’s return in the next couple of days.