Manton Bay

Autumn Already

The past few days we have had beautiful weather, although we are starting to feel the nip of autumn in the air. This has meant that lots of the Rutland ospreys are starting to move off away from Rutland and back to their wintering grounds. This includes the Manton Bay female Maya, she was last seen yesterday morning; she is most likely already on her way to her wintering grounds, maybe somewhere in southern England or northern France already. 33(11) the Manton Bay male has been in the bay today but it doesn’t look like he will be here much longer, this morning he caught a massive trout, which no doubt means he’s stocking up before the long migration.

Last week 6K, one of the young males, was spotted on lagoon 4 with an unringed female, both were showing signs of bonding at the nest. Both birds have now left, but it shows great promise for next year.

Another Rutland bird spotted at the beginning of August was male T7(16), a Manton Bay chick, this was very exciting news, as this bird has not been seen in the UK since his first migration. The bird was spotted down in Devon, let’s hope he makes it back up here for next year’s breeding season.

As for the satellite birds the young S1 is powering over Southern Europe, and yesterday morning crossed over towards Morocco at the strait of Gibraltar, it’s going be interesting to see where he goes next! Before he made his trip down into Africa, he stopped off in Southern Spain at the Embalse de Cordobilla at a wetland reserve in the Andalusia region of Spain.

S1- 30th-31st

S1- 30th-31st Stop Over

S1- 30th

As for 30 and 4K the current data shows that both are still in the vicinity of Rutland, although with such beautiful weather, it is possible they will be leaving anytime!

A Rainy Weekend

It is very quiet down in Manton Bay this afternoon, the rain from yesterday seems to have washed everything away. The young male 3AU from Manton Bay was last seen on Saturday, so it looks as though he has finally left for his migration; let’s hope he finds better weather.

Around Rutland many of the other ospreys are starting their own migrations; soon we will be writing about 30 our satellite tagged osprey and her migration. It is also the time of year when we start to get visits from Scottish birds, already embarked upon their migrations. Last week we had an unringed female on lagoon four with one of the Rutland males 6K, maybe making arrangements for next year.

Some ospreys are still in area including the adults from Manton Bay. Geoff Harries was down at Horn Mill Fish Farm in the photography hide last Saturday, and manged to get some amazing pictures of birds still fishing at the farm.

It’s a sad time on the project when everything starts to leave and it feels as though everything is ending, but for the ospreys that fledged from Rutland over the summer, this is just the beginning. They will have to navigate their way through unknown habitats, learn to fish in stormy seas or little lakes and try to establish their own territories. That’s all before they even start to think about breeding, it just proves how amazing these birds are!

Hello Old Friend

Birdfair weekend is now over and I think everyone has just about recovered. The osprey project had a fantastic weekend with our stand, wildlife cruises and the many visitors at Lyndon Visitor Centre. Thank you to all the volunteers that made the weekend possible, we really appreciate the work you put in! The highlight for me was all the amazing wildlife cruises, on most of them the skies were full of ospreys, it made the weekend even more special. 

Sam interviewing our very own Education Officer Ken Davies on the Birdfair stand.

Paul Stammers on a Wildlife Cruise

Paul Stammers and Mike Dilger 

View off the Rutland Belle. 

Thank you to everyone that came and said hello, it’s so nice to put names to faces, answer questions and hear all your exciting osprey stories. 

On Saturday night we had the news that 3AU had returned to Manton Bay, since then he has spent plenty of time on the nest food begging. 33(11) and Maya seem a little reluctant to bring him fish; maybe the adults are trying to encourage him to leave, maybe for good this time.

Down in the Bay we have had some amazing sightings including marsh harrier, peregrine falcon, red kite and red-necked phalarope. 


Peregrine – Waderscrape Hide By Bill Glancy

Peregrine – Waderscrape Hide By Bill Glancy

Peregrine – Waderscrape Hide By Bill Glancy

We are having a few problems with the nest cam at the moment, but please rest assured we will try and get it sorted as soon as possible. 

Is This Goodbye?

It is a very wet morning down on the Lyndon Nature Reserve this morning, not the kind of weather we would like the day before Birdfair! Nevertheless, preparations are well underway, the osprey team have been busy setting up the Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust stand (OD2), and we are also getting set for our talk in the new Wild Zone, made especially for younger visitors to the fair. Don’t forget you can also go on a wildlife cruise, with a celebrity guide and member of the osprey team, all the osprey cruises are fully booked, so this is your last chance to cruise around looking for ospreys this year!  To make it even more exciting, when the team were setting up earlier this week, there was an osprey displaying over the Birdfair site, so if you are visiting keep your eyes to the skies.

Down in Manton Bay it looks like 3AU, the male osprey chick, has left for his first migration, he was last recorded in the bay on the 13th at 17:25. It’s a sad time, but it’s also very exciting – I can’t wait to see what will happen to all our 2018 chicks and where they may be sighted in the future. Maya and 33(11) the two adult birds are still down in the bay enjoying a bit of the British weather before they begin their migration.

Here are some lovely photos by John Smallman from 3AU’s last week in Manton Bay. It shows a fish exchange between 33(11) and 3AU. 

Family Fun Day

On Thursday we held our annual Osprey Family Fun Day, as always it was a great event. Children of all ages had the opportunity to migrate from the U.K. (Lyndon Visitor Centre) to West Africa (Waderscrape Hide), completing a number of different activities and games along the way. At the end of the migration, families were treated to fantastic views of our own osprey family. We also had a bird ringing demonstration, led by our very own Lloyd Park, highlighting some of the other amazing migratory birds we have on the reserve including,  blackcap, common whitethroat, lesser whitethroat and chiff chaff. Overall it was another fantastic day allowing children to learn about ospreys, birds and how to enjoy nature.


The osprey family down in the Bay have been much the same, with 3AU constantly food begging whenever he sees 33. We are also still enjoying visits from a number of intruding ospreys, entertaining visitors in the hides. It won’t be long now until all three are leaving on their migration back to West Africa, let’s hope they stay long enough to enjoy Birdfair weekend.