Osprey 30

Female Osprey 30 fledged from the Site B nest in 2005. She returned to Rutland in 2007 and bred for the first time in 2009, raising two chicks with translocated male 08(01), at a nest on private land known as Site K. 30 and 08 raised a further six chicks from 2010 to 2012. Sadly 08 did not return in 2013 and 30 did not breed in 2013 or 2014. In 2015, however, she found a new mate and raised two chicks!

So you’re leaving in the morning

Well it’s certainly been a great bank holiday weekend! Our final osprey cruise on Saturday was a success, the weather has been wonderful and so many people have visited the Lyndon Centre to catch what may be their last glimpse of the Manton Bay ospreys this year.

This weekend’s sightings may well be the last we have of Maya. She was present in the bay with 33 all day on Saturday, however, we believe that she set off on her migration on Sunday morning, as she left the bay at 11:30 and has not returned since. Last season Maya didn’t leave until 6th September, so we thought she may stay a while longer! 33 is still here though, catching fish and seeing off intruders!

33 mantling over a fish

33 mantling over a fish

 

Here is Maya’s last appearance on the Manton Bay nest, yesterday morning.

Maya's last appearance on the nest

Maya’s last appearance on the nest in 2017

 

We can only wonder where Maya is right now, but there is a Rutland osprey who’s location we do know! 30(05) is our satellite-tagged osprey, and she also set off on her migration yesterday!

She left fairly early yesterday morning, and by 12:00 she was already in Hampshire. She crossed the channel at Christchurch (east of Bournemouth and west of the Isle of Wight) just after 1pm, and made landfall in Cherbourg in France at 4pm. Her final data point is at 5pm, just east of Créances. The total distance she travelled yesterday was 245 miles / 395 km.

As she’s only just set off we don’t have much data just yet, but we receive it every few days and will keep you updated as and when we have more information. Exciting times!

30's journey yesterday

30’s journey 27th August

 

I wonder whether 30(05) will have arrived at her wintering grounds by the time we have our end of season celebration? It would be amazing if she arrived on her beach in Senegal on the day of our special celebratory party, which is 12 days away. 30’s fastest migration was 11 days, so it’s possible!

Our end of year celebration is on Friday 8th September, and we’ve planned a fun-filled evening of dancing to music by the Navigation Band, socialising at the beautiful village hall in Manton village, drinking local ales provided by Patricia Clarke, and gorging on a superb all-you-can-eat hog roast provided by the Roasting Pig Co.

We also have a raffle with some excellent prizes, including the following (pictured) plus a session in the hide at the River Gwash Trout Farm next year (!), and many more gems!

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We look forward to celebrating with our loyal supporters!

Click here to book tickets, there are not many left!

 

 

 

30(05) is back!

Today has been an exciting day as we are pleased to say 30(05) is finally back in Rutland! When Kayleigh last reported on 30’s location, she was making slow progress through France, only travelling 17 miles on the 27th when she spent time at a French chateau. Looking at her most recent data, we can see she continued to progress slowly and once again on the 29th she only traveled 16 miles – this time spending most of her day nearby a local salmon farm, continuing to display a knack for picking great resting stops!

She's back!

She’s back!

Salmon farm near 30's roost on 29th

Salmon farm near 30’s roost on 29th

By this time the weather had improved, so we do wonder why she wasn’t making quicker progress, however we were saved from any worrying when we checked her position this morning, as the most recent data showed she arrived in Rutland yesterday evening, after crossing the channel near Dover. Phew! Some great news to start the day.

Meanwhile at Manton bay, Maya has been spending an increasing amount of time huddled down on the nest – could an egg be on the way? We will be keeping our eyes peeled over the weekend and hope to bring you some good news soon.

Just after 6pm yesterday, 33 bought in a huge fish that seems to have kept both birds going today – at the time of writing we haven’t seen any further fish bought to the nest.

The ospreys have continued to add to their nest, which means we’ve seen more comical moments from 33 – he really got himself in a pickle this afternoon with a very large stick, before thankfully eventually freeing himself.

There’s also been plenty of nest scraping going on.

Finally, we also had an intruder on the nest this afternoon – unfortunately the intruding bird was too far away to spot, but could it have been 30(05) coming to check out the nest on her return to Rutland? Possibly!

Wherever I lay my sticks…

30(05) has been moving very slowly through France over the past few days, due to unfavourable weather conditions. On 27th March she only flew 17 miles. Yesterday, though, she managed 151 miles in a more north-easterly direction. The weather in France was slightly better yesterday, and it looks to improve further over the next few days, with the wind direction becoming more south-westerly. 30 could easily have crossed the channel today! We will hopefully find out soon!

5am 29th

In Manton Bay, early this morning we captured a video of what the ospreys get up to on the nest in the dark…

They have been doing this a lot, which is excellent news and Maya could very well produce egg number one within the next two or three days!

Also whilst the camera was recording in infra-red, we captured this great footage of 33 flying into the nest, where Maya was sitting. Just look at that glow from his eyes as he flies in!

Here’s a video of him flying into the nest in the daylight! You can see him coming low over the water before lifting up to land on the nest.

This time, 33 brought nothing with him to the nest, but he has been busy today bringing sticks and clumps of nest material, as we would expect!

Some of them were a bit awkward – he came in with this one and dropped it onto Maya’s back again!

33 big stick

Maya did her best to place 33’s gifts in suitable locations.

At about 16:10, 33 eventually stopped stick collecting and went off to catch a fish. We saw him fly past the Lyndon Centre on his way back to the nest with it! Instead of eating the head first, 33 delivered this fish, a perch, straight to Maya, who hopped off the T-perch onto the nest to graciously take it from him.

Fish - perch

 

Trente en France

30(05) is making slow progress through France! The last data update on Sunday showed that she had spent some time relaxing at a French chateau, and was taking it easy after battling through some bad weather. We have discovered that the chateau she stopped at was Le Chateau de la Roche Courbon, built in the 17th century and restored, it has beautiful gardens and an ornamental lake and is now open to the public all year round. A perfect place for 30 to stop and rest on her journey!

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She roosted four miles from this chateau on the evening of 25th, and the following day travelled north a further 84 miles. We have only received data up until the evening of 26th March, and from that location 30 has another 189 miles to go to reach the north coast of France.

Roost 26th March

Far to go

30(05) is making slower progress on this year’s migration. This time last year, she had already been in Rutland for two days! She might be back in a day or two – we should receive new data again soon, and we will keep you informed of 30’s progress as she nears home. Don’t forget you can follow her on our interactive map by clicking here.

 

 

 

Looking to the sky

Firstly, we have more news of 30’s whereabouts – she’s in Spain! Since we last looked at her data on 20th March – click here to see Holly’s update  30 has travelled a further 722 miles, and is now just south east of Madrid in Spain. She crossed the Strait of Gibraltar yesterday, and passed by the Sierra Nevada mountains on her path northwards. If she continues on this trajectory, it looks like she will bypass the Bay of Biscay to the east, and not fly over it as she did last year.

30 in Spain

In Manton Bay, it has been wonderful having a pair of ospreys on or near the nest all day! No fish have been brought in today, but it is rather windy and 33 might try again later on. Both birds have been bringing in sticks and bits of nesting material, and they have been mating on a regular basis.

There was some excitement on the nest at around 14:50 this afternoon, when an intruding osprey came over the bay. Both Maya and 33 were on the nest looking around, then began to mantle furiously. Maya took off in order to try and chase the intruder away, then the intruding osprey swooped into the nest and lunged at 33 with her talons out! We can see from the video and photographs below that the osprey was 5N, as she had a green ring on her right leg.

Here is a photographic sequence of 5N swooping into the nest!

5N 1 5N 2 5N 3 5N 4 5N 5

In other news, my favourite osprey 28(10) is back! He was seen fishing at the trout farm this morning!

Osprey 28 misses fish