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!

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!


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



30(05) is in Morocco!

Last time we checked in with 30(05) she was just shy of the Mauritanian border, about to head into the West Sahara – that was on the 14th of March. We have now had more data from her satellite tracker showing that she has safely crossed the West Sahara, potentially the most hazardous part of her journey, and has now reached the southern tip of the Atlas Mountains in Morocco.


The Atlas Mountains rise to more that 3,500m in places, and Ospreys often skirt around the north side of the mountains, avoiding the higher peaks that lie further to the east. 30(05) is an experienced bird, so this is the route we would expect her to take – this is the 22nd time she has migrated! This image from google maps shows the kind of landscape she is currently flying over.

30(05) view 101m up

Since we last checked 30(05)’s data on 14th March she has traveled nearly 850 miles – and she still has over 1500 miles to go. Last year she set off on 10th March and arrived back on 26th March – this year she set off a day later and is making slightly steadier progress. For the past three days 30(05) has traveled on average 200 miles a day, compared to 290 miles per day on the equivalent part of her journey last year. This is probably down to unfavourable wind conditions in her location – hopefully as she passes into Europe the conditions will be in her favour and she will make her way quickly back to Rutland. We’ll keep you updated on her progress!

Nearly halfway



30(05) Migration Update

30(05) is continuing her migration up the coast of West Africa, and had almost reached the border of Mauritania when she settled to roost on 14th March.

30(05)'s roost 14th March

She has flown 331 miles since we last caught up with her on the evening of March 11th, continuing to stick to the coast as she travels north. From the map we can see that 30(05) has visited Banc d’Arguin National Park on her way – a great spot for her to catch a bite to eat to fuel her journey, and on the map we can see that she traveled to the water at two different spots about 100 miles apart.

Visits to the coast at Banc d'Arguin

Visits to the coast at Banc d’Arguin

Her route so far is similar to the route the plane takes when then Osprey team travel back from Africa each January – Field Officer John Wright captured these images from the sky this winter as the plane flew over Banc d’Arguin, showing one of the spots where 30(05) stopped to fish on her journey!


30(05)'s fishing spot

30(05)’s fishing spot

johns pic

The section of coastline shown in John's images

The section of coastline shown in John’s images

It’s also clear to see how the landscape changes from her greener wintering grounds in Senegal. Today at Banc d’Arguin the temperature has reached 35°C. Meanwhile at Rutland the weather hasn’t been quite as warm, though we can’t complain – spring is in the air and we’ve been enjoying some beautiful sunsets lately (although the local wildlife seems oblivious!).

Sunset at Manton Bay

Cormorant snoozing at Manton Bay