Yesterday evening we had some very exciting news – the first osprey has made it back to Rutland! It is 25(10), a breeding female from one of the outlying nest sites. She is always an early bird, last year she arrived on 22nd March. She’s usually the second or third to arrive, but this season has pipped 03(97) to the post and arrived first!
Ironically, 25 was spotted yesterday evening sitting at the Site B nest!
It is not unusual for females, whilst waiting for their mates to return, to visit other nests in the area. Last year 25 visited several of the nests in the Rutland area, including Manton Bay, so she may well visit the bay again this season!
Here she is sitting on the Manton Bay nest last year:
03(97) might be the next to arrive, or perhaps Maya and 33(11) will also be early this season? We must wait and see. Keep your eyes on the website for news, and the webcam for ospreys!