The time of year when the ospreys leave us always seems to come around too soon! The season flies by so quickly, before we know it’s the end of August, the chicks are fully grown and ready to migrate. We now only have the two adults in Manton Bay – yesterday at around 10am, the remaining juvenile, T8, set off on his long migration! He has left for several hours at a time in the recent past and then returned, so we waited anxiously all day to see if he would come back again, but there was no sign of him. This morning, there were only the adults in the bay, and even when a fish was caught, no hungry juvenile landed on the nest shouting for it – a sure sign he has gone.
This was the last video recorded of T8 on the nest yesterday before he went. After this video, 33 brought in a fish which T8 devoured, then, full of food and energy, he left.
Maya and 33 didn’t seem to know what to do with themselves afterwards. With all three of their offspring gone, they don’t have anyone to feed but themselves, and have no real reason to stay here for much longer. Last season, 33 departed the same day as the last chick, and Maya left the day after.
So, the dates of the 2016 Manton Bay juveniles’ departures are as follows:
T6 – Monday 15th August
T7 – Thursday 18th August
T8 – Wednesday 24th August
We wish them all well on their journeys! We will miss having the three juveniles brightening up Manton Bay, but at least for now, we still have two ospreys! We can only wait and see how long they will remain in the bay this season. We will keep you updated.