As we wait for egg number two to arrive at Manton Bay, the birds at Site B are already a week in to incubation.This is their fourth year breeding together and having arrived in Rutland earlier than ever this year – 03 was back on 19th March and his mate five days later – they have settled into breeding mode very quickly. Unlike last spring, when 09(98) made regular intrusions at the nest (probably resulting in the failure of two of the eggs) there has been little to disturb 03 and his unringed mate except for the odd passing Red Kite and the resident crows scavenging pieces of fish.The only Osprey intruder recorded by the volunteers monitoring the nest so far has been the birds’ daughter, 00(09).
We’re still hoping that 00 will find a mate in time to breed this year and if she does she will be the sixth of 03’s offspring to breed. This really does demonstrate the value of the Site B nest, not only for the colony in Rutland, but for the recolonisation of other parts of southern Britain. One of the five offspring to breed so far is 03(08), now better know as Nora, who bred for the first time at Cors Dyfi in mid-Wales last year. If all goes to plan, Nora may well lay her first egg today. Check out the Dyfi Osprey Project website for more. For the who’s who of Rutland Ospreys, click here.