Make me want to stay

Recently, there have been reports from around the country of Ospreys leaving on their autumn migration, as we would expect. The five birds in Manton Bay, however, are all still here! Today, they were even on the nest quite a lot. All three juveniles were on the nest together at one point in the morning, one of whom – S1 – was eating a fish, whilst the others looked on.

All three juveniles, S1 with a fish

All three juveniles, S1 with a fish

 

The next time we looked, Maya was on the nest with two of the youngsters – S1 had gone, and S3 was eating a fish that Maya appeared to have just delivered.

Maya with S2 and S3

Maya with S2 and S3

 

S2 had to wait until last to feed, and stood watching and complaining loudly as S3 ate. When she had had enough, S3 left the fish with S2 and he happily tucked in.

S2 with the fish

S2 with the fish

 

All three juveniles are evidently still being very well fed by their parents, and therefore seem to have no motivation to leave the area any time soon! They have been incredibly well fed all season, as we have so often seen by the amount of fish left uneaten at the side of the nest. Perhaps 33 has done his job too well, as they clearly don’t want to go!

As I have said previously, Maya generally waits until one of her chicks has gone before she leaves. However, this year we could see a change in the running order if she gets fed up of waiting for them!

S1 in the sun at the end of the day

S1 in the sun at the end of the day

 

Don’t forget, even though the Ospreys will surely have left us by then, there is still a chance to join the Osprey Project at our end of season celebratory event – our Osprey Fundraising Dinner and Dance on 18th September. Click here for more details!