We have had lots more excitement happening at the Manton Bay nest these past few days! Firstly, as we reported on the website, another Osprey returned to the area on 21 March – 00(09), a female who fledged from Rutland in 2009 and has returned in the past but not yet bred. She turned up at the Manton Bay nest at about 09:20 and hung around for a while, until the resident female saw her off. Here are a selection of photographs taken by John Wright of 00(09) and the Manton Bay female.
Secondly, we have had a visit from another Rutland Osprey today! 5N(04) landed on the Manton Bay nest at about 11:30, and was seen off by the Manton Bay female. 5N(04) has been breeding at Rutland for the past seven years. This was actually her nest in 2007! She is the sister of 5R(04), the Manton Bay male. Here is a screen shot we managed to take from the nest camera.
This makes it seven Ospreys who have now returned to Rutland Water, as last night another breeding female returned to her nest on private land. This female does not have a colour ring but has a metal BTO ring, so we know that she is from Argyll. She has been nesting at Rutland since 2009.
Just for interest, here is a photograph of a very pale Buzzard taken yesterday – it’s easy to see how this could be mistaken for an Osprey!