New Arrivals in Manton Bay

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.

00(09) arriving at Manton Bay

00(09) arriving at Manton Bay

00(09) perched above the nest

00(09) perched above the nest

00(09) perched above the nest

00(09) on perch

00(09) took off when the Manton Bay female approached

00(09) took off when the Manton Bay female approached

After 00(09) had left, the Manton Bay female brought some nesting material in

After 00(09) had left, the Manton Bay female brought some nesting material in

 

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.

5N(04) on Manton Bay nest

5N(04) on Manton Bay nest

 

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!

Very pale Buzzard

Very pale Buzzard

2 responses to “New Arrivals in Manton Bay”

  1. Valerie Webber

    kayleigh you are doing great blogs – you didnt see quite so many Ospreys at LG last year 🙂 well done