Stuck on you

We have news of 30(05) – as Kayleigh predicted she has bypassed the Bay of Biscay and instead is heading north along the coast. This makes sense, as weather conditions in Europe have not been on the side of our migrating ospreys, so by steering clear of an almost 300-mile stretch of open water, 30(05) has been able to avoid being caught out by unfavorable winds whilst out at sea.

30(05) is avoiding crossing the Bay of Biscay

30(05) is avoiding crossing the Bay of Biscay

30(05) traveled 131 miles on March 24th, and we last received data for her at 2pm on March 25th (yesterday), a very quiet day for 30(05), as she had only travelled just over 3 miles. We think she is most likely having a rest after battling the inclement weather, which is not unusual for ospreys on migration. When we zoomed in on the map to get a closer look at 30(05)’s resting location, we could see she had spent most of the day on the 25th flying around the grounds of a private French chateau, most probably stopping to fish in the ornamental lake!

Weather conditions are due to get better soon so we hope to see 30(05) back at Rutland early in the upcoming week – we will keep you updated with news of her progress.

Meanwhile at Manton Bay, Maya and 33 have been very busy adding to their nest, and can regularly be spotted from Waderscrape hide bringing in nesting material. This has made for some quite comical viewing, especially when 33 is involved – he is quite the clumsy homemaker!

This afternoon Maya caught her tail feathers on the huge stick 33 bought in early this morning – luckily she easily slipped out of this sticky situation and regained her composure.

33 can often be seen bringing in sticks and spending quite a while positioning them, only for Maya to rearrange them more neatly when she has the nest to herself. She doesn’t always wait though, and at about 7.20am this morning we saw quite an entertaining ‘tug-of-war’ between the two of them.

Maya and 33 have also been busy mating – infact, from the evening of the 24th until the evening of the 25th, 33 made 16 attempts! Many of these looked to be successful so it shouldn’t be long before Maya is incubating eggs.

Finally, those of you keeping an eye on the webcam may have noticed an intruder yesterday morning, when for a moment there were 3 ospreys on the nest. This was 25(10) – a breeding bird from an off site nest. Whilst 25(10) already has a partner back at her own established nest site, she doesn’t seem to be able to resist a visit to Manton Bay – this is the third year in a row she has stopped by. Find clips of her previous visits here and here – will this be the last we see of 25(10) this season?

WOW! It’s World Osprey Week

As many know, it has been a really exciting week, with the first of the Rutland Ospreys returning to the Lyndon Nature Reserve on Wednesday.

World Osprey Week (WOW) celebrates the return of the ospreys and on Saturday morning eighteen children from seven local primary and secondary schools took part in our first schools event of the 2017season.  Held at the Volunteer Training Centre, it was organised by the project Education Team of Ken Davies, Jackie Murray and Pete Murray. The  pupils who took part are all “Osprey Ambassadors” and as well as an interest in ospreys, they help the Education Team  to keep their school up to date with the latest news of the Rutland Water ospreys.

The children all received their official Osprey Ambassador badge, an information pack and their membership card for the monthly Ambassadors Osprey Club held at the Lyndon Nature Reserve.

Osprey Ambassadors with their osprey badges

Osprey Ambassadors with their osprey badges

Osprey ambassadors

Osprey ambassadors

Each school was given a memory stick containing a short presentation including the latest osprey news for them to pass on to the pupils and staff in their own schools.

After a drinks break and some delicious home-made cakes made by Liz Elsden, the group spent an hour birdwatching on Lagoon 4 , and of course keeping a careful look-out for any passing ospreys!

Could that be an osprey?

Could that be an osprey?

Bird Watching at the VTC

Bird Watching at the VTC

Bird watching at the VTC

Bird watching at the VTC

Thanks to Liz, Libby and to all schools who took part and to the parents and school staff who accompanied children from the local schools…

  • Edith Weston Primary School
  • Leighfield Primary School
  • Brooke Priory School
  • Catmose College
  • Oakham C.E Primary School
  • English Martyrs Primary School
  • Casterton Primary School


Calling all Schools

Please take a look at the following sections on the Rutland Osprey website as we have posted a lot of new information for schools. Click on the drop down menus in these sections…


World Osprey Week

Get your school involved in WOW in the coming week and follow the migration of the Ospreys!

Free educational resources, including lesson plans & schemes of work, worksheets with teacher’s notes, games and fun activities for primary and secondary schools – just register your school at



Information about Osprey Ambassadors, school visits by the Education team, school visits to Lyndon to see the ospreys, this years ”Ospreys and us” 2017 movie competition for children and more at


Words and photos by Pete Murray, thanks Pete!


Mum’s the word

Calling all adventurous children! (And adults!)

To celebrate mothers’ day, we have an exciting new discovery trail in place at the Lyndon Reserve on the weekend of 25th/26th March, designed specifically with wildlife mums in mind! You will be provided with seven photographs of wildlife mums, and you need to find the photographs of their babies that are hidden somewhere on the nature reserve!

The trail costs £1 to do, and if you manage to find all the pictures you get to make your very own special badge, keyring or medal with our badge making machine! A perfect gift for mum!

Mothers' day trail

Mothers’ day trail


In osprey news, the pair in Manton Bay have been settling in again on their nest. There has been a lot of mating attempts happening, some of which haven’t quite been successful, some sticks and several bits of softer nest material. Here are some clips of the pair building their nest.

33 with clump Clump photo Maya clump

A fish was delivered at roughly half past six this morning, here it is coming in! 33 has now taken on the role of provider, and Maya immediately leaned in and grabbed the fish from him. He had clearly already eaten a good portion of it, and Maya flew off to eat the rest on the perch.


As it’s Red Nose Day, here is volunteer Ed osprey sporting his red nose!




Looking to the sky

Firstly, we have more news of 30’s whereabouts – she’s in Spain! Since we last looked at her data on 20th March – click here to see Holly’s update  30 has travelled a further 722 miles, and is now just south east of Madrid in Spain. She crossed the Strait of Gibraltar yesterday, and passed by the Sierra Nevada mountains on her path northwards. If she continues on this trajectory, it looks like she will bypass the Bay of Biscay to the east, and not fly over it as she did last year.

30 in Spain

In Manton Bay, it has been wonderful having a pair of ospreys on or near the nest all day! No fish have been brought in today, but it is rather windy and 33 might try again later on. Both birds have been bringing in sticks and bits of nesting material, and they have been mating on a regular basis.

There was some excitement on the nest at around 14:50 this afternoon, when an intruding osprey came over the bay. Both Maya and 33 were on the nest looking around, then began to mantle furiously. Maya took off in order to try and chase the intruder away, then the intruding osprey swooped into the nest and lunged at 33 with her talons out! We can see from the video and photographs below that the osprey was 5N, as she had a green ring on her right leg.

Here is a photographic sequence of 5N swooping into the nest!

5N 1 5N 2 5N 3 5N 4 5N 5

In other news, my favourite osprey 28(10) is back! He was seen fishing at the trout farm this morning!

Osprey 28 misses fish



Meet me on the corner

What an exciting day we have had at Lyndon! When an osprey landed on the Manton Bay nest at 09:14, volunteers Tony & Shirley and myself all got very excited, thinking it could be 33 back early. The osprey was hiding his leg ring at the time, but when we looked back through the recordings we could see it was clearly 1J. 1J fledged from the Manton Bay nest in 2013, and was photographed yesterday fishing at Horn Mill Trout Farm. Here he is on the nest this morning.


Here are the photographs of 1J fishing at Horn Mill, taken by Geoff Harries.

Osprey 1J nice wing pattern Osprey 1J misses again Osprey 1J missed fish 1J flys off with fish 1J carries off fish

1J didn’t stay very long, and soon flew away from the bay. It was wonderful to see an osprey on the nest again!

Then about 50 minutes later another osprey landed on the nest. My first thought was that it would be 1J again, but when we looked… was 33!!


Later in the day, whilst 33 was sitting on the nest, yet another osprey came along! 33 began mantling and from above a female dropped down onto the nest behind him. We could immediately see that the bird was sporting a green leg ring, and therefore was not Maya. It was 5N(04), a breeding female from another of our nests.


33 stood and mantled for a while before taking off and hovering above 5N, looking as though he might try to mate with her.

She clearly wasn’t interested and he didn’t get near her. She flew off and was later seen flying back over the nest with a fish, and disappearing out of sight.

We were all ecstatic that 33 had returned, and were hoping that Maya wouldn’t be far behind him. By this we thought the next few days, but she surprised us all by returning today! Volunteers Peter and Diana were monitoring in the hide, and at 13:35 Peter radioed the centre to say an osprey was on the perch and looked to be unringed. Just as I was replying, she landed on the nest!


Shortly after Maya arrived on the nest, 33 decided he’d better get started straight away, and rose up above her, landing on her back to mate.

It was an unsuccessful attempt, as you can see from the above video. However, Maya was definitely receptive, and they have plenty of time.

Both birds left the nest, then five minutes later Maya arrived at the nest with a huge, freshly caught, still kicking trout! She was clearly hungry and not prepared to wait for 33 to feed her.

Maya with fish

33 did try to steal a bit of Maya’s fish, though! He flew in and sidled hopefully up to her, but she was having none of it, and later she flew off to eat in peace.

33 went and caught his own fish later, and thanks to a heads-up from the hide, we saw him catch it right in front of the Lyndon Visitor Centre! Like Maya’s, it was still kicking a bit when he brought it back…(graphic images warning).

33 with fish

33 has already been moving some sticks around the nest, and he also made an attempt to scrape out the middle of the nest. Unfortunately for him the wind wasn’t on his side, and that’s where he ended up!

It’s fantastic that the Manton Bay pair have returned, and both on the same day again, which is amazing. It’s almost as though they planned it! They did it in 2015 when they arrived back on 6th April. We’re glad they haven’t made us wait until April this time!