It doesn’t seem long since Tim gave you a migration update after several Ospreys had decided it was time to leave Rutland and begin the long journey south. Well, that was only eight days ago but 5R could potentially be the only Osprey still in Rutland!
Over the past two years, 5R has always managed to slip away and leave the unringed female looking after the remaining juveniles. This year however, Mrs 5R put her foot down and decided that it was her turn to leave early. On Monday morning, after a long bath in Manton Bay, the female began circling and flew higher and higher until she eventually drifted south. John was in the hide at the time and straight away he thought “she’s gone”. After several days of sitting on the nest and constantly food begging, yesterday morning 3J also decided it was time to leave. Her departure wasn’t as determined as her Mum’s as she decided to fly north rather than south. We wish them well and let’s hope 3J realised where she was going before she ended up in Scotland!
I was able to pop down to the hide yesterday afternoon, hoping all the way that 5R hadn’t left after realising that he was home alone. But there he was, sitting on the perch, looking very relaxed. With the weather being somewhat grumpy today, we wondered whether 5R would slip away first thing this morning but at 10am he was sat on the same perch having his breakfast…Will he still be here tomorrow?