So long, farewell…

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?

5R

3 responses to “So long, farewell…”

  1. lorraine robinson

    A very poignant yet uplifting post, as always. I was beginning to wonder if 3J was going to buck the trend and stay put! Wonderful parents, they have truly earned their Winter break and hopefully will travel safely and take up their usual perches in West Africa before long. Thank you to all of you at Rutland, staff and volunteers who work so hard to keep us up to date and endlessly entertained with news and blogs.

  2. cirrus

    Truly a bird to cherish
    God speed and keep safe when you decide to go 5R

  3. Andy, London UK

    Hats off to 5R, he’s been a trooper. Safe journey all and hope our love keeps you safe. Huge thanks to all at Rutland for all the hard work and for letting us all in to enjoy this very special experience.