08 remains absent from the Site N nest and, having been missing for more than a week, we are now certain that he will not return. In his absence we have continued to provide fish for 5N, who has eagerly accepted our offerings. She has continued to incubate the eggs and we are hopeful that at least one may still hatch. We now have a licence from Natural England to intervene if we consider it appropriate and will be reporting more in the next few days.
Meanwhile invesigations into 08’s disappearance continue. We hope that the large amount of publicity the story has received over the past few days will promt someone with information to come forward. If you do have any information that you think may help please either phone Leicestershire police on 0116 2222222 or the project team on 01572 737378.
Amidst all this, we do have some very good news to report. Yesterday evening and then again this morning an Osprey intruded at the Manton Bay nest. This morning volunteer Linda Jones managed to confirm its identity as 01(09) – a male who fledged from the Site B nest in 2009. This is fantastic news and yet again demonstrates the importance of the Site B nest to the Osprey population in Rutland. 01’s return means that the two chicks to fledge from Site B two years ago have both returned. I wonder how many of the other seven chicks who fledged from Rutland nests in 2009 will return this summer? Whatever the case, 01’s return is a real boost after a very sad and worrying week for everyone involved in the project. The photo below shows 01 making his first flight at Site B in July 2009.
And of course the good news hopefully won’t stop there. Today is day 35 of incubation at the Manton Bay nest. Keep watching the webcam for signs of hatching. Rest assured we will be doing the same here (and keeping everything crossed)!
Finally I would like to thank everyone for the huge number of messages we have received over the past few days. It is wonderful to know that Ospreys and other birds of prey in the UK have so much support – thank you to you all.