After several days of overcast, wet and windy weather, conditions improved today. By 11am early morning cloud had lifted and given way to clear skies. Perfect migration conditions we thought. And 32 agreed. Just after 11 o’clock she left the nest, circled Manton Bay and headed purposefully south. 40 minutes later her mother followed.
We haven’t seen either bird since and so we can safely assume that both have begun their migration. Having left this morning there is every chance that both birds will have reached northern France this evening. We wish them well.
The departure of the two birds means that if you were planning one last Osprey watching visit to Rutland this weekend, you are likely to be disappointed. Having said that, there is a huge amount of other birdlife to see – not least the 5 Curlew Sandpipers who have spent the week in Manton Bay. Yesterday afternoon we recorded 101 bird species around the reserve in the space of just three hours. So OK there might not be any Ospreys to see, but there is plenty of other birdlife to make a trip to Rutland Water very worthwhile!
I do hope you have enjoyed following the progress of the Rutland Ospreys on the website this summer. We will continue to update the site on a daily basis while 09 and AW head south – so keep checking for the latest news.