As we know from 30(05)‘s problems, the weather has been holding up the Ospreys this year. Slowly, however, they are returning to us, and our Rutland Osprey total is now ten birds! As of yesterday afternoon, two more male Ospreys have returned to Rutland – 11(10) and 03(09) – both breeding males from last season.
Whilst to begin with this year we were seeing an abundance of females, we now have five females and five males. There are three pairs reunited who bred last year, who are all happily starting to settle in for the season ahead. The other four birds are either waiting for their respective partners, or they didn’t have one last year. There is the clear potential for these birds to pair up if the opportunity presents itself. We are all hoping that a pair will breed in Manton Bay! However, 28 is not holding territory here. If, or hopefully when, 33(11) returns, he will be likely to do so.
We are still expecting more Ospreys to arrive over the coming days. Last year we had twenty adult Ospreys in total returning, twelve of whom paired up, ten of whom successfully raised chicks. The other eight birds toured the area but didn’t breed. Well 28(10) nearly did! This year, when more of our birds return, the chances of some of last year’s non-breeders having a chance to breed is high. We could also see some new birds back!
It’s exciting times at Rutland Water! Keep your eyes on the website and webcam for more news and hopefully some action!