Who’s who and who lives where?…An update

Do you ever have trouble working out who is who, how all the birds are related or who lives where? Then read on. All your questions will be answered!

 

Breeding Ospreys in Rutland

03(97)

A male translocated to Rutland Water from Scotland in 1997. He returned to Rutland for the first time in 1999 and successfully bred in 2001 at Site B, a nest on private land. The first Osprey to breed in Central England for 150 years. He produced 24 chicks between 2001 and 2011 with three different females. This year, he arrived on March 19th, exactly the same date as the previous two years. 03 has been breeding with the same unringed Scottish female since 2009. She arrived on March 24th and their first egg hatched on May 16th. They now have another three chicks that have all fledged, two males and a female – 1F(12), 2F(12) and 3F(12).

03(97)

 

08(97)

A male translocated to Rutland Water from Scotland in 1997. He was the first translocated Osprey to return to Rutland in May 1999. Despite attracting at least eight different females to his nest in Manton Bay, he didn’t breed until 2007 when he raised two chicks with 5N(04) (see below). After their nest failed in 2008 the pair moved to a site on private land, Site N, and raised two chicks in 2009 and 2010. Sadly 08 disappeared in May 2011.

08(97) and 5N(04)

 

09(98)

A male translocated to Rutland Water from Scotland in 1998. He returned to Rutland for the first time in 2000. After 08(97) disappeared in May 2011, he paired up with 5N(04) (see below) and spent the rest of the Summer at Site N. Before the end of the season he was fitted with a satellite transmitter so we have been able to track his Autumn and Spring migrations. This year, after flying 3000 miles in 16 days, 09 returned on March 28th and paired up again with 5N at Site N. They have two chicks, both males, 0F(12) and 0J(12). The first hatched on May 24th and these are 09’s first chicks after being a bachelor for eleven years!

09(98) with his satellite transmitter

 

AW(06)

AW fledged from Site B in 2006 and he is one of 03(97)’s chicks. He returned to Rutland in 2008 and bred for the first time in 2010 at Site O, a site on private land, with a Scottish female from Argyll. He has raised six chicks in two years. AW was also fitted with a satellite transmitter last season and we were able to follow his Autumn migration. Unfortunately we stopped receiving data from his transmitter in mid-February.

AW(06)

 

5R(04)

5R fledged from Site B in 2004 and he is one of 03(97)’s chicks. In 2010, 5R bred in Manton Bay with an unringed Scottish female and this was the first pair in Rutland not to include a translocated bird. In two years this pair have produced six chicks. 5R is the male Osprey you can watch on the webcam since he arrived on March 19th, a week earlier than in 2011. His mate returned on April 1st and on April 21st they began incubating three eggs. They stopped incubating one of the eggs half way through and the first chick hatched on May 25th, the second on May 27th. The chicks were ringed on July 5th, 8F(12) is a male and 9F(12) is female.

5R(04) and unringed Scottish female

 

5N(04)

5N fledged from Site B in 2004. She is one of 03(97)’s chicks and 5R’s sister from the same year. 5N paired up with 08(97)  in 2007 and she was the first Rutland-fledged chick to breed and has successfully raised six chicks. After 08(97)’s disappearance in May 2011 she paired up with 09(98) and spent the rest of the Summer at her nest, Site N. 5N returned this year on March 25th and has spent her first few days in Manton Bay. She is now settled at Site N with 09(98) and they have two chicks, 0F(12) and 0J(12).

 

Non-Breeding Ospreys in Rutland

00(09)

00 fledged from Site B in 2009. She is one of 03(97)’s chicks and 5R’s half-sister. She returned to Rutland for the first time on May 4th 2011 and spent very little time in Rutland. This year she returned on March 23rd and spent most of her time with 5R until the Manton Bay female returned on April 1st. Her early arrival suggests that she is ready to breed and is looking for a mate. The video below shows 00 with 5R on the Manton Bay nest after she arrived on March 23rd.

 

03(09)

03 fledged from Site N in 2009 and he is one of 08(97)’s chicks. He returned for the first time on June 15th 2011. 03 returned in early May and as a three year old, he his unlikely to breed this year.

03(09)

 

06(09)

06 fledged from Site O in 2009 and is one of 06(00)’s chicks. He returned for the first time on June 11th 2011. 06 returned in early May and as a three year old, he his unlikely to breed this year.

06(09)

 

01(09)

01 fledged from Site B in 2009. He is one of 03(97)’s chicks, 5R’s half-brother and 00(09)’s brother. He returned for the first time on May 20th 2011. 01 returned in early May and as a three year old, he his unlikely to breed this year.

01(09) arrived back in Rutland on 11th May 2012

 

 

28(10)

28 is a two year old male who fledged from Site B in 2010. He is one of 03(97)’s chicks, 5R’s half-brother and brother to 00(09) and 01(09). He returned for the first time on June 13th 2012 and will spend his first Summer exploring the area.

 

30(10)

30 is a two year old male who fledged from Manton Bay in 2010. He is one of 5R’s chicks and is the first Manton Bay chick ever to return to Rutland. He returned for the first time on June 21st 2012 and will spend his first Summer exploring the area.

30(10) intruding at Manton Bay

 

11(10)

11 is a two year old male who fledged from Site N in 2010. He is one of 08(97)’s chicks and 03(09)’s brother. On May 4th he was seen by Adolfo Villaverde at Villaviciosa in Northern Spain and he returned to Rutland for the first time on June 24th 2012.

11(10) intruding in Manton Bay

 

25(10)

25 is a two year old female who fledged from Site O in 2010. She is one of AW’s chicks and 06(09)’s sister. She returned for the first time on June 28th 2012 and will spend her first Summer exploring the area.

25(10) on Lagoon 4 at Egleton

 

Elsewhere in England and Wales…

 

11(98)

11(98), originally from a nest close to Loch Garten in the Scottish Highlands, was translocated to Rutland in 1998. He returned to the UK in 2000 and bred for the first time at Glaslyn near Porthmadog in North Wales in 2004. Including this year, 11(98) has now raised 21 chicks.

11(98) at Glaslyn

 

03(08) 

03(08) fledged from Site B in 2008 and she is one of 03(97)’s chicks. She is the sister of 5R and 5N from a different year. On April 12th 2011, 03(08) was seen on the Montgomeryshire Wildlife Trust’s Cors Dyfi reserve in mid-Wales. She stayed with Dyfi Osprey Project for the whole season and raised three chicks with the resident male and was nicknamed Nora. They were the first Ospreys to breed in the Dyfi valley for over 400 years. Since then she has become a celebrity on Springwatch and Autumnwatch. This year she returned to Dyfi on March 24th and has one chick, Ceulan, that hatched on May 29th.

03(08) ‘Nora’

 

 

12(10)

12 is a two year old female who fledged from Site N in 2010. She is one of 08(97)’s chicks and sister to 03(09) and 11(10). 12 intruded at the Dyfi nest in mid-Wales on May 21st and was seen again on July 9th and we are hoping to see her in Rutland before the end of the season.

12(10) shortly after she was ringed in 2010 at Site N in Rutland

 

24(10)

24 is a two year old female who fledged from Site O in 2010. She is one of AW’s chicks and sister to 06(09) and 25(10). On May 26th she was seen at Arlington Reservoir and is now summering in Sussex.

 

In the early years of the Project, 64 Osprey chicks were translocated to Rutland Water from Scotland between 1996 and 2001. From the very beginning,  the Ospreys were identified by their ring numbers because it was easier than giving them all names. Since the first pair bred in 2001, 53 chicks have fledged from nests in Rutland and the ring numbers continue to be the way they are identified. Thinking of 117 names over the years would have been impossible.

Ospreys have been ringed in the UK for more than 50 years so the combinations of colours, letters and numbers are now fairly random because we are starting to run out and we can’t have two rings the same.

2 responses to “Who’s who and who lives where?…An update”

  1. Kim

    It would be good to see this as a family tree – a bit easier to visualise.

    1. Tim

      Hi Kim,
      Thanks for your comments. The fact that we have so many birds around (and that it makes things confusing) is great news because it shows the project is working very well! As I’m sure you’ll appreciate, now is a very busy time but we’re working on a family tree that will be on the website in due course. For now, we hope that the Who’s Who guide is a good way of finding out a bit more about the intruding birds we mention in our blog posts.
      Best wishes,
      Tim