Time’s up folks! The votes have been counted, the results are in.
The naming of the Manton Bay female has proven very popular; we have had 689 votes all together, and all three names have been liked. However, there can only be one name for our resident female, and one name was quite clearly the most popular. So, the name with the most votes is…….
Thank you to all who voted. Here are the figures at the end of the voting: Hera – 23.5% with 162 votes; Maya – 52% with 358 votes; Hali – 24.5% with 169 votes.
We have always been reluctant to name our birds, as we do not wish to anthropomorphise them. However, because the Manton Bay female does not have a leg ring, a name is the best way of referring to her. We will continue to use leg rings to refer to all of the other Ospreys at Rutland. Don’t forget that Maya is a shortened version of Manton Bay!
Just to clarify, the regrettable absence of 5R is not related to the decision to name the Manton Bay female, as Lucy explained in her blog yesterday. To read it, click here.
Whilst it is very sad that 5R has not returned as yet, the success of the project has been exemplified by the number of birds that have returned to Rutland so far this spring. All of last year’s breeders have now made it back, with the exception of 5R. With five other birds – 30(05), 00(09), 06(09), 28(10) and 30(10) – now also back, 2014 should be another excellent year.
That said, nothing is guaranteed and we know that, sadly, there are still threats to the birds. Last spring an egg collector was arrested at an Osprey nest in southern Scotland; a clear reminder that any of the Rutland nests could be targeted by egg thieves. It is for this reason that, at this stage in the season, it is important to keep some information confidential. As result we will only be reporting from the Manton Bay and Site B nests until later in the season, when hopefully, we will have good news to report. We do hope that you understand the need for this caution.