We have had an incredible day here at Manton Bay! Before you get overly excited, 5R is not back. However, so much has happened on the nest, it was unbelievable! Firstly, the nest was visited by female Osprey 24(10). This is a young female who fledged from a nest at Rutland in 2010 and has returned since, but not yet bred. This year, she was seen at the Dyfi nest in Mid-Wales on 29 March, where she hung around for a few days. She was last seen there yesterday morning, and today she turned up at the Manton Bay nest at about 09:10.
The Manton Bay female was sitting on the nest with a fish at the time. She alerted us to the presence of 24 by her defensive behaviour, known as mantling. Sure enough, 24 then landed on the nest. She seemed quite sure of herself, and set about trying to steal the Manton Bay female’s fish!
At first she didn’t succeed, but she persevered and managed to get it in the end! It came as a surprise to us that she managed to get the fish off the resident female.
The Manton Bay female didn’t give up, and she got her fish back when 24 was done with it, but 24 wasn’t going anywhere. For a while there was a stale-mate, and they sat on the nest side-by-side, until the Manton Bay female had finally had enough and adopted some extreme measures to finally get rid of the interloper!
Here’s a few snapshots of the Manton Bay female and 24.
After 24 had gone, peace resumed, but not for long. Only hours later, the nest was visited by another female Osprey, this time 30(05), who also stole the Manton Bay female’s fish!
Finally the Manton Bay female managed to see off 30(05), and regained possession of her nest. It was a very traumatic day for our resident female, and I couldn’t help but feel a bit sorry for her!