Meet me on the corner

What an exciting day we have had at Lyndon! When an osprey landed on the Manton Bay nest at 09:14, volunteers Tony & Shirley and myself all got very excited, thinking it could be 33 back early. The osprey was hiding his leg ring at the time, but when we looked back through the recordings we could see it was clearly 1J. 1J fledged from the Manton Bay nest in 2013, and was photographed yesterday fishing at Horn Mill Trout Farm. Here he is on the nest this morning.


Here are the photographs of 1J fishing at Horn Mill, taken by Geoff Harries.

Osprey 1J nice wing pattern Osprey 1J misses again Osprey 1J missed fish 1J flys off with fish 1J carries off fish

1J didn’t stay very long, and soon flew away from the bay. It was wonderful to see an osprey on the nest again!

Then about 50 minutes later another osprey landed on the nest. My first thought was that it would be 1J again, but when we looked… was 33!!


Later in the day, whilst 33 was sitting on the nest, yet another osprey came along! 33 began mantling and from above a female dropped down onto the nest behind him. We could immediately see that the bird was sporting a green leg ring, and therefore was not Maya. It was 5N(04), a breeding female from another of our nests.


33 stood and mantled for a while before taking off and hovering above 5N, looking as though he might try to mate with her.

She clearly wasn’t interested and he didn’t get near her. She flew off and was later seen flying back over the nest with a fish, and disappearing out of sight.

We were all ecstatic that 33 had returned, and were hoping that Maya wouldn’t be far behind him. By this we thought the next few days, but she surprised us all by returning today! Volunteers Peter and Diana were monitoring in the hide, and at 13:35 Peter radioed the centre to say an osprey was on the perch and looked to be unringed. Just as I was replying, she landed on the nest!


Shortly after Maya arrived on the nest, 33 decided he’d better get started straight away, and rose up above her, landing on her back to mate.

It was an unsuccessful attempt, as you can see from the above video. However, Maya was definitely receptive, and they have plenty of time.

Both birds left the nest, then five minutes later Maya arrived at the nest with a huge, freshly caught, still kicking trout! She was clearly hungry and not prepared to wait for 33 to feed her.

Maya with fish

33 did try to steal a bit of Maya’s fish, though! He flew in and sidled hopefully up to her, but she was having none of it, and later she flew off to eat in peace.

33 went and caught his own fish later, and thanks to a heads-up from the hide, we saw him catch it right in front of the Lyndon Visitor Centre! Like Maya’s, it was still kicking a bit when he brought it back…(graphic images warning).

33 with fish

33 has already been moving some sticks around the nest, and he also made an attempt to scrape out the middle of the nest. Unfortunately for him the wind wasn’t on his side, and that’s where he ended up!

It’s fantastic that the Manton Bay pair have returned, and both on the same day again, which is amazing. It’s almost as though they planned it! They did it in 2015 when they arrived back on 6th April. We’re glad they haven’t made us wait until April this time!




37 responses to “Meet me on the corner”

  1. Jim Carr

    Fantastic I think it is Great how they find thier way to and from Senegal every year, and on time ????????
    Your reports make great reading Kayleigh, keep up the good work all.

    1. Kayleigh Brookes

      Thank you Jim!

  2. Valerie

    I have no words – just awesome , great blog as well thank you

  3. Linda Moore

    It was so exciting to be at Lyndon this afternoon and to see Maya arrive. The video of 33 falling over is so funny ?

  4. Jenny Still

    Wow, it’s raining ospreys! Fantastic to see them back, especially Maya and 33 arriving again on the same day. How do they do it?!
    Thanks for the blog, photos and recordings. Almost as good as being there.

  5. mary evans

    What an incredible day you’ve had, Manton Bay! Delighted that 33 and Maya are settling back into the old routine (hopefully). Interesting that you’ve got a youngster 1J returning early in the season. Send him down to Wales!
    So pleased for you all.

  6. Adrian Morris-Young

    Fantastic news and a entertaining blog highlighting a whole range of behaviours. Great science. looking forward to seeing them in TH e flesh.

  7. Jennifer Rhodes

    Like Valerie just awesome,looking forward to the next few months watching how the Ospreys get on .Hopeit turns out has good as last year exciting

  8. Fiona

    Excellent pics,vids and words, Thank you, just wish my local osprey watch was as informative, looking forward to following this journeyvery much 🙂

  9. Suzie

    Kayleigh … what a fantastic blog! You covered everything … with your words, the videos and photos to enjoy this evening I feel as if I’ve been in Manton Bay all day myself! Thank you.
    And it’s just so brilliant to have our amazing pair back again, safe and well AND on the same day!

  10. Ann

    Thanks so much, Kayleigh, for the report, photos and videos. It is just great that the Manton Bay pair have both arrived today! I can hear the popping of champagne corks all over Rutland from here and there will be smiling faces all around the world–they’re back!

  11. Cirrus

    Just absolutely fantastic . So pleased for you all, you do such a grand job and write great Blogs

  12. Sheila Powell

    This just such a wonderful report, so pleased Diane and Peter were there to witness it, what a day they must have had, they will not forget it. Here in New Zealand at the moment I checked the webcam before I went to bed, (13hours ahead of you) nothing, not even the geese, then all the excitement happened while I was asleep.thank you so much for all the pics and videos, much appreciated.

  13. Sheila FE

    Fabulous news, Kayleigh. To have so many on one day – is that a record? Great that the star pair are back together. Let the season begin!

  14. Sue Wratten

    Great pictures, love that they came back on the same day.

  15. Dolly

    What a fantastic day!! Thanks for the blogs and pics

  16. Colin

    Good to Hav some good news today !

  17. Cilla catton

    What great excitement, can’t wait to visit

  18. Sarah Hutchinson

    What an amazing day, lovely to have some familiar faces back already. A really excellent and informative blog too.
    I love following this on Facebook.

  19. Carl Gray

    How exciting, what lovely news. I can’t wait to come up and visit again this year!


    Wonderful blog /photos / video clips. It has certainly been an eventful day for you all. The appearance of 1J augers well for the return of other youngsters. Have a wonderful season and thanks for all the good work you have all done already and will do over the next few months.

  21. alan horsley

    brilliant. didnt expect maya so soon after 33, 3 different ospreys on the nest in a few hours. great stuff

    1. alan horsley

      oops. 4 different birds. even better

  22. Mike Simmonds

    Thank you Kayleigh. Great start to the season.

  23. Jana

    Absolutely marvellous footage . Excited they are back ,spring is here . ?

  24. Sue Doran

    This is wonderful news, thanks so much for all the clips, your excitement is infectious! Here’s hoping for another successful breeding season. I look forward to following along online again.

  25. Linda Summerfield

    So very exciting to watch this. I’m bogged down with work at the minute, and have never seen the Ospreys at Rutland. Never seen one full stop. So this year…… What you are doing there is amazing. So pleased they are back safe.

  26. Liz Livock

    Great blog Kayleigh. Fantastic and wonderful news. Bit of a shock for the fish though!

  27. Bill Hunt

    Wow…what a day! 33 and Maya safely back with us! As well as other visitors… awesome! All that way to Africa and back to delight us all!

  28. pam

    so glad both back safe looking forward to another year of lovely babies

  29. Lin

    Oh what joy!
    Fabulous footage from ‘the nest’ and a big thank you to Kayleigh for the brilliantly written vignettes of ‘the day’

  30. Rowan´s class

    30 must be very near Bilbao by now. We think that on the 26th March she will be flying over St Jaun de Gaztelugatxe Peninsula.

  31. Rowan´s class

    30 must be near Bilbao. She must be able to see Euskadi and soon France. We are looking forward to seeing Maya´s chicks. They will be so pretty.

  32. Rowan´s class

    We believe that 30 is near St Juan de Gaztelugatxe. We hope we see her soon. We will be very excited!

  33. Rowan´s class

    The osprey´s journey must be exciting and amazing. She might be passing over Bilbao right now. She might be able to see the Guggenheim museum. It´s so great

  34. Rowan´s class

    30 must be near Bilbao at the moment. If we see her will say hello and goodbye. If I was 30, I would fly to Artxanda. We are looking forward to seeing the chicks.

  35. David

    Thanx for the excellent blog! Great news!