News from Spain

5R and his mate have now been incubating their eggs at the Manton Bay nest for thirty days, meaning the countdown to hatching is now well and truly on. If all goes to plan the first chick could hatch as early as next Monday or Tuesday. Be sure to keep a close eye on the webcam over the weekend and in the early part of next week.  

There’s not much to report from the nest today. A gusty north-westerly wind has made fishing difficult for 5R and, as I write, he has just left the bay on another fishing trip. Hopefully it will be third time lucky – his two other fishing trips this afternoon has proved unsuccessful.

Away from Manton Bay, I have just received an email from Adolfo Villaverde to say that he hasn’t seen 11(10) at Villaviciosa marshes in Northern Spain for over a week. He has e-mailed a few of his friends along the coast to ask them to keep an eye out for the young male, but it could be that he has continued north. I wonder if he flew direct across the Bay of Biscay? If so, he may well be in Northern France or even Southern England by now.  According to Birdguides, Ospreys have been seen in Essex and West Sussex today. Wouldn’t it be great if one of them was 11(10)? If you live in the south and see a migrating Osprey in the next few days, be sure to check it out for colour rings!

Paul Stammers with 11(10) shortly after ringing him in 2010

It is 670 miles from Villaviciosa to Rutland Water. How long will it take 11(10) to make it home?