So the story continues

33(11) has been around all day today. He has done some more nest scraping, and managed to roll the last egg out of the cup… but then later he knocked it back in again!

Maya has been incubating on and off all day. However, she has been off more than she has been on, and at one point it looked like she was trying to get rid of the egg herself. We’re fairly sure she will give up on this egg in the next few days – if 33 doesn’t manage to kick it out the nest in the meantime of course.

33 has been bringing in sticks and nesting material all day, leaving them for Maya to reposition. One of his gifts was a massive stick, which Maya did not know what to do with!

Neither Osprey has brought a fish all day, although 33 disappeared for a period of time. Interestingly he has made no attempt to mate.

Maya and 33 on the nest together

Maya and 33 on the nest together

One of 33's offerings

One of 33’s offerings

Maya finally managed to move the huge stick

Maya finally managed to move the huge stick


Away from Manton Bay, we have had some exciting news from Africa. You may recall that world-renowned raptor expert Dick Forsman photographed one of last year’s Site N chicks near Marakissa in The Gambia in December last year. Well, amazingly, we now know that the other Site N chick from last year, 1K, was seen at almost exactly the same location in late January. We’re waiting for some more information on this sighting, but it is incredibly exciting to know that both of the youngsters made it to Africa. We know that Ospreys always migrate alone, but it seems a remarkable coincidence that the two birds were seen at the same location, albeit more than a month apart. Could they have migrated there together? Of course we will never be able to answer that quesiton, but it is great to know both birds survived.




One response to “So the story continues”

  1. HilaryJ

    Interesting news about the Site N siblings. The records of tracked juveniles suggest that siblings often have similar migration routes. I don’t know if anyone has analysed this but it does look as if there is a genetic component.