That’s all folks

After several days of overcast, wet and windy weather, conditions improved today. By 11am early morning cloud had lifted and given way to clear skies. Perfect migration conditions we thought. And 32 agreed. Just after 11 o’clock she left the nest, circled Manton Bay and headed purposefully south. 40 minutes later her mother followed.

We haven’t seen either bird since and so we can safely assume that both have begun their migration. Having left this morning there is every chance that both birds will have reached northern France this evening. We wish them well.

The departure of the two birds means that if you were planning one last Osprey watching visit to Rutland this weekend, you are likely to be disappointed. Having said that, there is a huge amount of other birdlife to see – not least the 5 Curlew Sandpipers who have spent the week in Manton Bay. Yesterday afternoon we recorded 101 bird species around the reserve in the space of just three hours. So OK there might not be any Ospreys to see, but there is plenty of other birdlife to make a trip to Rutland Water very worthwhile!

I do hope you have enjoyed following the progress of the Rutland Ospreys on the website this summer. We will continue to update the site on a daily basis while 09 and AW head south – so keep checking for the latest news.

The Manton Bay female before she set out on migration

4 responses to “That’s all folks”

  1. William

    Thank you so much to everyone involved and the huge amount of effort you’ve all put in. I’ve been on the edge of my chair reading the migration, should be a film! It’s been so marvellous to have watched it every step of the way, thank you again.

  2. linda ellis

    At approx 17.40 today I had walked my dog through the dog walk at Sykes Lane and sat at ‘Paddy’s bench’ which overlooks the dam wall. I am sure I saw a large ‘predator like’ bird with white underparts slowly and gracefully flying across the dam wall towards Normanton. It then turned and came back towards me and and at the half way point at the dam it turned and then flew back up the reservoir towards Oakham. It was not a heron or other bird of prey such as a buzzard as I am an avid local birdwatcher. Could this be an Osprey?

    1. Tim

      Hi Linda,

      There is every chance that it was an Osprey. Although all of the Rutland birds have now headed south, there will still be Scottish migrants birds passing through for a few more weeks. I bet that’s what you saw. Tim

  3. Linda Ellis

    Thank you Tim, I am sure it was an Osprey, having looked online at what the head and underparts look like. Have now logged on to tracking our Rutland Ospreys via Google Earth. Amazing stuff. Oh by the way, we had the webcam set up on our laptop this summer for the Rutland Ospreys – watched whilst we had breakfast!