The Ospreys have been fairly active again in the Bay today, and one or both of them have been present all day. A fish was brought in early this morning before the camera was turned on, and Maya was sitting eating it for quite a long time, until she dropped it! Later this afternoon, 33(11) came to the nest when an intruder flew through. He can be seen mantling in the videos below. We do not know the identity of the intruder, and 33(11) wasn’t interested – whoever it was he didn’t want them there!
The Ospreys have been very tied to the nest for the past few weeks. There was a period of time a while ago when the birds would often spend time away from the Bay, and were sometimes seen leaving the area together. They could be gone for hours at a time, but would always return at some point during each day, and there was never a day when they were not seen in the Bay at all. Their recent reluctance to leave the nest area could be due to the influx of intruders we have seen lately. 8F(12) and 2F(12) have both been spotted around the nest a few times in the past week or so. Recently, there has been at least one intruder seen in the Bay every day. Therefore the Manton Bay pair will need to stay at the nest site, to defend it against these other Ospreys. Even though it is too late in the season for any breeding to take place, they still do not want their territory threatened.
It is fantastic that they have been on the nest so much recently, in more ways than one. Firstly, it means that they are undeniably bonded with this nest and will undoubtedly return to it next season, should both birds return safely, which of course we are hoping fiercely they will! Secondly, now that we have our live camera working reliably again, we have been able to capture countless videos and screen-shots of the Ospreys on the nest, and share them with you on the website!
Fish swap-overs are still carried out on the nest, unless Maya catches her own fish, in which case she’ll just take it to a perch and eat it. The birds are also continuing to bring in sticks and re-arrange the nest. This behaviour is indicative of the bond that the Ospreys have to their nest. Even though there is no need now to make the nest habitable – it will get neglected and weather-beaten over the winter anyway – they still feel the need to make it theirs, by bringing in new material and arranging the sticks just so. They are very particular about the placement of their sticks!