Another arrival ~ 12(10), a female hatched at Site N three years ago. I remember suddenly becoming aware of FOUR juveniles in front of me! Bank Holiday weekend and Ospreys in the Bay ~ a heady combination!
Sunday June 2nd: A very special day, named ‘Phalarope Sunday.’ In addition to the three young Ospreys being fed almost hourly on roach provided by 5R, two diminutive (and rare!
Visitors today to the hide include two Mums with their babies aged eight months and ten weeks respectively, our youngest visitors so far this year. In the hide today visitors arrive in good numbers, including a family of four from Matlock who are thrilled and already planning another visit when the eggs have hatched.
A French couple tell us there are no Ospreys in France. The female is tender and gentle as she nurtures her first-born this season, claws retracted.
Sunday March 31st: Still piles of snow everywhere and a biting wind, but at least we are open and up and running. 5R is back in the Bay, bringing the total of returning Rutland Ospreys to seven so far. Manton Bay pair getting down to serious business, to the delight of well over 200 visitors today.
At 12.15 an eight year old female, 30(05), actually landed briefly on the nest before being chased off by the rightful owners. Sunday April 21st: I arrive early today and chat with Michelle. Several more schools have asked the team to visit them and give them the ‘Osprey Experience.’ As we are speaking an Osprey appears over Lax Hill and comes close enough for us to see that is 28(10), the one with a slight twist in his primaries.
A few swallows flit past, and there is a Red-breasted Merganser in the bay. Fourteen ospreys in total have returned now, seven males and seven females.
180 visitors today to see the Manton Bay pair ~ folk from Lancashire, London, and even Australia and New Zealand! An Avocet flies around the Bay, but few other signs of spring. Mugs of hot, steaming Lyndon tea at the end of the afternoon. Winter birds still present include Goosander and Goldeneye.
Visitors include couple who do bird-ringing in Malta ~ not without its dangers, as we learn.
Sebastian pried open the front door and quietly stepped inside.