Ospreys are back in the UK
Ospreys spotted at Rutland and Glaslyn
(03)97 back in Rutland in the snow - Is he regretting his early arrival? Photo courtesy of Rutland Osprey Project
March 2013. A sure sign of spring (ignoring the weather) is when ospreys return to the UK after their winter break in the warmer climes of West Africa. The first ospreys have foolishly returned a few days earlier than last year, to be greeted by rain, fog and even snow.
Rutland's most successful breeding osprey, ever, (03)97, was the first back on Sunday 18th March, ensuring that he had no competition for his usual nest site. He was followed shortly afterwards by (00)09, his daughter, who fledged in 2009 (The clue is in the name).
21st March update - Unringed female arrives at Manton Bay nest on Rutland Water; those in the know have identified her as the female who has nested on that nest for the last 4 years.
To get the latest updates, go to the Rutland osprey website
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The Glaslyn ospreys have often been the pace setters, first return, first eggs etc, but this year they were pipped at the post by Rutland. The first bird, and unringed female, arrived back on Monday 19th March, and by 24th March, a pair had taken up residence.
Read more about the Glaslyn Osprey Project
More reports of ospreys
- Osprey sighted at Top Hill Low reserve in Yorkshire. 21st March
- Osprey spotted at Loch Dougan, Gelston near Castle Douglas. 21st March
- Resident Loch of the Lowes osprey returned on 24th March
This is the story about the project, a joint effort between Anglian Water and the Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust, how it was hatched, who was involved, the setbacks and the huge successes.
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