It is nearly that time of year again when we are looking out for the first ospreys to return to Rutland ready for the upcoming breeding season. Last year Maya, the current breeding female at Manton Bay arrived back on March 14th whilst her partner of the past four years 33(11) returned just a few days later on March 23rd. So, the question we are all asking is when will they return this year?
2019 was a record-breaking season for the Rutland Osprey Project, with a whopping 23 osprey chicks fledging from 10 nests – an extra two nests from the previous year – and most notably for the project, 2019 saw the 150th chick fledge from Rutland since the project began 23 years ago! From the Manton Bay side Maya and 33(11) successfully raised four chicks to the fledging stage, a first for the project since it is uncommon for ospreys to have more than three chicks!