As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Sunday, 24 March 2013

Ospreys are back in the UK


Ospreys spotted at Rutland and Glaslyn 
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
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


Glaslyn
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.

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  

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