Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust

News for 15-30 June 2000:

18 June


Today we are publishing the first of a series of interviews with members of the project team. Stephen Bolt, who works for Anglian Water as Head of Environment Affairs, answers a variety of questions about his role and that of the company in the project. Click here to read Stephen's replies.

The next interview will be with Helen Dixon, the Osprey Project Officer and this will be published at the end of this month. If you have any questions which you would like Helen to answer, please send them by email using the icon above.


The fine summer weather brought large numbers of visitors to the reserve over the weekend and many had good sightings of the 1997 male Ospreys, 03 and 08 and possible others. On Saturday evening three Ospreys were reportedly seen together. During Sunday afternoon two were on the perches outside Heron Hide and later 03 caught a fish in front of the Visitor Centre.
When does spring end? And when does Osprey northwards migration end? There are still sightings of non-breeding Ospreys around the UK and most of these must be of sub-adult birds. However, the main migration period has now finished and we have decided not to report any further sightings during the summer.

There are a total of 173 individual sightings listed on the Spring Sightings page and we are most grateful to all those who have provided records. We will go on adding any missing records for the March to May period.


A further report of the Scottish two-year old has arrived from Graham Rowling:

The colour-ringed Osprey is still present in the Linford area. Although I haven't seen it since Sunday (4th) it has been seen by several people since then, including 2 separate sightings today (16th). Unfortunately none of the views so far have been able to determine the code on the ring.

(Click here for previous details)


This website will be updated next Wednesday 21 June.

In last week's update of the Rutland Water Nature Reserve website, as well a list of unusual sightings and news for the week, there was a detailed report and pictures of progress on the Tree Sparrow Project. Also some stunning pictures of Kingfishers. The address is www.rutlandwater.u-net.com

21 June


There have been continued sightings of two or three Ospreys, including a female. Unfortunately the female has been reluctant to show us her legs(!) so we don't yet know if she is ringed or not.

Preparations continue for the start of the translocation phase of the project. There is a briefing meeting for volunteers next Thursday 29th and it is likely that the Scottish juveniles will be collected and brought to Rutland water about 10 July.

© Tim Randall

Last August this photo of one of the translocated Ospreys was taken from Heron Hide. This has also been one of the best place to see the birds at close quarters this spring. The hide is about 3/4 mile's walk from the Birdwatching Centre at Egleton.


The RSPB Website is reporting that:

the two chicks that hatched in late May are doing well. The male is catching about five fish a day. He spends most of his time perched in a nearby tree, but drops the fish in the nest for the female to feed to their family. 

Their web camera is beginning to pick up pictures of the two growing chicks.


Have you visited this page to read about the planned use of solar-powered radio transmitters this year?


This website will be updated next Sunday 25 June. The Rutland Water Nature Reserve website will be updated on Friday as usual.

25 June


After 11 weeks of very poor transmissions from S09's radio, yesterday a transmission was received which allowed an inaccurate location to be calculated. It indicated that S09 is, in all probability, in the Cairngorm area of Scotland. It has moved about 3800km from its last known position in the middle of the Sahara on 9 April. S09 was ringed as a chick in Norway in 1997 but was caught last year near Aviemore. We were not at all sure whether it would return to Norway or Scotland to breed.


A further report has arrived from Graham Rowling:

The colour-ringed Osprey has not been seen at Linford for over a week so presumably has moved on. It was last seen at 9:00 on Saturday 17th June when it was circling high over the reserve before drifting off south-east. Unfortunately nobody was able to read the colour-ring during its 14 day stay (4 - 17th June).

(See 18 June for previous details.)


The next interview will be with Helen Dixon, the Osprey Project Officer and this will be published next weekend. If you have any questions which you would like Helen to answer, please send them by email using the icon above.


This website will be updated on Wednesday 28 June.
Osprey Project volunteers: please remember that there will be a meeting on Thursday, 7:00 at Lyndon Visitor Centre.

28 June


If all goes to plan, the young Ospreys from Scotland will arrive at Rutland Water in just under two weeks' time. Helen Dixon, Tim Mackrill and Andy Brown are intending to make the trip to Scotland to collect the birds from Roy Dennis. The young birds which will be translocated to Rutland must be looking much like the ones below which were pictured today at Loch Garten. The licence issued by Scottish National Heritage under section 16 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act,1981, allows Roy to take one chick from nests where there is a healthy brood of three young. He is allowed to remove up to twelve chicks from a choice of 35 nests in the eastern Highland region of Scotland.
..and now for the international news!...


The two Osprey chicks in the nest at Loch Garten are growing quickly as shown by these two pictures from their web camera today. To see more, go to the RSPB website at www.rspb.org.uk/webcams/. We are most grateful to the RSPB who own the copyright to these pictures.

Photo: RSPB
Photo: RSPB


Back in April we published an email from Iain MacLeod describing a web-camera in an Osprey nest in New Hampshire.

Recent emails from Iain have expressed his disappointment because although the established female returned, the male did not. He writes:

We now have the camera image on the web. Unfortunately the female has not returned with a new mate and we have an empty nest!! We will be putting together a compilation of shots from when she was here. We have hours of her in the nest -- great close-ups. We are keeping our fingers crossed that she might return.

We now have live pictures of empty nest and a new highlights section with footage of the female nest building and other avian visitors to the nest. So, you have males that can't attract females, and I have a female that couldn't attract a male!!!

However, the Audubon Society of New Hampshire website has some excellent material about the Osprey Project in that part of the states - it is well worth looking at.


Ian Calvert has sent this email.

Whilst on holiday last week in Austria & Germany I saw an Osprey, I am 100% sure it was as I have often seen them before even though this sighting was from a moving vehicle and only of about 5secs duration.In the guides the summer wandering range of immatures is not quoted. Can I be 100% sure in this case? Do Ospreys wander throughout Europe in the summer when the distribution maps show them as only being in more northern climes? Is this unusual?

We would be most grateful if anyone can answer Ian's questions.

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