MANTON BAY - March 2020

Manton Bay Nest Summary

The Manton Bay nest was first used in 2007 by White 08(97) and Green 5N(04) who successfully raised 2 chicks.  They paired again in 2008 but the nest failed and in 2009 the nest was unused.

In 2010 a new pair, Green 5R(04) and an unringed female nicknamed Mrs 5R, took up residence and over the next four years successfully raised 11 chicks.  

Green 5R(04) failed to return in 2014 resulting Mrs 5R took a new mate, Blue 28(10) and laid 3 eggs.  Blue 33(11) arrived determined to claim this nest and succeeded removing Blue 28(10) and kicking out the eggs.  Mrs 5R was officially named “Maya” and she spent the remainder of the year bonding with Blue 33(11).

In 2015, Maya and Blue 33(11) returned and to date have successfully raised 14 chicks including a brood of four last year - the first time seen on a public webcam.  It was a pure joy to watch and a summary of the 2019 season can be viewed here

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Maya, for the second successive year, was the first osprey to return home last season arriving on March 14 and was reunited once more with Blue 33(11) when he returned on March 23.   

Will she be first back again this year?  

Time will tell but I am sure you will all join me in wishing Maya and Blue 33(11) a safe journey home and for another successful season.