DYFI OSPREY PROJECT
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In 2011, the Montgomeryshire Wildlife Trust were delighted when Ospreys successfully bred in the Dyfi valley for the first time in over 400 years, on the Trust's Cors Dyfi Nature Reserve. After many close calls during the previous two years, our male osprey, 'Monty' finally managed to attract a female. This osprey had a ring on her right leg and it turned out she was born in Rutland Water in 2008; we named her 'Nora'! After 16 days of frantic courtship, our Dyfi pair laid their ever first egg on Easter Monday - 25th April 2011. A second came three days later (28th April) and a third and final egg on 1st May.
On Sunday 5th June 2011, at 1:10pm, the first osprey chick began to make its way into the world. Within two hours, the first chick had emerged, closely watched by proud parents Monty & Nora. The second chick finally struggled free of the egg at 6:35am on Monday 6th June, leaving the third to burst forth on Tuesday 7th June!
Defying the odds for first time parents, Monty and Nora managed to raise all three chicks and when they were ringed on 19th July, we were able to determine that we had two males and one female; they were named Einion, Dulas and Leri, after local rivers. Thanks to the awesome generosity of the BBC and our osprey supporters, we were able to fit satellite trackers to all three youngsters, when they were ringed. These trackers will allow us to follow them as they embarke on their first migration to Africa.
On Wednesday 27th July 2011, at 14:22, Einion made history by being the first osprey to fledge on the Dyfi in over 400 years! His brother, Dulas, wasn't far behind, taking his maiden flight at 08:42 on Friday 29th, leaving the younger and heavier female, Leri, who finally took the leap at 16:35 on Wednesday 3rd August, setting the Welsh record for the longest time to fledging (at 57 days, 6 hours old)!
Nora was the first to set off on migration, being last seen at 8am on Sunday 14th August. Einion was next, setting off at 09:04 on Wednesday 31st August. After spending three weeks in Central Morocco, he reached West Africa at the end of September. Despite gale force winds (or perhaps because of them!) Dulas left at 06:40 on Monday 12th September and flew east southeast, reaching the Essex coast twelve hours later; thankfully he soon got back on track and reached The Gambia in just 17 days! Leri left at 08:00 on Tuesday 13th September and despite a more steady start than her brothers, she reached West Africa by the end of September. Sadly, we lost track of Leri in November and we don't know if she is alive or dead. Monty left the Dyfi on Sunday 11th September.
2012 - Nora arrived back first, at 3:30pm on Saturday 24th March, with Monty joining her on Monday 2nd April. Nora laid her eggs exactly a week earlier than in 2011: April 18th, 21st and 24th – probably around the average time window for British ospreys. The first chick hatched at 21:38 on Monday 28th May, closely followed by the second at 06:23 on 29th. The third chick hatched during the morning of Thursday 31st. Sadly, the first chick died on Thursday 31st May and the third chick faded away on Saturday 9th June, both as a result of unseasonably cold, wet and windy weather. The second chick only survived as a result of a short intervention by project staff and thrived. Named Ceulan, after the river which flooded nearby Talybont during the big storm, he was ringed (3C) and fitted with a satellite tracker on Friday 13th July. Ceulan took to the skies at 09:29 on Saturday 21st July, fledging at the age of 53 days. At 09:26 on Monday 3rd September, Ceulan set off on migration, spending his first night away from home in Exeter. He reached West Africa just five days later at about 9:30pm, making landfall 38 miles west of Casablanca, Morocco. Sadly, he was found dead in Senegal on 15th December, having become tangled in fisherman's nets. Monty set off on migration on Wednesday 5th September.
The Dyfi Osprey Project is open everyday, 10am to 6pm at the beautiful Cors Dyfi Nature Reserve. Our postcode is SY20 8SR.
If you want to support our Osprey family, there are plenty ways you can do so! We are not a large charity and every donation helps us to run projects like this and ensures that amazing wildlife, like our Osprey family, is given every chance to thrive.
- Why not join the Montgomeryshire Wildlife Trust? Click here to find out more.
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Thank you to everyone who has supported and for all your kind wishes.
Dyfi Ospreys – a new beginning
The Montgomeryshire Wildlife Trust is proud to be able to offer limited edition prints featuring the Dyfi Ospreys, Monty & Nora, with their first ever family.
Local wildlife artist Terence Lambert has generously donated the copyright of his stunning original to the Trust. 500 high quality prints have been locally produced on conservation paper and are available from the Welshpool office.
Mounted prints cost £50; each print is individually signed and numbered and is expected to become a collector's item, as well as giving lasting pleasure as a representation of this historic event.
The proceeds of sales of the prints will help the Montgomeryshire Wildlife Trust continue its charitable work, which includes the Dyfi Osprey Project.
Andy Rouse prints
Award winning photographer, Andy Rouse, has collaborated with the Montgomeryshire Wildlife Trust to offer five of the best prints he shot of the Dyfi ospreys in 2011; 40% of the profits go directly to the Dyfi Osprey Project to help keep us going next year. For more information, click here.
The Dyfi Osprey Project now has its own website containing the latest information on the youngsters migration, as well as photos, videos, pie & bar charts and detailed information on ospreys in Wales. Click here to go to www.dyfiospreyproject.com
You can also keep up to date with the Dyfi Osprey Project on Facebook and Twitter (please note that you do not need a Facebook or Twitter account to view the posts).