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Glesni & Monty Return on the Same Day - AGAIN!

Posted: Sunday 2nd April 2017 by Emyr MWT

April 1st 2017 started like any other really.

A fanciful story about a rare lichen that grows only on Swedish ospreys nests, discovered growing on Monty and Glesni's nest, and an elaborate translocation programme to remove the lower lichen-infested sticks to other osprey nests in the UK for biodiversity reasons.

It got a few hundred of you!

However, the real fun started a couple of hours later. At 10:20 our volunteers in the 360 Observatory started shouting "OSPREY OSPREY" down their walkie-talkies. Soon those cries were of "GLESNI GLESNI".

Sure enough, fighting crows back, our girl landed on the larch perch. Our new Larch-Cam captured the special moment - just like this...

This was a first for us, and for Glesni. Her earliest return date so far had been 3rd April, so she beat this by two days. Over the last four years, since she has been established at this nest, she has returned on April 10th, 9th, 3rd, and 1st - a clear pattern of returning earlier each year. She was also home before Monty, another first.

Glesni was soon in nest-furbishment mode, bringing back clumps of sward and grass, then re-arranging some of the sticks Blue 24 had meticulously placed in the nest for her during the previous week.

Actually, it wasn't long before both cousins were reunited. Blue 24 made two sweeps over the nest before giving up - these girls have history, there was no need for a protracted fight. Blue 24 was testing the water, having a quick look. Her cousin was in great condition following her long journey home. Game over.

Caught with the new 4K camera - Blue 24 dive bombs Glesni


Monty Returns

As if the rare Swedish lichen, Glesni returning home and Blue 24 stomping through weren't enough to have us reaching for the beta-blockers, there was one last, rather momentous, heart-racing event still to come.

Just as he did last year, and beating all previous arrival records, Monty joined the party just before 4pm. Cue crazy celebrations and stranger-hugging behaviours in the visitor centre and Obs. Our boy was back.

Monty returns, with little introduction

So no pre-mating nuptials, none of the usual 'hello-again-mantling' stuff. Straight down to business. Is this the behaviour of two birds that have several years' experience with each other under their belts (ahem), or did they meet up on the way back to the Dyfi, negating any need for introductory rituals?

We're off for another season and the hard work over the winter getting everything prepared is already a distant memory. We hope you like the new 4K nest cameras, the appeal now has just passed the £15,000 mark - we're three-quarters of the way there. Thank you so much to everyone that has donated and allowed us to show you these amazing pictures. The donate buttons are on the Live Streaming page if you would like to contribute.

And Finally

Despite all of yesterday's ecstasy, our thoughts were also with Blue 24 and Dai Dot.

We have seen no sign of Dai this year, nor has anyone else. He's usually an early arriver so it doesn't bode well for him - you may remember we photographed him last April with what seemed like an injury under his right wing, shortly after being displaced by another male at his mid Wales nest. We're not giving up on him yet, but this last week just gone was, statistically anyway, the most likely time to have seen him.

So what of Blue 24? We know she has been visiting other nests since she arrived back in Wales on 24th March, but they are either unoccupied or have resident females present. Monty is the first male back of any of the Welsh nests this year - a few years ago he was the last!

Look out for a blog next week which is potentially some great news for Blue 24. She's seven years old now, we've all (re)fallen in love with her again and hope that this year, finally, will be her year.

If you missed our "Love Blue 24" video last week, shot with the new cameras during the first week she was with us alone, here it is:

Good luck cariad.

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Comments

    Oh what a great start to the season! Welcome back our lovely birds - and thank you so much to Ems and all for the project!!! Start the c-a-a-a-r!  

    Monday 3rd April 2017
    by mara-free

    Amazing pics and videos from the new cameras. Thank you DOP .. and thanks Em for keeping us all upto date. I missed the arrivals yesterday but catching up on them was terrific! I do so hope this is Blue 24's season too. She's a magnificent bird at the peak of her form ..... may the gods be with her this year :-)

    Sunday 2nd April 2017
    by Jess47

    Fantastic to see them back safe yesterday after their journey  I thought those Southerlies might help them along! .. I saw Monty arrive last year on my first visit to DOP .. what an experience! and followed them all the way through the Summer along with all the drama  until they left. I'm now totally emotionally attached to these birds and a Massive "thank you" to you for the protection you're giving them and the insight into their lives you're giving us .. keep it up!.  Hope to call in tomorrow on my way up North from Pembrokeshire .. Donation imminent!  

    Sunday 2nd April 2017
    by Mastersurfer

    So glad Monty and Glensni both made it safely back to the Dyfi for another year - on the same day - just as if they planned it! Monty and Glensni are wonderful, DOP is wonderful and those new cameras are simply amazing!

    Sunday 2nd April 2017
    by Fiona56

    Thank you Emyr for a great blog and amazing photos and videos.  What a start!  Let's hope for a calm and safe breeding season for dear Glesni and Monty.  So looking forward to visiting several times over Easter!  Keep up the great work, you all do so much for our Ospreys.

    Sunday 2nd April 2017
    by Chrisi Burns

    Well it is highly unlikely but it is not entirely impossible that Monty and Glesni spend time in the same part of Senegal (or wherever they go) over the winter and do see each other when they are there. Wonder what the odds of them returning two years in a row on the same day are?

    Sunday 2nd April 2017
    by Lorna G

    Wonderful thank you Ems we slept better knowing both G&M had returned but really want B24 to have a happy 2017 as we know all at DOP do. Cant wait to visit again this summer.

    Sunday 2nd April 2017
    by welshmongrel

    Thank you, the new cameras are amazing.

    Sunday 2nd April 2017
    by Jo Rihan

    amazing pic. Great blog as usual. april 1st 2017 was an amazing day :)  

    Sunday 2nd April 2017
    by Terry

Oh what a great start to the season! Welcome back our lovely birds - and thank you so much to Ems and all for the project!!! Start the c-a-a-a-r!  

Monday 3rd April 2017
by mara-free

Amazing pics and videos from the new cameras. Thank you DOP .. and thanks Em for keeping us all upto date. I missed the arrivals yesterday but catching up on them was terrific! I do so hope this is Blue 24's season too. She's a magnificent bird at the peak of her form ..... may the gods be with her this year :-)

Sunday 2nd April 2017
by Jess47

Fantastic to see them back safe yesterday after their journey  I thought those Southerlies might help them along! .. I saw Monty arrive last year on my first visit to DOP .. what an experience! and followed them all the way through the Summer along with all the drama  until they left. I'm now totally emotionally attached to these birds and a Massive "thank you" to you for the protection you're giving them and the insight into their lives you're giving us .. keep it up!.  Hope to call in tomorrow on my way up North from Pembrokeshire .. Donation imminent!  

Sunday 2nd April 2017
by Mastersurfer

So glad Monty and Glensni both made it safely back to the Dyfi for another year - on the same day - just as if they planned it! Monty and Glensni are wonderful, DOP is wonderful and those new cameras are simply amazing!

Sunday 2nd April 2017
by Fiona56

Thank you Emyr for a great blog and amazing photos and videos.  What a start!  Let's hope for a calm and safe breeding season for dear Glesni and Monty.  So looking forward to visiting several times over Easter!  Keep up the great work, you all do so much for our Ospreys.

Sunday 2nd April 2017
by Chrisi Burns

Well it is highly unlikely but it is not entirely impossible that Monty and Glesni spend time in the same part of Senegal (or wherever they go) over the winter and do see each other when they are there. Wonder what the odds of them returning two years in a row on the same day are?

Sunday 2nd April 2017
by Lorna G

Wonderful thank you Ems we slept better knowing both G&M had returned but really want B24 to have a happy 2017 as we know all at DOP do. Cant wait to visit again this summer.

Sunday 2nd April 2017
by welshmongrel

Thank you, the new cameras are amazing.

Sunday 2nd April 2017
by Jo Rihan

amazing pic. Great blog as usual. april 1st 2017 was an amazing day :)  

Sunday 2nd April 2017
by Terry