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Monty: Everybody's Talkin'

Posted: Sunday 3rd September 2017 by Karis MWT

All the Dyfi ospreys have departed for another year

We’ve had no definitive sightings of Monty or Blue 24 since Saturday 2nd September. Blue 24 made herself quite at home around the nest before leaving the larch perch at 8.39am. 

Blue 24 looking across the Dyfi valley from the top of the larch

Having once again been ‘reacquainted’ with Blue 24, Monty took off from the larch perch at 8.59am, meaning that this year we have had the pleasure of his company for precisely five months and one day. He flew down across the marsh and disappeared out of sight, leaving our screens until next spring.

One of the final photos taken of Monty this year.
MWT - Monty 2017

Looking back on 2017

This year was Monty’s seventh season as the resident breeding male on the Dyfi, and it has to go down as one of his most successful years to date. Arriving shortly after Glesni on April 1st, he has yet again defended this highly sought-after territory on the Dyfi, whilst protecting and providing for his growing family.

Monty and Glesni managed to raise three healthy chicks this year, bringing his grand total of chicks migrating from the Dyfi to 15. Though we currently only have confirmation of one Dyfi chick returning to the UK (Clarach), this is not to say she is the only one. We will continue to keep a watchful eye on the nest as there is still a very good chance intruding ospreys will come for a look around, especially now that all of our birds have gone. 

No ospreys have landed since Monty’s departure, but this beautiful female greater spotted woodpecker came for lunch on the larch today!
MWT - GSW larch

We all have that one chick we long to see again, and we can only hope that the other Dyfi graduates will be as obliging as Clarach has been in dangling their darvics in front of a lens!

The Dyfi family tree
MWT family tree

Poole harbour update

As mentioned in previous posts, 2017 marked the beginning of an exciting new chapter in osprey conservation. A brand new translocation project was initiated by the Roy Dennis Foundation, and in the past week they have announced that the first chick to fledge, LS7, has set off on migration.

We hope that in years to come, some of the Poole Harbour chicks will return to where they now consider home, attracting other ospreys as they pass over the area to start recolonising the south of England. 

To catch up on the latest news from Poole Harbour, please click here.

End of season thank you!

As we shut up shop for the last time this year, we finally have a moment to stop and look back on the season we’ve had. To date this year, we have accumulated a massive 8,399 hours from over 100 volunteers (only 361 hours, or 15 days, short of a full year!), and we still have another four months of the year left to go! Absolutely incredible.

From all of us here at Montgomeryshire Wildlife Trust, we’d like to say a huge, heartfelt thank you to everyone who has given their time to make the project what it is. Volunteers, followers, citizen scientists, visitors; you have all contributed to the running of the project and although we say it every year, we genuinely could not do it without you all.

We hope you all get a well-earned rest over winter (ospreys included!), and are ready again for kick off next March.


And Finally...

Emyr: I would also like to extend our thanks. To Alwyn and Karis whose last day it was today until next spring, to all our volunteers who have been simply the best yet again, and finally to you...

We've welcomed almost 40,000 visitors to DOP again this year, spoken to everyone of them and engaged with countless thousands more on Chat, Facebook, Twitter, Messages, Emails and probably a lot more stuff that I don't know the name of. I say at the start of every year that this next DOP will be the best ever - you can be the judge of that for 2017, but I cannot be more pleased with the way things have turned out.

Karis and volunteer Thom take the DOP signs down late Sunday afternoon

Rough & Smooth

We had a rough year in 2016 with Blue 24's failed clutch of three eggs, a dud egg on the Dyfi nest and of course the tragic demise of Ceri. Just one fledgling from six eggs.

Moving the second platform over the winter undoubtedly made a difference, we could see tangible differences in Blue 24's behaviours once all the birds had returned by 1st April. Five months on following the platform changes, Monty and Glesni have raised three beautiful fledglings on the Dyfi nest with much less disruption and Blue 24 looks like she may be on the verge of a new partnership with another male 40 miles north east.

It can be a harrowing game this and we have to take the rough with the smooth, that's nature. We are so blessed to have witnessed Aeron, Menai and Eitha grow up in front of our very eyes from newly laid eggs to tiny bundles of wet feathers to screaming, beautiful fledglings ready to take on the world.

Aeron flies back to the nest and his two younger sisters

It was rough last year, we've gladly taken the smooth this summer.

Monty

Janine, Kim and I will be taking a couple of weeks off in September, but we'll soon be back, batteries fully charged for the autumn and winter ahead. This is some of the stuff we'll be doing over the next few months by the way.

But seeing as this is Monty's blog, let's finish with him, and, just one last video of some magical Monty moments filmed over the last few days.

Monty stayed around on the Dyfi for one whole week after the last member of his family, Eitha, left last Saturday. Every year it's become a tradition to 'make the most of him', absorbing and relishing every second we have with him in case it's our last glimpse we get for that year. What would Monty think of all this craziness if there was a way of telling him?

Everybody's talkin' about him, yet he doesn't hear a word they're saying. People stopping and staring, yet he can't see any of their faces.

Monty has left the pouring rain of Wales, no doubt banking off of the northeast winds that will take him to a place where the sun keeps shining.


Until we meet again my friend. Adios.

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Comments

    THANK YOU! You have all done such wonderful work. Here's wishing you all, feathered and un-, the best winter, and roll on Spring 2018. We'll be waiting with bated breath.

    Monday 4th September 2017
    by Paddyann8

    All I can say is, many thanks for everything.  I look forward to next year to see what that brings - no doubt a few surprises but always an amazing team. 

    Monday 4th September 2017
    by Jules

    Thank you all at DOP, staff and volunteers alike. You have done a wonderful job and deserve the rest at the end of season. Was great to see you on our visit over the summer and enjoyed the flight of the ospreys. Look forward to next season and the wonderful cam of Dyfi. Once again, thank you. Fly high Monty and Glesni, fly safe, fish well and return to us next season. Look forward to seeing Clarach again next season too. Its great being a Great Aunt.

    Monday 4th September 2017
    by Julie of England

    Thank you to all who work so tirelessly at the Dyfi, in front of the scenes and behind.... I  cherish every single moment of this season as well as the previous. I hope you all have a good winter and look forward to seeing you again next season. The blogs etc,. have been wonderful to catch up on when I have missed anything. I hope all our ospreys stay safe  and can't wait until March to hopefully see them again. Thank you once again...

    Monday 4th September 2017
    by Jackie M

    what a great end of term video pass the tissues! thanks to everyone at DOP and Lowri too see you all next year stay safe xxMary and Buster  

    Monday 4th September 2017
    by maryb

    Thankyou all can't wait until March 2018 you are an amazing hard working crew have enjoyed every moment watching and learning from you all at the DOP .......

    Monday 4th September 2017
    by Tractor123

    What a beautiful blog Karis and Emyr. Love the video.  Well, here it is, the moment I've been dreading, the end of the season and what a season it has been. The last five months have flown by. It's been an absolute pleasure to have witnessed the daily lives of Glesni, Monty and the three beautiful chicks via the live streaming and it's also been wonderful reading the blogs as well. A heartfelt thank you to you Emyr and all the volunteers at the DOP for the tremendous work you all do each and every year for these magnificent birds. Hats off to you all! I wish you all a safe winter and I look forward to 2018. Ospreyitis is already setting in. Finally I wish Glesni, Monty, Aeron, Menai, Eitha and Blue 24 safe travels to warmer and sunnier climes. Let's hope we see Dai Dot next year.  Thank you so much. Bring on 2018!

    Sunday 3rd September 2017
    by leigho

    Nice one Emyr!  Many, many thanks to all at DOP for another year well done.  Your enthusiasm for all things wild is truly inspiring. Best wishes for all your plans over the Winter, I for one am looking forward to seeing them all come to fruition - oh and in greeting the ospreys back home again next Spring.

    Sunday 3rd September 2017
    by Lioncub

    The previously posted comments so eloquently sum up what it is that makes DOP the absolute leader in its field.  I am sure we  have no real idea of the work involved to make this project a success but what shines through is the total and absolute commitment of Ems and his team. Dedication, determination and  inspiration all shine through even in the darkest hours.  The support and interest this project engenders from a worldwide audience is testimony to, and an acknowledgement of, those factors. May this project continue to grow and move forward as a beacon to which all others aspire. Thank you Ems and all.      

    Sunday 3rd September 2017
    by Mike Simmonds

    thank you karis, and Emyr, for your brilliant Monty blog and video with inspired choice of music. if he only knew how many are rooting for him! He is a bird in a million with the rest of his family close behind. Thank you for introducing me to them this year, it's been a revelation. What a wonderful window onto their world DOP is!

    Sunday 3rd September 2017
    by Jo W

    I type this through misty eye's as your wonderful blog brought tears of sadness that such a fantastic season has come to an end, but joy in the many many happy memories of our beautiful Osprey family, and I thank you all for your hardwork in achieving such a spendid coverage of the day to day lives of Glesni and Monty rearing their three gorgeous chick's, and I pray that they all have a safe migration and return to us next year and in the years to come. Thank you Emry and from the bottom of my heart a big thank you to our glorious star's Glesni and Monty xx

    Sunday 3rd September 2017
    by Gina

       When did I become so sentimental over a bird... oh, the day I discovered DOP and it's leading man, Monty. Everything about DOP is magical to me. From the beautiful scenery, dramatic weather, the iconic 360 in the backround, fox', badgers, coos, a very noisy heron, and... a nest.  The nest is the main stage at DOP. From it I have seen many a drama unfold but thankfully the dramas are overshadowed by the many many happy times... this year three strong chicks born and fledged safely for example - strueth, now I'm becoming sentimental over a nest!  Of course none of this would be possible if not for the hard work and dedication of Emyr Evans, his staff and team of volunteers - thank you. 

    Sunday 3rd September 2017
    by Polly

    Monty & Glesni will never know how much they are loved, admired and talked about or how they pull the heartstrings of thousands of people not just in the UK but worldwide too.  None of this would be possible without the tireless hard work everyone at DOP does, so from me & IC thank you for an amazing season and all the incredible blogs you put together to keep us informed and give balance to what we see on the livestream and when we visit.  best wishes to all  Barbara C

    Sunday 3rd September 2017
    by Rann

    Heartfelt thanks for this wonderful blog! Tears in my eyes after reading it. The music will be forever attached with Monty. It was a lovely osprey season and you all did a wonderful job. Thank you all from DOP! And may those ospreys have a good winter season in warmer regions and return safely back next spring.  Very best wishes to DOP and these magnificent birds.

    Sunday 3rd September 2017
    by Whitefeather

    Thank you Ems and all the staff and vols once again for giving us the best of a truly splendid season. Your hard work and boundless enthusiasm has done it again!  And thank you Karis and Emyr for a great blog and an exquisitely beautiful and appropriate video to round off the season - and what with Blue 24 showing up "for auld lang syne" in a misty sunrise the other day - well, what a show we've been privileged to watch. Countin' off the sleeps till next Spring - Blessings to you all at DOP and blessings and safe passage to our beloved winged friends as they soar into the sunshine.

    Sunday 3rd September 2017
    by mara-free

    Wonderful Blog and video. Perfect song too for Monty's migration. Had a wee tear in my eye I have to admit. Many thanks to Ems and Karis for all the blogs this year and also to Janine, Alwyn and all the volunteers who have ensured we had another fab year at DOP. Can't wait until 2018. Take Care one and all and safe journey to Monty, Glesni, Blue 24, all the chicks and Ospreys everywhere. See you next year - Deo volente

    Sunday 3rd September 2017
    by Lorna G

    Just want to say a huge thank you to all at DOP what would we do without you. This year has been amazing. I'm afraid your blog brought tears to my eyes. What an appropriate song too. Monty is a fabulous osprey and hope he returns next year full of vim and vigour to start all ovver again. Here's to next year. Can't wait.

    Sunday 3rd September 2017
    by DaisyMay

    For me it's been a memorable year watching Monty and family, such a joy and a privilege to be able to wake up mornings and watch them on the web cam.  I  am sure I echo the sentiments of many when I say thanks for all the work, the patience, and the company, it's been lovely.  Look forward to next season, in the meantime am still tuning in to DOP and following updates via Facebook.

    Sunday 3rd September 2017
    by LynL

    How can anyone read this and not weep???!!!   So great yet again.  Thank you, thank you, thank you....it doesnt matter how many times i say it, it will never be enough!  Stay safe my osprey family and all at DOP until we meet again in 2018 and have a good rest.  . Lally xx

    Sunday 3rd September 2017
    by Lally

    *Pass the tissues again, Maud* It's that time of year and no, not hay fever

    Sunday 3rd September 2017
    by TrishaNic

    I cannot believe the season is really over! It seems such a short time since that 'thud' we all wait for every April. There are no adequate words to express what I feel about Cors Dyfi, it is a magical place. Thankyou so much to everyone involved for another wonderful summer. See you all next year.

    Sunday 3rd September 2017
    by Fiona56

    Thanks for such a great season, it has been a happy one. Said my goodbyes to Monty and company the other day. Glad we saw that blue 24 is OK and wish her all the luck next year to raise a family of her own. Thanks to the staff and lovely visit back in July,met Alwyn and some others will miss them please come back safely all the birds and bye till next season

    Sunday 3rd September 2017
    by Kathryn

    Such a brilliant video to round off a perfect season for DOP. Many, many thanks to all those involved - not least the stars of the show, the ospreys! Come back safely at your due time, all of you.....

    Sunday 3rd September 2017
    by cestina

    Just Perfect, wonderful last blog for the season. The video has started me off crying again. But what an amazing season it has been, thank you everyone at DOP. Roll on 2018

    Sunday 3rd September 2017
    by Jan Ellis

    With a huge lump in my throat after reading the blog I just want to give my heartfelt thanks to each and everyone of  you's for all the hard work you have all done.  A song also sums up my own feelings.  Thank you for the days, those endless days those sacred days you gave me.  I will cherish these memories for the rest of my days. You's have taught me so much about these glorious birds and luckily I have loads to read on here to get me through the long winter months. Thank you once again. xx  

    Sunday 3rd September 2017
    by valrobson

THANK YOU! You have all done such wonderful work. Here's wishing you all, feathered and un-, the best winter, and roll on Spring 2018. We'll be waiting with bated breath.

Monday 4th September 2017
by Paddyann8

All I can say is, many thanks for everything.  I look forward to next year to see what that brings - no doubt a few surprises but always an amazing team. 

Monday 4th September 2017
by Jules

Thank you all at DOP, staff and volunteers alike. You have done a wonderful job and deserve the rest at the end of season. Was great to see you on our visit over the summer and enjoyed the flight of the ospreys. Look forward to next season and the wonderful cam of Dyfi. Once again, thank you. Fly high Monty and Glesni, fly safe, fish well and return to us next season. Look forward to seeing Clarach again next season too. Its great being a Great Aunt.

Monday 4th September 2017
by Julie of England

Thank you to all who work so tirelessly at the Dyfi, in front of the scenes and behind.... I  cherish every single moment of this season as well as the previous. I hope you all have a good winter and look forward to seeing you again next season. The blogs etc,. have been wonderful to catch up on when I have missed anything. I hope all our ospreys stay safe  and can't wait until March to hopefully see them again. Thank you once again...

Monday 4th September 2017
by Jackie M

what a great end of term video pass the tissues! thanks to everyone at DOP and Lowri too see you all next year stay safe xxMary and Buster  

Monday 4th September 2017
by maryb

Thankyou all can't wait until March 2018 you are an amazing hard working crew have enjoyed every moment watching and learning from you all at the DOP .......

Monday 4th September 2017
by Tractor123

What a beautiful blog Karis and Emyr. Love the video.  Well, here it is, the moment I've been dreading, the end of the season and what a season it has been. The last five months have flown by. It's been an absolute pleasure to have witnessed the daily lives of Glesni, Monty and the three beautiful chicks via the live streaming and it's also been wonderful reading the blogs as well. A heartfelt thank you to you Emyr and all the volunteers at the DOP for the tremendous work you all do each and every year for these magnificent birds. Hats off to you all! I wish you all a safe winter and I look forward to 2018. Ospreyitis is already setting in. Finally I wish Glesni, Monty, Aeron, Menai, Eitha and Blue 24 safe travels to warmer and sunnier climes. Let's hope we see Dai Dot next year.  Thank you so much. Bring on 2018!

Sunday 3rd September 2017
by leigho

Nice one Emyr!  Many, many thanks to all at DOP for another year well done.  Your enthusiasm for all things wild is truly inspiring. Best wishes for all your plans over the Winter, I for one am looking forward to seeing them all come to fruition - oh and in greeting the ospreys back home again next Spring.

Sunday 3rd September 2017
by Lioncub

The previously posted comments so eloquently sum up what it is that makes DOP the absolute leader in its field.  I am sure we  have no real idea of the work involved to make this project a success but what shines through is the total and absolute commitment of Ems and his team. Dedication, determination and  inspiration all shine through even in the darkest hours.  The support and interest this project engenders from a worldwide audience is testimony to, and an acknowledgement of, those factors. May this project continue to grow and move forward as a beacon to which all others aspire. Thank you Ems and all.      

Sunday 3rd September 2017
by Mike Simmonds

thank you karis, and Emyr, for your brilliant Monty blog and video with inspired choice of music. if he only knew how many are rooting for him! He is a bird in a million with the rest of his family close behind. Thank you for introducing me to them this year, it's been a revelation. What a wonderful window onto their world DOP is!

Sunday 3rd September 2017
by Jo W

I type this through misty eye's as your wonderful blog brought tears of sadness that such a fantastic season has come to an end, but joy in the many many happy memories of our beautiful Osprey family, and I thank you all for your hardwork in achieving such a spendid coverage of the day to day lives of Glesni and Monty rearing their three gorgeous chick's, and I pray that they all have a safe migration and return to us next year and in the years to come. Thank you Emry and from the bottom of my heart a big thank you to our glorious star's Glesni and Monty xx

Sunday 3rd September 2017
by Gina

   When did I become so sentimental over a bird... oh, the day I discovered DOP and it's leading man, Monty. Everything about DOP is magical to me. From the beautiful scenery, dramatic weather, the iconic 360 in the backround, fox', badgers, coos, a very noisy heron, and... a nest.  The nest is the main stage at DOP. From it I have seen many a drama unfold but thankfully the dramas are overshadowed by the many many happy times... this year three strong chicks born and fledged safely for example - strueth, now I'm becoming sentimental over a nest!  Of course none of this would be possible if not for the hard work and dedication of Emyr Evans, his staff and team of volunteers - thank you. 

Sunday 3rd September 2017
by Polly

Monty & Glesni will never know how much they are loved, admired and talked about or how they pull the heartstrings of thousands of people not just in the UK but worldwide too.  None of this would be possible without the tireless hard work everyone at DOP does, so from me & IC thank you for an amazing season and all the incredible blogs you put together to keep us informed and give balance to what we see on the livestream and when we visit.  best wishes to all  Barbara C

Sunday 3rd September 2017
by Rann

Heartfelt thanks for this wonderful blog! Tears in my eyes after reading it. The music will be forever attached with Monty. It was a lovely osprey season and you all did a wonderful job. Thank you all from DOP! And may those ospreys have a good winter season in warmer regions and return safely back next spring.  Very best wishes to DOP and these magnificent birds.

Sunday 3rd September 2017
by Whitefeather

Thank you Ems and all the staff and vols once again for giving us the best of a truly splendid season. Your hard work and boundless enthusiasm has done it again!  And thank you Karis and Emyr for a great blog and an exquisitely beautiful and appropriate video to round off the season - and what with Blue 24 showing up "for auld lang syne" in a misty sunrise the other day - well, what a show we've been privileged to watch. Countin' off the sleeps till next Spring - Blessings to you all at DOP and blessings and safe passage to our beloved winged friends as they soar into the sunshine.

Sunday 3rd September 2017
by mara-free

Wonderful Blog and video. Perfect song too for Monty's migration. Had a wee tear in my eye I have to admit. Many thanks to Ems and Karis for all the blogs this year and also to Janine, Alwyn and all the volunteers who have ensured we had another fab year at DOP. Can't wait until 2018. Take Care one and all and safe journey to Monty, Glesni, Blue 24, all the chicks and Ospreys everywhere. See you next year - Deo volente

Sunday 3rd September 2017
by Lorna G

Just want to say a huge thank you to all at DOP what would we do without you. This year has been amazing. I'm afraid your blog brought tears to my eyes. What an appropriate song too. Monty is a fabulous osprey and hope he returns next year full of vim and vigour to start all ovver again. Here's to next year. Can't wait.

Sunday 3rd September 2017
by DaisyMay

For me it's been a memorable year watching Monty and family, such a joy and a privilege to be able to wake up mornings and watch them on the web cam.  I  am sure I echo the sentiments of many when I say thanks for all the work, the patience, and the company, it's been lovely.  Look forward to next season, in the meantime am still tuning in to DOP and following updates via Facebook.

Sunday 3rd September 2017
by LynL

How can anyone read this and not weep???!!!   So great yet again.  Thank you, thank you, thank you....it doesnt matter how many times i say it, it will never be enough!  Stay safe my osprey family and all at DOP until we meet again in 2018 and have a good rest.  . Lally xx

Sunday 3rd September 2017
by Lally

*Pass the tissues again, Maud* It's that time of year and no, not hay fever

Sunday 3rd September 2017
by TrishaNic

I cannot believe the season is really over! It seems such a short time since that 'thud' we all wait for every April. There are no adequate words to express what I feel about Cors Dyfi, it is a magical place. Thankyou so much to everyone involved for another wonderful summer. See you all next year.

Sunday 3rd September 2017
by Fiona56

Thanks for such a great season, it has been a happy one. Said my goodbyes to Monty and company the other day. Glad we saw that blue 24 is OK and wish her all the luck next year to raise a family of her own. Thanks to the staff and lovely visit back in July,met Alwyn and some others will miss them please come back safely all the birds and bye till next season

Sunday 3rd September 2017
by Kathryn

Such a brilliant video to round off a perfect season for DOP. Many, many thanks to all those involved - not least the stars of the show, the ospreys! Come back safely at your due time, all of you.....

Sunday 3rd September 2017
by cestina

Just Perfect, wonderful last blog for the season. The video has started me off crying again. But what an amazing season it has been, thank you everyone at DOP. Roll on 2018

Sunday 3rd September 2017
by Jan Ellis

With a huge lump in my throat after reading the blog I just want to give my heartfelt thanks to each and everyone of  you's for all the hard work you have all done.  A song also sums up my own feelings.  Thank you for the days, those endless days those sacred days you gave me.  I will cherish these memories for the rest of my days. You's have taught me so much about these glorious birds and luckily I have loads to read on here to get me through the long winter months. Thank you once again. xx  

Sunday 3rd September 2017
by valrobson