Dai Dot

Dai Dot is a male that is breeding 12 miles away from the Dyfi at ON5

 

Year of Birth Unknown                                       
Place of Birth Unknown
First seen at Dyfi 2011
Chicks Fledged 5 (at ON5)
Distinguishing Features Two white plumage dots above his beak, iris dots at 4 o' clock, left eye
Ring Number Doesn't have one

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dai Dot is a male osprey that was first spotted by the DOP team in 2011. He has two very distinguishable white plumage patterns above his beak, hence his name Dai Dot (Dai in Welsh sounds like dau, meaning two - Two Dots!).

 

 

 
 

Dai has been around on the Dyfi since at least 2011 when we photographed him at the mouth of the estuary. He's unringed so we don't know his provenance.

He seemed to call Dyfi home until 2014 when he successfully bred at an artificial platform 12 miles south east of the Dyfi nest. He's had many liaisons with Blue 24 over the years and at one time in early April 2014, it looked as if the pair were about to lay eggs before Monty and Glesni returned.

Dai Dot brings two fish back to Blue 24 in early April 2014

 

Dai has a friendly nature and he was often seen perching with Monty on Cors Dyfi reserve before he started to breed for himself. Dai visits the Dyfi nest regularly even since he's started breeding himself.

At the start of the 2016 there was some confusion as to who exactly was at the ON5 nest, as Dai was filmed at the Dyfi nest at the same time as another male was at ON5. We think now that this was another male, possibly just passing through and indeed Dai is the breeding male at ON5. His mate is also unringed and she's been named Delyth.

Dai and Delyth produced two fledglings in 2014 and three in 2015.

At the start of the 2016 season Dai was displaced by another (unringed) male at his ON5 nest and he was last positively sighted at Cors Dyfi in late April 2016.

We're hoping he's still out there somewhere, but for now, we have no idea where he is.

 Dai bringing nesting material back to his nest - ON5                                                         ©Mark Wilson