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By Holly Hucknall on April 23, 2017
It has been a beautiful day at Manton Bay, and apart from a brief disturbance to the nest this morning, and signs of an intruding bird around lunch time, our pair have had a peaceful day. This mornings disturbance unfortunately resulted in the birds being away from the nest for around 5 minutes. This shouldn’t affect the development of the eggs, as thankfully the weather was warm, and the birds soon returned to incubating, which they continued to do solidly for the rest of the day.
33 caught an absolutely enormous trout at about 8pm yesterday evening, which he bought to the nest for Maya, after eating the head. Maya spent over 45 minutes eating on the nearby perch before returning to the nest.
After catching such an huge fish, 33 has been able to take it easy today, knowing that he won’t need to fish again until this evening at least, more likely tomorrow morning. He has split incubation duties with Maya, spending lots of time on the nest this afternoon.
At around 1.40pm today Maya returned to the nest after a brief spell away, ready to resume incubating, but 33 wasn’t ready to give up his place.
She tried again at 2.15pm and when 33 still wouldn’t move she gave him a gentle peck on the head! This seemed to do the trick and he soon moved off the eggs.
We were able to get a video of Maya’s reflection in the water as she returned to the nest on one of the occasions where 33 was incubating. Just lovely!
By Kayleigh Brookes on April 22, 2017
The first event of 2017 took place at Lyndon today. Working in partnership with the Rutland Water Ringing Group, the Osprey Project put on a special bird ringing demonstration, which included a cooked breakfast, freshly prepared in front of the Lyndon Centre!
Those lucky enough to be here had fantastic close-up encounters with 60 small birds, learned all about ringing and observed it in practice. To top it all off, there was the chance to hold these amazing creatures and release them.
The birds caught and ringed included bullfinch, blackcap, song thrush, blackbird, chiffchaff, dunnock, blue tit, great tit, robin, long-tailed tit, a juvenile blackbird and a goldcrest! Weighing just 5.4g, the goldcrest is the smallest and lightest British bird. What a handsome chap!
Thank you very much to Lloyd, Chris, Amelia, Michelle, Fran, Paul, Margaret and Jan for helping with this event, both with ringing and with breakfast. It was a superb morning, and we hope to put on another ringing demonstration here next year!
Find out more about the Ringing Group by clicking here!
The ospreys continue to delight the many visitors who visit the Lyndon reserve. Each day they are both present in the bay for the majority of the time, often taking trips to collect nest material. They still are and will continue to be extremely nest-proud!
One of 33’s stick deliveries yesterday was slightly awkward, and in order to get it where he wanted it, he walked right over Maya! She wasn’t bothered by this at all.
Soft, comfy hay was the order of the day yesterday, with Maya bringing in two large clumps. The middle of that nest is so nice and cozy!
Both birds also seem to like dried cow pats, and this morning that seemed to be the nest material of choice, with Maya then 33 delivering a piece. Maya seemed to think that leaning against 33 was the best place for her bit!
Last but not least, here is a lovely roach that 33 delivered at 16:57 yesterday!
By Kayleigh Brookes on April 22, 2017
Rutland Ospreys Education Newsletter April 2017
The 2017 Osprey season has begun! This latest newsletter outlines how schools and school children can be a part of this exciting osprey project.
Latest Lyndon news …. Four eggs at Manton Bay nest
Maya and 33 have returned to their nest at Manton Bay. The pair are now incubating FOUR eggs, very unusual, and we expect the eggs to hatch in mid-May.
Check out the Manton Bay live webcam here!
20 ospreys have now returned with 7 pairs nesting in the Rutland Water area. Keep up with the latest on the website.
Osprey 30 with its satellite tracker is back! Her latest migration route is now shown on the website.
Osprey Ambassadors – Osprey Club
”Osprey Ambassadors” have just had their first monthly ”Osprey Club” at Lyndon. Ambassadors will take the latest osprey news and a presentation back into their schools. If your school wishes to choose two or three Osprey Ambassadors who could be our link with your school, take a look at the information on the Rutland Ospreys website for more information by clicking here!
Contact Ken for help with your Ambassadors by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
Summer Term – Movie competition 2017 – “Ospreys and Us”
This year individuals or groups of children are invited to make a short movie inspired by ospreys.
We will have separate primary and secondary school movie award categories. Movies must be sent to us by Friday 26th May 2017, and the winners will be invited to a movie premiere, Ozzie’s “Ozcar” Awards on Wednesday 5th July held at Rutland Water!
For more information about making and submitting your movie look in the Education section of the website and look for the “Ospreys and us”– movie page.
There are also some teaching notes about how to make your movie in both the primary and secondary teacher’s resources area of the website. Click here to view.
Get your school involved … inspire your children!
Free school educational resources
Schools can register and use our FREE primary and secondary teaching resources including worksheets (with teacher’s notes), lesson plans, and project ideas covering a wide range of national curriculum subjects. Click here for more information.
School Visits to the Lyndon Centre
If you would like to visit the Lyndon reserve with an educational group, take a look at what the Rutland Osprey Education Team can offer by clicking here!
Contact Ken for advice or to make a school visit booking.
We can visit local schools
The Education Team can also visit local schools and other organisations to give assemblies, presentations and run a choice of classroom activities. All the team are experienced teachers.
More information about school visits is on our website at by clicking here.
Contact Ken for advice or to make a booking.
Ambassadors WOW Warm-Up
School Osprey Ambassadors took part in an event held at the Volunteer Training Centre, Egleton Reserve to mark the start of World Osprey Week 2017 (WOW).
They got the latest Rutland osprey news and were awarded their Ambassador badges!
2017 World Osprey Week … WOW !
The 2017 event was a great success and the Education Team visited schools, hosted school visits to Lyndon and did a radio programme and an international Skype linking children in Rutland Spain, Africa and Italy!
The team were involved with 1300 children this year!
International Skype presentation by English Martyrs School Oakham.
Posted in Schools Blog
By Kayleigh Brookes on April 20, 2017
Whilst the ospreys are incubating and just have the two of them to feed, they only need one or two fish per day between them, depending on the size of fish. 33 usually goes fishing in the morning and/or in the early evening. Yesterday evening 33 caught a fish in the south arm, and we saw him fly past the Lyndon centre with it! He took it straight to Maya on the nest, instead of eating part of it first. Usually, and especially if it’s a big fish, 33 will eat the head and then take the rest to Maya. However, with smaller fish he often takes them straight to Maya, then either eats the tail end or goes to catch another one for himself!
Early this morning 33 caught a tiny fish and ate it all himself, without bringing Maya any. She wasn’t going to go hungry, though! At about 10:00, 33 was seen flying past the Lyndon Centre, low over the water carrying a large fish, which turned out to be a roach. He eventually came to the nest with it at 10:32, after first eating the head. It was a big ‘un! Maya gratefully grabbed it and flew off to tuck in, whilst 33 happily sat on the eggs.
And so the harmony continues! 33 will always ensure that both he and Maya have enough to eat, whether he catches a small fish each or they share a large one. When the chicks come along we know that 33 will catch plenty of fish to feed them all, as he has proven his abilities over the past two years. Often there has been too much fish for Maya and the three young, and fish have been left on the nest for later. Therefore, chick number four won’t go hungry either!
Here are some photos from the past two years, proving that sometimes there is just too much fish to eat!
By Kayleigh Brookes on April 19, 2017
The weather has been beautiful over the past couple of days! The Lyndon reserve always looks lovely at this time of year, when the wild flowers are beginning to bloom in the meadows and verges. Primroses, cuckooflower, cow-slips, bluebells and ground ivy are but a few of the many delights on the reserve currently. Not to mention that amazing garlic smell from the ramsons as you walk out of the centre door!
Maya and 33 continue to happily incubate their four eggs. The pair swap over regularly on the eggs, even when there is no fish. This morning, Maya had been sitting for a few hours, and 33 was perched on the camera pole behind her. She stood up at about 08:45, and as soon as she did 33 dropped down from the perch to land on the nest with her. Maya then flew off to stretch her wings, and 33 sat on the eggs. What harmony!
Of course, the pair are also busy ensuring the nest is maintained to their liking. Every day they add material to their nest, and recently have both been bringing in sticks, hay and a bit more cow pat, and rearranging them to their liking.
I do love this wide angle camera! Not only do you get fantastic views of the changing weather conditions over the south arm, we can capture some amazing shots of the ospreys flying in and out of the nest.
We’re looking forward to the start of our osprey and wildlife cruises this year! Working with the Rutland Belle, the osprey team host trips out onto the reservoir, looking at the local area from a different perspective, spotting the wildlife and hoping for a fishing osprey. If the weather is like this, they’ll be even more wonderful! The first cruise will take place on 27th May. Click here for more information about cruises.