Today marks day 37 of incubation, the day that chicks often hatch, so when Information Officer Paul Stammers arrived at the centre this morning he was very excited – would today be the day…?
…Yes it would! Just a few minutes ago we got the first view of our fully hatched chick. Volunteer Chris was in Waderscrape hide this morning when he noticed the first sign of hatching – a tiny hole in one of the eggs. Paul managed to capture the moment on the webcam.
We were then in for a tense wait, as Maya settled back down on the eggs, restlessly shuffling backwards and forwards, but never giving us a very good view of the eggs underneath her. Finally, just before the centre was about to close for the day, we got our first glimpse of the freshly hatched chick – the first osprey chick to hatch in the UK this year as far as we know!
Shortly after this capture, Maya and 33 returned to the nest and we got a good view of the whole family.
The weather has been fantastic here in Rutland today, a wonderful day for a chick to hatch, and it looks like it should remain lovely for the next few days too, which is great news for the next 2 eggs. Exciting times ahead!
We’ve also had some moth-trapping going on at the reserve today – our volunteer moth recorders caught 24 moths of 11 species. Paul Stammers captured some photos of the moths, before they were released by young visitors to the centre this morning.