A mystery solved

It has been quite a nice day today, for the most part. There were a few showers this afternoon, one particularly heavy, but they were only brief. It has been strangely quiet in the Visitor Centre at Lyndon today, despite the lovely weather this morning. There has been a lot of Osprey action in the Bay today, so those who did not visit missed out!

Maya and 33(11) on the nest this morning, 33(11) alert to intruders

Maya and 33(11) on the nest this morning, 33(11) alert to intruders

 

We have now identified the new Osprey that was mentioned in a previous update. To begin with we could not read the ring, as the bird just wouldn’t sit in an appropriate position! We could only see that it ended in a two. Today the full ring number was visible, and it is 32(11), a male Osprey that fledged from the Manton Bay nest in 2011. This is great news! We now have two young from the Manton Bay nest that have returned to Rutland, 30(10) and 32(11). Strangely enough, today they were both seen in the Bay, 30(10) was chasing his younger brother!

More sticks have been brought to the nest, no fish as of yet but there is still time. 33(11) seems to like fishing in the late afternoon or evening.

33(11) adds another stick

33(11) adds another stick

Maya moving a new stick addition

Maya moving a new stick addition

 

We have seen a lot more stoat action today! Stoats are striking-looking animals, with their brown back and white throat, and the black tip to the tail. Whilst I was sitting enjoying the sunshine this morning, I had a very close encounter with one! I was seated on the bench outside the Lyndon Centre, and all of a sudden the nearby vegetation rustled, and a stoat popped out of the greenery and started running towards me! I sat completely still, and it came right up to the bench, sniffed about, then ran back into the grass and leapt about for a while, before running off. Typically, I didn’t have my camera with me, but what an incredible thing to witness!

Also, a few times today a stoat came past the front of the Centre, very close to the windows. The first time the stoat was struggling to drag a nearly full-size rabbit along with it, we presume towards a den. Then later it went leaping back across the grass in the other direction!