Today was nothing short of amazing. The weather was akin to that of a day in mid-summer, and we had over 600 visitors coming to the Lyndon Centre! It was a brilliant day, it’s fantastic to have the centre and hides buzzing with people enjoying the reserve and the Ospreys.
Before all that happened, though, we ran a Dawn Chorus Guided Walk. The walk began at 5am, and it included a delicious breakfast! Over 30 people turned out for the event, and the weather was perfect for it. As usual, nature did not let us down. The air was filled with a cacophony of sound, a beautiful harmonious melody, that rang out from everywhere around us. There were all the usual suspects – blackbirds, wrens, robins and tits; willow warblers, chiffchaffs, blackcaps and garden warblers; whitethroats and dunnocks, plus a treecreeper and a distant cuckoo!
We didn’t forget the Ospreys though, and here’s a lovely early morning sneak peek at what goes on on the Osprey nest when it’s still dark!
The Ospreys have done us proud once again today. They are still patiently incubating, and, just as they did last week, both birds seem to like it so much that they both want to do it at the same time!
33 seems to love incubating so much that, occasionally, he has been seen to physically push Maya off the eggs! She doesn’t mind, though, and enjoys stretching her wings, sitting on the T-perch preening or chasing other birds, usually geese, but sometimes buzzards as she did today! Here’s a clip of the Osprey pair changing over on the nest.
33 brought in three fish today, one at 06:30, one at 15:00 and one at 18:20.
It’s all going really well at our other nest sites, too. This season, we have all the breeding birds back from last year, plus the Manton Bay nest which is going like clockwork, thankfully! But that is not all we have this season…
It is fantastic to be able to announce that 28(10), the good-natured, bendy-winged sweetheart who was chased off Manton Bay last year, has found a nest and a partner! He has paired up at a new site with female 2F(12), who returned for the first time last year.
What of our WOW Osprey, 30(05)? Several people have asked after our much-loved satellite-tagged female. 30 has been unlucky these past two years, having not been able to breed since the failure of her former partner, 08(01), to return in 2013. I am happy to tell you, and you’ll all be pleased to hear, that she has found herself a mate! 30 has paired up this year on a new nest site with 32(11), a Manton Bay fledgling.
This is fabulous news, and is testament to how well the project is developing, with new birds getting the chance to breed. We hope it goes well for our two new pairs, and the six others of course. We will know later in the season just how successful a year this has been, but it looks to be the best we have ever had, and we could well be saying hello to our 100th chick later in the year!