I love weather – of any sort! It’s so changeable and uncontrollable, so you might as well embrace it, as there’s nothing to be done about it! That’s what the Ospreys have to do, they are very resilient birds and are used to dealing with the elements, being so exposed as they are.
33 brought in a nice bit of stick at about 08:15, well it was more like the papery stem of a dead plant! It was a good thing it was lightweight, because he hit Maya in the head with it!
Later on, after they had both sat hunched in the rain for a bit, Maya flew off the nest to stretch her wings and shake off the raindrops. Here you can see her fly past the nest, then she returns to it once again, and settles on the eggs.
33 went fishing twice this morning, but didn’t do a very good job of bringing the fish to Maya. This morning’s fish was apparently dropped before he could take it to the nest. This afternoon, at about 12:30, he brought in another one, and sat for ages eating it. Maya got impatient and went for a fly-about, and actually landed on the T-perch next to him for a few seconds, before flying back around and landing on the nest again.
Not long after Maya returned to the eggs, 33 left the T-perch… but he went without the fish! He left it sitting on the perch, where a gust of wind knocked it into the water!
Luckily for the Ospreys and our volunteers and visitors, the weather brightened this afternoon – the rain stopped and the sun came out!
The Yellowhammers have been showing well in front of the Lyndon Centre today. At one point there were seven of them out there, four males and three females, all feeding on the spilled seed at the bottom of the feeders. Paul took a couple of lovely photographs of them.