Summer is surely here! It’s been a lovely sunny day today, and the chicks have spent most of it sleeping! Maya has been doing her best to shade them from the sun, but they’re a bit big now to all fit in her shadow!
33 brought in three fish today that were witnessed, one at about 07:00, another at 13:30, and yet another at 15:00! The first was a roach, the second two were pike.
The roach arrived before we opened, but here’s a video of the first pike…
…and the second!
As promised, here are some brilliant photographs by John Wright of 3J intruding in Manton Bay yesterday!
3J appears to be doing the rounds of the nests in Rutland, as last night she was seen at Site B! John has kept an eye on the activities at Site B ever since the nest failed. 03(97) has spent most of his time there, because he knows if he leaves it, he might lose it! Both he and the female were present last night when John checked on them, but they weren’t alone – 3J was there! She sat near the Site B female, who was eating a fish, then she landed on the nest by 03!
Youngsters will tend to wander widely when they first return, and often have a look at occupied nests, to see what’s what. Usually they get chased off, as 3J did from Manton Bay yesterday. 03 and the Site B female were a little more relaxed around 3J, because they do not have chicks to protect. They tolerated her presence for a while, but eventually 03 decided to see her off.
Here are some more great photos from John of yesterday in Manton Bay!
Let’s hope the weather is as pleasant tomorrow, for our Guided Summer Walk at Lyndon! There’s still time to book – click here for more information. The reserve is looking at its best at the moment, the meadows are in full flower and the orchids are beginning to bloom!