Into the sun

It’s been another beautiful day! The Manton Bay ospreys have again been busy bringing lots of sticks and dried grass into the nest, getting it ready for the season. Mating has been witnessed several times since 33 returned and joined Maya in the bay, and eggs are expected very soon. Usually it is around two weeks after the ospreys’ return to the laying of the first egg. However, last season there was just nine days between the pair returning and eggs appearing, which surprised us at the time! This means that it may be as early as the first week in April when we see an egg.

33 with a new stick

33 with a new stick

Maya with nest material

Maya with nest material

Nest material

More nest material

Moving a stick together

Rearranging sticks

Mating

Mating

 

It won’t be long until we begin our season of events at the Lyndon Nature Reserve! Our first event is a bird ringing demonstration which has already sold out. The next event is on Sunday 1st May and is one for the early birds – a dawn chorus walk! The walk will end with a delicious cooked breakfast. There are only three spaces remaining – click here to book!

Lyndon reserve at dawn

Lyndon reserve at dawn

 

Osprey Cruises on the Rutland Belle begin at the end of May. We are looking forward to these with anticipation, as last year’s cruises were all fantastic, with incredible sightings of ospreys flying by and catching fish. The first cruise is on Saturday 28th May. Click here to book now!

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