Move over Rover!

A welcome walk down to Waderscrape hide this afternoon proved that spring really is in full swing. Paul and I were treated to an array of summer visitors who were strutting their stuff – Blackcaps, Willow Warblers, Chiffchaffs and Whitethroat were all making themselves known. They’ve arrived just in time for the first of our Dawn Chorus walks on the Lyndon Nature reserve this Saturday 27th April. An early start will be rewarded by the sound of a memorable dawn chorus followed by a well-earned breakfast. There are still tickets available so if you fancy joining us click here.

When we arrived in the hide it was great to see both Ospreys on the Manton Bay nest. 5R was obviously enjoying his incubating duties because the female began hinting that a changeover was well overdue. As the video below shows he was eventually encouraged to vacate the nest cup.

After we spent some time in the hide, getting our ‘Osprey fix’ for the day, we collected the monitoring sheets from the last few days and headed back to the centre. Our many volunteers do a fantastic job of recording Osprey behaviour and we are able to gather some really interesting information from round-the-clock monitoring. For example, since the first egg was laid on 10th April, 5R has spent forty-four hours and fifty-three minutes incubating the eggs, with the female taking care of the rest. We are also able to learn about 5R’s fishing habits. In previous years he has been consistently catching more trout than roach, possibly reflecting the abundance of both species in the reservoir. So far this season, as the fishing chart below shows, he continues to be a creature of habit.

Fish Caught between 30th March and 24th April 2013

 

One response to “Move over Rover!”

  1. m rudrum

    might this be because of the cold spring weather in relation to when the osprey’s turned up. The roach may be swimming lower and out of range? i would be interested if this trend continues month on month.
    4 years ago i read a book by the Bassenthwaite osprey project and at the time perch were the lunch of choice by far.