Last week we were excited to discover that 6K(14) had arrived at Rutland Water! 6K hatched in 2014 and fledged from a nest on private land. This year it appears he is raising the stakes (or sticks) and has found himself a nest! Over the past couple of days he has started to build up the nest on lagoon 4, which is situated on the Egleton side of the reserve. He has even given visitors great views as he built up his nest and enjoyed a fish on the perch.
This is the same nest that 51(11) and 3J(13) attempted to breed on in 2016. After laying the pair were harassed by geese and eventually the egg was destroyed, this led to the pair leaving the nest and going their separate ways. Only yesterday news broke that 3J has laid an egg in Wales with the resident male. It’s great news to hear that a Rutland bird, which has failed here is having success somewhere else.
As for 33 and Maya they don’t seem at all concerned about their new neighbour, hopefully 6K can establish himself on the nest, find a mate and maybe in the future successfully breed.