Pass the trout

Wow, last night’s osprey cruise was another amazing one! There was an osprey in view almost all the time! Ken Davies will be writing about his experience on the cruise as our Education Team were leading this one – look out for his blog soon!

There is only one cruise left this year that still has availability – Saturday 26th August. Click here to book your place!

28(10) (JW)

28(10) (JW)

 

Sadly, 2AN has still not been seen anywhere around the area. The last confirmed sighting of her was Saturday morning. Our volunteers are keeping a keen eye when monitoring in Manton Bay, and are hoping that she will make an appearance soon. Two weeks ago, 2AN was seen flying higher and higher, spiralling upwards and gaining in altitude until the volunteers could barely see her, which is standard pre-migration behaviour. Perhaps she was testing the water, so to speak, and getting ready? It’s extremely early for her to have migrated, and it’s therefore unlikely that this is the case. However, ospreys are forever proving us wrong and doing things we don’t expect, so it’s not beyond the realms of possibility that she could have begun her southwards journey, and this is what we can all hope against hope has happened.

Here is the last footage we have of 2AN on the nest, at 05:18 last Saturday morning.

2AN is on the right

2AN is on the right

 

In the absence of 2AN, her brother is getting all the fish! Yesterday morning’s came in at 06:17, and 2AM hungrily went to grab it. He fumbled with it a bit, and even with part of its head missing it jumped around the nest!

33 with roach

Later on, when 2AM had finished, Maya took the roach away to eat some herself.

Mya flies off with fish

There wasn’t another fish delivery all day! Just before 5pm 2AM was on the nest getting very animated, as though a fish was coming in. However, no fish, or any osprey apart from 2AM, appeared on the nest all evening.

2AM waited

2AM waited

And waited

And waited

And waited. But no fish came.

And waited. 

 

This morning, though, like clockwork 33 delivered a lovely large trout at 06:13. 2AM had been waiting impatiently on the nest again, rearranging some sticks to keep himself amused!

2AM moving sticks

2AM moving sticks

 

In anticipation of the fish delivery, Maya landed on the nest, closely followed by 2AM, then 33 flew in with the trout. It was a bit like pass the parcel, as Maya took the trout from 33, then 2AM took it from her!

Pass the trout

Pass the trout

 

Here’s 2AM coming in to the nest after having had a bath! He was very wet and seemed to be using the breeze to dry his feathers!

2AM

2AM

 

He’s certainly a handsome young osprey.

Handsome boy

2AM sunrise

Outside the Lyndon Centre by the pond, the recent sunshine has seen an increase in the number of butterflies we see on the thriving plant-life that grows there. Their favourite flower is hemp-agrimony, which is a tall perennial of the daisy family. Its pink frothy flowers are incredibly attractive to butterflies, such as this comma photographed today!

Comma (Kayleigh Brookes)

Comma (Kayleigh Brookes)

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Red admirals are also commonly seen outside the Lyndon Centre, plus small tortoiseshells, brimstones, gatekeepers and peacocks.

Red admiral (Kayleigh Brookes)

Red admiral (Kayleigh Brookes)