Settled at Site B

As Paul reported yesterday, things remain very settled at the Manton Bay nest and it is a relief to be able to report the same for Site B.

After 03(97) reclaimed his nest from 51(11) and 30(10) last week, we were hopeful that his mate would lay a replacement clutch. Having lost her eggs so early in the season there was every chance that this would happen, assuming that the intruding birds stayed away. Fortunately 51 has made only occasional visits to the nest; and has shown none of the aggression of a couple of weeks ago.

51 has made only fleeting visits to Site B in recent days

51 has made only fleeting visits to Site B in recent days

After several days of mating, it was exciting to see the female sitting low in the nest cup for the first time on Sunday evening; a sure sign that she was close to laying another egg. Next morning 03 flew to the nest and when the female took off, he settled down to incubate; confirming that the was an egg in the nest. Since then the two birds have been sharing incubation duties and there is every chance that, by now, the female will have laid a second egg. It is unlikely that she will produce a full clutch of three for a second time, but we won’t know for sure until early June, when, with a bit of luck, the chicks will appear over the edge of the nest. For now it is just great to see the birds incubating again.

03 and the female have been mating regularly since he reclaimed the nest

03 and the female have been mating regularly since he reclaimed the nest

The female began sitting low in the nest on Sunday afternoon

The female began sitting low in the nest on Sunday afternoon

Having been ousted from the Site B nest 51(11) has returned to his favoured haunts of last summer. Let’s hope a female joins him later this year. 30(10) has visited even less frequently suggesting that he too, has set his sights elsewhere.