Another very unpredictable day of mixed weather! It has also been an unpredictable Osprey day – for the first time in a long time there was an intruding Osprey in the bay! Both Maya and 33 were on the nest, 33 was incubating. All had been lovely and peaceful, then we received a call from our volunteers Paul and Marilyn in the hide, telling us an intruder was about! The bird flew above the nest, and came down towards the Manton Bay pair. 33 scrambled up and gave chase. We thought this might be the end of it, but later on the intruder came back!
We thought it might be possible that this bird was either one of our unattached males, or a newly arrived two-year-old! Luckily for us, Bill Kincaid, a visitor to the hide, managed to get some photographs of this intruder. From these, we determined that it was in fact an unringed male, possibly a youngster heading back to Scotland. Thanks to Bill for sharing his photographs!
Maya has done a lot of nest rearranging today, and has at times seemed almost obsessive with her placement of the sticks! She struggled to move some of them into the positions that she wanted, and spent quite a long time at it!
We played around with the zoom today on the nest camera, you may have noticed the change on the webcam! This will really come into its own when the chicks arrive – the picture is superbly sharp and clear!
You will also notice a change when entering our car park, as there is now a welcome difference in the approach to the Visitor Centre. You’ll certainly know you’re in the right place for Ospreys!