Storm in a teacup

Well it’s certainly been a very wet and windy bank holiday Monday! The weather has put a lot of people off visiting today, understandably, but those who did visit had brilliant views of our Manton Bay osprey pair, Maya and 33(11)! Fortunately, the weather improved during the afternoon, and more visitors flooded through the doors to see our fabulous ospreys and chat to staff and volunteers about them!

It is wonderful to have both birds back together again. We didn’t expect them back so soon, as last year they returned on 6th April, so they are over a week early. This is brilliant, as it means we don’t have to worry about them, as we admittedly did last year, and the season can now get off to a running start.

Maya and 33 spent most of the morning sharing a large fish, which 33 caught just after 07:00. The pair took turns eating this huge meal, taking it to and from the nest and the T-perch.

Both birds, Maya holding the fish

Both birds, Maya holding the fish

Maya flying off with fish

Maya flying off with fish

Bringing it back again

Bringing it back again

Back to the nest with the fish

Back to the nest with the fish

 

A couple of times during the day, an intruding osprey was seen flying through the bay. Both times the bird was unidentifiable, but it made Maya and 33 rush back to the nest and mantle furiously, protecting their territory.

Maya flying in - intruder about!

Maya flying in – intruder about!

33 dropping in to join her

33 dropping in to join her

 

Apart from the two intrusions, which didn’t last very long or come to anything, it has been a fairly quiet day. 33 has had no reason to go fishing again, as the one he caught in the morning lasted all day! They have both brought some sticks to the nest today, and they will be busy in the coming days and weeks building it up with more sticks and material in preparation for eggs, which should appear in roughly two weeks’ time. It’s so exciting!

Stick delivery

Stick delivery

33 positions the stick

33 positions the stick