It’s been another windy one! The weather is almost like summer, if only that wind would stop blowing so forcefully. The reserve is beginning to look more colourful, and the buttercups are making an appearance – it won’t be long before the meadows are awash with yellow! There was a lot of lovely sound around as I wandered down the reserve today, warblers warbling, blackbirds harmonising, and there were several swifts about, calling as they flew with that high-pitched shriek that is so characteristic of the species, and resonant of summer. Here are a couple of photos taken on the reserve today.
The wind didn’t stop 33 bringing in another big roach today, at about 09:30. It also didn’t affect the speed of his success, as it didn’t take him very long to catch it! One minute he was incubating, the next he was gone, and the next he was back again!
After Maya had taken the fish away, 33 settled down to incubate the eggs.
Maya returned after she’d had enough fish, and left the remains of it on the nest. 33 was enjoying incubating too much to move though! Eventually he did get up and he took the remains of the fish off to finish, and Maya sat back on the eggs.
This morning, whilst 33 was doing a shift of incubation, Maya arrived at the nest with a big stick!
Then later on, whilst Maya was incubating, 33 brought one!
It’s great that the birds are so dedicated to their parental duties, especially 33 who is new to incubating actual eggs! It will be interesting to see how he copes when he has chicks to care for. It won’t be long now, perhaps only eight or nine days, til the first chick appears and we’ll find out! I’m sure he’ll do a super job.
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