What a beautiful day it has been today! The sun has been shining, brimstones, green-veined whites and orange-tips have been fluttering around, violets, bugles and primroses are flowering in the verges, and there is the wonderful scent of wild garlic as you walk past the gate. The view from the Centre windows has been, as always, a sight to behold, with tree sparrows, yellowhammers, goldfinches and reed buntings amassing on the feeders, and kestrels flying back and forth across the meadow, which is now carpeted in cow-slips.
If you visited the Centre today, and had not read about our recent troubles at the Osprey nest, you could be forgiven for thinking that nothing had gone wrong. Today gave the impression of domestic bliss. 28 arrived at the nest this morning with a fish, which Maya then took away to eat. He looked a little nervous at first, but then began to incubate the eggs!
Yesterday, the last we saw of both 28 and 33 was a confrontation they had above the nest in the morning. Here are John Wright’s photos of their encounter.
At this point in time, there are more questions than answers. Has 33 finally gotten the message, or will he come back? Has he found his own territory? Is it too late for these eggs? If so, how long will Maya continue to incubate, and will 28 spend the rest of the summer with her? These are questions that we just cannot answer right now. Only time will tell, and when it does, rest assured we will tell you.