We have been waiting impatiently all day for the second egg to be laid, but there is still only one! Of course, Maya may not lay the second egg until later this evening or even tomorrow, as it can be three days between eggs. Last season, the eggs were laid on 15th, 17th and 20th April, so two and then three days apart. However, we cannot contain our excitement each time she stands up, just in case there are two eggs lying there underneath her!
33 has excelled himself at fishing again today, as usual! He caught an enormous trout from the reservoir late this morning, and was seen from the Lyndon Centre carrying it back to the bay, where he sat on one of the large dead trees near Waderscrape and Tufted Duck hides to eat the head. Cormorants often sit in these trees in quite large groups, but just occasionally an osprey will join them! When he had finished his share of the fish, 33 flew to the nest and gave the rest to Maya, who took it off to eat on the T-perch.
As it was such a huge fish, 33 hadn’t quite eaten half of it, and Maya couldn’t possibly finish the rest by herself! When she’d had enough she brought it back, and it ended up being left on the side of the nest for a while.
We have been receiving several comments and concerns about the egg being left uncovered for lengths of time, particularly in the evenings. We assure you that this is quite normal. Ospreys will begin to incubate as soon as the first egg is laid, however, this is often sporadic until they have a full clutch of three. It is not until that point that incubation will be continuous. Until then it is not uncommon for the first and even second egg to be left uncovered several times during the day, and it does not do them any harm, it may just slightly delay the initial development so that hatching is closer together. This is why last season, eggs one and two were laid two days apart, but hatched only one day apart. Also, in 2013, the first two eggs were laid two days apart, but hatched on the same day. Maya has raised 14 chicks so far in Manton Bay since 2010, and 33 did a superb job of raising his first three last year. Please do not worry – they know what they are doing!