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By Marie Dipple on April 17, 2019
As our Satellite tracking pages are in the process of being updated, I thought I would drop by and say that we have our three musketeers all safely back in Rutland! 4K FINALLY came back last week after dragging his heels initially, S1 and 30 are more proactive about the breeding season and returned a while before.
It truly is a remarkable journey, regardless of how long it may take them. With any luck we could see 4K and S1 breed successfully this year and push our chick totals up towards the 200 mark over the next couple of years. We think Maya might be the strongest contender for hatching the 150th chick at Rutland water, as she was the first to lay and is currently on 4 eggs!
We’re waiting patiently for all our birds to return, we’re only a couple away now, and the season is set to be a roaring success… watch this space!
Posted in Rutland Osprey Blog
By Marie Dipple on April 16, 2019
In the nest this morning, Maya is sitting quietly incubating her 4 eggs and peacefully watching the day unfold. She is soon unintentionally divebombed by her husband bringing in a huge stick to add to the nest. She flies off a couple of seconds later leaving him to tidy up the mess and take over incubation for a little while!
By Marie Dipple on April 14, 2019
The Easter holidays are in full swing, your to-do lists are getting longer and longer, whilst the creativity is dwindling for ideas to entertain your offspring.. well have no fear! Lyndon Visitor’s centre is here! We’re about to launch our Easter trail on our beautiful reserve which will teach families and kids all about new life and the baby animals you can expect to see out and about this Spring! The challenge is to find all 12 clues and put them all together to find the secret password! If you guess it right there’s a prize at the end! We also have an indoor fun Egg-themed fact finding challenge, should the weather be too foul or the little legs too tired! We will be running the trail from Monday 15th April till Sunday 28th April, it’s £3 a go, and in return you’ll receive activity sheets and a final prize of an Easter egg and official Rutland Osprey wristband! There’s plenty of other activities going on from the center too, including I-spy games, colouring and Osprey mask making.
For when the madness of the Easter holidays have died down, and you’re wanting to get out and about, enjoy the beautiful spring and summer evenings, or the stunning bright mornings, we are also running a whole schedule of Osprey Cruises out on Rutland water! These 90 minute cruises will take you on a tour of Rutland water, showcasing the wildlife and history of the reserves, helping you relax but also inspiring you and perhaps you might see something you’ve never seen before! There’s even the chance to get refreshments on board and enjoy a glimpse of the infamous Ospreys! Check out our facebook page for the full list of events and book your place with us now! Places are selling fast! You can also find the info on the cruises on our main website ‘Book your cruise place’ page https://www.ospreys.org.uk/events/ it’s a fantastic opportunity to unwind, learn about nature and see some fantastic wildlife up close as you’ve never seen it before!
See you there!
Posted in Rutland Osprey Blog
By Marie Dipple on April 11, 2019
All the excitement of the new spring and new life is all around us, we’re starting to warm up for Easter Sunday and prepare to consume our body-weight in Easter eggs… and Maya was celebrating with her own little calcium-bound jewels too, three beautiful eggs which she laid earlier this week! She looked fairly settled after the arrival of the third and we were all settled to wait it out until hatching date… But Maya had other ideas!
At 9.05 this morning, Maya had been shuffling around for half an hour after a swap over with 33… she stepped to one side and revealed a fourth egg! She better start piling on the pounds over Easter like we all will be, if she’s going to keep her energy levels up for rearing those hungry chicks when they hatch! With any luck they’ll all grow and fledge… looks like she’s going to be the owner of the 150th chick trophy this season! keep up the good work Maya we’re Egg-static up in Osprey HQ! (Sorry)
By Marie Dipple on April 10, 2019
After a long night incubating her precious eggs to keep them toasty, Maya was ready for a break; this morning, 33 came back and took over from her at 10am whilst Maya flew off, returning 20 minutes later with some sticks for their nest!
Credit: Eleanor Hanning (work experience placement!)