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Summer school - 'Reserve Expert' day!

Summer school – ‘Reserve Expert’ day!

Over the past two days at the Lyndon Centre our education team from the Rutland Osprey Project have been running a summer school encouraging children to become a ‘Reserve Expert’.
There have been two days full of activities for 8 – 12 and 12 – 16 year olds, generously funded by the Cameron Bespolka Trust, a charity set up to inspire young people to love and appreciate the natural world and so by experiencing the outdoors first hand, they can connect with nature and make a difference to our planet.
Each day has been packed full of activities, from birdringing, where goldcrests, whitethroats, garden warblers, blackcaps, great tits, blackbird and robin were seen.

A walk down to Waderscrape hide afforded wonderful views of the resident ospreys and the four chicks who have all now fledged, but could all be seen around the nest site, each child excitedly filling in their copies of their book ‘Be an Osprey Expert’ and compiling their birdlists.

In teal hide – the reserve’s hub for educational work – the children enjoyed dissecting owl pellets and having lessons on bird identification using visual and sound characteristics.

As children filed home. the visitor centre was filled with the excited buzz of a day filled with fun!

Latest updates from the Manton Bay nest.

Over the last few days we’ve had very changeable weather at the Lyndon site, from blistering heat to heavy rain showers, but this does not seem to have affected the ospreys.
All four Manton Bay chicks – now between 9 and 10 weeks old are still around the nest site, continuing to build up strength through regular flights in and around the bay.
Earlier today 054 and 055 were on the nest sharing a fish – see the clip below – both confidently feeding.

Later Maya, along with 056 and 057 were seen together and we were reassured to see 056 looking fit and well, in the following video you see him calling quite vociferously and all signs of his injury appear to have healed well. 057, despite being the youngest chick is probably the largest chick – encouraging as all four will need to build up their reserves for the long journey ahead.

Heatwaves and Cheeky guests

A scorcher of a day at Mediterranean Manton, with temperatures reaching the 30’s! The early hours saw a few visits from the fledglings, with our recovering rebel 056 who is showing no signs that he ever sustained an injury! In fact, he even treated us to a little sunshine boogie on the edge of the nest! (he’s actually judging distance!)

As the adults and fledglings were seeking shade in the poplars, the empty nest was visited by two inquisitive guests!

All four fledglings are looking healthy and well, gaining more confident in their flying capabilities. They are Almost as big as their parents!

Different Kettle of Fish

Despite the unseasonable weather, today has been a good day for fishing, with both large and small fish being caught. The largest being a beautiful specimen brought to the nest early this afternoon (Approx. 2:10pm) by 33. As soon as the fish touched down, 056 was taking the fish and feeding well, which is very positive considering his recent injury set back. All of the other juveniles have also fed well this afternoon and late last evening, with Maya feeding 057.

056 much better!

Cross-referencing our volunteers in the hide and tracking the footage from the webcams, we have even more positive news about 056’s state of wellbeing! He returned to the nest this afternoon and actually took a fish off his sister 054! He then proceeded to give us a nice view of his now much whiter chest and throat, which shows no further signs of damage. He ate on the nest and flew off happily with the fish, presumable to the poplars to eat the rest of his stolen dinner!