It was one of those mornings that when you drive down the hill to the Lyndon Visitor Centre with views over Rutland Water and the sun shining that we all appreciate how lucky we are to be involved with the Osprey Project and working on the shore of Rutland Water.
And it’s been all go at the Lyndon Nature Reserve today…
A Duke of Edinburgh group visited this morning who are doing the volunteering part of their gold award. Each month they spend time at the Nature Reserve with volunteer co-ordinator, Becky Corby, learning about different aspects of its management and the habitats and species within it. We spoke to them about the project and more particularly about the Osprey Flyways Project and the importance of education in the protection of migratory species. We then headed down to the hides to view the Ospreys and learn about the monitoring which the volunteers do from Waderscrape. We were treated to some fantastic views of 5R dive-bombing a group of Greylag Geese before he headed off East, returning shortly afterwards with a medium sized Roach.
As we were in the hide we got a call from Tim who had had a report of a pair of Red-necked Phalarope in Manton Bay. We couldn’t spot them from Waderscrape hide, but once in Shallow Water we were joined by local recorder, Matthew Berriman, who soon picked them up right in the middle of Manton Bay and directly in front of the hide. They have stayed in Manton Bay all afternoon and visitors to both hides have had excellent views. The Red-necked Phalarope usually spends it’s summer much further north in the Arctic, with plentiful numbers in Iceland, Scandinavia and some in the Shetland Islands. So these two are just a bit late on their flight north.
As has become the norm, 5R has been bringing Roach back to the nest in abundance. Although he has slowed down a little bit from his four fish by 11am last week, he has just brought in the fourth fish of the day. All three chicks are continuing to grow well and are becoming more and more curious of their surroundings as they plod around the nest, often getting far too close to the edge for comfortable viewing! We even saw the first ‘wing flap’ from one of them!