It’s a wonderfully sunny wednesday up at Osprey HQ and the stage is perfectly set for the long awaited return of 33 to his marital nest and his frustrated other half… Maya has been feeding very well in the reservoir and at the nearby trout farm, catching some real whoppers, roach and trout helping her gather her energy for the coming breeding season. Watching her on the nest yesterday was fascinating, as she was exhibiting a behaviour common to many birds, known as scraping. Commonly, ground nesting birds or, like the Ospreys, birds which have a large nest cup composed of moss and small twigs, the bird will lean over onto its keel (breastbone), balancing on its front, and use its large talons as a rake to kick out excess nesting material. In essence, the Osprey is making a shallow depression within her nest cup which she can lay her eggs in, and nestle on top of to incubate them over the spring. Maya is an excellent architect and has had a huge success rate in raising 8 chicks with her current man 33 since 2015. She is a very protective mother and takes her nesting duties very seriously.
Whilst waiting for the return of 33 she has been keeping the place clean and tidy and looking after herself… enjoying the last bit of me time before he comes back. There will be some ruffled feathers when he decides to turn up! He’s probably found an Osprey stag-do to drop in on his way home… boys will be boys… In the meantime another female, S6 was spotted over at the Hornmill Trout farm today: she is a breeding female that attempted to breed last year but failed, let’s hope she’ll have more success this year!
And obviously, our website is back to normal.. we shall be keeping one eye on it, and another glued to the skies for the silhouettes of our returning Ospreys yet to come home! As for our lovely lady Maya nesting in Manton, you can still catch her on the webcams, she’s so brave and independent, oh how I adMaya her fortitude! (Pun of the week will be available to tut at in Lyndon centre too!)