The ospreys in Manton Bay continue to go through life at a steady pace. 33 is catching plenty of fish, and both birds have been bringing in little bits of nest material and sticks, to ensure the nest is looking its best and is comfortable for when the chicks arrive! Hatching is now only just over two weeks away! In the blink of an eye the incubation period has flown by, and the birds have already undergone three weeks of it. They’re doing a brilliant job of incubating, one or the other of them is constantly on the eggs, and sometimes both of them are!
Here is the tail end of a fish delivery yesterday!
Thanks to work experience student, James, we now know what proportions of fish species 33 has been bringing in recently. James analysed the first month’s worth of monitoring forms, and created this lovely pie chart showing the species of fish 33 has caught. The most numerous is trout, of course, as that’s the species Anglian Water fill the reservoir with each year.
Today there was a bit of excitement when an intruding osprey flew over the bay. 33 had come to sit by Maya and was mantling slightly, looking skywards. After a while, Maya became unsettled too and rose to her feet, mantling alongside 33 as they both looked up. We then saw the silhouette of an osprey fly over the nest on the wide angle camera, heading east. As soon as it was a safe distance away, Maya settled back onto the eggs and normal business resumed.
Later on, there was another intrusion from an osprey that came much closer to the nest than the previous one! 33 had left the bay, and from the visitor centre an osprey was spotted flying back towards Manton Bay, at the same time as Maya was looking rather concerned on the nest. Then 33 flew in, and almost immediately another osprey swooped past the nest. The tail of the intruder can be seen in this video below.
The pair defended the nest admirably, and it wasn’t long before the intruder disappeared, leaving Maya and 33 in peace.
In other news, spring is in full swing in Gibbet’s Gorse on the Lyndon Nature Reserve, just look at these photographs of the bluebells that are carpeting the floor in the woodland! Thanks to Paul Stammers for these amazing shots.