Yesterday, Maya spent a long time meticulously positioning the sticks around the nest. Both birds have done a bit of nest rearranging again today, however, they have completely ignored the huge stick that is directly in the way!
We do hope that stick gets moved soon, as it rather impedes our view!
The newly zoomed in camera is fabulous, and we are getting very excited about the imminent arrival of the first chick! Today is day 35 in the incubation cycle, so it could be any day now. In Maya’s four years of breeding, her first chick has always hatched either 39 or 40 days after the first egg was laid. This means that the day of hatching should be Sunday or Monday… of course, we can never be certain… but when it happens, we’ll be there to press record!
33 has just come back with a large roach! He was away for over an hour, but it has been quite windy today, and the reservoir is looking quite choppy, so it will have been tough for him out there.
Our education team have been buzzing with the praise that they received after World Osprey Week, which was a huge success! They are now busy both visiting schools and with school visits to the reserve, and are doing a superb job of inspiring children and teachers with the world of Ospreys! Whissendine Primary School has been so taken by Ospreys and the Project they have established an Osprey Club! This afternoon, the team visited the school for the final day of Osprey Club, and presented them with these fabulous cakes, made specially by volunteer Jan Warren.
If you’re a teacher who would like to learn more about how you can incorporate Ospreys into your teaching, why not register for our teacher training day in July. Click here for more information!