Great news! Maya arrived back on the nest at 10.39 this morning (14th March). She battled wind speeds of up to 50mph to reach Manton Bay, and was only on the nest for a few minutes before disappearing again, presumably to find herself a meal.
Seconds before she arrived, a pair of Egyptian Geese were cosily resting on the nest – not for long though! Maya is experienced in seeing off geese and today was no exception.
When Maya turned her head, we got to see the cross on the back of her head, which is her most distinguishing feature, since she is an unringed bird.
Maya arrived back on March 12th last year, and we were expecting her to be delayed this year due to the weather. She has surprised us all by turning up this early with storm Gareth raging over the reservoir. Maya’s mate 33 arrived back on this day last year, so we are now keeping our fingers crossed for his safe return too! Keep your eyes on the webcam as he could get back any time now.