Paul’s morning in Waderscrape Hide

There hasn’t been too much activity from the nest today. 5R has been on a number of fruitless fishing trips today but it wasn’t until 5pm that he actually managed to bring a fish back into Manton Bay.

There has been an intruding Osprey over the nest this afternoon, 5R was out fishing so the Manton Bay female had to leave the nest to chase it off. She soon returned to cover the eggs, only about a week to go now until they are due to hatch so keep your eyes on the webcam.

It’s not often we get the opportunity to do an early shift at Waderscrape Hide, but this morning Paul was fortunate enough to get the chance to watch the nest for a few hours this morning.

This is a brief account of Paul’s morning… ‘it was a very cold start at 0600hrs but it is the best time to be out on the Reserve. After having checked on the location of the Ospreys I scanned around the bay and reedbed in front of the hide .The reedbed was full of displaying sedge warblers and reed buntings then a pair of gadwall landed in the pool infront of the hide.
It was fairly quiet on the Osprey front, the female was incubating and the male was sitting in the fallen Poplar tree. 5R then took a fly around and landed on top of the transmitter; lets hope he has not upset the transmissions back to the centre. Then at about 0730hrs a change over, the female had a fly around the bay, took a couple of dips in the water then spent the next 45 minutes preening on the far shore. The male was very happy to be sitting on the eggs.
Excitement as a hobby flew over the reedbed, then Mark Sims came into the hide and said he had just seen Spotted Flycather near Deep Water Hide, that’s a first for the Reserve this year. On my walk back to the centre at about 0915hrs I saw the Spotted flycatcher in the place Mark had earlier told me about. What a great way to end the shift and start another day in the centre.’

Gadwall in front of Waderscrape Hide