We were up early at Lyndon today for our Dawn Chorus event, which began at 5am! Reserve Officer Lloyd Park and Field Officer John Wright led guided walks on the reserve, where we heard around 30 different species singing, including blackcap, garden warbler, lesser whitethroat and treecreeper. We also paid a visit to Waderscrape hide, getting great views of our ospreys, as well as singing sedge warbler and reed bunting, which were both showing beautifully just in front of the hide.
It began to drizzle as we were heading back to the Visitor Centre, but thankfully Information Officer Paul Stammers and his excellent volunteer team were busy at the centre making bacon and egg rolls to warm us up on our arrival!
The rain continued on and off throughout the day, which has meant slightly soggy views on our osprey webcam. 33 bought in a large trout just before 6am this morning and sat eating the head on the T-perch. At around half 7 he bought it to the nest for Maya, but as he landed Maya left the nest to chase off a large gull who was mobbing 33 for the fish. She quickly returned, took the fish to the T-perch and started eating, only to be mobbed again a short while later. She left the perch to chase off the gull for a second time, and the fish unfortunately slipped off the perch! So whilst they have both had a bit to eat today, it was not quite the enormous feast they must have been expecting when 33 bought back the trout.
33 has been extra keen to incubate today, although Maya has not always been happy to oblige! She nudged him off the nest at lunchtime, after 5 minutes of standing next to him where he refused to budge.
The rain finally seems to have cleared now, although the water is still choppy and the sky still cloudy. Tomorrow is thankfully looking like a finer day for our pair, who we expect are now entering the final week of incubation before their first chick hatches!