It’s most definitely springtime, today! The Rutland Osprey Team is back for another season, the sun is shining over Lyndon, and the feeders are positively heaving with Finches, Buntings, Tits and Tree Sparrows.
And that can mean only one thing: the Ospreys will be back at Manton Bay, Rutland soon!
The opening date of the Lyndon Centre is Monday 17th March 2014. From here, you’ll be able to see the birds (when they get back!) for yourself from one of our hides, as well as chat to our lovely staff, and maybe treat yourself to an ice cream (or two!).
To celebrate the return of the birds this year, we’re running a bit of a competition. We want you to guess:
What day will the first Osprey arrive back at the Manton Bay nest?
We want your guesses on the arrival date, to the nearest hour (e.g. 8th March, 13:00). You can either comment on the bottom of this blog post, or let us know via Facebook.
Only one entry per person! The closing date is Midnight on the 16th March, provided the Ospreys haven’t already returned!
When you come and see us this year, you’ll be greeted by some old, as well as new, faces. Here’s a bit about the team:
Kayleigh – “This is my first season at Rutland Water. I spent last season at RSPB Loch Garten in Scotland, and enjoyed being a part of the wonderful world of Ospreys! In my role as Osprey Project Information Officer, I am very much looking forward to meeting you during the 2014 season here at Rutland.”
Lucy – “This year, as Outreach Officer for the project, I’ll be running a lot of the children’s educational activities at the Lyndon Reserve, as well as some fun events for families and birders alike. We’re going to be heading into schools, working with volunteers and making sure that the next generation of naturalists get the most out of their time with the Osprey Project.”
Paul – “Back for my 9th season with the Rutland Ospreys. This year I shall be taking overall responsibility for the day-to-day running of the project at Lyndon. I am looking forward to seeing many of the old faces, along with many new ones, and you can be assured you will get to know all the news about our 2014 West Africa trip.”
We’ll be adding more information about the Osprey Project team, too, and you’ll be able to read their personal updates from the Osprey Project on the blog.
Kayleigh, Paul & Lucy