Today is the first day of World Osprey Week, and what better way to celebrate than with the news that Maya has now laid a third egg in the Manton Bay nest? If you were watching the webcam at around 2:20pm yesterday afternoon you might have caught a glimpse of the newly-laid egg.
Now that Maya and 33 have a full clutch of three eggs barely a minute will pass without one of the birds sitting low in the nest. Maya will do most of the incubation, with 33 taking over from time-to-time to give her a break. His other key role, of course, is to catch fish. With such a well-located nest, 33 doesn’t usually have to go far to catch a meal, but yesterday he was one of three birds that caught fish at Horn Mill Trout Farm. Photographers have been treated to some amazing views of fishing Ospreys so far this year. Be sure to check out the River Gwash Trout farm’s twitter feed for all the latest photos or to find out about how to book your place in their photographic hide.
The Manton Bay webcam provides a wonderful and very unique view of the day-to-day life at an Osprey nest and we have devised a series of lesson plans that schools can use in conjunction with the camera (or any other Osprey webcam for that matter). Osprey incubation could make a great Osprey study – how long does each bird incubate for? How often do they change over? By registering your school for World Osprey Week you can access these resources for both primary and secondary school totally free. To see the full list, click here. As a taster, here is a link to the teacher notes for ‘Watching Ospreys‘. You could even think about entering your school’s study into the Osprey Behaviour Study or Scientific Study category in our Osprey Festival in June.
As part of the preparation for WOW, our first Osprey ambassadors have recently visited Lyndon. Louie from Casterton Primary School and Max and Isaac from Catmose College (Oakham) enjoyed a trip to Waderscrape hide to see Maya and 33 on a lovely sunny day in late March. Then yesterday we were joined by Bella from The Bythams School and Jaz from CBEC College (Great Casterton). Their visit coincided with Maya laying the third egg – what brilliant timing!
The reserve’s Wild Skills group have also been getting involved in WOW. Following a presentation from Ken, Jackie and Pete the group were given the task of designing and planning the construction of a portable 3D map of the reserve showing the hides, centres and other important locations for the Osprey Project. We’re looking forward to seeing what they come up with!
If your school is getting involved in WOW we’d love to hear from you. You can send us an email by clicking here.