by Lindsey, Wildlife Interpretation Officer
After the egg-citment of the second egg this morning, both birds have continued incubating as normal so we’ve been getting lots of good views of the eggs as they change over. There was an intruder Osprey this morning which skimmed over the nest and the male went and chased some Crows away this afternoon. He continues to be a fidget when he’s incubating, constantly moving stuff around the nest and biffing bits of bark and stick and putting stuff on his back. We saw this behaviour last year and we wonder if its just to keep himself occupied while sitting tight on the eggs.
With Spring (possibly) arriving we’re seeing more and more birds and wildlife appearing, in the Crannog hide we were treated to the wonderful Great Crested Grebe courtship display ending in the male presenting the female with weed and both of the rising out of the water. We’ve also had two pairs of Redpoll at our feeders, Reed Bunting and Reed Warbler in front of the hides and a male Redstart out near the carpark, they nested in one of the boxes last year so hopefully they’ll do it again this year. To cap it all the Beaver swam past the hides first thing this morning.