Picture from a previous year – showing a full clutch of 3 eggs
The Bassenthwaite birds have done it again. On Saturday 10th April the behaviour of the birds changed with both looking a little uncomfortable. The female stood hunched in the nest whilst the male flew around with a fish – but her mind was on higher things!!
Here’s an on-the-spot account by one of the watchers:-
‘There was one bird standing hunched on the edge of the nest looking about. After a time it sat down in the nest with only its head visible. At about 3:30 another osprey flew by carrying a fish. It did not stop at the nest, but flew round a couple of times then went off towards the south. The other bird stood up and looked about, but did not leave the nest. I stayed for about another ½ hour, and nothing further happened. It then started to snow and got very cold, so I came home.’
By Sunday it seemed that the first egg had been laid although mating continued – a sure sign that more eggs are on the way. Eggs are laid at 2 day intervals and so her clutch will have been completed sometime in the middle of that week. She is now sitting tightly.
Crossed fingers for the next month of sitting.