This past week, I have noticed a flurry of activity from birds and other wildlife alike. Whether it is the buzzing of bumblebees, the persistent calling of a male Great Tit, or the flitting of Orange-Tip Butterflies from flower to flower in the garden, for me, are sure signs that spring is finally here. And of course, the presence of the wonderful Ospreys at Rutland Water only solidifies that spring is well underway.
This week Maya and 33(11) have settled down to a routine of incubating an amazing clutch of FOUR eggs! Osprey eggs will hatch in the order that they are laid after an incubation period of around 37 days. Based on this, we could expect the first egg to hatch sometime during the first week of May! If and when all four eggs hatch, I have no doubt that Maya and 33 will be up to the challenge of keeping them all fed and safe, for they managed it fantastically last year.