I spoke too soon ! Not only has the weather been great since I posted, but two guests this week have seen an Osprey fishing in the lake. Not sure if they saw the same bird each time, as two have been seen together at Leighton Moss apparently. This bodes well for the future…..
Our resident female Marsh Harrier has taken to spending more time away from the nest, perched on a favourite dead tree waiting for the male to return from hunting. When he does, she flies to meet him and he passes over the catch which she will then usually take back to the nest for the chicks. To be able to watch them do this tricky aerial maneouver repeatedly is quite amazing. Soon the chicks will be flying around the reed bed – can’t wait to see how many these clever parents have raised this year.
PS. Martin, your unidentified butterfly was almost certainly a Ringlet.