Last week I reported that satellite tagged bird FK8 had not managed to find any large water bodies and didn’t really appear to be following any river courses yet on her travels, as she explores the Tweed Valley area. She must have taken the hint because on 19th August she took herself on a tour of the Yarrow Valley along to St. Mary’s Loch and then she checked out Megget Reservoir.
She tends to fly across the hill tops at a good altitude which will give her a great panoramic view of the landscape and from here she will be able to pinpoint water courses and landmarks as she makes a mental map of the region for future reference.
Her next notable journey was a larger circular flight than her previous trip last week around Windlestraw Law and Caberston Forest. This time she took a wider circle extending further north on 24th August above Peatrig Hill in the Moorfoots. From up there, she was a mere osprey wing flap away from Gladhouse Reservoir to the northwest and she could even possibly make out the coastline to the east. She must be comfortably getting her bearings about the neighbourhood now and her confidence for flight trips must surely be increasing.
Has mum gone?
Has the sudden interest in checking out water bodies coincided with the departure of her mum? We assume she must have left by now and if Dad is still around, he will be providing less fish for his offspring as they strive towards independence.
End of season 2014
The 2014 osprey season is drawing to a close and it has been a very eventful soap opera. There have been many sightings of Tweed Valley birds, tragedy for the main nest, absentee parents from our normal back up nest, new parents on the ‘back up nest number 2’ and the superb tracking of the newly fledged FK8. The season always goes by so fast and it seems like only yesterday we were getting excited awaiting the return of the ospreys for spring.
It is with great fondness that we will always remember the unringed partner of white leg SS that raised 26 chicks in the main nest site. Here is a superb photo of the happy couple taken by Angus Blackburn two years ago. We celebrated their tenth anniversary with the children of St. Ronan’s Primary School by writing their story in the Osprey Time Flies Book, so at least she won’t be forgotten for the part she played in expanding the Borders osprey population.
We will continue to bring updates about where our tracked bird is throughout the rest of the year and tell her story as she journeys south and spends the winter in Africa. We hope that she makes her first migration successfully, it is a hazardous journey and we wish her well.
Thank you to all the wonderful volunteers that make this project so interesting for all of the visitors to the centres as they recount the tales of the Tweed Valley Osprey sagas. We hope that you will all return next year just like the ospreys.
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