We apologize for the quality of the webcam images over the weekend, we were experiencing problems with the set up and the weather was having an adverse effect. It is now a lot clearer.
On saturday morning the two eyasses were ringed by George a Raptor Study Group ringer. He was very quick and it only took 25 mins in total. At first the falcon was alarm calling and flying around the nest site but she settled down after George was out of site. The tiercel didn’t seem that bothered at the ringing, maybe he is getting used to it at 14 years old.
George weighed the two eyasses and they are the same weight, which indicates that the adults are doing a good job feeding and giving equal measures of prey items. The two eyasses are young tiercel’s, one can tell by the size of their talons. The falcon would be a lot thicker in the legs of the talons.
I was having a good chat to George and it was interesting to find out that the Falls of Clyde fledglings have been found at Talla Reservoir in the Moffat Valley and also near St Mary’s Loch, Moffat Valley. This is quite a large distance to travel. On average the fledglings will travel 60 miles to find new territories.
Tom Hall – Species Protection Officer