It’s been a dreich* (dismal) day here at Loch of the Lowes with endless rain. Our female Osprey, affectionately known as Lady/Isla/Marge, has been stoically incubating the eggs and is absolutely drookit (soaked) as a result. She has given herself a good shoogle (shake) to try and dry off but our male, sometimes known Laddie or Newman, has been out of sight for most of the afternoon. He was hunting over the loch this morning and tried to catch a fish but failed, which is not unusual as it can take a number of attempts before being successful. Just before 5pm he flew over the nest with a large headless fish to show or tease her, either way she hasn’t got it yet!
On the loch itself the Swallows and Sand Martins have been zooming over the surface eating all the bugs they can get, lets hope some of them are midgies as we’re only days away from when they start biting. A Teal briefly appeared just in front of the hides before disappearing again, we are seeing them regularly so perhaps they’re nesting nearby.
A few of you have been asking about the Scots words I use, so here’s a link to the online Scots dictionary to find out more:
* A dreich day usually means it’s overcast with lots of rain all day!