Its been another busy few days here at the peregrine watch, I finally found a break from all the sun soaked visitors to tell you about the peregrines and I don’t have any to tell you about. Worryingly the falcon left at 13:07 and now, just over 6 hours later she has still not returned..
The tiercel has been doing his best to keep incubating the egg in her absence. He made a brief attempt to find his mate, after almost 3 hours at patiently waiting, at 16:01. He flew upstream towards bonnington, calling as he went and returned alone 10 minutes later.
He made a more concerted second attempt at 18:18, this time flying downstream towards New Lanark, this time he left silently and as I started to write this blog he had no returned after nearly an hour. Much to our relief he returned, again without his mate, at 19:11 just a I started the second paragraph. Ive looked height and low and as many places I can see in between but there’s still no sign of her. Its fair to say me and the Sunday volunteers are starting to worry, no ones said it but can tell by the look on their faces we are thinking the same thing…
The only ones enjoying her extended absence are the wood pigeons who have started to settle in the gorge and one has even had the cheek to perch on one of her favorite branches. Hope there’s is better news in the morning. Its going to be a long night..
Hope to see you and falcon real soon.
Adam Murphy – Peregrine Ranger