It has been reasonably quiet up at the peregrine site these past few days leaving little to report. Both peregrines have been spending a lot of time preening themselves in the patches of sunshine, leaving little time to go out hunting, instead choosing to raid their larder supplies on this side of the gorge when feeling peckish.
On Thursday we were pleased to see the pair performing more courtship behavior including bowing, beak ‘kissing’ and nest scraping on the eyrie the female has seemingly picked out, so this could suggest there is still a possibility the pair may be inclined to lay another clutch of eggs this season however, we will have to wait and see. The female has been spending a lot of time on the eyrie last used in 2008 and has been seen doing some nest scraping and even having a go at some gardening by sorting out the vegetation growing on the ledge. All promising signs from the pair since abandoning the first eyrie of the season, we will keep an eye on them and report any further developments directly to you!
In other news, many great spotted woodpeckers have been flying around the watch point and making lots of noise, adult pairs will be actively feeding their young at the moment with frantic dashes made between the surrounding woodland and their nests catching a variety of insects to keep up with the insatiable appetite of the growing young.
Bye for now!
Alex Kekewich – Falls of Clyde Seasonal Ranger