While it is still too soon to say for certain, it would appear our female osprey, LF15, has headed off on migration.
There has been no sign of her all day while all three juveniles and the male have been clear to see, either perched in their favourite trees or on the nest. Last year she flew away on 7th August so her departure is not unexpected.
Females are the first of the family to leave, having completed their job of laying eggs and incubating and protecting their young until they can fly. Ever since her chicks fledged (took their first flight) LF15 has been more aloof, preferring to perch in a tree on the side of the loch and fishing for herself. She has been building up her muscles and strength in preparation for the arduous journey south.
The recent blustery winds may have kept her here longer than usual but this morning there was barely a breeze ruffling the surface of the loch.
Has she left us? Only time will tell. If she has, we wish her a safe, smooth migration and look forward with heartfelt wishes to her return next Spring.