This is just a quick update to say that Samson and Freya are still with us but are often spending much of the day out of immediate sight so there’s little to report……except that Freya went visiting the neighbours on 5 Jul and intruded on an osprey nest full of chicks at Kielder, much to the annoyance of the resident female. For the full story, read the link below.
She returned home later on and was probably just exploring slightly further afield than normal. She might have even hoped to snatch an unguarded bit of fish, but no such luck! The low level of water in the Teviot and other sites they use must make fishing more difficult, so some wandering is not surprising but it at least answers the questions as to whether or not she knows her way back to her own nest area.
There’s a definite lull at present but I still expect the pair to stay for a few more weeks yet. I cannot guarantee a good time to see them as they have no routine that I can recognise. It feels more like cat and mouse than birdwatching but it’s worth the frustration of their absence when they do deign to show themselves. They are very comfortable with each other and always seem to come back to the nest area overnight which augurs well for next year. Let us hope that we can enjoy seeing them for a little while longer before they set off on their migration.
15 July 2018