Tuesday, 13 May 2008

Basking in Sunshine

Spring really does seem to have arrived at last here in the Tweed Valley with glorious sunshine and warm weather the norm in this last week. Our birds have been basking and enjoying the warmth, though at times they pant to keep themselves cool as there is no shade at the nest. This is because the birds prefer an very exposed nest site where they can get 360 degree views and be prepared for anything!

The nest visible on the camera is atop a very high tree, on which was fixed a platform some years ago as part of the projects' active encouragement of the birds in this region. We like to think of these nesting platforms as 'starter kit homes' for Ospreys and they have been very successful here in the Borders and across Scotland in encouraging birds to take up residence.

Incubation continues and we are anxiously awaiting hatching- the earliest possible date for this would be approximately the 20th May so not long now!

Elsewhere at the centres we now have blue tits with eggs on nestcam at Kailzie and swallows sitting at Glentress. Don't forget our free guided nature walks this weekend at Glentress on Saturday and Kailzie on Sunday- see below for details.All are welcome- come and discover the wildlife in your backyard!!

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