The first (recorded) female arrived at the College yesterday morning. She remained on the front of the building near the nesting box for about 20 minutes while the male showed off his flying skills. I only managed a pic from the ground floor with my phone, so just a record shot. I am hoping that the YouTube feed will be up and running again within a couple of weeks. I will post the relevant links when they are live.
A HUGE thank you to the IT Department for getting these up and running!
The links for 2018 are:
First egg: 28-03-18 @ 14-14
Second egg: 31-03-18 @ 07-02
Third egg 02-04-18 @ 16-15
Fourth egg 05-04-18 @ 01-25
First Chick 08-05-18 @ 05-32
Second Chick 08-05-18 @ 07-09
Third Chick 08-05-18 @ 13-45 (Estimated)
Fourth Chick 10-05-18 (Between Midnight & 04-00)
This morning, Tony and I went up to the roof to check the various remains amongst the carnage near the nest and on other feeding points used by the Peregrines this year. Most of the victims were those that one might expect; Pigeons, Starlings and Parakeets. There were a few juvenile Jackdaws, two Lapwing corpses and what looked like a House Sparrow. We also found the head, wings and tail of a Swift. The other interesting find was a dark pink coloured pellet. It was much smaller than the light brown Peregrine variety and seemed to be comprised of insect parts and wing cases, which suggests it might be from a Hobby. Tony took the pellet away and was going to cut it up later on. Here are some pics of the 'finds'.
Post edit: Tony has observed that a Hobby would be unlikely to have been eating small beetles and suchlike. The colour of the pellet could also be the result of insects being sought out in rotten wood. GSW is therefore more likely. We also found a GSW body part nearby. More likely I suppose.
The rest of it
Another Jackdaw head
Could this be a BHG? You might ignore the grey feathers. It is possible they are from a different bird.
Swift in kit form
The mystery pellet
Cleft stick again MC!
Doh! I refrained from mentioning TYPE as did not want to upset you Awh!
Another Frisky Feral bites the dust. Poor Pidge.
Well done Wendy what a whopper of prey for it to tug.
The alternative view
Fantastic , well done MC and Alan for vid , brilliant. Thank you
I'll get it
We are well in to the food passing part of their development, but the occasional treat is still brought to those who refuse to co-operate.
This was at 10-03, so maybe someone can retrieve the footage before it's too late?
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