Kingston College Peregrines 2019/2020

Over the past few months I managed to secure funds to extend the rooftop safety rail beyond the nest box. That allowed me to remove the old box, which was about 8 years old and needed replacing. We are in the process of building a new one. This will have two sides and a pitched roof. I have six 20kg bags of pea shingle ready and we are going to move at least two of the cameras next week. However...

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They remained on the side of the building for at least 5 hours.

I borrowed a Canon camera from a member of the public who was hoping to do some filming at the rear of the college. Quid pro quo and all that. He's going to share the files via Google Drive as they were shot in raw. I will add them once I receive them. The photos above were taken with a basic Nikon and a 50mm lens. I borrowed that from the theatre manager!

The problem I now have is, do we have time to complete the construction and installation of the new box? I have not seen the Peregrines together in flight, but they seem happy enough in one another's company. A lot of dining has been taking place near the nest box and we also have to have repairs carried out to the small platform near the nest. I hope the birds aren't so far ahead in their courtship that they are likely to nest. Is that unprecedented? I notice that the Sheffield birds seem to be paired. At least I don't have a shrubbery to deal with! I might have to put back the old box at this rate!

Unicum arbustum haud alit duos erithacos

(One bush does not shelter two Robins)

Zenodotus (3rd Century B.C.)

 

  • Hi Paul it's good to see them both together, I think you still have a time to put the new box in place if it isn't going to take that long, the guys at Sheffield are going to work on their box at some point.
    They said it would be sometime between Sept and the end of November, there will be more disturbance here with the birds being around the box all the time but they've already been disturbed once when they collected the old eggs for analysis and returned no problem, I think the problem Sheffield will have is if they leave it too long the birds may move elsewhere due to the plants growing in the box.

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  • In reply to Alan.:

    Alan. said:
    if they leave it too long the birds may move elsewhere due to the plants growing in the box.

    Chol:):) Alan,you surely underestimate our MRS P2, she is a fighter.....for HER box.

    Paul, well done in trying to sort out situation, there should still be time for you  make new  box, what does LP say?

    Thanks for posting, and look forward to pics soon.

    EDIT here so as not to clutter this  thread .

    Posted under webcam

    "Sheffield Peregrines@SheffPeregrines

    We're planning to do some maintenance on the box imminently https://twitter.com/doggie3132/status/1185480206829662208"

     

  • In reply to SunnyKate2:

    I have yet to hear from Mr Duckett. I've asked for his input as regards the relocation of the cameras. The nest area is on the Northwest side of the building, so they would not be disturbed during the day. It's their dining area at this time of year. By the way, my Ferals have chosen to nest about 6 feet above the Peregrine nest site. Typical!

    Unicum arbustum haud alit duos erithacos

    (One bush does not shelter two Robins)

    Zenodotus (3rd Century B.C.)

     

  • Here's a crop of one of the pics I took with the borrowed Canon EOS 90D (with 135mm telephoto lens). I wonder what had caught their attention?

    Unicum arbustum haud alit duos erithacos

    (One bush does not shelter two Robins)

    Zenodotus (3rd Century B.C.)

     

  • The new camera positions. I can move them if required. The following pics indicate what the YouTube feed should look like.

    Falcon Cam 1. This is about 12 feet closer to the dining area than previously. There should be more chance to identify any non pigeon meals. As you can see, the recently installed railings have not put off the Peregrines.

    Falcon Cam 2. I have raised this camera about 2 feet. The new view means the steel girder is less intrusive than it was before. These pics were taken with my phone and are not from the feed. This has yet to be reinstated.

    Unicum arbustum haud alit duos erithacos

    (One bush does not shelter two Robins)

    Zenodotus (3rd Century B.C.)

     

  • All looking good MC, how's the construction of the new nestbox coming along?

     

     2013 photos & vids here

    eff37 on Flickr

  • In reply to WendyBartter:

    The nest box is progressing nicely. Various changes are being made as we go along. That's the benefit of doing it in house. We can tweak it as much as we like and not worry about irritating a contractor. I'm getting a quote next week to get camera 3 moved. It has been rather unproductive so far. I'm planning on moving it closer to the nest box, maybe even behind it where the Falcons cache their food.

    Unicum arbustum haud alit duos erithacos

    (One bush does not shelter two Robins)

    Zenodotus (3rd Century B.C.)

     

  • That should give some interesting views, keep up the good work, fingers firmly crossed for successful nest next year!

     

     2013 photos & vids here

    eff37 on Flickr

  • Thank you Paul for all your time and effort,agree Cam3 was not so effective as the other Two .

    Do hope we have a productive Season, especially after all your hard work.

     

  • Thanks, Paul, Hope everything works out for the next nesting season.

    Kind regards, 

    Ann