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    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMar 15th, 2016 11:20am (Mar 15th 2016) edited
     
    I dont know if anyone still follows the adventures of the Peregrine falcons, I still do and remember Ollie loved to see them also. We have some in Nottingham at the Trent university and they already have an egg.
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    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMar 15th, 2016 11:21am (Mar 15th 2016)
     
    The ones at Derby Cathedral have only just started their scrape and seem in no hurry as usual
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    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMar 15th, 2016 11:26am (Mar 15th 2016)
     
    The cams are so much better now than when we first started to watch them several years ago. The chicks in Nottingham always give me a scare when they stroll along the ledge especially in the high winds. I will get some links posted up for you. I am sure we will be going to visit them both during the year so I will get to try out that big lens again xx
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMar 15th, 2016 11:28am (Mar 15th 2016)
     
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMar 15th, 2016 11:31am (Mar 15th 2016)
     
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeMar 15th, 2016 10:19pm (Mar 15th 2016) edited
     
    Yes, I watch the Derby nest all year round.
    Congratulations on the Nottingham egg.
    The birds visit the nest platform a lot, using it as a dining room, also lately have arranged the scrape ready for action. No reports of them being seen mating yet though.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMar 15th, 2016 11:37pm (Mar 15th 2016)
     
    I'm so glad they're still coming back to breed. Look forward to more chicks!
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMar 17th, 2016 2:05pm (Mar 17th 2016)
     
    Second egg fr the Nottingham pair
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMar 17th, 2016 5:19pm (Mar 17th 2016)
     
    I thought the eggs had to be kept warm? Or are they like hens and leave for food and water periodically? Every time I look the eggs are there on their lonesome.
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMar 17th, 2016 6:49pm (Mar 17th 2016)
     
    I think the eggs will be ok until the last one is laid CC then she will sit only letting the male sit for her for short spells while she feeds does her toilet and knits up a few pairs of bootees !!!
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMar 17th, 2016 8:32pm (Mar 17th 2016)
     
    She is back on the nest tonight CC
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMar 18th, 2016 6:24pm (Mar 18th 2016)
     
    That's a relief!
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMar 20th, 2016 1:02pm (Mar 20th 2016)
     
    Third egg and she is sitting pretty xx
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMar 21st, 2016 7:08pm (Mar 21st 2016)
     
    Yay Notts Peregrine has four eggs They will sit in earnest now Here they are having a change over
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMar 21st, 2016 7:38pm (Mar 21st 2016)
     
    I can't get the Nottingham cam to work on the ipad so thanks for that screen shot NN - fabulous quality! Any birds arrived in Derby yet? Worrying that they're not around - hope nothing has happened to them.
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeMar 22nd, 2016 8:16am (Mar 22nd 2016)
     
    The Derby birds have never left the area and spend time night and day on the nest structure, using it as a dining room too.
    The female is there right now inspecting and rearraging the pebbles in the scrape.
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMar 22nd, 2016 10:52am (Mar 22nd 2016)
     
    They usually start to lay end of month up to about 4th of March so the records show Ollie. I think it must be a bit chilly up there as it is a quite exposed site... where as the Notts ones are much more sheltered and its supposed to be warmer in centre of a town apparently. We always look out for them when we go to Derby and can usually spot them either on Jury sign or near nesting site. We havent been so far this year.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMar 22nd, 2016 5:54pm (Mar 22nd 2016)
     
    Ah, I see. Look forward to some Derby eggs too then!
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeMar 28th, 2016 6:50pm (Mar 28th 2016)
     
    At last Derby has an egg!
    Hopefully more to come over the next few days.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMar 28th, 2016 10:57pm (Mar 28th 2016)
     
    Yay!!!
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMar 29th, 2016 9:18am (Mar 29th 2016)
     
    yippeee thats good to hear. Well spotted Ollie xxx
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeMar 31st, 2016 10:36pm (Mar 31st 2016)
     
    Derby birds this evening now have two eggs.:face-smile::face-smile:
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeApr 2nd, 2016 5:54pm (Apr 2nd 2016)
     
    Three eggs in that Derby nest this morning.
    There have always been four eggs laid each year, so now we are waiting to see if they manage that again.

    Tomorrow I'll take a tour round the other nests that have cams.
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeApr 4th, 2016 12:57am (Apr 4th 2016)
     
    \thats fantastic news Ollie I had a quick look at them this morning but as she was sitting I never knew about third egg. Yes hopefully she will lay another, Do put links for any other good cams you come across as its so fascinating seeing them so closly. I did watch a barn owl cam one year and boy are they the funniest looking little scraps of fluff
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeApr 4th, 2016 1:31pm (Apr 4th 2016)
     
    The last owls I watched had three chicks. The little one died and was promptly fed to one of the others.
    :face-sad:
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeApr 4th, 2016 3:48pm (Apr 4th 2016)
     
    Nothing is wasted in Nature is it Ollie. I am so excited as I have got some black capped Tits taking nesting material into the old bird box. it is a real tight squeeze but they are very determined.
      tits.jpg
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeApr 4th, 2016 3:50pm (Apr 4th 2016)
     
    pictures not that brilliant as I had to take them from Kitchen window
      tight squeeze.jpg
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeApr 5th, 2016 6:26pm (Apr 5th 2016)
     
    Derby have put out the message "Clutch completed". As they now have their fourth egg.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeApr 5th, 2016 9:36pm (Apr 5th 2016)
     
    Love your little birds NN - perhaps the fit into the box will be easier once she lays. I found doorways a lot easier after getting rid of the baby bump!!!!!
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeApr 15th, 2016 1:07pm (Apr 15th 2016)
     
    Ha ha maybe thats what it is Kate. I havent seen them about for a day or two. Hopefully she is sitting on her eggs and I have missed them. Tits do tend to build more than one nest. The black bird is constantly on the feeders so hopefully her chicks are hatched already. Memo to self must get more meal worms and fat balls.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeApr 16th, 2016 11:30pm (Apr 16th 2016)
     
    They put a variety of bird food out at the Rehoming centre (out of sight of the cats) and I can't believe all the different types of birds that arrive - starlings, sparrows, pigeons, magpies, blackbirds, bluetits, wren, woodpecker and, of course, a squirrel!
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeApr 17th, 2016 5:04pm (Apr 17th 2016)
     
    I used to get several woodpeckers come to our bird feeders when we lived in London. Beautiful to see. I love seeing the birds come into the garden. Was excited to see a beautiful bright yellow brimstone butterful in the garden today. It was so nice out sunny and bright, I even got the grass cut.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeApr 17th, 2016 9:03pm (Apr 17th 2016)
     
    Rarely see a butterfly nowadays - wonder why? Pesticides or simply living on a housing estate?
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeApr 22nd, 2016 7:20pm (Apr 22nd 2016)
     
    two chicks hatched. she has just finished feeding them.... they are so cute and she is such a tender Mum xxx
      chicks.jpg
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeApr 23rd, 2016 4:43pm (Apr 23rd 2016)
     
    They are so cute.
    Derby chicks aren't due for ages yet.
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeApr 24th, 2016 5:39pm (Apr 24th 2016)
     
    They are just darling, I hope they will make it to adulthood.:face-smile:
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeApr 25th, 2016 10:23am (Apr 25th 2016)
     
    They are such good parents All the Nottingham chicks have hatched out now. Looking forward to the Derby ones in about eight days time
      wet.jpg
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeApr 25th, 2016 7:47pm (Apr 25th 2016)
     
    Its turned real cold here tonight we have had some sleet Poor Mrs Falcon have snow in her nest
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeApr 25th, 2016 8:43pm (Apr 25th 2016)
     
    The weather is so unpredictable lately - it's amazing our wildlife can survive. We've just had a really heavy hail shower. It was so loud the cat came and sat on my lap because he was scared! (He moved as soon as it stopped - fickle animal!!)
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeApr 27th, 2016 4:40pm (Apr 27th 2016)
     
    Dinner time
      meal.jpg
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeApr 27th, 2016 7:32pm (Apr 27th 2016)
     
    Here is a link to the Rutland water Ospreys for you Ollie. I thought you might be interested its a lovely view of the nest and beyond. I watched her kick him off the nest in no uncertain terms this morning. I did have to smile she really did kick him and he got up looking really miffed
    http://www.ospreys.org.uk/webcam/
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeApr 28th, 2016 8:21pm (Apr 28th 2016)
     
    Yesterday people who were watching the live Eagle cam over here, were horrified to see the Eagle bring a kitty cat to feed to her chicks.:face-crying:
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeMay 4th, 2016 2:41pm (May 4th 2016)
     
    Derby peregrines have their first chick for 2016.
    It came yesterday evening.
    I haven't seen the baby yet but there is the shell!
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMay 4th, 2016 8:21pm (May 4th 2016)
     
    Yay for Derby!

    It must've been awful to see the eagle show up with a kitty to feed to her offspring - as a cat owner and lover it makes me really sad, but then again it is nature isn't it, and they will take whatever they need to survive. :(
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeMay 4th, 2016 9:24pm (May 4th 2016)
     
    Second chick for Derby today.
    Two more to hatch yet.
    :face-smile:
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeMay 5th, 2016 9:32pm (May 5th 2016)
     
    To quote Derby peregrine blog - "and then there were three".
    I've not seen any more than a smidgen of white fluff...
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeMay 6th, 2016 12:40pm (May 6th 2016)
     
    Had a delightful half our watching Daddy peregrine giving the chicks their lunch.
    I amaze at how delicately this bird of prey puts tiny morsels of meat into those gaping mini beaks.
    One chick decided to move nearer to the meat and accomplished over a twelve inch distance to get there.
    Then this chick found he was left out when Mum snuggled over the others. Dad came and had a look and must have whispered in chick's ear how to get back.
    A really enjoyable lunch time.
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeMay 6th, 2016 12:42pm (May 6th 2016) edited
     
    There is still one Derby egg to hatch but I think it was last year when the last egg didn't hatch.
    I'll try listening carefully for baby cheeps.
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeMay 7th, 2016 9:09pm (May 7th 2016)
     
    It's full house at Derby now.
    Four little fluffy chicks. One is so tiny, so sweet.
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMay 14th, 2016 4:16pm (May 14th 2016)
     
    I love watching them feed their young also Ollie they are so gentle. The Nottingham chicks are huge now its amazing how fast they grow. My little birds in the box must be growing big now, I can hear them cheeeping away in there. The parents are zipping about getting food for them and get into the box with real ease now. I did try to get pictures but they ae much to fast and all I get is a blur !!!
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMay 27th, 2016 6:29pm (May 27th 2016) edited
     
    My how the chicks have grown. The Notts ones are at that scare you half to death stage messing about on that ledge
      Imagescary.jpg
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMay 27th, 2016 6:32pm (May 27th 2016)
     
    The sheffield ones are running out of space
      sgef.jpg
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMay 27th, 2016 6:33pm (May 27th 2016)
     
    The Derby ones are still at the cute fluffy stage
      derby.jpg
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMay 27th, 2016 7:48pm (May 27th 2016)
     
    They're all so lovely! It scares me too when they start to venture along the ledge. One big gust and they'd be in serious trouble.
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeMay 28th, 2016 5:44pm (May 28th 2016)
     
    That would be a very early fledge!
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeJun 9th, 2016 5:08pm (Jun 9th 2016)
     
    Ha ha certainly would Ollie one of the Sheifield ones lost its footing and fell Have a look on their blog someone got fantastic photos.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJun 9th, 2016 8:12pm (Jun 9th 2016)
     
    Oh no! Did it survive?
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeJun 17th, 2016 9:45pm (Jun 17th 2016)
     
    One of the Derby chicks fell or was blown off the nest. It landed on the vestry roof and is ok.
    The other three are massive but seem not quite ready to fledge.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJun 18th, 2016 3:18pm (Jun 18th 2016)
     
    Phew! Such drama with fledging birds!!
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeJun 18th, 2016 5:47pm (Jun 18th 2016)
     
    Now all of the Derby birds have fledged
    The last one waited for the usual Weekend viewing crowds, who get to use telescopes etc.,
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeJul 19th, 2016 3:19pm (Jul 19th 2016)
     
    I got some pictures just that very weekend. I will have to sort tham out and share xx
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeJul 22nd, 2016 9:37pm (Jul 22nd 2016)
     
    found some of the pictures I did have more but dont know where I put them
      peri again.jpg
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeJul 22nd, 2016 9:40pm (Jul 22nd 2016) edited
     
    They were flapping away so much but just didnt have the confidence to go. The parent birds were calling to them all the time and they shrieked back until one of the parents finally brought them food
      peri.jpg
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeJul 22nd, 2016 9:46pm (Jul 22nd 2016)
     
    They are still eating up there look at the feathers
      gone.jpg