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    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMar 14th, 2013 2:57pm (Mar 14th 2013) edited

    I thought I would get the ball rolling with a new page for this years falcons at Derby Cathederal. Ollie was first off the mark reminding us all that it was time to get our selves readied up as it wouldnt be long now. She also said about how they have had a nest clean up and installed new cameras this year. Thanks for the heads up Ollie we dont usually remember until there are already eggs in the scrape.
    This new camera looks like a right winner as you can see right into the nesting area. I managed to get some decent screen captures this morning so here they are
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMar 14th, 2013 3:00pm (Mar 14th 2013) edited
    I noticed that she was scritching and scratching about in the other side earlier and then sitting down wriggling about testing the scraped bit for comfort !!!! So we will have to wait and see which side she lays her eggs this year
    • CommentTimeMar 14th, 2013 7:49pm (Mar 14th 2013)
    I didn't see her in the third picture, I thought it was a screenshot of the empty nest! Good camoflage!

    Thanks for the link too, saves me googling to add it to the iPad list!
    • CommentTimeMar 14th, 2013 7:53pm (Mar 14th 2013)
    No!! The iPad doesn't support Adobe flash so I can't view the falcons on here. Will have to use the work computer! :wink:
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMar 16th, 2013 2:00pm (Mar 16th 2013)
    This is Ollies Post with som e real good info for us all, Thank you for letting me post it here as well Ollie you are a star xxx

    Been having a look around and found this:-

    The male tiercel, or tercel, is generally one-fourth to one-third smaller in size than the female. He typically appears darker in color and his malars (the dark wedge below the eye) are broader with rounded tips.

    The female falcon appears grayer and has narrow malars with pointy tips. The buff-colored area at the tip of her tail is wider than the male's.

    One of "our" pregrines was making a lot of noise today and going round in circles making a shallow depression on the nest floor. Then the other one came into the other side of the nest but I still couldn't tell whichwas which.

    The 3rd cam is streaming and has sound, though it needs refreshing every 15mins.
    The clock bells are very noisy, plus other peels too. There's bell ringing practice Tuesdays 18.30 to 23.30 and sometimes on Fridays.
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMar 16th, 2013 2:01pm (Mar 16th 2013) edited
    A couple of screen captures you will just love
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMar 16th, 2013 2:02pm (Mar 16th 2013)
    See even the facons like watching us on hencam !!!!
    • CommentAuthorTrevs Mum
    • CommentTimeMar 21st, 2013 7:58am (Mar 21st 2013)
    Thanks NN:face-smile:
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMar 21st, 2013 2:46pm (Mar 21st 2013) edited
    Our falcons are taking their time this year But I have discovered there are another pair at Nottingham university and they already have an egg. I just checked them out and it is a real nice site you can also put the live screening on to full page and it is brilliant. I managed a nice screen capture and then went back to see what she was up to just as she got up so managed another of her and the egg. So I will add the site address and two screen shots for for you I am sure we can keep tabs on both sets and it will add to the fun. There are two cameras that you can go between and it is easy viewing.
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMar 21st, 2013 2:47pm (Mar 21st 2013) edited
    • CommentAuthorTrevs Mum
    • CommentTimeMar 21st, 2013 3:11pm (Mar 21st 2013)
    Great work NN, nice clear shot of mum sitting there.
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMar 21st, 2013 3:16pm (Mar 21st 2013)
    I will do them a tad bigger next time I wasnt sure how they would come out but the site is well worth a look as the cameras are so clear
    • CommentAuthorTrevs Mum
    • CommentTimeMar 21st, 2013 3:17pm (Mar 21st 2013)
    yes I noticed that really crisp pics.
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMar 21st, 2013 3:21pm (Mar 21st 2013)
    I love the new Derby camera set up it will be superb when the birds get settled in
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMar 22nd, 2013 1:31pm (Mar 22nd 2013)
    Poor things good job she wasnt nesting
      snow scrape.jpg
    • CommentAuthorTrevs Mum
    • CommentTimeMar 22nd, 2013 7:42pm (Mar 22nd 2013)
    My goodness what do they do if it doesn't go away away, I am not very well versed in the ways of living with snow?:face-sad:
    • CommentTimeMar 22nd, 2013 11:45pm (Mar 22nd 2013)
    Wow, I hadn't even thought of the falcons. Is the Nottingham one snowed over too? This late snow could be devastating for a lot of wildlife.
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeMar 27th, 2013 4:44pm (Mar 27th 2013)
    Yes the Nottingham nest box is just as full of snow.
    There is a pic on their blog of Mum on her egg almost covered in snow. All is well now, though they still have only the one egg.
    • CommentTimeMar 27th, 2013 6:24pm (Mar 27th 2013)
    I hope the egg has survived. I wonder if the bad weather has put her off laying? Can they delay laying an egg if they want to?
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeMar 31st, 2013 5:40pm (Mar 31st 2013) edited
    No egg yet. The snow filled nest has thawed out now, helped by the perergrine worker team. View the video on their blog to see how they got the thaw started. It's hilarious. It comes after the peregrine investigating the new cam on the nest wall.
    I wont spoil things by telling you on here but if someone else feels its too much tension to wade through to the blog, then please don't hesitate to put it straight on here.
    I laughed my socks off!!!
    "Vandal bird attacks camera!"
    • CommentTimeMar 31st, 2013 8:56pm (Mar 31st 2013)
    Let's hope they're efforts are successful!
    • CommentAuthorTrevs Mum
    • CommentTimeApr 2nd, 2013 11:38pm (Apr 2nd 2013)
    Great footage and got quite involved looking and reading all about them Ollie, thanks for that, they are so interesting to watch.
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeApr 4th, 2013 7:35pm (Apr 4th 2013)
    We have an egg!!!!

    The blog says it was quite early this morning, it must have still been dark as the egg looks white, that must be the effect of the night camera.
    So now we sit back and wait for more!

    I had a peek at the Nottingham birds yesterday and saw two eggs there. The baby sitter flew off for a couple of minutes so I had a good look. Their cameras are not as good as Derby's so the screen grab was too dark.
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeApr 6th, 2013 7:58pm (Apr 6th 2013) edited
    Breaking News!!!!
    We have a second egg.

    I've been watching them all day and was amazed at how long they would leave the egg uncovered. Around mid day it was for over an hour. I hope the chick can stand that amount of cold, no higher than 6 degrees today.
    • CommentTimeApr 6th, 2013 9:07pm (Apr 6th 2013)
    You are a dedicated watcher! Thank you for the updates, I don't get chance to check it in the day anymore but I love to know what's going on.
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeApr 7th, 2013 6:55pm (Apr 7th 2013)
    I try to look in on them at least once a day, but I only have a minute or two to watch them, thanks for keeping and eye on them for us Ollie. I hope both of the eggs will hatch out and survive.:face-smile:
    • CommentAuthorTrevs Mum
    • CommentTimeApr 8th, 2013 12:09am (Apr 8th 2013)
    Thanks Ollie I will have a look too. It is exciting to be starting the journey once again.
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeApr 9th, 2013 6:50pm (Apr 9th 2013)
    and yes.... a third egg.
    She's popping them out.
    Wonder if there will be the usual four?
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeApr 14th, 2013 1:37pm (Apr 14th 2013)
    A couple of days ago number four arrived.
    We will have a few weeks wait now to hatching.

    • CommentTimeApr 14th, 2013 3:02pm (Apr 14th 2013)
    Fingers crossed that the awful weather won't come back too.
      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeApr 14th, 2013 5:51pm (Apr 14th 2013)
    How long will they take to hatch? I can't remember...
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeApr 14th, 2013 7:34pm (Apr 14th 2013)
    I hope the eggs will hatch and there won't be anymore bad weather.
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeApr 14th, 2013 9:14pm (Apr 14th 2013)
    Peregrine eggs are incubated for 30 days. They were laid at intervals so it'll be a drawn out process.
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeMay 2nd, 2013 2:32pm (May 2nd 2013) edited
    We are still waiting for Derby eggs to hatch.
    Any day now!
    The Nottingham birds have three lovely fluffy chicks.
    Just watched feeding time and then swap over parent duties.
    • CommentTimeMay 2nd, 2013 6:31pm (May 2nd 2013)
    The Nottingham ones were on the local news last night! Pictures were great!
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeMay 8th, 2013 3:13pm (May 8th 2013)
    Just had an exciting 15minutes with a pidgoen blithly pecking away in the nesting platform!
    Mum was quite bemused and kept really still.
    The pidgeon wandered around, even stepping into the nest area.
    Mum eventually struck when it was away from the eggs but didn't catch it! Maybe it was too confined a space for a peregrine to get talons into action.
    • CommentTimeMay 8th, 2013 7:20pm (May 8th 2013)
    Must've been the pigeon's lucky day!!!
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeMay 9th, 2013 12:22am (May 9th 2013)
    That must have been one dumb pigeon to get that close to a Peregrine falcon. Maybe it was suicidal.:face-smile:
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeMay 10th, 2013 11:07am (May 10th 2013)
    I can see an eggshell at the front of the nest.
    One of the eggs has gone all soft and fluffy – we have a chick!
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeMay 10th, 2013 7:26pm (May 10th 2013)
    Having a quick peek to see the chick having it's supper and notice that one of the eggs has pipped, so another chick soon!
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeMay 12th, 2013 11:21am (May 12th 2013)
    Three lovely white fluffy chicks now.
    Just one to hatch.
    Parents revving up with the feeding. Mum just served up pidgeon (wonder if it's that same one?)
    It is beautiful to see their tenderness when feeding those tiny beaks.
      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMay 12th, 2013 6:17pm (May 12th 2013)
    A peregrine falcon egg has just hatched on top of Bucks County Council's county hall. I wondered at the falcons'lack of taste in nesting there, but I suppose they don't have to look at the dreadful monstrosity if they're on top of it...
    The Derby chicks are so pretty - hard to believe they'll grow up to be streamlined and elegant with hooky beaks! :)
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeMay 29th, 2013 8:25pm (May 29th 2013) edited
    posted twice - sorry
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeMay 29th, 2013 9:01pm (May 29th 2013)
    Just seen the end of the ringing of the chicks.
    There was a HUMAN lifting them out of his bag. The chicks didn't seem very bothered and parent returned quite quickly after the human had left.
    Impressing pictures. Hope it is on their blog soon.
    • CommentTimeMay 30th, 2013 7:27pm (May 30th 2013)
    They were on our local news programme over the weekend. There were a lot of people there having a look because the weather was good. They must be growing quite quickly now. Did the have 3 or 4? I can't remember.
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeMay 31st, 2013 2:32pm (May 31st 2013)
    Derby has four chicks, while Nottingham have three. The Notts chicks are a little older and HUGE!
    They have quite a space to explore in and terrify me when they nibble at the wires for the cams.
      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMay 31st, 2013 6:17pm (May 31st 2013)
    Do they?? Blimey, that might give them frizzle feathers!
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeMay 31st, 2013 8:31pm (May 31st 2013)
    I have signed up to get an emu of their blog, if I'd done it sooner I would have known to watch out for the ringing!
      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJun 1st, 2013 6:40pm (Jun 1st 2013)
    Excellent, you can keep us posted then! They are amazing aren't they?
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeJun 19th, 2013 4:21pm (Jun 19th 2013)
    The first baby has fledged..I hope they all make their first flights.
    • CommentTimeJun 19th, 2013 6:16pm (Jun 19th 2013)
    I was going to ask how they were getting on. Thanks for the update - fingers crossed for the other chicks!
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeJun 19th, 2013 9:28pm (Jun 19th 2013)
    Ooooh, I missed that. Not been paying attention enough.
    I'll need to keep a closer eye on them.
    Have spiedon the Derby chicks too, can't always see them though, they have a massive area to run through and the cameras don't always follow them.
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeJun 27th, 2013 7:58pm (Jun 27th 2013) edited
    The last Derby chick (024)has fledged, so none now till next year.

    I'll be happy watching our hens... they are so very busy all the time. I love their little voices!
    If only I could have subtitles on my screen...
    Now there's a challenge for you Neil.
    • CommentTimeJun 27th, 2013 8:21pm (Jun 27th 2013)
    I'm glad they all fledged safely - lets hope the parents can do it again next year!,
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeJun 28th, 2013 5:50pm (Jun 28th 2013)
    I'm glad to hear they have all fledged now..I did enjoy watching them.