AUGUST 2022

1 Aug – the first activity is the arrival of the male at 12:25. He quickly checks the box, sits on the ledge, and leaves ten minutes later. TJC lands at 13:05 and preens and dozes on the ledge, remaining until 14:35. The female flies in with very fresh Feral Pigeon prey at 17:55 and is quickly followed by the male. He watches the female with her meal for 15 minutes. He then moves in and tries to snatch the meal from her! She mantles the pigeon but the male is undeterred and continues to tug at the pigeon. After a few moments, she relents and they both feed on the same meal. This is something I have not seen before – the female would normally be dominant and fend off the male, but this pair seem to have a slightly different relationship. They feed together for ten minutes, then the female moves to the ledge and watches the male feed! At 18:45, she decides he has had his fill, and she tries to grab the prey from him. He flies off with it and she feeds on scraps. She moves to the ledge at 18:55 and he joins her two hours later. The pair remain on the ledge for the rest of the evening.

1 August 2022 – Video: the male muscles in on the females pigeon and eventually, they share the meal.

2 Aug – the pair remain on opposite sides of the ledge until 6:05 when they fly off together. The male is back at 12:35 and sits on the ledge until 14:15. The female lands ten minutes later remaining until 15:20. She returns at 19:30 carrying fresh Feral Pigeon prey. She does not feed but protects it whilst sitting on the ledge. She is joined by the male at 20:40. He tries to steal her meal and initially she mantles it, but he persists and eventually manages to get a share before she forces him from the feed. He moves back to the ledge. He has another attempt at 21:15 and the female relinquishes and moves to the ledge leaving the male to feed. He flies off with the meal ten minutes later and returns at 21:35. They remain for the rest of the evening.

2 August 2022 – Video: the male moves in to share the female’s meal.

3 Aug – the pair remain on the ledge until 5:10 when the male moves into the box and is joined by the female. After a very brief bond, she quickly returns to the ledge, and he leaves. He flies into the box at 7:25 and is greeted by the female. She returns to the ledge whilst he picks at scraps in the box, makes a scrape and preens for ten minutes, then moves to the ledge. The female searches for scraps at 9:00, then returns to the ledge. The male flies off at 11:20 and the female goes into the box to sleep, returning to the ledge at 13:30. The male is back 20 minutes later, and the pair go into the box but the female leaves quickly. He flies off at 14:00. TJC arrives at 15:50 and remains on the ledge until 17:10. The female returns with very fresh Feral Pigeon prey at 20:00. The male lands on the ledge ten minutes later and joins in the plucking and feeding – there is an acceptance from the female. Five minutes later, TJC arrives and muscles in on the meal. The male retreats and there is a tug-o-war with the female. She lets TJC have the meal who drags it into the box. At 20:20, the female attempts to take the meal from TJC but the juvenile barges through the female and flies off with the pigeon. First the female, then the male search for scraps in the box, they return to the ledge. The male flies off at 21:05 whilst the female leaves 15 minutes later.

3 August 2022 – Video: the pair share a pigeon but are interrupted by TJC.

4 Aug – the female flies in at 4:20 and remains on the ledge until 6:35 when she leaves. The next activity is not until 13:40 when the male arrives, remaining until 15:00. He is back 55 minutes later but leaves after just ten minutes. He returns carrying very fresh Feral Pigeon prey at 17:05 and is quickly followed by TJC. He plucks the meal, but the juvenile soon snatches the pigeon and drags it into the box and feeds. The male flies off. TJC sits on the ledge well fed at 18:30 and falls asleep. The male returns at 20:35 and feeds on the pigeon remains despite TJC’s protestations. At 21:00, TJC steals the scraps the male is feeding on and forces him to fly out. The female lands five minutes later and picks at scraps but TJC pursues her around the box and forces her to leave at 21:15. TJC flies off ten minutes later.

A photograph of a juvenile seen at Cropston Reservoir at 9:30 on 4 August, would appear to be TJC. Barry Ingram said: “Despite numerous attempts, the corvids could not get the better of the juvenile Peregrine.”

4 August 2022 – Photo: juvenile at Cropston Res (c) Barry Ingram

5 Aug – the male arrives at 7:20. He checks the box out then flies off at 7:35. TJC arrives at 11:30 and sits on the ledge with a full crop. It remains dozing until 14:55 when it flies off. The juvenile returns at 15:25 and remains on the ledge for two hours, then flies off. There is no further activity today.

6 Aug – the first, and only, activity of the day was the arrival of TJC at 15:10 remaining on the ledge for 25 minutes.

7 Aug – TJC arrives at 8:55 and sits on the ledge with a full crop. It finds some shade in the box at 9:55 just as the male flies in. He looks around the box then flies out. TJC watches him go then finds a bit of shade again. It lies on the platform until 11:20 when it flies off. TJC is back between 13:05 and 15:20. The next activity is when the female arrives at 23:15 remaining for the rest of the evening.

8 Aug – the female goes into the box at 00:45 and falls asleep. TJC arrives on the ledge at 3:25 but leaves five minutes later. The female moves to the ledge at 5:30 and flies off. The male arrives at 5:45, checks out the box then sits on the ledge until 7:00 when he flies off. TJC is back at 13:25 and remains on the ledge until 15:10. The male returns with Feral Pigeon prey at 16:25 which he plucks and feeds on. The female flies in at 17:00 and tries to snatch the meal from him. There is a short tug-o-war, but the male retains his meal. The female sits on the ledge whilst he feeds. She has another attempt 15 minutes later but again, the male repels the attempt, and the female returns to the ledge. He has finished feeding ten minutes later, and she takes over the remains; he flies off. She feeds until 17:35, stashes the remains then sits on the ledge. The male flies into the box at 19:15, and moves to the ledge a few minutes later. At 19:25, he is knocked off by the incoming juvenile that snatches the stashed pigeon and flies out with it. The female remains on the ledge until moving into the box at 23:05 where she stays for the rest of the evening.

9 Aug – the female moves from the box to the ledge at 1:30. The male flies into the box at 5:20 and is greeted by the female. He picks up a small scrap of food which she snatches from him. He sits on the ledge whilst she feeds, then sits opposite him. He goes into the box at 5:45, checks for more scraps, then returns to the ledge and flies off at 6:00. TJC arrives an hour later, and the female flies out; TJC follows. The juvenile is back briefly at 14:30. The female returns at 16:50 and falls asleep on the ledge. At 19:15, something attracts her attention in the sky above and she flies out. Immediately, TJC lands carrying fresh Feral Pigeon prey and is followed by the female. She steals the meal from the juvenile and starts to pluck and feed. TJC sits on the ledge with a full crop already looking well fed. The female takes her prey into the box and continues feeding. She falls asleep on her meal 15 minutes later. She resumes feeding after ten minutes, then once again stands on her meal and dozes. TJC is also asleep on the ledge until 20:50 when it flies off. The female keeps hold of her meal until 23:35 when she stashes it and sits on the ledge, remaining until midnight.

10 Aug – the female goes into the box at 1:15. She moves onto the platform at 3:55 and checks her stashed meal, then returns to the box. She moves back to her meal on the platform at 5:15. She starts feeding at 5:25 and is quickly joined by TJC – she mantles her meal. She allows TJC to take her meal ten minutes later but rather than feed, TJC calls protectively at the female, flying out with the meal at 5:55. The female flies out at 7:10. The next activity is when the male flies in at 13:30 quickly followed by the female. They go into the box and the female falls asleep. The male soon flies out but the female remains in the box trying to keep cool until the male returns at 15:55. He goes into the box and she moves to the ledge; he quickly leaves. The female remains on the ledge until 17:05 when she walks into the box. The male lands briefly at 17:40 and the female moves back on the ledge where she remains for the rest of the evening.

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