Camera One – Chick Cam!

Thank you to everyone who came to talk to see the Leicester Peregrines and talk to us today in St Martin’s Square at the Cathedral. It was a pleasure to meet you all. 
LIVE STREAMING: Unfortunately, we have been unable to get the second camera back on line. It seems that the camera is at fault rather than the cable. We are sorry for the inconvenience.

Our regular watchers will have noticed that the chicks are now sporting a little ‘bling’. They have been ringed under licence, including colour-rings. This will help us to identify them as individuals and follow their progress not only whilst at the Cathedral but when they eventually disperse and hopefully raise families of their own. Many thanks to Garry Barker and his team.

The chicks with their colour-rings. On the left is PCF, provisionally sexed as a male and his larger sister P7D on the right – also provisionally sexed. Photo (c) Garry Barker.


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Photo – Pin Feathers: For the first time P7D’s wing pin feathers are starting to show well.

Video – Wing Flapping: Wing stretching and flapping is becoming more common on a daily basis. This is P7D.

Video – Tough Love: The female again wants to get her chicks together to shelter them from the wind. One of the chicks has other ideas and refuses to go and gets dragged by the scruff of the neck – again!

Video – “But I Don’t Want To”: The female wants to get the chicks into the scrape where she can shelter them. However, one of the chicks has other ideas and refuses to go despite being dragged by the scruff of the neck! The female eventually gives up and ignores the chicks turning her back on it for over an hour!

Video – Chicks go Walkabout: The chicks are finding their (rather large) feet and walking about the box, pecking at the stones, playing with feathers and looking for food.

Video – Chicks Eat Shell: The female pushes the empty egg shell towards the chicks who peck at it and one picks it up. Is she teaching them not to waste the calcium content or does she know that it is good for them?

Video – Synchronised Feeding: The male and the female side-by-side feeding the chicks. The male refused to give up his prey to the female.

Video – First Steps: the largest chick walks across the scrape to het fed by the male – the longest distance so far.

Video – Wing Flapping: the largest chick has found it’s wings and starts to exercise them.

Video – I’ll Take My Prey Away: The female allows the male to feed the chicks but when she tries to take it from him, he takes off with it!

Picture – Mum I’ve got Wings: All of a sudden the larger of the 2 chicks has the makings of wings. There might even be pin feathers starting to appear.

Picture – I’m Still Hungry: Despite having a very full crop, the largest of the 2 chicks is still hungry and wants to be fed.

Video – I Want to Feed the Chicks: The male tries to feed the chicks under the watchful eye of the female before he is forced out.

Video – Where do you think you’re going with that?: The male sneaks in to take the food that is stashed by the right hand column. The female see it happen and soon retrieves it.

Video – Tug-of-War 2: The male wants to feed the chicks but the female has other ideas!

Video – Male Feeds Chicks: The male brings in an item of food and under the watchful eye of the female feeds some to the chicks, brooding beneath her, and the female too.

Video – Tug-of-War: The male brings in food that he wants to feed the chicks but has a tug-of-war with the female and leaves with it!

Video – Male Feeds Female: Watch as the male brings in a small prey item (Starling) and tries to feed it delicately to the female before she takes it off him.

Video – Mother is in Charge: The male is feeding the chicks with scraps. The female arrives and is not best pleased, she forces him out of the box. Watch her reaction at 18:05:37. I like how the chicks are sitting in a line with the unhatched egg at the front!

Video – Chicks being fed in the middle of the night:

Video – Chick number 2 hatches:

Video – The Male takes his turn to feed the chick:

Video – The First Meal: