LATEST NEWS

Updated 21 July
There has been quite a bit of activity on and around the platform recently. I have therefore resumed the daily blog with comments and details of activities including photos and video snippets.

To see a blog of events and activities please visit the Daily Commentary Page

Thank you to everyone for all your comments over the months.

The natural world inspires people in many different ways. Some just like the joy of watching nature other take photographs or make drawing. One third-year student from De Monfort University has been so in awe of watching our Peregrine chicks for the last couple of months, from hatching to fledging, it inspired a poem that we would like to share:

Peregrine by Lois Linkins
Wingèd machine, grey as winter dawn, does
Edge over old royal bones. Both tired,
Hallowed, still as morning. See – one stirs,
Eager black pearl eyes awake with joy
Attend the morrow’s young; as do sleepy
Red ones. Four shapes were ne’er so brimming with
Death and life – bloody streaks of sweet struggle,
Yearnful presses at life’s door like beggars
On the midnight street. It is dark in here,
Under this skin of yours. But they want out –
Come, small creature, into the cold where we
Are lost on you, as pale summer roses,
Like apple blossom, pink and trembling – down
Like white confetti, white as innocence.

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Video – The return of a juvenile: Whilst the adults have been returning to the nest site on a daily basis and spending many hours resting and scraping, the juveniles had not been seen on the platform for some days. What looks like P7D turned up briefly on the 17th July and still causes the male to scurry off on her arrival!

Video – The Bonding Continues: Even though the young are still dependent on the adults, almost immediately after the juveniles’ fledging, the adults were reasserting their bond. They frequently visit the nest box and have been seen scraping although there is no chance of a second brood this year. Below is a short section of an eight minute ‘stand-off’ where the female (at the back of the box) hardly moves in all this time and the male eventually flies off.

Picture – Here’s Looking at You: The two juveniles pictured on the roof of St. Martins House on 20 June. They were very vocal most of the morning waiting to be fed. P7D is on the left.

Picture – A Swift breakfast: On reviewing the tapes for 20 June, I noticed that the adult male had brought in a Swift – not the easiest prey to catch. This is not the best of screengrabs but you can clearly see the outline of a Swift being carried away by a juvenile.

Picture – Juveniles are around the Cathedral: A quick trip into Leicester on the 18th to try and located the juveniles to confirm they both fledged successfully. P7D (below)was found quickly but PCF was a little more difficult. Eventually he was found hiding behind a large chimney pot, sheltering from the wind.

Video – Second Flight: The remaining juvenile manges his flight in less dramatic fashion.

Video: First Flight: Not the most graceful of take offs.

Video – First Flight: Even more dramatic at half speed!

Picture – Safe Landing: Juvenile found sitting preening on a nearby roof: