Commentary Archive

MARCH

31 March – The female is incubating on what is a horribly windy evening with heavy rain. She remains on the eggs until the male arrives at 4:50 with just two short breaks on the ledge at 2:10 and 4:20. At the handover, the male is supervised by the female who remains on the ledge watching until replacing him at 6:15 when he flies off. There is another changeover at 7:30. She feeds on the remnants of some previous prey. He flies off for a few minutes at 7:35 followed by the female. The male returning to incubate at 7:40 sitting on the ledge for a few moments at 7:55 before returning to his duties and being replaced by the female at 8:00. The male returns at 8:35 with prey which he then takes away and is followed by the female. He takes over incubation at 8:50 with a tell-tale feather in his beak. The female returns with a full crop at 9:35 and replaces the male who flies off. There is another changeover at 11:30 and she flies off. He continues incubating until 15:35 to be replaced by the female. He returns with prey (pigeon) at 16:00 and the female snatches it from his talons. He flies off whilst she plucks and eats the catch. After having her fill, she returns to incubating 30 minutes later. At 16:40 she sits on the ledge before continuing incubation duties at 17:00. She sits on the ledge at 17:55 until 18:30 when she flies off to be replaced by the male on the eggs 5 minutes later. At 18:45 she returns and replaces him on incubation, he flies off. She remains on the eggs until 23:50 when she goes to sit on the ledge returning to the eggs just after midnight.

29 March – The second egg was laid today at 15:15. This is 69h 15m after the first. The third egg could arrive on Easter Sunday.

26 March – The first egg was laid today at 17:30. Two days later than in 2017. The scrape being used is exactly the same as in 2017.

24 March – The female remained sleeping in the back of the box until 5:15 when the male arrived with breakfast. He left the female plucking and eating moving to the ledge when she has finished. The male returns at 5:50 and goes into the box at which time she leaves. He picks at the remains of the prey, moves to the ledge and leaves at 6:35. He returns at 7:25 for a few minutes. The female is back at 7:40 with another prey item which she plucks and eats, returning to the ledge and leaves at 8:30 just as the male arrives and leaves again. He returns with a blackbird at 9:00, plucking and eating it. He leaves with his prey at 9:15 only to return 10 minutes later with it, followed by the female. He leaves her to finish the prey and is back at 11:05 when the female leaves only to follow a few minutes later. He is back after 5 minutes plucking and eating what little remains of the prey, then goes into the box, scraping and moving a few stones before leaving at 11:15. He returns at 12:50 staying until 15:30 when he leaves only to be back with the female at 16:00 leaving her after 10 minutes. At 16:30 she is in the box scraping and moving stones before lying down flat. The male is back at 17:25 and goes into the box whilst the female sits on the ledge. He leaves 5 minutes later and also at 18:25 and 18:50 but leaves after a few moments of posturing. At 18:50 she moves to the back of the box and remains there sleeping until at least midnight.

23 March – The female was on again the ledge from the previous evening and was joined by the male at 1:35. He went into the box where he remained sleeping until 5:15 when woken by the female calling. He left at 5:30 whilst she returned to the ledge before leaving at 7:00. The male arrived with a small prey item at 7:05 and goes to the back of the box calling and scarping. After 5 minutes he sits on the ledge until the female returns at 7:30 when after a few minutes of posturing he leaves. She scrapes and moves a few stones but soon moves to the ledge. At 7:50 she is seen lying flat in the box for 15 minutes – a change in her behaviour. She returns to the ledge until he arrives at 8:25 leaving after a few minutes returning with prey at 8:50. He leaves and she takes the prey into the box and hides it beside one of the columns. The male returns at 9:55, the female leaves followed by the male 30 minutes later. They both return at 10:40 but the male leaves after a few minutes, the female snacking on the hidden prey. After scraping for about 30 minutes she returns to the ledge before leaving at 11:35.The male returns at 11:45 for 5 minutes and again at 12:05. The female returns at 14:25 and after a brief bout of posturing he leaves. He is back at 15:15 and after she produces a pellet, they are engaged in copulation after which he leaves, the female also 10 minutes later. He is back at 15:30 and remains until 16:35 when the female arrives and sits on the ledge. He brings in an item of prey at 17:05 and both go into the box calling and posturing. He leaves her scraping for 15 minutes before she goes on to the ledge and falls asleep. He is back for a few moments at 18:22 before returning at 18:45 with prey which he leaves with the female who proceeds to pluck and eat it. The female leaves with the prey item but returns after 5 minutes with a full crop and sits on the ledge where she remains until at least midnight. He does not return in that time but may be close by on the spire.

22 March – The female was sleeping on the ledge from the previous night until wakened by the arrival of the male at 00:45. He went to the back of the box calling. At 1:10 he flies out and returns immediately to land on the female and they copulate. after which he leaves whilst she returns to sleeping on the ledge. At 5:05 he returns with prey, possibly another Coot but leaves with the item coming back at 5:45 without it. He goes into the box and is joined by the female and they are posturing.He leaves after a few minutes and she scrapes and moves a few stones around. She leaves at 6:15 to be replaced by the male who makes a few scrapes before settling on the ledge.He flies off at 6:30 returning 10 minutes later with a Starling which he begins to pluck and eat. With the arrival of the female at 7:30 he takes what remains of it into the box where she relieves him of it. The male leaves and is followed by the female 15 minutes later. He returns after an hour and during the next seven hours flies off a number of times but is never away for very long. He is joined by the female at 14:25 when she picks at what remains of the Starling. They leaves within a few minutes of each other at 14:40. At 15:20 they are both back and five minutes later there is copulation on the ledge after which the male leaves. At 17:00 he returns and they are posturing in the box but he leaves after a few minutes. She remains on the ledge until he returns at 18:45 and they both go to the back of the box calling. He leaves at 18:50 to return a few minutes later with what looks to be the Coot from earlier which she takes from him and proceeds to pluck and eat it. He then leaves. Over the next 40 minutes she devours the prey and sits on the ledge with a very full crop. He arrives at 21:15 and removes what is left of the prey item whilst she settles down to sleep on the ledge until at least midnight.

21 March – Another day with lots of activity. The female remained asleep on the ledge from the previous night until 4:50 when the male arrives. The pair begin posturing and the male moves to the back of the box calling whilst the female remains on the ledge. At 5:05, the male is still in the box whilst the female is sleeping. She wakes at 5:20  with the male calling. He leaves at 5:35. The female moves to the back of the box at 5:55 announcing the arrival of the male with prey – a large Woodcock! [Can I count this for my county list – it was still moving?]. The female takes the prey and leaves with it whilst the male goes to the back of the box and moves a few stones around. He leaves at 6:00 but returns immediately going to the back of the box before settling back on the ledge. There is a repeat performance at 6:45. He remains until 10:35 occasionally visiting the back of the box and having a brief fly around. The female arrives at 11:05 and leaves 20 minutes later only to return within a few minutes closely followed by the male. She sits on the ledge whilst he is in the back of the box calling and turning a few stones. At 11:35 she goes to the back of the box and the pair begin posturing, the male soon leaving followed by the female. The male returns at 13:40, leaves after 15 minutes to return again at 14:10 followed by the female. The pair go to the back of the box posturing. the male leaves after a few minutes leaving the female scraping before sitting on the ledge. She leaves at 15:05 to be replaced by the male who flies off at 15:20. The pair return at 15:45, the male scraping and picking stones whilst the female sits on the ledge. The female leaves at 15:55 followed closely by the male. The pair return at 17:05 and the female sits on the ledge whilst the male scrapes and turns stones in the box. She joins him at 17:15, the pair posturing before he leaves at 17:25. After a few minutes turning stones she returns to the ledge falling asleep at 18:20 being disturbed by the male’s entrance at 19:10. He goes to the back of the box calling whilst she sleeps on the ledge. He eventually leaves at 22:00 with the female remaining on the ledge until at least midnight.

20 March – The male arrived at 5:10 (in the dark) calling and sitting on the ledge. He leaves at 5:25 but returns 30 minutes later and goes to the back of the box calling for a few minutes before returning to the ledge where he stays until 6:10. At 7:00, the male is in the back of the box calling and scraping leaving at 7:05. At 7:30 he arrives with food but leaves almost immediately before returning without the prey 10 minutes later, then leaving at 7:45. The female arrives at 10:20, goes to the back of the box and is followed closely by the male who has a small piece of prey. Both birds are in the box bonding and posturing. The male leaves at 10:25 with the female making a few scrapes before sitting on the ledge and leaving a few minutes later. She returns at 11:15 calling and the male can be heard but is not seen. She makes some scrapes, sits on the ledge and then leaves at 11:20. The male returns at 12:15 for 10 minutes before returning at 14:00 with prey (Mistle Thrush – is this the same as yesterday’s item?), but leaves after just 2 minutes. He is back at 15:50, without the prey, and remains until 16:20 occasionally making scrapes in the box. He visits again at 16:45, scraping and turning stones for 10 minutes. Both birds arrive at 17:35 and are posturing in the box until the male leaves at 17:40. The female makes a few scrapes and turns some stones before sitting on the ledge where she remains preening and sleeping until at least midnight.

19 March – The male arrives act 6:55 followed closely by the female. both birds go to the back of the box calling and posturing. The male leaves after a few minutes and the female does a bit of scraping before she too leaves. at 7:40 there was a quick visit by a Stock Dove – no-one was at home! At 10:10 the pair arrive together and proceed to the back of the box calling and posturing. The male leaves after 5 minutes whilst the female does some scraping before she also leaves. The male returns at 11:35, does some scraping and calling but leaves after a few minutes repeating the actions at 13:45 and 16:55. At 18:05 the female arrives with the male calling and posturing for a few minutes before the male leaves only to return almost immediately with prey  – a Mistle Thrush. Rather than feed it to the female, he leaves with it. She departs some 5 minutes later.

18 March – Both birds arrive at 17:30 and go to the back of the box where there are calling and posturing. The female was then seen scraping whilst the male left at 17:35. The female 5 minutes later.

9 March – The female was asleep on the ledge at 7:10. At 9:00, the male was at the back of the box shuffling stones around whilst the female was on the ledge. He left after five minutes followed by the female a little while later. The male returned calling at 12:45 but the female could not be seen. At 16:50, one arrived with a full crop but had gone by 17:20.

8 March – The male arrived with a small prey item at 7:05 and flew off at 7:30 after consuming it all. He returned almost immediately but flew off again after a few minutes. Both birds arrived at 8:20, this time the female had prey. The male left after 5 minutes only to return and leave within a few minutes. At 8:55 he returned once more and started eating the prey remains whilst the female was on the left hand corner of the ledge. He left after a few minutes but returned at 9:10 where he went to the back of the box and shuffled a few stones around. The female remained but the male had left by 9:40. When he returned at 10:20 the female had gone but she joined him at 10:50 and they were both calling making a lot of noise. An unsuspecting Chaffinch landed on the ledge and the female started to approach but the Chaffinch flew off in time. The female remained on the platform for over 2 hours before leaving at 13:30. One was on the ledge again at 15:30 but had gone by 18:00.

7 March – The male was in place by 6:30 and the female arrived at 7:30. He left to return with prey at 7:45. Both had gone by 8:00. At 10:35 both were at the back of the box calling. The male flew off leaving the female on the ledge. At 13:50, both birds were at the back of the box pair bonding. The male left followed soon after by the female. Both birds were there at 18:00 with one still on the ledge at 21:15 at least.

6 March – there was much more action today. The male was in position by 6:30. At 7:15 the male arrived with prey followed soon after by the female. He moved to the back of the box but left after a few minutes. By 7:55 both had gone but the male returned at 8:15 running the the back of the box calling the female at 9:20 but she did not land and he went to the ledge. She arrived at 10:15 and both went to the back of the box, calling and posturing. The male flew off a few minutes later. He arrived back at 11:15 calling but the female remained on the ledge ‘ignoring’ the male. Both had gone by 12:35. The male returned at 14:25 and again at 15:10 remaining until 17:55. He returned rather late in the evening with a short visit at 21:00 calling for a few minutes.

5 March – The male was on the left hand corner by 7:25 but had gone by 7:45. At 10:00, one was sitting on the ledge with a full crop. Both birds flew in calling at 11:00. The male went to the back of the box calling but flew off after a few minutes. At 13:00 one was preening and one was still present at 17:35 but had left by 18:20.

4 March – At 6:55, the male was already on the platform, most of which was covered by snow. He had gone by 7:30.

3 March – Both birds arrived at 9:05 and went to the back of the box, posturing and pair bonding. The male flew off followed shortly after by the female. By 10:30, heavy snow was on the platform.

2 March – with the platform covered in snow, the gales and frost all day today, it is little wonder that activity was not reported.

1 March – The male made two short visits during the day at 8:25 and 10:20. Probably put off by the snow, freezing temperatures and gale force winds.

FEBRUARY

28 February – The male arrives at 9:25 but left just after 10:00. He returned at 10:10 but left 10 minutes later and again at 11:00 for 5 minutes. He male a brief visit at 13:15 but there was no more activity probably due to the extreme weather.

27 February – There was a sprinkling of snow overnight and a hard frost but no more on the platform. At 6:45 what looked like the male was already in place but soon flew off. The male returned at 7:30 but didn’t stay long. Both birds arrived at 8:20, the female with prey. The male went to the back of the box but flew off shortly after flowed closely by the female. The male returned at 9:40 calling but left after 15 minutes. There was no other activity reported for the day.

26 February  – The male arrived at 6:40 but didn’t stay long, returning again at 7:45 calling. He went to the back of the box and shuffled a few stones around. He flew off at 8:10 to play with a few more stones before leaving soon after. One bird was seen briefly at the back of the box at 13:10 but there was not activity reported thereafter.

25 February – the male arrived ta 6:40but didn’t stay long. The snow showers arrived about 7:00 even though the sun was out. At 7:45 the male returned calling, went to the back of the box and shuffled a few stones. It sat of the ledge for a few minutes before flying off. At 8:10 one bird was  moving stones but did not stay long. By 2:30 the platform was covered in snow. There was no further activity reported.

24 February – the male was already in the box at 7:10 then moved to the platform to eat yesterday’s left-overs. At 7:20 the female joined him and they engaged in bond-posturing. The male flew off and the female continued to eat the remains. He returned calling at 9:40 but she was too interested in what she was eating so he flew off. At 9:50 she had finished and sat on the ledge before flying off. At 13:20 the male arrived and went to the back of the box moving stones but left just 5 minutes later. There was no further activity.

23 February – Very little activity today. The male arrived at 6:40 followed shortly by the female with prey. The male left at 6:45, the female leaving 10 minutes later. The male returned at 15:25 but left at 15:30 to return at 16:40 with a small prey item. He left at 16:50 leaving the remains of the prey. He returned for a few minutes at 17:45 but there was no activity thereafter.

22 February – The male arrived at 6:55 for just a few minutes, left and returned at7:30 calling. He moved a few stones around then sat on the ledge until 7:50 when he went to the back of the box calling (was the female close by?). He left by 8:00 returned at 8:20 only to leave again 10 minutes later. Unfortunately, pictures were lost for about 4 hors (thanks to Darren and Richard for resetting comms). The female was feasting on a pigeon when pictures returned about 14:00, left at 14:15 to be replaced by the male who fed until 14:50 when he flew off only to return at 17:05 to eat the remains. At 17:50 he made a brief flight and had gone by 18:00.

21 February – The male arrived at 6:40 calling but left 10 minutes later returning at 7:40 only to leave at 7:45. He returns again at 10:10 but only stays for 5 minutes. At 13:40 he flies in calling and goes to the back of the box before sitting on the ledge for 35 minutes. At 15:10, two Feral Pigeon land on the ledge and look around but within two minutes the male had returned only to leave again at 15:20. There were no further sightings.

20 February – The high winds seemed to disrupt activity again today. Both birds were seen on the spire for most of the morning and short visits to the platform occurred at between 7:55 and 10:00 and 12:35. The male entered the box at 14:55 calling but soon returned to the ledge and left shortly after.

19 February – Both birds flew in at 7:45. One was calling and carrying prey and ate a small amount. The flew off quickly but  immediately. The male went to the back of the box and the female stood on the ledge with the prey. Both were calling and seemed to be getting excited. The male left at 7:50 and the female had gone by 8:40. The male returned at 12:15 left at 12:50 and returned again at 13:55. He was joined by the female at 16:40 but he departed a few minutes later. She remained until 17:10.

18 February – The male was already on the platform at 7:00 occasionally calling and was joined by the female. After a few minutes ‘bond-posturing’, the male left and the female sat on the ledge until 8:30. Ten minutes later, the male returned with some prey and began eating it. When the female arrived at 8:50, the male left with most of the prey. After a little stone-turning, she consumed some left-overs, then sat on the ledge, calling occasionally until the male returned at 13:00. He picked at some of the remains then both entered the box ‘bond-posturing’ where they stayed until the male left at 13:25. He returned again at 14:45 but left a few minutes later. At 16:20 both birds were again at the back of the box, the male leaving soon after, the female leaving at 16:45. There were no further reports of activity.

17 February – After spending the whole night on the platform, the female left at 9:45. The male flew in at 10:20, doing quite a bit of calling, but had gone by 11:10 returning 5 minutes later, returning at 11:15, leaving at 11:20 and back at 11:30. He was most likely sitting on the spire waiting for the female. At 11:45 he walked to the back of the box as the female came in calling, walked to the back, and male flew off.  The female stayed for a while then moved to the ledge leaving at 13:15. The male came back at 13:30 and stood on the ledge walking to the back of the box when the female came in calling at 13:55. She left after 15 minutes leaving the male at the back of the box pecking at the stones. At 14:45, the male arrived with a pigeon, followed by the female who took it from him. He left and she followed him both returning at 14:50 and went to the back of the box. The male left at 15:00 returning at 16:55 and both went to the back of the box moving stones. The male left at 15:05, the female 10 minutes later. There were no further reports.

16 February – The male was already on the ledge at 6:50. At 7:20 he started calling and began to get excited and ran to the back of the box, but turned back. He flew off at 9:45 but returned immediately. Between 10:20 and 11:45, when he left, he was very active, occasionally calling and moving stones around. At 11:55 both birds flew in, the female with prey (pigeon). The male went to the back of the box watching her eat. The male flew off at 12:00 and was noted on a spire cross whilst the female continued eating! At 12:25, after the female had finished eating, the male came in and pinched the prey and flew straight off with it, returning at 12:45 with the remains. She approached him but he flew off taking the prey with him, she sat on the ledge with a full crop! She left for a short time but returned calling at 14:10 leaving a few minutes later. Both returned at 16:20 and were bond-posturing in the box. After a few minutes the male left and the female was seen to be pecking amongst the stones. She then sat on the right hand corner of the ledge and remained on the platform until 9:45 the following morning.

15 February – The female arrived at 7:50 but left 5 minutes later. The male flew in calling at 8:45 remaining until 10:00. Both birds flew in at 10:30 with the male going to the back of the box calling. The female started to walk to the back but stopped an flew out. The male sat on the right hand ledge preening until 10:55 when he left. The female returned at 12:00 but had gone by 12:20. At 16:30 she was again on the ledge but had left by 17:50.

14 February – The male arrived at 7:30 calling. The female joined at 8:00 whilst the male was at the back of the box trying to entice her in. He left at 8:15 and she stayed on the ledge. She left at 10:10. There were no further reports.

13 February – The female was on the ledge at 12:00 but there were few reports today.

12 February – The male was already on the ledge at first light 7:00 but left at 7:15. The female arrived at 8:15 and was joined by the male at 9:05 at the back of the box ‘bond-posturing’. He left at 9:15 and the female left soon after. The male returned at 12:00 but was gone by 13:00. Both birds returned at 15:35 entering the box and were very vocal and posturing. The male left at 15:50, the female went to the ledge, leaving some time later.

11 February – The male arrived at 7:25 but left 10 minutes later. The female arrived at 8:40 and took up her usual position to be joined by the male at 9:00 and went through their ‘bond-posturing’ and calling. He left after 5 minutes. There was no further activity after the female left at 10:10.

10 February – The male came in calling at 7:00 and sat on the right corner of the ledge. At 7:55 he started calling and walked to the back of the box – no sign of the female. At 8:05, he moved to the left side of the platform, preening. At 9:25, he walked to the back calling and was joined by the female. They spent 5 minutes ‘bond-posturing’ before the male departed. The female left at 10:25. Both birds returned to the box at 10:50, the male leaving at 11:00. The female remained until 15:05.

9 February – the female arrived about 8:00 and sat preening until 8:30 when she left. Both returned at 9:10 and proceeded to go through their ‘bonding’ posturing at the back of the box. The male left and the female remained on the ledge until 12:00. The male returned at 12:45, left just before 13:00, returned a few minutes later but was gone by 13:10. At 15:30 the male arrived calling and looking around the box for about 10 minutes before leaving only to return again at 16:10, finally leaving at 16:20.

8 February – another day full of activity. The male had arrived by 7:05, went to the rear of the box returning to the ledge before leaving at about 8:45 and was seen on the spire at 9:20. Both birds returned at 10:00, the male to the rear of the box the female on the ledge with a large crop (see photo below). Both left by 10:30. The female returned at 12:00 and was joined by the male around 13:45, leaving at 13:55. He returned again at 17:05 leaving a few minutes later. The female left at 17:30.

7 February – quite a lot of activity today. Both birds arriving in the box at about 8:25, going through the bonding posturing before leaving after 20 minutes. There was a lot of vocalisation. The male returned a number of times between 11:30 and 14:30 before the pair arrived together at 15:45 leaving after 10 minutes.

Screengrab of a new camera we hope to go live in March.

6 February – the only action reported today was the male landing on the platform for a few minutes around 16:10. The cold easterlies could be putting them off as the wind could be heard on the microphone.

5 February – one unidentified bird flew in at around 8:00 but left soon after. There were no further sightings during the day.

4 February – there were no reports of sightings on the platform today.

3 February – it was the male that was present for most of the day (sitting in the female’s favourite spot), occasionally picking at the remains of yesterday’s meal. When preening, a silver BTO ring can be seen on the male’s left leg; the female’s is on the right.

2 February – it’s unusual for this pair to bring and eat food on the ledge. The female brought prey in early in the day and was later replaced by the male.

1 February – the female was already on the ledge at 7:15 but left at 7:30. She was not seen on the platform for the rest of the day but remained on one of the spire’s crosses.

JANUARY

31 January – there were no reports of activity today.

30 January – the female arrived at 7:15 and sat on the right hand corner calling before leaving at 7:45. She returned at 8:50 but left again at 9:10. By 10:20 she returned remaining until 13:45. Both birds arrived at 16:50 with the female posturing at the back of the box whilst the male sat on the ledge unimpressed. She left after 10 minutes with the male remaining until 18:00. There was no further activity.

29 January – the female arrived at 7:00 joined by the male at 7:20. After a few minutes posturing, both birds left. The female returned at 8:45 but had gone by 9:30. There was no further action until 15:15 when the female was on the ledge but ‘hiding’ behind the central pillar. At this stage the male was sitting on one of the spire crosses, both birds were very vocal. The female left the ledge around 15:30.

28 January – both birds arrived at first light 7:25, the female going to the back of the box the male on the right hand ledge. As she moved towards him, he took flight! She left about 8:15, returning an hour later and remained preening on the left until 11:45. Both birds returned at 12:10 but the male soon took flight again, the female leaving at 13:10. Both returned at 15:00 but the male only stayed for five minutes. The female moved to the right hand corner where she remained until at least 22:30.

27 January – the female arrived at 7:45 departing at 8:00. The male arrived at 8:15 calling, with the female arriving soon after. There were a few moments of posturing before the male disappeared to return momentarily at 12:30. The female remained throughout the day. The male returned at 15:45 and departed quickly. The female was present early evening when she looked to be settled for the night’s roost, finally leaving at 22:40. Must have had a big breakfast, hardly left the platform all day!

26 January – the female arrived at 7:30, first light, and sat on the right until 8:30 when she flew off and was not seen again until mid-afternoon resuming her usual position on the left. At 15:45 the male flew in calling and sat on the right remaining until 16:15 when the pair entered the box and postured for a few minutes before the male flew off. The female returned to her usual station soon after where she remained until dark at 18:15.

25 January – calling could be heard between 8:15 and 8:45 when the female eventually landed on the platform. At 8:50 she went to the back of the box and was joined by the male where they proceeded with their bonding posturing. The male flew off 4 minutes later (as he often does!) and the female settled in her usual position on the ledge. At about 9:40, she became “quite agitated” and flew off for a few minutes at a time. From 10:45 she sat in the left hand side until 13:45 when she moved to the right hand side where she was noted continually “looking around and calling” until leaving at about 14:50.

24 January – the female was on the hand side of the ledge by 7:50 but relocated to her usual position  at 8:35. Possibly due to high winds (50-60 mph) and constant rain from Storm Georgina, she left at about 10:00. No reports of activity thereafter no doubt seeking shelter elsewhere.

23 January – the female arrived just after 9:00 spending much of the time preening until 11:55 when she flew off. Returned just 15 minutes later at 12:10 where she entered the back of the box for a short time before returning to her usual position to continue preening. Left at around 15:40.

22 January – the female arrived on the ledge at about 10:30 to be joined by the male at about 11:30 for about 5 minutes when they went through their bonding process inside the box. The female left about 13:30 and returned at 15:30 and finally left at 16:55.

21 January – neither bird was seen on camera today – weather was snowy and then rain.

20 January – the female was on the ledge early morning only.

19 January – the female was on the ledge from 8:30 until 16:55 with the occasional fly around.

18 January – the female was again on the ledge from 9:30 until 14:20 at least.

17 January – the female was again on the ledge during the day, mainly around noon.

16 January – the female was regularly on the ledge for and stayed for many hours and the male visited at 14:30 when the pair went through their bonding process.

15 January – the female remained on the ledge from 8:30 until 13:15.

14 January – both birds visited the nest box. There was pair bonding and the female remained on the ledge for a number of hours. The female was also seen to be scraping the stones – a very good sign.