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Here is a diary of the Leicester Peregrines activities. If you have any questions or comments, please contact: Jim Graham: jsgraham83@aol.com

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APRIL 2021

10 April – the female moves out of the box onto the platform at 4:00. She leaves at 5:10 and the male flies in at 5:35 and settles on the ledge. He goes into the box when the female returns at 6:10, leaving five minute later and she follows. The pair return to the box at 7:30 but the male quickly leaves. She remains on the ledge until 8:00. The male is back 30 minutes later for ten minutes and briefly at 10:00 and the female for a few moments at 10:20. The male is back at 10:35 for ten minutes and briefly at 11:10. At 11:30, the female flies in with the remains of previously eaten Feral Pigeon and takes it into the box; the male quickly follows. There are a few minutes of bonding before the female leaves. The male picks up the pigeon and flies off with it. He is back for a few moments at 12:05 and again at 13:30. The female returns with the pigeon ten minutes later and stashes it by a column and flies out. The male flies in at 14:15, picks up the stash and walks to the platform to attract the female. She duly arrives and take the prey from him. He watches her from the box. She stashes the prey and there are a few moments of bonding. He then picks up the pigeon, but the female snatches it from him and feeds on it before stashing the remains, then flies off. The male is soon back and recovers the stash, takes it to the platform and feeds on it, then flies off. He returns briefly at 15:20, 15:25, 15:55 and at 16:35 sits on the ledge then feeds on the scraps leaving ten minutes later. The pair return together at 16:55; he goes into the box and she calls loudly from the platform. He flies out at 15:15 and she leaves at 17:25. He is back at 18:00 and dozes on the platform until 19:20 when he goes into the box when the female arrives. There are a few moments of bonding and he leaves. She moves to the ledge at 19:35 and then the box at 20:30, where she remains until midnight at least.

9 April – the male flies in at 00:05 with a small item of prey. The female takes it from him and plucks and eats it on the platform. She resumes her sleep. The male is back at 2:45 and goes into the box. The female calls loudly before the pair settle down and falls asleep 15 minutes later. She wakens at 3:30 and goes into the box. There are a few minutes of bonding then she moves some stones around a scrape. He moves to the ledge and she falls asleep in the box until 5:15. He flies off briefly 20 minutes later and she moves to the ledge. At 5:45, he picks up the stashed Fieldfare and the female snatches it from him. He flies out and she follows. The male returns at 6:30 with Swallow prey and the female flies in to take it from him; they both fly off. The female is back with her partially eaten meal and stashes it on the box. The male flies in, retrieves the stash and presents it to the female. She does not accept it, so he flies off with it and she follows. The male is back for a few minutes at 8:05 and again at 8:40. The female is back briefly at 8:50 and between 9:00 and 12:00, there are 21 sorties from the platform by the pair – is the intruder back? The male flies in with fresh Starling prey at 12:15 and the female accepts the gift and both birds leave. She is back at 12:30 and stashes the remains and flies out. The male arrives at 12:45 and picks up the stash and flies off with it. He is back with it, plucked and prepared, at 13:35. He is looking around for the female but she does not arrive so at 14:10, he feeds on it himself. There is still plenty left and at 14:35 flies off with it. He is back briefly at 15:25 and the pair fly in 20 minutes later and go into the box; both leave soon after. The male is back at 17:25 for ten minutes and again at 18:45 for five. The pair fly in at 19:35 but the male soon leaves and the female sits on the ledge, moving into the box at 20:30 and falling asleep.

8 April – the male flies into the box at 3:55 and falls asleep whilst the female remains on the ledge. He flies out at 4:50 and returns at 5:45; the female calls loudly and incessantly. He leaves after ten minutes and she follows. The male is back a few minutes later and sits on the ledge until 6:50. The pair return briefly at 7:20 and the male is back for a few minutes at 8:15 and again at 8:40. As the female lands at 7:05, two Stock Dove pass close by; she takes chase and the male flies onto the ledge, leaving a few minutes later. He returns at 9:45 carrying a Starling which the female flies in to relieve him of. They both fly off, the male returning ten minutes later. The female is back briefly at 10:00 carrying her meal. He goes into the box when the female flies in at 10:10 carrying the meal fully plucked – she stashes it by a column. She moves into the box to bond with the male, but he walks out, picks up the stash and flies out followed quickly by the female. He is back on the ledge at 10:25 and remains until 12:15 when the female returns, and they go into the box. They leave after a few minutes bonding. He is back at 12:50 and sits on the ledge preening until 13:35. He is back briefly at 13:45 and is then on the ledge ten minutes later. The female flies in calling loudly at 14:35 and leaves with the male. He is back at 14:45 and leaves 30 minutes later. The pair arrive at 15:55 but the male flies out soon after and the female leaves after ten minutes. He returns at 16:05 for ten minutes and is back in the box briefly at 17:55. The female is in the box at 18:40 calling loudly, then moving stones. She then sits on the ledge and returns to the box when the male flies in at 18:50. He soon leaves and she follows. The male is back at 19:10 and is displaced by the female at 19:40; she falls asleep on the ledge. The male brings in Fieldfare prey at 23:15 and the female takes it from him, plucks and feeds on it for 15 minutes, then stashes the remains and resumes sleeping on the ledge.

7 April – the male flies in at 2:45 and the female joins him in the box. He leaves after five minutes and she returns to the ledge. She is back in the box at 3:25 and falls asleep before returning to the ledge at 4:10. The male is back at 5:15 and the pair spend ten minutes bonding before he leaves. He replaces her at 5:55 and then she returns when he picks up some scraps left on the platform. He flies off and she follows. He is soon back and after a few minutes in the box, moves to the ledge until 6:30. He is back five minutes later with yesterday’s stashed meal. The female flies in and takes it from him; he leaves. After a quick feed, she stashes the remains and flies off. This triggers the male to return and check the stash. He picks it up and after standing on the platform with it, flies off at 7:00. He is back on the ledge ten minutes later until 7:30. He flies in with the remains calling at 8:05. She responds immediately and takes the prey; he flies off, she stashes it – the same routine. She flies off at 8:15 and he is back at 9:00. An hour later, he picks up the meal and eats most of it on the platform. At 10:25 he flies out and returns immediately with the female who takes what is left of the meal from him. She takes it into the box and moves to the ledge a few minutes later, then flies off. The male is back briefly at 10:50 and 11:05. He is back again at 12:00 and sits in the box for 20 minutes when he flies out. He returns with the female but they do not stay long. He is back briefly at 12:55 and is in the box for ten minutes at 13:30. He flies off at 14:10, returning with the female 15 minutes later but they leave after five minutes. He is back on the ledge at 14:50 until 15:15, returning 20 minutes later. He is back at 15:55 with the female who is carrying another Feral Pigeon meal. She feeds on it on the platform whilst the male is in the box. She stashes it at 16:05 and the male flies off with it, passing close to the female to make sure she saw him and she immediately follows. He is back on the platform soon after and starts to prepare the meal, then sits on the platform until 16:50 when he flies out. He returns a few moments later with the female carrying her meal. He goes into the box and she remains on the ledge holding her meal. At 17:15, she stashes the prey and joins him in the box. After a few minutes bonding he grabs the stash and leaves, and the female follows. They are both back a few seconds later and the female takes the prey from the male. He flies off and she feeds on the pigeon for another ten minutes before re-stashing the remains, then flies off. The male is back, feeds on some scraps on the platform and then picks up the stash. He stands over it on the platform whilst looking out over the city. At 18:00 he decides to feed on the prey and then sits on the ledge ten minutes later. The female swoops in at 19:45 and picks at the scraps on the platform; the male flies off. She moves to the ledge at 20:10 and then into the box ten minutes later when the male lands. There are a few minutes bonding then he flies out. She remains in the box until 22:15 when she returns to the platform and feeds on scraps, then sits on the ledge until midnight at least.

6 April – she wakens at 2:35 when the male drops off a small item of prey which she eats and moves to the ledge. He flies into the box an hour later and they have a few minutes bonding. He checks there is no prey stashed, then sits on the ledge whilst the female falls asleep in the box. The male leaves at 5:05 and she moves to the ledge until she flies off at 5:50. He immediately returns and checks the box, then settles on the ledge. He is on hunting sorties at 6:20, 6:40 and 6:45. At 6:55 he returns with fresh Feral Pigeon prey and is followed by the female who relieves him of it; he flies off. She partly plucks her meal then stashes it in the box and flies off. The male immediately flies in and retrieves the stash, takes it to the platform, plucks and prepares it for the female. She flies in at 7:40 and takes it from him, feeds on it, stashes the remains at 7:55 and flies off. As is now the routine, the male flies in and picks up the stash and takes it to the platform, then flies out with it. He returns with prey and the female at 8:15. He flies off with the meal and she goes into the box then moves to the ledge. She flies out at 8:50 and is replaced by the male who feeds on scraps on the platform, then settles on the ledge with a full crop, flying off at 9:30. He is back at 9:55 and sits on the platform until 11:10 when he flies out returning to the platform at 11:45 until 12:00. The female returns briefly with her meal at 12:05. The pair are back at 12:20 and the male goes into the box whilst she feeds on the platform, then stashes the remains and joins him. After a few minutes bonding, he sneaks around the column, picks up the stashed prey and flies off; she follows. He is back with the prey at 12:45 and remains on the platform until the female returns at 14:20. She takes the meal and feeds whilst he goes into the box. She stashes some scraps 15 minutes later and joins him in the box. A few moments later she moves to the ledge, he grabs the stash when her back is turned and flies off and she follows. He is in the box at 14:55, then moves to the ledge where he remains until flying off at 16:00. He returns briefly at 17:25 and at 18:00 flies in with fresh Feral Pigeon prey and the female who takes the meal from him and he flies off. She starts to pluck the bird then drags it into the box to stash it and flies out. The male returns at 18:35, grabs the stash and proceeds to pluck and prepare the meal. He is ready to serve it at 19:00 and searches for the female who flies in and takes it from him. He returns at 19:30 to make sure she is feeding on it and goes into the box. She continues eating until 19:40 then stashes the meagre remains. The male picks these up and flies out with them; the female follows. They return together at 20:10 and go into the box but he soon leaves and she moves to the ledge, remaining until midnight.

5 April 2021 – Photo: the female sleeps in the box overnight.
5 April 2021 – Photo: the female spends more time in the box.

5 April – the female moves from the ledge to the platform at 1:00 and falls asleep, remaining there until 5:00 when she returns to the ledge. The male arrives at 5:45 and they go into the box. He flies out after a couple of minutes bonding and she walks to the ledge. The pair are back in the box briefly at 6:05; he flies out and she moves back to the ledge before flying off at 6:20. The female is back in the box at 8:15 and moves around a few stones before settling on the ledge. The male flies in with fresh Feral Pigeon prey at 8:35 and she takes it from him; he flies off. She plucks and eats some of it on the platform then stashes the remains in the box before leaving at 9:00. The male flies in and takes and plucks more of the pigeon, flying off with it at 9:30. He is back without it 15 minutes later. The female flies in and re-stashes it in the box. There are a few minutes of bonding and then the male flies off with the stash and the female follows. The pair fly in at 10:35 and go into the box but leave after five minutes. He is back briefly at 10:45 and 11:40, then settles on the ledge at 13:00 for ten minutes and again at 13:20. The female returns for a few moments at 13:40 and the male has short visits at 13:50 and 14:00. At 14:15, he arrives with the previously stashed pigeon. He plucks a few more feathers from it and prepares it for the female. He stands on the platform with it until 15:00 when she flies in and takes it from him and goes into the box; he flies off. She re-stashes it and flies out a few moments later. He immediately flies in and picks up the stash. [He really wants the female to eat this!] He stands on the platform with it until she returns at 15:55 and takes it from him – again! He goes into the box and watches her eat her meal but as soon as he flies out, she stashes the prey and flies off. He flies in at 16:10 and picks up the stash, feeds on a little then stands on the platform waiting for her. She flies in at 16:40 and relieves him of it. This time she feeds on it and flies off at 16:50. He flies in to check there is nothing left, then flies out. He returns at 17:25 and sits on the ledge with a full crop. He moves into the box when the female flies in at 19:25. After a few minutes he moves to the platform and cleans up a few left-over scraps, then sits on the ledge. the female remains in the box and the male scrapes on the platform. The female is calling incessantly and very loudly until he flies off at 19:45 and she moves to the ledge. He is back at 20:00 and she returns to the box. He leaves 20 minutes later and she falls asleep in the box, remaining until midnight at least.

4 April – the female moves from the ledge to the platform at 2:30 and settles to sleep. She flies off at 3:40 and returns with the male at 5:45. He goes into the box and she calls loudly from the ledge. He flies out after ten minutes and she follows soon after. He returns briefly at 6:15 and 6:35. The pair fly in at 7:05, the female carrying Feral Pigeon prey, and the male goes into the box but leaves five minutes later. The female partly plucks and eats the pigeon, stashing the remains at 7:25, and flies off. The male flies in at 7:40, picks up the stash and plucks and eats a small section of the prey, the flies off with the remains. He is back at 8:05 and sits on the ledge with a full crop until 9:45 when the female returns. He goes into the box and she follows but he does not stay long. After a few minutes, she moves to the ledge, going into the box at 10:50 when the male arrives. He flies out five minutes later and she returns to the ledge, leaving at 11:05. He returns briefly at 11:10 and then flies in with Blackbird prey at 11:25 looking for the female. She lands at 11:40 and takes it from him and stashes it; he flies off and she leaves soon after. He returns immediately and picks up the meal and takes it to the platform and looks over the city for the female. He starts to pluck it at 12:10 and the female flies in and takes it from him; he flies off. She stashes it and flies out. A pair of Stock Dove land briefly but leave quickly when the male flies in at 12:15. He picks up the Blackbird and takes it to the platform when he is relieved of it by the female. He flies off, she stashes it and leaves. The male immediately flies in, picks it up and flies out. He is back at 12:35 and sits on the ledge until 14:00. He is back 15 minutes later for ten minutes and then returns with the female at 14:30. They go into the box, but he soon leaves and she follows. He is back briefly at 15:10 and the female flies in with the Blackbird prey five minutes later. she feeds on her meal and then takes it into the box, then flies out. Typically, the male flies in, picks up the meal, plucks it and flies out with it in search of the female. At 16:05, the pair fly in and she takes the prey from him. They go into the box and there are a few minutes bonding before he flies off and she eats her meal. She flies out at 16:15 and he returns to the box, then the ledge. he remains there until 19:00 when he goes into the box on the arrival of the female. He leaves after a few minutes bonding and she moves to the ledge. she returns to the box at 19:20 and is joined briefly by the male. she is back on the ledge at 19:35. The pair are in the box again at 20:00 but the male leaves after five minutes and the female moves to the ledge, remaining until midnight at least.

3 April – the female is awake at 4:55 and is joined by the male five minutes later. She calls loudly to him whilst he is in the box until he flies out after 20 minutes. She leaves at 6:00 but returns with the male at 6:25 and takes the scraps of a previous meal from him on the platform. He flies off but returns after a few minutes and goes into the box, then on to the ledge when the female leaves. He is off five minutes later. She is back briefly at 6:55 and he makes a quick visit at 7:20. They both stop off momentarily at 7:40 and she makes a short visit an hour later and he likewise at 9:10 and 9:40. They fly in together at 10:50 and the female is carrying fresh Feral Pigeon prey. She mantles it on the platform calling loudly, as the male is in the box. He flies out and she goes into the box and plucks and partially eats her meal and stashes the remains and flying out at 11:10. The male immediately flies in, takes the stash to the platform and plucks and prepares the meal; feeding a little to himself. She flies in at 11:35 and takes the prey but in her excitement, falls backwards off the ledge; the male leaves. she returns at 11:45 and stashes the remains, then sits on the platform until 13:05 when she goes into the box when the male returns. He flies out at 13:10 and she follows. He is back five minutes later, picks up the stash and goes looking for the female. He returns at 14:15 and feeds on some scraps left of the platform before flying off at 14:20. He is back at 15:35 and ten minutes later, lands with the previously stashed prey. The female flies in and takes it from him. She feeds on it and flies off at 15:50 and the male soon follows. He is back at 16:15 until 17:05. He returns briefly at 18:00 and flies in with the female at 19:10. He quickly leaves but she sits on the ledge until 19:25. He is back briefly at 19:45 and she flies in at 20:35 and falls asleep on the platform.

2 April – the female remains on the ledge until 6:05 when she goes into the box on the arrival of the male; they both fly out after a few minutes bonding. The male is back briefly at 6:25 and 6:40. He returns again at 6:50 carrying some scraps of a previous meal and is followed by the female who takes the scraps from him. They go into the box after she has fed on the snack and they fly off a few minutes later. He is back briefly at 7:55, 8:55, 10:30, 10:55 and 11:10. At 11:30 he remains for 15 minutes and at 12:45 for ten minutes. The female flies in with Feral Pigeon prey at 13:20. It looks as if she has already feasted on it, so sits with it on the platform until 13:55 when she partially plucks then stashes the meal in the box. The male makes a brief visit at 13:50. She leaves at 14:05. The male flies in at 14:25, picks up the stash and flies off. He is back briefly at 15:35 and returns with the stashed prey ten minutes later with the female in tow. She grabs her meal and he flies out. She re-stashes it before leaving at 16:00. The male returns 15 minutes later, picks up the stash and flies off. He is back without it at 16:40 and remains on the platform until 17:00. The pair fly into the box a few minutes later but the male soon leaves; she follows at 17:10. The male is back at 18:05 with the stash and the female flies in and takes it from him; he leaves and she feeds on the prey. At 18:30, he is in the box watching the female. She calls to him loudly and after 15 minutes he moves to the ledge and she continues with her meal. She stashes the remains at 18:50 and the male immediately runs in, snatches them and flies out; the female follows. The pair are back in the box at 19:50 but the male leaves soon after. The female remains in the box until 22:30 when she moves to the ledge.

1 April – the male brings in a small item of prey at 00:20 which the female stashes. He is back at 1:35 but flies out as the female runs towards him. He tries to land a few minutes later but the female is blocking his route. At 1:50, she checks her stash then falls asleep on a very windy platform until 5:05 when the male arrives and goes into the box. She joins him and there are a few moments of bonding before he leaves; she returns to the ledge. The male is back in the box at 6:10 for ten minutes. The female flies off at 6:25 and the male flies in at 6:35 for ten minutes. Surprisingly, there is no activity recorded for over four hours! As 11:05, the female flies in with fresh Feral Pigeon prey which she plucks and eats on the platform. She stashes the sizeable remains at 11:30 and flies out a few minutes later to be replaced by the male. He sits on the platform for ten minutes looking at the stashed meal, then picks it up and plucks more of it before flying off with it. The female flies in at 12:05 with the stashed meal – no doubt having been found by the male – and takes it into the box. She moves to the ledge and leaves at 12:20 to be replaced by the male who recovers the pigeon and feeds on it on the platform. He has finished eating at 12: 40 but there is still plenty left, so he sits on the ledge calling for ten minutes then flies off, but he is back clutching the prey at 13:05. Thirty minutes later, he proceeds to pluck more of the meal. He flies out at 13:55 and returns with the female in tow. She snatches the meal from him, and he flies off. She stashes it at 14:15 and flies off but the male is back, picks up the meal, plucks a little more, feeds a little more then, sits on the ledge looking around until flying off at 15:30. He returns to the box at 16:05 for a few minutes and is back again at 16:10, this time with the prey and the female. He flies out and she leaves with her meal. They are back in the box 15 minutes later, the female carrying her meal which she stashes. There are five minutes of bonding before the male leaves with the female following soon after. The male flies in and grabs the stashed pigeon and leaves with it at 16:45. He makes five short visits before 18:00 when he flies in with the meal and the female. He goes into the box, she stashes the meal (again!), and there are a few minutes of bonding. Strangely, he picks up the stash and flies off whilst the female is still in the box! She soon follows. He is back at 18:55 for ten minutes. He returns at 20:30 and two females are seen to fly past in the lights of the Cathedral. He runs into the box and flies out immediately the female lands. She walks into the corner of the box and remains there until 23:50 when she moves to the ledge.

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