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Here is a diary of the Leicester Peregrines activities. If you have any questions or comments, please contact:

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TLC, the juvenile female, has not been recorded on camera since 10 September and TFC since the 28th. The actions of the adults suggest that they have been moved out of their territory. If you see them and their orange rings, please let us know.

OCTOBER 2019

10 October 2019 – Video: the female on the cross of the Cathedral
10 October 2019 – Video: the female on the cross of the Cathedral

14 October – the male arrives at 6:50 and flies out at 8:10. He is back briefly at 8:55. At 9:10 he flies in and goes into the box waiting for the female but returns to the ledge 15 minutes later before flying off at 11:15. He returns at 11:40 and again enters the box but is back on the ledge after 45 minutes. He flies off again at 12:35 and there is no further activity today.

13 October – the weather is very wet and there is no activity until 12:45 when the male lands and walks into the box. He remains there until 12:5, when the weather improved and he moves to the ledge. The female flies in at 13:35 with a full crop and he goes into the box. She sees something and flies off and he runs to the ledge and watches. He remains until 12:30 when he takes a brief flight. He goes back into the box when the female returns at 15:15 but they swap places a few minutes later. She creates scrapes and moves stones before settling on the ledge. The male takes a couple of quick flights at 15:25; obviously in hunting mode, and does not return after the third attempt at 15:30 until 20 minutes later when he is well fed. The female goes into the box on his arrival and she makes a scrape and moves a few stones before sitting on to the ledge. She flies off at 17:25 but he remains until 18:40. There is no further activity thereafter.

12 October – the female flies in at 7:05 remaining on the ledge until 9:00 when she flies out. The pair fly in together two hours later with the male initially in the box whilst she sits on the ledge with a full crop. They swap places a few minutes later. She then walks to the ledge and displaces the male who flies off returning after a few moments. They remain on the ledge until 13:40 when the male flies off. The female makes a short flight a few minutes later then leaves after an hour. The male is back briefly at 16:55 after which there is no further activity.

11 October – the female remains on the ledge from the previous evening then moves into the box on the arrival of the male at 7:15. There is calling between the pair, but he keeps the central column between them. They swap places 5 minutes later. The female approaches the male at 7:30 and he flies out and is immediately followed by the female. He returns after a few minutes and calls from the ledge. He flies out again at 8:00. The female is back at 9:25. She flies off at 10:05 and returns a few minutes later with the male. He goes into the box whilst she sits on the ledge and there is calling between the pair. The male leaves after 10 minutes. She flies off briefly at 11:15 then moves into the box when the male flies in at 12:45. She creates scrapes and moves stones whilst he sits on the ledge. Something attracts his attention at 13:20 and he flies off. She moves to the platform to watch him. He returns a few minutes later but he flies out again as she approaches him on the ledge. She remains there preening until moving into the box when the male is back at 16:40. She creates scrapes and moves stones until they swap positions at 17:25. He sits on the ledge 10 minutes later then the pair quickly fly off. There is no further activity today.

10 October – the male flies in at 2:50 and remains on the ledge until 7:15 when he walks into the box briefly, returning to the opposite ledge. The female flies in at 8:00 and goes straight into the box. There is calling between the pair and they swap places after 5 minutes. He walks around the box moving stones and she then picks at scraps on the platform. He flies out at 8:20 and she follows at 9:00. The male returns a few moments later and sits on the ledge preening. He makes a short flight at 9:50 and again a few minutes later. He is off again at 10:05 returning 30 minutes later. He runs into the box on the arrival of the female at 10:55 and she follows him in. He then goes to the ledge and she makes scrapes and moves the stones around. He walks to the opposite ledge at 11:15 moving stones on the platform as he goes. She remains in the box ‘tidying’ until 11:40 when she goes to the ledge and displaces the male who flies off and returns to the opposite ledge. He flies off at 12:40 and she follows 10 minutes later. The male returns at 13:15 and sits preening until flying off at 14:10. The female flies in with a full crop at 14:45 and the male joins her at 15:10. The male moves into the box at 18:45 and there is calling between the pair. The male flies out 10 minutes later, the female remaining until midnight at least.

9 October – the male arrives at 6:40 with a full crop and settles on the ledge until 7:15 when he enters the box on the arrival of the female. They swap places 5 minutes later and after a further few minutes, they are on opposite sides of the ledge. The male flies off at 8:30 and the female follows 5 minutes later. The male is soon back and sits on the ledge before leaving at 10:15, returning 10 minutes later. Something attracts his attention at 11:00 and he flies off. He is back 15 minutes later and enters the box in anticipation of the arrival of the female, but she does not land and he returns to the ledge. He flies off at 12:35. The female flies in at 13:15 but leaves 20 minutes later. The male returns at 14:05 and sits on the ledge until 15:35. There is no further activity today.

8 October – the male arrives at 6:45 with a full crop and sits on the ledge until the arrival of the female and hour later when he goes into the box. She joins him and there is calling and posturing. After a few minutes he moves back to the ledge and she moves to the opposite side 5 minutes later. She moves back into the box at 9:00 returning after 5 minutes, then flying off at 10:00. The male walks into the box at 11:35 as female flies in. After a few minutes, he flies out briefly. They settle down on opposite ledges until 12:05 when he flies off. She follows at 13:30. He returns at 13:55 and is followed immediately by the female carrying prey. He goes into the box whilst she eats her meal on the platform. He flies out 5 minutes later. She finishes eating at 14:15 and stashes part of the remains by the column and leaves a section on the platform. She sits on the ledge until 14:25 when she enters the box on the arrival of the male. He sees the remains on the platform and starts to eat it. The female watches from the box occasionally making a scrape. At 14:45, he has finished that section of the remains and notices the other part stashed by the column. He proceeds to eat that too. The female stays in the box making scrapes and moving stones. He has finishes at 14:55 and sits on the ledge with the female still in the box scraping. They eventually swap places at 16:10, the male flying out a few moments later. She flies out at 18:10.

7 October – the adult male arrives at 6:25 and is followed by the female who does an immediate U-turn and fails to land. The male leaves a few minutes later. He returns at 6:55 and enters the box on the arrival of the female 5 minutes later. She walks into the box and there is calling and posturing. The male moves to the ledge after a few minutes later, flying off at 7:15. The female then relocates to the ledge. The male returns at 7:40 and the female goes back into the box. He sits behind the column on the platform as she makes a scrape. She moves to the ledge 15 minutes later and he enters the box. He flies out at 8:05 and she follows half an hour later. The male is back with a full crop at 11:00 and sits on the ledge. The female arrives at 13:30 and the male enters the box. They swap places after a few minutes and she moves to the ledge 10 minutes later. They sit opposite each other, preening and dozing, until 15:35 when the female goes back into the box and makes a scrape. They swap places 15 minutes later and the male flies off after a few moments. The female remains on the ledge preening and dozing until 18:10 when she walks on to the platform and starts to arrange the stones! She is back on the ledge 5 minutes later, falling asleep at 18:25. She flies off at 21:55.

6 October – the adult male arrives at 7:30 but leaves soon after. He returns at 8:55 and is immediately followed by the female carrying a large item of prey despite already being well fed and sporting a full crop. He goes into the box and there is calling between the pair. He flies out a few minutes later whilst she stashes the remains of her meal by the column and then settles on the ledge. The male is back at 9:35 and whilst the female is preening, sneaks in and snatches the prey that she has stashed and flies off. At 12:05, the female walks into the box and starts to generate a scrape before returning to the ledge 5 minutes later. She remains on the ledge, swapping sides occasionally, until 18:35 when she walks along the ledge flapping her wings whilst watching the sky above, almost as if she is preventing a bird from landing. Soon after she flies off and is replaced by the male. He remains until 18:55 when he flies off.

5 October – Strangely, there was no activity at all today.

4 October – the adult female arrives at 7:15 and sits on the ledge preening before flying off at 9:45. The adult male flies in at 12:15, remaining until 13:05. He returns half an hour later before leaving at 14:30. There is no further activity today.

3 October – the adult male arrives at 6:45 and is joined a few moments later by the female with a full crop. There is calling between the pair and 10 minutes later both are in the box posturing and calling. The male then sits on the ledge but flies off at 6:00 when the female moves to the ledge. She flies off at 8:00 returning 40 minutes later. She remains on the ledge preening until 12:55 when she goes into the box on the arrival of the male. He watches as she makes a scrape in the stones. At 13:05, they swap places and he sits, out of her line of sight, behind the central column moving to the ledge 10 minutes later. She flies off at 13:50 and he follows a few moments later. There is no further activity today.

2 October – the adult male arrives at 6:30 and sits on the ledge until 7:00 when he enters the box briefly in anticipation of the arrival of the female but then returns to the ledge. He flies off at 8:40. The female flies in with a full crop and settles on the ledge. The male lands briefly at 11:45 but soon leaves. The female flies out at 13:15. There is no further activity today.

1 October – the adult male arrives at 6:55 and sits on the ledge until 7:30 when he flies off. He is back an hour later but flies off again at 8:50. He returns 10 minutes later and sits on the platform looking out before going into the box, then settling on the ledge preening. He flies off at 10:45. There is no further activity today.

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