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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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JANUARY 2020

8 January 2020 – video: the female sits on a high cross on the Cathedral spire during the Peregrine Watch day.

19 January – the ale flies in at 7:55 and sits on the ledge. he flies out at 9:35. The first appearance of the female is at 15:25 when she flies in obviously well fed with a full crop. The male is back at 16:55 and he walks into the box. There is quiet chipping between the pair. He moves to the ledge 15 minutes later and preens until 17:40 when he flies out. The female falls asleep and remains on the ledge until midnight at least.

18 January – a pair of Stock Dove arrive at 9:05 but fly out a few minutes later. The female arrives at 11:45 with a full crop and sits on the ledge. she goes into the scrape when the male arrives at 12:10 and he joins her briefly a few moments later before returning to the ledge, then flying off. She moves back to the ledge at 12:15. The male is back at 16:30 and she moves back to the scrape. He joins her briefly but soon moves to the platform then returns to the ledge. the is calling between the pair. He flies off at 16:50 and she moves to the ledge and falls asleep at 17:10. She is awake at 22:30 and spends her time preening until flying off at 23:05.

17 January – the male arrives briefly at 7:00 and is back again at 7:35. He goes into the box when the female arrives 10 minutes later. They swap places a few minutes later and the female moves to the opposite ledge after another 5 minutes, but the pair then fly off together. The male returns at 9:55 and goes into the box on the arrival of the female at 10:30 but they soon swap places. after tending the scrape for a few moments she walks to the ledge and forces the male to fly off and land on the opposite ledge. she starts to get a little ‘agitated’ at 10:55 and walks onto the platform in front of the male calling loudly and head bobbing. After a few minutes she flies off and is quickly followed by the male. He is back a few minutes later and the female re-joins him at 11:30. She goes into the scrape and after a few minutes walks to the ledge and forces the male out. She flies off at 11:55. The pair return within a few moments of each other at 15:50. The male goes into the scrape whilst the female sits on the ledge. she flies off at 16:00 and he runs to the platform to watch her go and follows after her. The male returns at 16:45 and flies off at 17:20.

16 January – the male flies in at 7:40 and is joined by the female at 7:55. He goes into the scrape but is soon forced out by the female and retreats to the ledge. after a few minutes she walks towards him and he flies off and she follows. The female returns at 12:20 calling and looking around but soon settles on the ledge flying off after an hour. The male makes a brief visit at 14:50 but there is no further activity on camera.

15 January – the pair fly in together at 6:10, the male flying off half an hour later. The female remains on the ledge and is re-joined by the male at 7:10. He picks at stones on the platform and swallows a few. The female does likewise at 7:55 and walking towards him, forces him to fly out. He attempts to make a landing a few moments later but her position stops him but he is back soon after. They sit on opposite ledges until 8:20 when they fly off together. The female is back quickly but flies out again at 9:00 returning briefly 10 minutes later with a fresh prey item – Golden Plover. She returns at 12:05 and moves into the box at 12:45 when the male arrives with a full crop. She sits in the scrape and moves stones and tends the general area returning to the ledge 10 minutes later. They fly off together at 13:30. The female is back at 14:20 remaining until 16:50.

14 January – the female arrives at 5:45 and promptly falls asleep until 6:55 when the male flies in. There is calling and posturing between the pair. He flies out 10 minutes later and she sits on the ledge. He returns briefly at 7:35. The male is back again at 8:55 and the female goes into the scrape for a few minutes. they fly off together at 9:10 but the male is soon back. He is joined by the female at 10:35 and they sit opposite each other until the male flies out 2 hours later. At 13:15, the female must be getting hungry as she starts to search the box for scraps and picks at feathers on the platform before returning to the ledge. she flies off at 13:40. The pair fly in together at 14:15 and the female goes into the box initially searching for food by a column then sitting in the scrape. The male flies off 10 minutes later whilst the female moves a few stones and tends the scrape and surrounding area. She moves to the platform at 15:05 and then the ledge, flying off 15 minutes later.

13 January – the female flies in at 7:15. She walks into the scrape when the male flies in at 7:35. She forces him from the ledge a few minutes later and he sits on the platform then moves to the ledge. They fly off together at 8:30. The male is back 25 minutes later but flies off at 10:40. The female flies in 30 minutes later with a full crop and carrying the remains of her meal which she eventually stashes by a column and then sits on the ledge. the male arrives at 11:35, spies the stashed remains, snatches them and flies off; the female watches him go. The female walks into the scrape when the male returns with a full crop at 13:40. She tends the scrape and surrounding area. They swap places after 10 minutes. At 15:10, the female returns to the scrape and pushes the male back to the ledge. She moves to the ledge 10 minutes later and he flies out. She leaves at 15:40.

12 January – the male flies in at 5:35 and sits on the ledge until flying out at 7:15. He is back at 8:10. He goes into the box when the female arrives at 8:35 with a full crop. He moves to the opposite ledge 10 minutes later, flying off at 9:55. The female leaves 15 minutes later. The male is back at 10:15 but flies off again at 11:00. The pair return together at 15:25 and the female goes into the scrape. She moves a few stones around and tends the surrounding area. She moves to the platform in front of the male 10 minutes later and there is a period of calling between them before the male flies off. When he returns at 16:35, she walks into the box and he picks up stones from the platform then sits on the ledge. they fly off together at 16:45.

11 January – the female remains from the previous evening sleeping on the ledge until 6:15 when she flies off. The pair fly in together at 7:50 and there is calling and posturing. The male leaves after a few minutes whilst the female remains on the ledge until flying off at 8:00. The male replaces her on the ledge and goes into the scrape at 9:05 when the female returns but flies out soon after. He is back after 5 minutes and the pair immediately fly off together. He returns quickly and settles back on the ledge. the female returns at 10:20 and after a brief calling session, walks into the scrape. A few minutes later, she walks to the ledge and forces the male to fly out and land on the opposite side. At 11:10, they fly off together, the male returning quickly. Something overhead catches his eye at 11:55 and he flies out. They both return at 12:05, the female with a full crop. At 13:50, the female walks into the scrape and moves a few stones returning to the ledge 15 minutes later. The male flies out at 15:25 with the female remaining until 16:20.

10 January – the male arrives at 7:40 but leaves half an hour later. He returns at 9:45 sitting on the ledge preening until flying off at 11:10. The female flies in 10 minutes later and sits on the ledge until she moves into the box 2 hours later when the male arrives. There is calling between the pair and the female tends the scrape until the male flies off calling at 13:30. She moves to the ledge to watch him, then follows 5 minutes later. He is back at 14:20 and goes into the box a few minutes later awaiting the arrival of the female. He moves back to the ledge when she does not fly in, leaving at 14:45. He returns at 15:30 but flies off an hour later. The female flies in at 21:25 and falls asleep on the ledge remaining until midnight at least.

9 January – the male flies in at 7:10 but leaves 5 minutes later. The female flies in at 7:35 and is joined by the male 20 minutes later. She goes into the scrape but moves to the ledge a few minutes later, forcing the male out. She follows a few minutes later. She returns with a full crop and the remains of her meal at 9:00. She stashes the remains by a column and settles on the ledge. the male flies in at 9:15 and the female goes into the scrape. He notices the meal remains and snatches them and flies off. The female returns to the ledge. the male joins her at 12:35 with a large crop and goes into the box. After a few minutes, the female forces him out and takes over in the scrape. She returns to the ledge 10 minutes later and the well-fed pair sit opposite each other. The female falls asleep at 14:00 and the male flies off 5 minutes later. She remains on the ledge preening and dozing until 16:00 when she flies off. .

8 January – the pair fly in together at 2:55 and there is calling between them. The male leaves 5 minutes later but the female remains on the ledge until 7:00 when she flies off. The male returns at 7:55 but flies off after 10 minutes. the female is back half an hour later and goes into the scrape when the male flies in at 10:20. She tends the scrape and surrounding area until 10:35 when she swaps places with the male. He flies off after a few minutes. she flies off at 11:00. The male is back at 11:45 and goes into the scrape and moves a few stones around before returning to the ledge. He flies off at 14:05 and there is no further activity on camera. Today was a Peregrine Watch day and both birds were in evidence for the majority of the morning, sitting on a spire cross if not on the platform. The female went missing for 45 minutes between 11:45 and 12:30 after flying south. We would like to thank everyone who came to view and ask us questions and keeping us company. In particular we would like to say “Hello” and “thank you” to the staff and pupils of West Gate School, Leicester for their enthusiasm for the project. It was a pleasure to meet you all and we look forward to seeing you at a future event.

7 January 2020 – video: The female has been spending a lot of time tending the scrape. Looking good for the upcoming season.

7 January – the male flies in at 7:45 and goes into the box on the arrival of the female 20 minutes later. He sits in the scrape and true to form is soon displaced by the female. He flies out and she returns to the ledge. He re-joins her at 8:45 but flies out 15 minutes later. She moves into the box when he returns at 9:25. She sits in the scrape and there is calling between the pair. She moves back to the ledge after 10 minutes. the pair spend a lot of time preening. He flies off at 9:55, returning 20 minutes later when the female leaves. He looks to have had a good meal. They sit on opposite ledges until 12:15 when the male flies out briefly. On his return, the female moves into the box where she tends the scrape, returning to the ledge 15 minutes later. She takes a brief flight after 5 minutes the falls asleep until he flies off at 14:50. She leaves at 16:20.

6 January 2020 – video: the pair greet each other in the box.

6 January – the male arrives at 5:55 but flies out at 6:20. The pair fly in together at 7:45 calling. The male walks into the box and is quickly pursued by the female. There is calling and posturing and the male hides behind the central column. The female forces him into the corner of the box but he escapes to the ledge. She joins him on the opposite side 5 minutes later. They fly off together at 8:10, the male returning half an hour later. He runs into the box at 9:20 as the female arrives and she forces him from the scrape back to the ledge. she sits in the scrape shifting a few stones and preening. He flies off at 9:45 and she moves to the ledge. He returns to the opposite side a few minutes later but does not stay long; she flies off at 10:10. She is back at 10:35, flying off briefly at 11:15 to be replaced by the male who goes into the box when she returns. They soon swap places and she tends the scrape and surrounds. He flies out when she moves to the ledge at 11:45 and she flies out 30 minutes later. The both return at 12:30 but the female forces him from the ledge after a few minutes. when he flies in at 13:25, she goes into the box and again tends the scrape. After a few minutes preening, she falls asleep in the scrape. She is woken by the sudden departure of the male at 14:00 and she runs to the ledge to watch him go. She remains on the ledge until 15:15 when she flies off.

5 January – the female flies in at 7:45 with an item of prey, a Pigeon, which she plucks and eats on the platform. She has finished eating at 8:20 and stashes the remains by a column. She sits on the ledge with a full crop. The male arrives a few minutes later and she goes into the box. She returns to the ledge and he sees the stashed prey, snatches it and flies off. The female remains on the ledge until 8:50 when she flies off to be replaced by the male. He too has a full crop and after picking at some scraps on the platform, sits on the ledge. he goes into the box on the arrival of the female at 11:45. They soon swap places and he then flies out. She tends the scrape and moves a few stones, returning to the ledge at 12:05. The male joins her 10 minutes later, flying off after 30 minutes. He is back at 13:20 and she goes into the box then returns to the ledge. They sit opposite one another and the female falls asleep. She goes into the scrape at 15:20. Moving back to the ledge at 15:45, she forces the male to fly off but he returns to sit opposite. The male goes into the box at 16:35 and the female flies out a few minutes later and the male moves back to the ledge. he leaves at 18:40.

4 January – the pair fly in together at 7:50 with the female carrying an item of prey – a Fieldfare. The male goes into the box whilst the female eats her meal on the platform. He flies off after few minutes. she has finished eating at 8:15 and tries to stash the remains by a column but then decides to continue eating. She stashes what little remains by a column at 8:30. The male arrives a few moments later, steals the remains and flies off. She sits on the ledge with a full crop and falls asleep until the male flies in at 9:15 and she goes into the box. There is calling and posturing between the pair and the male makes a brief visit to the box before both birds return to the ledge. The female flies out soon after and the male a few minutes later. The male is back at 11:15 and remains until 13:20. He returns at 14:45 and walks into the box a few minutes later when the female arrives with a full crop. They quickly swap places and she sits in the scrape, moving stones and tending the area. At 15:05, she starts preening whilst in the scrape. The male falls asleep on the ledge until he flies out half an hour later; the female remains in the scrape. She eventually moves top the ledge at 16:05 having spent an hour and 20 minutes in the scrape. She spends some time preening before falling asleep at 16:50, remaining until 22:15 when she flew off.

3 January – the male flies in at 7:50 but leaves 10 minutes later. He makes another brief visit at 9:05 and is back at 10:00 for 5 minutes. there was no further activity on camera today.

2 January – the female remains on the ledge from the previous evening and is joined by the male at 6:05. There is calling between the pair and he goes into the box after 10 minutes. when she flies off a few moments later, he follows. They return together at 7:50 and there is calling and posturing. The female then spends a few minutes in the scrape before moving to the ledge; the male picks at scraps on the platform, then sits on the ledge before flying off at 8:00. She leaves 25 minutes later but is back at 9:05. She goes into the box when the male flies in at 9:20 then returns to the ledge. he flies off at 9:30 returning after 20 minutes. they fly off together calling at 10:45, usually a sign of an intruder in the area. The female is back at 11:00 and goes into the scrape at 12:00 when joined by the male. She tends the scrape and surrounds then returns to the ledge 10 minutes later. The male flies off at 12:30 and is immediately followed by the female. He returns quickly then takes a short flight at 12:45. He is replaced on the ledge by the female 5 minutes later but she is off after only a few minutes and he returns. There is another short flight at 13:30 and he goes into the box 10 minutes later when the female flies in. they soon swap places and she tends the scrape and moves stones in the surrounding area. She returns to the ledge at 14:20 after spending 40 minutes in the box, the most she has spent in one period for quite some time. The male flies off at 14:45 and the female at 15:10. They return together 10 minutes later. At 15:55, she goes into the box and he flies off and she does some work on the scrape. Before moving to the ledge at 16:05. She flies off at 16:20, returning at 18:55 remaining until 20:05.

1 January 2020 – video: the female works on the scrape and surrounding area until something distracts her and she flies out of the box.

1 January – the male arrives at 9:00, well fed with a full crop. He remains on the ledge until 11:10 when he moves to the scrape on the arrival of the female. She replaces him after a few minutes, and he returns to the ledge. whilst tending the scrape, something grabs her attention and she runs past the male and flies out. He follows a few minutes later. He is back at 11:40 remaining on the ledge with a brief visit to the scrape at 13:05. He is back in the crape again at 13:35 when the female returns, and they soon swap positions and she tends the scrape. She forces him from the ledge 10 minutes later and he flies off returning at 14:25. The pair fly off together at 14:45. There is no further activity until the female flies in at 21:45 and falls asleep on the ledge remaining until midnight at least.

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