Daily Commentary

Here, I will try and keep you up-to-date with the Leicester Peregrines activities, either through the webcams or other sources. If you have any questions or comments, please contact:

Jim Graham: jsgraham83@aol.com

SEPTEMBER

9 September – The male arrives at 5:45, leaves at 5:55 returning at 6:40. The female arrives with a Feral Pigeon at 7:00 which she plucks and eats on the platform. The male arrives at 7:10 but the female is in no mood to share and mantles the prey defensively. During there next hour she protects the prey from him. He flies off on three occasions and when he returns she resumes mantling. I have not noted her being so defensive or him being so brave/stupid. Indeed at 8:20 he attempts to steal the prey from her and ends up almost part of the meal He was lucky to get away.

Video 9 September: The female mantles the prey against the incoming male. 

Video 9 September: The male tries to snatch prey from the female and gets a lesson.

He survives and is back on the ledge at 8:55 – a little dishevelled. He remains until 10:20 when the juvenile arrives which leaves at 10:30. The female is back at 13:00 and is joined by the male at 15:00. They sit on opposite ledges. Neither seems concerned about their breakfast quarrel but the female leaves at 15:05 followed by the male 15 minutes later. The male is back after an hour and makes a few short sorties. He leaves at 17:20 with the arrival of the juvenile (PCF). The female arrives with a large pigeon and feeds it to the juvenile who is calling. At 17:35 the juvenile stands on the prey and forces the female off. The male arrives and waits for the juvenile to finish before snatching what is left. The juvenile watches the male eat the prey until the adult leaves at 18:00. The juvenile departs 5 minutes later. The male is back on the ledge at 19:45 eventually leaving at 22:45.

8 September – The male arrives earlier than usual at 4:35. He takes a short flight at 6:25. The arrival of the juvenile (PCF) at 6:55 forces him out with the juvenile leaving at 7:10. The male is back at 7:55 checks the box then sits on the ledge. He takes another short flight (probably hunting) at 8:45. He flies off at 10:25 returning 2 hours later. He sits on the ledge until 15:10. There is no further activity today.

7 September – The female finally flies off at 00:50. The male arrives at 5:25 and at 6:45 enters the box calling returning to the ledge at 7:05. He is joined by the female at 7:50 and both are in the box. After 5 minutes, they sit on opposite ledges until 8:30 when the male enters the box and hides behind the central column eventually leaving at 9:05. He is back at 10:35 and after taking a walk around the box sits on the ledge until 10:50 when he leaves. He returns at 11:05 and the female leaves a few minutes later. The male departs at 11:20 returning at 11:50 leaving at noon. He is back 20 minutes later and enters the box calling but leaves after just 5 minutes. He is back at 13:00 remaining until 14:30. He is back at 18:00 entering the box at 19:50 moving to the ledge at 20:00 eventually leaving at 21:20.

6 September – The male arrives at 5:55, quickly checks out the box and again at 6:15 before flying off at 6:30. The juvenile (PCF) arrives at 7:20 leaving 30 minutes later. The male is back at 8:00 checks the box, makes a scrape then sits on the ledge until 9:10 when he flies off. He makes a brief return at 9:45. At 10:05 he arrives with an item of prey and is followed by the juvenile (PCF) who is calling. The adult flies off at 10:10 and leaves the prey behind but the juvenile follows without taking the prey. The male returns at 15:15 and goes into the box before settling on the ledge and leaving an hour later. He is back at 17:15 and goes through the same routine and leaves after 20 minutes. He is back at 18:40 and finally eats the prey item that was left earlier in the day flying off with the remains at 18:50. At 19:55 the female arrives, the first time we have recorded her on the platform in four days, she remains preening and sleeping until midnight at least.

5 September – The male arrives at 6:05, checks the box then sits on the ledge for 5 minutes before flying off. There is no further activity until 19:20 when he returns remaining for an hour. The only action for the day.

4 September – The male is a bit later today, not arriving until 6:00 and leaves after just 10 minutes. He is back at 6:40 but leaves just 10 minutes later. He returns at 13:40 remaining until 15:50. Two hours later he is on the platform before resuming his position on the ledge leaving at 18:20. At 19:30 he returns and quickly checks the box before flying off at 19:45. The last activity for the day.

3 September – The male arrives at 5:40 remaining on the ledge until 6:45. He is back at 8:00 leaving 5 minutes later after investigating the box. There is no further activity until 18:35 when he returns to the ledge remaining until 20:45.

2 September – The male arrives at 5:35 and calls for a few minutes. St 6:00 he is joined by the female who goes into the box. After a few moments they swap places but he soon flies off. She remains on the ledge snoozing on and off until the arrival of the juvenile (PCF) at 7:00 forces her to leave. The juvenile flies off 15 minutes later returning at 8:45 before departing again at 9:05. The female arrives at 15:10 but is soon ousted by the juvenile’s return at 15:40 but he only stays a few minutes. The female is back at 15:50 and remains on the ledge preening until 16:25. The juvenile returns at 17:45 and leaves at 18:25 – the last activity of the day.

1 September – The male arrives at 5:40, leaving at 7:10 as the juvenile (PCF) arrives in the morning mist. He does not appear to be hobbling quite so badly and indeed rested on the damaged foot for some time before flying off at 7:35. At 8:25 the male returns with an item of prey – possibly Feral Pigeon, which he proceeds to pluck and eat on the ledge. At 8:50 he quickly leaves with the remains of the prey, the juvenile arriving 10 minutes later. He starts calling and soon after the male drops off a prey item which is snatched by the juvenile and he eats it. At 9:20, he leaves what remains and sits on the ledge. The male returns and finding the remains, stashes it between the columns before flying off. The juvenile leaves at 9:30. The male is back at 10:40 and 10 minutes later runs into the box calling but is back on the ledge at 11:00. He leaves 40 minutes later.  At 13:50 the female is back and retrieves the stash from between the columns. After 15 minutes eating she stashed the remains before settling on the ledge. At 16:05 she is joined by the male who retrieves the stash and proceeds to eat icon the platform with the female overlooking. He leaves at 16:20 with what little remains. The male is back at 17:10 and she goes into the box and their is calling and posturing. He returns to the ledge refusing to look at her whilst she makes scrapes in the stones. She remains there for 15 minutes before taking his place on the ledge at which time he walks to the opposite side before flying off. She eventually leaves at 21:50. There is no further activity this evening.

AUGUST

31 August – The male arrives at 5:40 settling on the ledge until 6:30 when he flies off returning at 6:45. The female arrives at 7:25 and there is calling and posturing. She goes into the box and he leaves a few moments later. By 7:30 she is on the ledge where she remains until the male arrives at 12:30 when she goes into the box. After a few minutes she is back on the ledge and he hides behind the centre column before flying off. She departs at 15:30 on the arrival of the juvenile (PCF) who remains until 16:10. The male is back at 16:50 preening until he flies off at 17:55. The male arrives with a small prey item at 18:35 and settles onto the ledge when he has finished eating. He remains on the ledge until 21:15 when he leaves.

30 August – The male arrives at 5:45 but leaves after a few minutes returning at 6:00 when he goes into the box. The female soon arrives and finds a piece of stashed prey that she starts to eat. At this point the male departs. The she has finished, she sits on the ledge and preens in-between naps. The male is back at 8:25 and goes into the box. After a few minutes calling and posturing, he is replaced by the female and he goes onto the ledge before leaving at 8:30. The female makes a few scrapes in the box and is back on the ledge at 8:40. The male rejoins at 9:00 going into the box calling and posturing leaving 10 minutes later. The female remains on the ledge occasionally swapping between the sides. She leaves at 10:25 when the juvenile (PCF) arrives but he has gone after a few minutes. The adult male is back at 12:00 flying off at 12:25. A few minutes later the female is back. She is joined by the male at 15:00 and they call and posture for a few moments before he leaves after 5 minutes. The female flies off at 16:50. The male is back at 20:15 eventually leaving at 23:45.

29 August – The male arrives at 5:55, leaving briefly at 6:05 before returning to the ledge. He flies off at 6:55, returning at 8:35. At 10:25 the female arrives and goes into the box as the male remains on the ledge. At 10:30 she sits on the opposite ledge. He leaves at 10:40. The male returns at 11:30 and the pair call and posture for a few moments before the female departs. The male sits on the ledge until 13:20 when he leaves returning an hour later. At 15:20 he walks onto the platform calling before going into the box where he remains until 15:30 when he leaves as the female returns to the ledge. She departs at 16:30. The male is back at 17:00 but leaves 10 minutes later only to return and enter the box at 17:25. At 17:35 he is back on the platform looking over the city returning to the ledge at 18:10 where he stays until 21:05 the he flies off. He is back at 22:15 leaving half an hour later.

28 August – The male eventually flies off at 01:25 from the previous evening. He is back at 05:40 and sits on the ledge until 6:00 when he is displaced by the juvenile. At 6:50, the male makes an attempt to land on the platform but seeing the juvenile does a U-turn and flies off. The juvenile leaves 5 minutes later. The male is back at 8:00, flying off at 10:00 to be replaced by the juvenile at 10:05 that departs at 10:50. The male returns at 11:25 and sits on the ledge, flying off an hour later. He is back again at 13:35 sitting on the ledge preening until 21:40 when he flies off. There is no further activity this evening.

27 August – The adult male eventually flew off at 00:30 returning at 6:05. He takes a short flight at 6:35 but is back soon after. He leaves again at 6:50 returning 30 minutes later making another sortie after a few minutes. Seems likes he’s looking for breakfast. Further sorties at 7:30; 7:45 and at 7:55. Returning at 8:20 he is off again at 8:25 but is soon back. Another attempt at 8:45 – still no joy. He is off again at 9:15 returning at 9:30 wiping it’s beak on the ledge usually indicative of just eating. He remains on the ledge until the arrival of the female at 12:30. The male goes into the box but makes a hasty exit soon after. The female had brought in prey and plucks it on the platform. After plucking, she leaves with it at 12:50 but returns a few moments later. She makes no attempt to eat it until 13:20. At 13:30 she looks as if she wants to stash the remains by the column but suddenly runs to the ledge and flies off with it. At 14:00 the male arrives with what looks like the prey that had been plucked by the female. He eats it on the platform. By 14:15 he has finished and sits on the ledge where he remains until midnight at least.

26 August – The pigeon was still on the ledge at midnight and you would have thought that it would fly off to safety soon after the male leaves but it is still there at 5:35 in the morning when the male returns – SIX hours later! Even when it his light at 6:00 the pigeon doesn’t move and the male Peregrine seems oblivious to it’s presence and flies off at 6:40. The pigeon still remains and it is not until the male arrives back at 6:55 does it feel as if it has pushed it’s luck and flies off safely – for now at least! It spent over TEN HOURS on the ledge. Is this a record? The male flies off at 7:35 for a few minutes – an attempted hunt? He then settles onto the ledge preening. He leaves at 10:05  returning 30 minutes later. He is sleeping at 10:45 when he is disturbed by the arrival of the juvenile and flies off hastily. The juvenile leaves 10 minutes later but is back at 11:40 to shelter from the rain and goes to into the box. He returns to the platform at 14:35 and looks out but is back in the box soon after – it’s still raining. At 15:45 he ventures onto the ledge where he remains until flying off at 17:00. The adult male returns at 19:10 sitting on the ledge preening until falling asleep at 22:10. He remains on the ledge until midnight at least.

Video 26 August: The stand off ends. After over 10 hours sitting on the ledge in the presence of the male Peregrine, the pigeon decides it’s time to leave – unharmed!

25 August – The female arrives at 3:05 in the dark with an item of prey that she proceeds to pluck and eat. When she has finished, she sits on the ledge and falls asleep until 5:45 when the male arrives. She goes into the box whilst he is on the platform. After a few minutes they change positions but 5 minutes later the male has flown off. At 6:00, the female is displaced by the juvenile (PCF) that leaves at 6:15. The male returns at 6:55 and sits on the platform in the morning sun. At 7:30 he sits on the ledge. He leaves at 7:50 when the juvenile arrives and soon the female is on the ledge and the two are calling. The female leaves a few minutes later and the juvenile remains on the ledge. The male is back at 8:15 and stands on the platform but leaves 5 minutes later. The juvenile walks along the ledge and it is noticeable that he is not limping quite as much today. The male is back at 8:35 and after the juvenile calls loudly quickly leaves. The juvenile then lies down on the platform in the sun but flies off at 8:50. The male is back at 9:30 and goes into the box in anticipation of the arrival of the female but she does not come so he returns to the platform and then onto the ledge at 10:40 where he remains until the arrival of the female at 11:55. He goes into the box calling whilst she sits on the ledge. He flies off soon after and she leaves at 13:05. The male is back at 17:50. At 20:25 he is joined by a Feral Pigeon that sits on the opposite ledge. The pigeon remains there for over 3 hours not daring to move or change position. Even when the male finally flies off at 23:35, the pigeon remains rooted to the spot and is still there at midnight. Want to know what happens? Me too – tune in tomorrow.

Video 25 August: a Feral Pigeon arrives on the ledge with the male Peregrine still there. It stays until midnight at least. Please note video is at x8 speed.

24 August – The adult male arrives in the dark at 4:30. He sits on the ledge and falls asleep, waking at 6:00 to start preening. At 7:45 he sits on the platform looking over the city, returning to the ledge at 8:10. At 8:30 he is back on the platform looking out and calling; the female is probably in the vicinity. He remains on the platform until 10:55 when he is displaced by the juvenile that lies on the platform for a few minutes before settling on the ledge. He eventually flies off at 12:20. He is back at 18:50 and goes into the box as it is raining. At 19:10 he moves to the platform and lies down facing the city, moving to the ledge 10 minutes later before quickly returning to the box. He flies off at 19:35. There is no further activity this evening.

23 August – A rather bedraggled and wet-looking juvenile arrives at 6:10 and heads into the box. After a few he sits on the ledge before returning to the shelter of the box. At 7:00 he sits out on the ledge but flies off at 7:10. The adult male arrives at 7:30 remaining for just 10 minutes. The juvenile is back at 8:40 and preens himself in the sun. The adult male arrive with a few scraps of prey at 8:50 and despite the juvenile calling, proceeds to eat the meal himself. He leaves at 8:55 with a few morsels remaining on the ledge. The juvenile continues to preen in the sun ignoring the bits of food – he can’t be that hungry. He flies off at 10:30 but is back five minutes later only to depart again at 10:45. At 17:00 the adult female brings in a new item of prey; what looks to be a yellow budgerigar – a mere snack for her. It doesn’t last long. She sits on the ledge until 19:50 when she picks up the morsel that was left by the male earlier in the day. Before she is able to eat it, she is displaced by the juvenile but he leaves after just a few minutes. There is no more activity this evening.

Photo 23 August: Adult female brings in a yellow budgerigar as prey.

22 August – The male arrives at 5:15 and sits on the ledge until 14:00 – almost 9 hours! He is back just 20 minutes later and leaves sometime after 17:40 when the camera fails. When they reconnect at 21:05 it is dark and he has left.

21 August – The male arrives in the dark at 2:25 and sits on the ledge until 8:10 when he flies off. He is back 20 minutes later and stands on the platform looking out over the city. at 8:45 he is displaced by the juvenile which leaves a few minutes later returning almost immediately with a small item of prey. The juvenile leaves at 9:05. At 10:15 the female arrives and is quickly followed by the male. She goes into the box whilst he sits on the platform behind the column out of her view.  There is posturing and calling and the female makes a few scrapes. At 11:25 he sits on the ledge and she joins him on the opposite corner. He flies off at 11:55 and is back 30 minutes later. The female leaves at 11:35 but the male remains until 15:55 when he departs. He returns at 16:25 and stands on the platform looking over the city until 19:20 when he moves to the ledge and finally leaves at 20:40. There is no further activity this evening.

20 August – The male arrives at 7:10. At 8:20 he walks onto the platform and postures in preparation of the female’s arrival which never comes. He returns to the ledge. He is displaced by the juvenile at 8:45 which calls loudly, eventually leaving at 12:45. The juvenile returns at 19:35 calling but leaves a few minutes later. The camera freezes at 20:05 and no further action is recorded.

19 August – The female remained on the ledge through the night. She was joined by the male at 6:10 when she went into the box. She leaves at 6:20 and the male sits on the ledge. At 6:50 he is displaced by the juvenile who leaves after just a few minutes. At 7:10 the juvenile is back leaving 30 minutes later. The male returns at 7:40 but only stays for 10 minutes. A Stock Dove paying a brief visit at 8:25 is the last action of the day.

18 August – The male arrives at 5:45 and sits on the ledge for 4 hours before flying off. He is back at 10:15. At 11:15 the female arrives and goes into the back of the box. She calls and postures to the male but he flies off. She replaces him on the ledge. The male is back at 15:40 and goes into the box. T hey call and posture as he hides behind the column. After 10 minutes they change positions until 16:00 when she returns to the ledge and he flies off. She remains on the ledge until midnight at least.

17 August – The female arrives at 4:40 and sits on the ledge preening. The male arrives at 5:20 and she goes into the box calling and posturing whilst he is on the platform trying not to look at her, hiding behind the column. After a few minutes, she goes onto the ledge and he goes into the box to a position where she cannot see him. At 6:10 she catches his eye and he flies off. She remains on the ledge and at 8:55 he returns with an item of prey – a Common Tern. The female flies off and is replaced by the juvenile who sits on the ledge watching the tern being plucked. At 9:05 the juvenile has lost patience and snatches the tern from the male and flies off with it. The male sits on the ledge and is joined by the female at 9:25. He goes into the box but flies off at 9:45. The female goes into the box and does some scraping returning to the ledge at 10:00. She leaves at 15:35. The male is back at 18:50 sitting on the ledge until 21:35.

Photo 17 August: The male brings in a Common Tern as a prey item and the juvenile sits on the ledge waiting to snatch it from him.

16 August – The damp, wet weather has been playing with the cameras and they have been going off-line frequently in the rain. We will try and address this in the near future. Consequently some of the video may be missing. The male arrives at 7:05 but by 8:15, he is replaced by the juvenile that we haven’t recorded on the platform since the 10th. He flies off at 8:35. The adult male is back at 9:05 and sits on the ledge until 10:15 when he flies off. He returns at 10:30 but leaves again at 11:40 to return at 12:00. He sits on the ledge preening until 13:25 when he flies off. At 15:50 the juvenile lands on the ledge remaining until 16:15. The adult male returns at 16:50 but only stays for 30 minutes.

15 August – After bringing in what looks like a duck just before midnight, the female sits on the ledge through the night. At 6:10, the male arrives and the female goes into the box. There is calling and posturing. The male stands on the ledge and notices the duck lying next to the column. He walks over to it, drags it onto the platform and mantles it. The female makes no attempt to prevent him having the prey and at 6:15 he flies off with it. She goes back to sitting on the ledge until 6:25 when she also flies off. The male returns at 7:20 and sits on the ledge. At 10:15 he walks to the opposite ledge and sits with his back to the sun reverting back at 10:45. The female arrives at 10:55 and the male goes into the box. There is calling and posturing. After a few minutes, the female goes into the box and the male runs out onto the platform the settles on the ledge. The female watches him from the box. She calls and makes a few scrapes. When she decides she want to sit on the ledge, he hops into the box and hides behind the central column before flying off at 11:05. She changes corners at 11:30 and flies off at 13:05. There was no further activity until 20:00 when the male arrives calling and goes into the box. He is quickly followed by the female who displaces him and he flies off returning a few minutes later. He remains on the ledge trying not to look directly at the female. At 20:15, once again, she takes his place on the ledge and he goes into the box hiding behind the column. He flies off at 20:25. She remains on the ledge until 23:30 when she flies off.

14 August – The male arrives at 5:10 and sits on the ledge preening. He flies off at 6:35 returning at 8:30. At 9:30 he walks onto the platform. Five minutes later he starts calling and within a few moments the female arrives. He goes into the box and is followed by the female. He soon runs out onto the platform and hides behind the central column. There is calling and posturing between the pair with the female still in the box and the male on the platform. At 10:00 he is more relaxed and sits on the ledge preening with the female still in the box calling occasionally. At 10:05 the female walks to the ledge and forces the male to fly off. He tries to return immediately but banks away when he sees the female still there but on his next pass lands on the opposite corner of the ledge. He walks into the box and hides behind the column but the pair continue to call. Eventually, at 10:15 the male walks onto the platform and the pair call and posture for a few moments but he soon runs into the safety of box. The female decides that she wants to go into the box and there are a few minutes of posturing before the male returns to the ledge. Although the female can see him, he feels safe as he has an easy escape route! At 10:25, the female sits on the opposite ledge. They remain there until 10:50 when the male flies off. The female hops to the opposite ledge at 15:25 returning a few minutes later. She flies off at 17:00 returning briefly at 17:10. There is no further activity until 23:55 when the female brings in a large item of prey (a duck) and stashes it beside the right-hand column. The female settles down on the ledge.

Video 14 August: Another game of hide and seek. The male evading the females attentions.

13 August – The female remains on the ledge from the previous evening until 6:20 when she flies off. The male arrives 20 minutes later, has a short flight and returns calling quietly before flying off. He is back at 7:00 and sits on the ledge until 7:25 when he leaves. The female is back at 12:05 and sits on the ledge, moving to the opposite side at 14:25. She flies off at 16:45. There was no more activity today.

12 August – The female remained on the platform sleeping overnight until 7:25 when the male arrived. He went into the box and was quickly met by the female so moved onto the ledge for just a few moments before flying off. The female followed him out. He returned at 8:00 and sat on the ledge. until 9:00 when he flew off briefly, doing so again at 10:00 and bringing in a small piece of prey which he eats. He leaves 15 minutes later and is soon back. Another hunting foray at 10:50 but is soon back and again at 12:15. He flies off at 14:35 and returns 10 minutes later looking rather wet and dishevelled. He sits on the ledge preening trying to get his feathers into good condition again and remains until 17:20 when the camera goes off-line. When it comes back on-line at 22:30, he has been replaced by the female who is sitting on the ledge preening before falling asleep.

11 August – The female arrives in the dark at 00:55 carrying prey which she stashes behind the right-hand column. She sits on the ledge and goes to sleep. She is awake at 5:25 and flies off 10 minutes later. The adult male arrives at 6:25 and notices the stashed prey but does not take it. He has a full crop so has already eaten. He sits on the ledge preening and snoozing. However, 2 hours later, he is feeling peckish and takes the stash and plucks and eats it. After finishing his snack, he flies off 10 minutes later but soon returns. He sits on the ledge and almost immediately is joined by the female. She goes into the box and he hides behind the central column. The female makes a scrape in the box whilst the male hides. Eventually, after about 20 minutes he goes into the box and the pair exchange calls and posture. After 5 minute he is back on the platform behind the column before settling on the ledge. The female remains in the box make more scrapes until 10:35 when she sits on the opposite ledge to the male. She flies off 10 minutes later with the male leaving at 11:00. He returns at 11:15 and sits on the ledge remaining until 15:05. The female flies in at 19:25 and remains on the ledge until midnight at least.

Video 11 August – The female arrives and the male runs behind the column to ‘hide’.

Photo 11 August – The male plays peek-a-boo behind the column.

10 August – The adult male arrives at 5:10 and sits on the ledge until 6:50. The injured juvenile flies in and forces him of the ledge taking his place exactly but leaves at 7:25. The male returns at 7:45 and sits on the ledge but is displaced by the juvenile at 9:05. He calls loudly and frequently before flying off at 9:30. The Woodpigeon is back at 9:50 and walks around the box cooing and taking grit, eventually leaving at 10:05. At 10:45 the female arrives on the ledge and sits there preening until 11:50 when she is displaced by the juvenile that leaves at 12:05 returning for a few minutes at 14:40. The adult male returns at 18:05 but once again is displaced by the juvenile just 5 minutes later. The juvenile departs at 18:35. There is no further activity.

9 August – The adult male arrives at 5:25 and sits on the ledge preening. He flies off at 6:35 and is replaced by a Woodpigeon! The pigeon feeds on the grit and coos softly before going into the box for a few minutes before flying off. The adult male is back at 6:45 but he is replaced by the juvenile 10 minutes later, that flies off at 7:00. The Woodpigeon returns at 8:00, pecking at the grit and cooing at the back of the box, flying off 5 minutes later. At 9:20 the female arrives with a large Feral Pigeon which she proceeds too pluck. Ten minutes after plucking it she flies off with the prey. A few minutes later, the adult male arrives walks around the box and pecks at a few morsels before sitting on the ledge. He flies off at 10:10. At 10:45, the Woodpigeon arrives for its pick of grit. After 5 minutes he goes to the back of the box and starts cooing and calling before leaving at 10:55. The Woodpigeon is back 15 minutes later and is soon joined by a second. Both fly off after 5 minutes. The Woodpigeon returns at 17:20 goes to the back of the box and leaves 10 minutes later. At 19:30 the injured juvenile arrives and hops into the box – it is raining. He sits at the back of the box, has a preen and hops to the ledge after 5 minutes. He flies off at 19:45. There is no further activity this evening.

8 August – The adult male arrives at 5:10 and sits on the ledge preening. He flies off at 9:00 just as the Peregrine Watch team arrives to set up! He returns to the ledge at 10:15. During this period, the female is noted sitting on one of the cross on the north face of the spire. At 11:05, the adult male is replaced by the injured juvenile (PCF). He sits on the ledge looking over the city. At 12:20 he flies off. From the Watch Point, we could see that he was chasing a pigeon. Although he missed his quarry, the fact that he was in hunting mode was good news. Hopefully this means that he can look after himself despite the injury to the foot he is currently showing. At 12:40 a Woodpigeon arrives and walks around the box pecking at the grit. It spends about 30 minutes taking the grit before walking onto the platform, having a quick preen and then flying off!

Video 8 August: Woodpigeon feeds on grit in Peregrine nest box!

At 13:20, the Woodpigeon returns and is quickly joined by a second bird. They leave after 5 minutes only for one to return an hour later, flying off after 15 minutes. What looks to be the male of the two Woodpigeons is back again at 15:10 and after taking some grit, sits at the back of the box cooing. The acoustics must be good!

Video 8 August: Woodpigeon cooing from the back of the Peregrine nest box. There is only one way this is going to end!

He leaves at 15:30 only to return at 19:05 to do some more cooing leaving 10 minutes later. There is no further activity today.

7 August – The adult male arrives at 8:25 and walks into the box before returning to the platform/box sitting in the shade out of the direct sun. At 10:10 the female lands and goes to the box. There is calling and posturing before the male stands on the platform hiding behind the central column so the female cannot see him directly. She makes a scrape or two and they call occasionally to one another but in the main, he refuses to meet her eyes preferring the safety of the column between them. This goes on for over an hour until 12:00 when the male sits on the ledge. He soon jumps to the opposite ledge so that the female cannot see him. When she moves to the ledge at 12:45, he goes into the box and hides behind the column!  Eventually, at 14:10, he is brave enough to sit on the ledge opposite the female. He flies off at 15:45, she remains on the ledge. She finally flies off at 19:25. There is no more activity today.

6 August – The adult male arrives at 5:05 and sits on the ledge preening. He leaves at 7:50 as the female arrives with a Magpie as prey followed by the injured juvenile. After 5 minutes she leaves the juvenile to feed on its own. The juvenile leaves a few minutes later – I cannot see if he has taken or left the prey item. At 8:55 a Woodpigeon arrives and has a walk around the box and platform pecking at the grit. The juvenile returns at 10:00 and calls loudly. He remains on the ledge until 10:25 when he flies off. The adult female returns at 12:30 and sits on the ledge preening. She leaves at 16:40 as the juvenile flies in calling. He leaves at 17:00. There is no further activity today.

5 August – The adult male arrives at 6:55 and goes into the box before sitting on the ledge facing into the city. he flies off at 7:10 being replaced by the female who goes into the box and makes a few scrapes then settles on the ledge. She flies off at 8:55. The injured juvenile arrives at 16:05 and sits on the ledge. It is now 2 weeks since he picked up the injury. He flies off after just 5 minutes but is back almost immediately and calling loudly. He leaves again at 16:45. The adult male is back at 18:00 and sits on the ledge until 22:30 and it is dark. There is no further activity.

4 August – The adult male arrives at 6:00. he sits on the ledge for 10 minutes and then flies off. He returns at 8:50 and flies into the box calling. After a few minutes, he walks onto the platform and then sits on the ledge. At 9:30 the juvenile arrives on the opposite ledge calling continuously. The male leaves soon after. At 10;10 the female arrives with what looks to be a Black-headed Gull. She feeds it to the juvenile although he continues to call whilst being fed. At 10:20, the adult leaves the remains with the juvenile and flies off. The juvenile sits on the ledge. Five minutes later the adult male arrives, takes the remains of the gull and proceeds to eat it whilst the juvenile is still calling. the adult finishes at 10:45 and sits on the ledge but leaves 5 minutes later. The juvenile remains but swaps corners at 11:50. He has stopped calling and is now preening. The male is back at 11:50 and stations himself on the opposite side of the ledge. He leaves after 20 minutes with the juvenile calling. The juvenile eventually leaves at 14:20. At 15:30 the female arrives and sits in the middle of the ledge – mostly out of sight before moving to the corner. She leaves at 19:35. There was no more activity this evening.

3 August – The adult male arrives at 4:50 and sits on the ledge until 7:35 when he flies off. He returns at 11:30 standing on the platform in the shadow. At 13:20 the sun is not so bright so he sits on the ledge. He remains there until 17:00 when he flies off. There is no activity today.

2 August – The adult male arrives in the dark at 4:15. He leaves as soon as he sees the juvenile approach at 6:05. He sits on the ledge until 6:30 when he flies off, returning at 7:00. He flies off at 7:35. At 8:00 the male arrives with prey, a juvenile Great Spotted Woodpecker, and is immediately followed by the injured juvenile that grabs the prey from the adult and mantles it. He starts plucking the woodpecker. He has finished by 9:00 and sits on the ledge. At 10:45 he flies off and is replaced by the adult male. He sees the head of the woodpecker has been left and doesn’t let it goto waste! He has a look around the box and then sits on the ledge. From 11:00 onwards, he stands on the platform in the shadow following it as it moves across the platform, venture onto the ledge when the sun is not too strong but returns to the shade when it is. At 13:00 he sits on the ledge where he remains until 16:35 when he flies off. At17:45 the female arrives but flies off almost immediately. She is replaced by the injured juvenile. He hops around the platform looking for scraps then sits on the ledge, leaving at 18:05. At 18:35, the adult male arrives with a Starling. He looks around, most probably for the juvenile but with no sign at 18:40, he plucks and eats the prey. Half way through he is disturbed by the juvenile that snatched the remains from him, takes the prey to the corner, mantles it and proceeds to eat. The adult leaves hastily. The juvenile has finished at 19:15 and sits on the ledge, flying off at 20:10. There is no further activity this evening.

Video 2 August: The injured juvenile snatches a Great Spotted Woodpecker from the adult male.

1 August – The adult female remains on the ledge from the previous evening until 5:35 when she goes to the back of the box when the male arrives. There is much posturing and calling. The male enters the box but quickly returns to the platform. After a few minutes the female runs out the box and flies off. The male sits on the ledge. At 6:15 the male flies off as the juvenile arrives. He finds a prey stash and proceeds to eat it. He has finished by 7:00 and sits on the ledge. He flies off at 8:25. The female arrives at 9:00 and cleans up the scraps left by the juvenile. At 9:10 she goes into the box and makes scrapes and moves stones for the next hour. When the juvenile arrives calling at 10:15 she leaves immediately. The juveniles sits on the ledge, flying off at 11:40. The adult male returns a few minutes later and sits on the ledge, flying off at 12:00. He returns briefly at 18:30 but leaves almost immediately. The juvenile is back at 18:45 and picks at a few scraps. Although he is still hopping from his injury, it is not as pronounced. He sits on the ledge before flying off at 19:40, returning an hour later and leaving again at 20:50. There is no more activity this evening.

JULY

31 July – Sitting own the ledge from the previous evening, the juvenile falls asleep at 00:25. He wakes at first light, 5:05, but remains on the ledge until 6:55 when he flies off. At 8:00, the adult male arrives with a live Feral Pigeon immediately followed by the juvenile calling loudly who tries to snatch it from the adult. The male starts to pluck the prey with the juvenile calling incessantly. He manages to snatch the headband takes that o the back of the box whilst the adult continues pluck the prey. At 8:10, the adult relents and allows the juvenile to take over the plucking. The adult flies off. The juvenile is putting much more pressure on his injured foot than previously – a good sign. At 8:55 he sits on the ledge – full. He remains until 14:20 when he flies returning after a few minutes. At 14:55, the adult male is back and finishes off the prey item from earlier. He finishes at 15:15 and flies off. The juvenile follows at 15:40. St 16:35, the female arrives on the ledge, feeds on a few bits of leftover prey then goes into the box and makes a scrape returning to the ledge at 16:45. She remains until 18:55 when she flies off. At 19:, she returns with prey already partially plucked which she stashes by the column and then sits on the ledge. The adult female remains on the ledge until midnight at least.

30 July – At 1:00, the juvenile walks around the box and has a preen before settling down again. At 2:55 he sits out on the ledge. where he remains unit; 5:45 when he flies off. There is no further activity until 19:10 when the juvenile returns. At 20:10 he picks up a few of the scraps left on the platform. He is using his injured foot and occasionally his right wing for balance. He sits on the ledge until midnight at least.

29 July – The female arrives on the ledge at 5:55 and finishes off what was left of yesterday’s meal. She flies off at 6:35. The injured juvenile arrives at 8:00. It looks too breezy sitting on the ledge and so he goes into the box for shelter. At 11:45, he takes a brief hop onto the ledge but returns to the box immediately. At 12:55, he tries again and sits on the ledge until 17:15 when he returns to the box. !0 minutes later he is on the platform, hunkered down from the wind. But it is still too breezy and he returns to the box. At 18:55 he has another try on the ledge but is soon back. He try again briefly at 19:10. At 19:40 he hops out of the box and flies off. The female arrives at 19:55 and is soon followed by the juvenile calling loudly, at which point, she leaves. He juvenile departs at 20:50 for a few moments returning to the box. At 22:50, in the dark, he walks out to the ledge, looks out over the city for a few minutes and then returns to the box. He remains in there until at least midnight.

28 July – The adult male arrives at 5:40 calls for a few minutes then sits on the ledge. At 7:20, he walks on to the platform and starts posturing and calling. He looks out over the city before flying off at 7:30. The injured juvenile arrives at 7:35 and sits on the ledge. At 9:35 he hops along the platform and picks up a scrap which he manages to hold in his injured foot – he seems to be improving and is not using his wings as stabiliser as much. After he has the small piece, at 10:00 he lies on the platform in the sun. The adult female startles him on her return at 12:10 and he calls out loudly – he was probably sleeping. The female leaves almost immediately. The juvenile finds another morsel and starts eating it using his injured foot as best possible. He then sits on the ledge, moving to the centre at 13:30 before returning at 13:50 and back again at 14:20. At 16:40 he goes to the back of the box out of the wind and out of sight! He returns to the ledge at 16:55 calling loudly. At 17:25, the male brought in live Feral Pigeon. The juvenile immediately tries to grab it from the male but he takes it into the box and the juvenile watches as the pigeon is plucked. The juvenile sits on the ledge calling as the male plucks the prey but before he has even managed to make inroads, the juvenile grabs the prey from the male and drags it into the back of the box using his injured leg. The adult eats the head of the pigeon before flying off. The female arrives at 17:30 and sees the juvenile plucking the prey and leaves immediately. With a full crop, he hops to the back of the box to rest. He returns to the ledge at 18:35. At 18:50, the female lands on the platform and drags the remains of the pigeon from the box. She feeds herself for 10 minutes then takes the remainder and feeds the juvenile. She leaves at 19:10 and the juvenile retreats to the back of the box after another 10 minutes but returns to the ledge at 19:40, flying off at 20:45. There is no more activity this evening.

Video 28 July – The juvenile takes control: After not feeding well for most of the day, the male brings in a Feral Pigeon. The juvenile gets impatient and grabs the prey from him and takes it to the back of the box to pluck and eat.

27 July – The injured juvenile remained on the ledge overnight, hopping to the other side at 1:55. At 4:45, he hobbles back. At 5:05 he suddenly flies off returning after about 30 seconds hot on the tail of the adult female that brings in a Feral Pigeon. The female tears pieces off the prey and feeds them to the juvenile and accepts the meal readily, calling continuously. By 5:15, his crop is full and the female feeds herself. The juvenile sits on the ledge and despite being full, continues to call. The female is finished by 5:30, stashes what little is left of the pigeon and flies off. The juvenile sits quietly then hops to the other corner of the ledge. At 5:35, he hops to the back of the box returning to the ledge a few minutes later. At 5:50, the adult male arrives, picks up the stashed prey and feeds himself, flying off 5 minutes later. The juvenile calls loudly from the ledge. At 9:30, he hops to the right side. At 10:20 the juvenile starts calling loudly and hops to the centre of the ledge announcing the arrival of the adult male with what looks to be a Moorhen. The juvenile ‘runs’ at the male, grabs the prey off him and drags it into the box. The male makes a hasty retreat. The juvenile stands on the prey with his poorly leg and using his wings to keep balance, manages to pluck the prey and feed himself. It looks like he may have turned a corner as he is putting more weight on the damaged foot. He sits on the ledge at 10:35 until 11:35 when he flies off. The female arrives at 13:40 and picks up the remains of the Moorhen and eats it. After 20 minutes she sits on the ledge and flies off after another 20 minutes. The male arrives at 15:05 looks around the platform and finds a bit of leftovers to feed on. The male flies off at 16:15 as he see the juvenile approaching. The injured youngster sits on the ledge calling for a few minutes before settling down, finally leaving at 17:40.

Video 27 July: The injured juvenile feeds itself again.

26 July – The adult male arrives at 5:40 but leaves less than 5 minutes later. The injured juvenile PCF arrives on the platform at 8:30 and starts calling. He remains in the one position until 11:05 when he hops onto the opposite ledge where he stays until 13:35 the he flies off. The adult male arrives at 15:05 and sits on the ledge. He is displaced by the injured juvenile at 10 minutes later. He calls occasionally before flying off at 16:30. At 17:35, the female arrives and goes into the box and makes a few scrapes before sitting on the ledge. She leaves at 19:35 just as the juvenile arrives. He sits on the ledge for 20 minutes before flying off, returning at 20:30, where he remains for the rest of the evening.

25 July – The injured juvenile remains on the ledge overnight and at 5:20 hops across to the opposite corner. He eventually flies off at 6:20. At 14:10, a local Stock Dove sits on the ledge but thinks better of it. At 14:55 the male arrives quickly followed by the female. He goes into the box whilst she is on the ledge. They call to one another. He partially hides himself behind one of the columns and when the female starts calling again, he flies off a few minutes later. The female remains on the ledge preening. At 15:25, she flies off just as the injured juvenile flies in. He is still unable to put much weight on his right foot. He hops around the platform searching for a few scraps of food. Then sits on the ledge preening. At 19:45, he flies off. The male returns at 20:05. He sits on the ledge preening, finally leaving at 21:35. There is no further activity.

24 July – The male arrives at 9:10. At 9:20 he goes to the opposite ledge and then walks into the box. He follows the line of the shadow and at 10:10 stands in the shadow. As the shadow line moves forward, so does he. He remains on the platform until 12:25 when the arrival of the injured juvenile (PCF) calling forces him to fly off. The juvenile continues to call for a few minutes before settling on the ledge. The juvenile remains on the ledge until midnight at least. There are no visits from the adults.

23 July – The adult male arrives at 6:45 and finds a few scraps from the previous day’s prey but flies off 5 minutes later. The female arrives at 8:45 but leaves almost immediately but returns to the ledge at 13:10 remaining until 14:35. The male arrives on the ledge at 15:45 flying off 2 hours later. The male arrives in the dark at 22:25 and sits on the ledge until 23:30 when he flies off. There is no more activity.

22 July – One of the juveniles (most probably PCF) arrives on the ledge at 5:50. It is obvious that he has a bit of a limp but otherwise looks healthy. At 8:10 he hops to the opposite ledge.  The adult male arrives at 8:15 and goes into the box. The juvenile calls to him, runs/hops towards him and the adult flies off. At 8:20, the juvenile flies off returning an hour later and sits on the ledge. He goes into the box at 9:45 looking for food. There in none and he flies off at 9:50. The adult female arrives at 13:35. She sits on the ledge preening and sleeping. At 16:35, she looks skywards and something grabs her attention. She flies off, returning 90 seconds later with a pigeon as prey. She starts to pluck it and at 16:45 is joined by the juvenile (PCF) who calls incessantly. The female pulls pieces from the prey and feeds then to her offspring. The adult flies off at 17|:00. The juvenile does not feed himself and sits on the ledge. At 18:20, the adult male arrives and picks up the prey item and feeds himself. The juvenile is calling constantly. After 10 minutes the juvenile hops towards the adult who drags the prey into the box, gives the youngster a few morsels then leaves it with the prey and sits on the ledge then flies off. The juvenile has trouble holding down the prey with his damaged foot so cannot feed easily. He hops to the ledge and looks out. He cannot put any weight on his right foot. The adult female arrives at 19:50 and picks up the prey, takes it to the juvenile and after feeding herself starts feeding the juvenile. The female flies off at 20:05 and the juvenile hops to the opposite side of the ledge and lies down on the platform for a few moments before sitting on the ledge. He flies off at 20:25. There is no further activity this evening.

21 July – The male arrives at 5:05 and calls occasionally until 5:25 when he flies off. At 5:40, he is back with a live pigeon and is quickly followed by one of the juveniles (looks like PCF) who calls incessantly. The takes the pigeon into the box and despatches it and starts to pluck it. The male feeds on the head of the pigeon whilst the juvenile sits on the ledge calling. At 5:50, the pigeon is stripped and taken to the juvenile who is still calling. The male consumes the prey in front of the juvenile and gives it a few morsels before flying off letting the juvenile fend for itself. It drags the pigeon into the box and makes short work of it. At 6:15, the juvenile has had it’s fill and sits on the ledge before flying off at 9:20. The juvenile is back at 10:05 and eventually lies down on the platform in the sun at 10:25. It returns to the ledge at 10:50, flying off 5 minutes later. The female arrives at 13:40, drags what remains of the pigeon to the platform and eats it. There is a little left after 10 minutes and she stashes it by the right hand column before flying off. She is back at 14:20 and spends a few minutes staring at the stashed pigeon before removing it and resuming her meal. By 14:40 there is nothing left and she sits on the ledge. The male arrives at 16:10 and goes to the back of the box. He does a few scrapes and is soon joined in the box by the female where they go through their posturing and calling. After a few moments he goes on to the platform and finds a few scraps of the female’s meal that he picks at. The female stares intently at him from the box. He sits on the ledge and the female then goes into the corner of the box facing into the box, a position I have not seen her take before. After a few minutes she resumes her gaze on the male and then goes and sits on the opposite ledge. The male flies off at 16:35. At 17:35, the female flies off and immediately a juvenile (PCF) lands on the ledge that goes and hides behind the central column! He eventually moves to the corner until 20:50 when he goes into the box looking for food. Finding none he returns to the platform flying off after 5 minutes. There is no further activity today.

Photo: 21 July: Juvenile PCF looking for food.

20 July – The male arrives on the platform at 13:45 remaining until 15:20 when he flies off. He was noted on the spire at 15:45 plucking a juvenile Great Spotted Woodpecker. At 16:25, the female arrives on the ledge and when the male returns at 16:55, she goes into the box. The male flies off after just a few moments and the female goes back to the ledge. She departs at 20:00. There was no further activity noted at the platform today. One of the juveniles was seen on the top of the BT Cardinal building in the late afternoon.

19 July – The female was already on the platform at midnight from the previous evening. She is joined by the male at 5:05. She goes to the back of the box whilst he sits on the platform for a few minutes before joining her in the box. they posture and call for 10 minutes until he returns to the platform. At 5:20, the female suddenly takes off an flies out of the box landing on the ledge a few moments later. The male goes into the box. They call to one another and he makes a few half-hearted attempts at a scrape. At 5:40, after checking an old stash area, he flies off, the female remaining on the ledge. He returns at 7:20 and goes into the box. They call to each other. Again he does a little scraping under the watchful eye of the female. After 5 minutes, she walks into the box and they posture for a few seconds before he flies off. She does some scraping and stone moving before returning to the ledge. At 9:50, she is again at the back of the box and spends the next 20 minutes scraping and stone moving returning to the ledge at 10:10. However, at 10:35 she walks to the back of the box scraping en route.

Video 19 July: Female making a few scrapes

The male is back at 10:40 and sits on the ledge. The female flies off at 11:10 returning at 12:00 when the male goes into the box. He makes a few small scrape attempts then makes a hasty retreat, flying off at 12:05. At 19:00 she flies off but is back within a few minutes. At 20:25, she leaves for the evening.

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JUNE

As there is now very little activity in the box, there will be no further updates unless something unusual happens.

9 June – The female remained on the ledge throughout the night whilst the chicks lay in the corner. PCF was particularly restless, flapping and preening for most of the time. At 4:05, both young are awake and alert and started exercising in the box and on the platform. This wakes the female from her sleep. After 10 minutes, they go back into the box and spend the next 30 minutes preening. They are on the platform at 4:50 and calling to the female. P7D pecks at her feet and after a few moments she flies off. P7D goes into the box looking for a few scraps to eat whilst PCF stays on the platform. At 5:05, both young are wing stretching and flapping whilst running around. They settle down in the box 15 minutes later; PCF mainly preening and P7D wing stretching. At 6:05, even before the female had landed, PCF was running onto the platform. He could obviously see her from some distance. He was very vocal and loud! P7D joined after a few moments. The female flew off. The young walked around the platform until 6:15 when something caught their eye below the platform on Guildhall Lane. They walked right to the edge of the ledge and peered over. They then sat on the platform looking out over the city until the female returned at 6:30 – still without a meal. She went to the back of the box looking for scraps. PCF managed to find a small piece of prey and took it onto the platform where he was pursued by P7D. He protected it from his sister by mantling the prey, the first time I have seen either of the young do this. P7D is not happy and at 6:35 chases the female off the platform calling loudly as she does so. At 6:45, the male arrives with a Starling which is promptly taken by the arriving female. Even though PCF is standing in front of the female calling, she takes the prey into the back of the box and feeds P7D first and then PCF. By 6:55 it has all gone and the female leaves. After 30 minutes, in a role reversal, P7D goes to the back of the box whilst PCF stays on the platform. The male returns with another Starling at 7:45 and feeds both young. He leaves at 7:50 being replaced by the female 2 minutes later – again, without food. She is hounded by both young but sits tight on the ledge. At 8:10, another first! PCF joins his mother sitting on the ledge looking out. Not on the platform as before but the wooden edge of the platform. He is becoming more and more adventurous. Ten minutes later he is back on the platform in front of the female preening and stretching. Ay 8:35, he goes on another burst of wing flapping before settling back in the box. At 8:50, it is P7D’s turn to sit in front of the female but is ignored. At 10:00, both chicks are on the platform calling loudly. At 10:05, the male arrives with another Starling which the female takes from him and feeds both chicks. She flies off when it is finished at 10:15. The young do a couple of circuits of the platform before settling down in separate corners of the box. An hour later they are back on the platform looking out over the city. They remain there until 12:30 when PCF once again sits on the edge of the ledge whilst his sister goes into the box. They are both back on the platform at 12:45. The male arrives with something other than a Starling at 13:10 and is immediately joined by the female. However, he takes the prey into the box and starts feeding PCF before the female is able to relieve him of his catch. He feeds both chicks as the female watches on. After 10 minutes she loses patience and takes the food from him and feeds the chicks with larger pieces. The male makes a hasty retreat! It has all gone by 13:25 and the female leaves. They are both lying prostrate on the platform at 14:00 and remain so until 15:45 when they have a period of wing stretching and flapping followed by preening. They are quite active until 17:00 when they return to the box for 20 minutes and are then back on the platform. At 17:45 the female arrives with a Feral Pigeon which she feeds to both young. Just 10 minutes later, the male arrives with prey. The young concentrate on their mother as the male sits on the ledge – ignored. He starts to eat the meal himself but after 5 minutes P7D walks over to him having stopped being fed by the female. However, the male flies off taking his prey with him. The female finishes off the remnants of her food with the occasional interruption from P7D. She flies off at 18:10 leaving a small piece of prey behind. The young go into the box until 17:00 when they have a walkabout before settling down again. There follows a short session of mutual grooming, their new feathers obviously causing some irritation. They then huddle together in the corner until 20:25 when P7D is distracted by the piece of prey left by the female. She takes it for a walk around the platform eventually picking at it in the corner – she has learnt well. By 20:40, both young are in the box and look to be settled for the evening until the female arrives at 21:25 and enters the box. She picks up a few feathers en route and feeds them to the young. She then finds a small piece of prey and feeds it to them. At 21:30, she sits on the ledge and the chicks are settled again. The female is asleep by 22:05.

7 June – The female stood over the young sheltering them through the night until 3:00, when she went and sat on the ledge. She flew off at 4:25 whilst the young still laid at the back of the box. Just 5 minutes later, they were up and about, preening and walking around the box. They did lots of wing stretches and flapping, jumping and hopping around the box and on the platform before settling down again at 4:45. Both young went to the platform at 4:55 looking out. PCF found a bit of leftovers and took it back into the box whilst P7D stayed on the platform. PCF joined his sister at 5:25. P7D has lost almost all of her downy feathers, whilst PCF still has quite a few downy white ones hanging on. At 5:40, they both return to the box. The female returns at 6:00 and PCF immediately runs to her calling loudly. She checks on P7D before returning to the ledge. At 6:10, the male arrives with food and feeds the young, P7D first and then PCF whilst the female looks on. They are not satisfied and both young look for scraps in the stash areas. At 6:30, they are back in the box with the female on the ledge. The chicks are doing a lot of preening. The female flies off at 7:20 and 20 minutes later the young go onto the platform. Within moments, the female arrives with a large fresh Feral Pigeon which she plucks and feeds first to PCF. At 8:00, she flies off with the remains. The young flap about for 10 minutes before settling down. The female is back at 9:00 and the young rush towards her calling loudly. She looks for some scraps. She flies off to be replaced by the male – without food. He too leaves. For the next 20 minutes the young wing flap and jump around the box and platform, then settle in the box. Over the last couple of days they have become adept at standing on a wooden bar at the back of the box, in effect perching properly. Unfortunately, this sometimes means that they are out of sight of the cameras! At 9:40, they are back on the platform again, exercising. P7D is much more active than her sibling who spends much of the time lying prostrate on the platform. He is joined by his sister at 10:30. They remain like this for an hour before another 30 minutes of exercise. They are lying on the platform at 12:20. More running around flapping at 13:30 before resting in the back of the box. They are looking out from the platform at 14:00 and back in the box 25 minutes later spending most of their time preening. At 15:35, the female arrives with another large Feral Pigeon. P7D is fed first with PCF watching on and waiting his turn which does come. The female finishes what little is left 20 minutes later, whilst the young snooze in the box. She flies off at 16:05. The young lie on the platform huddled together. An hour later they are up and about preening and wing flapping settling before down on the platform again until the female arrives at 19:15, leaving a few minutes later. Lots more exercise until 19:50 when they go to the back of the box and settle down for the night in a huddle. The female arrives at 22:20 and sits on the ledge where she remains until midnight at least.

4 June – The female remans on the ledge all of the night with the chicks huddled together in the corner. She gets the occasional nap. The chicks start wing flapping and calling quietly at 4:10. P7D approaches the ledge but is persuaded to go back into the box by the female. The chicks spend the next 30 minutes preening whilst the female has a snooze. At 4:50, the female goes into the box to check the young are OK before returning to the ledge and preening. At 5:10, the chicks become more mobile and walk around the box and P7D stays on the ledge for a few minutes before returning to the box and huddling in the corner with her brother. The female leaves at 5:35. The male arrives with food at 6:20 and P7D runs up to him but before the is able to start feeding, the female arrives. She tries to take the prey from him but he flies off! The female returns to the ledge and P7D stands in front of her calling for a few minutes before returning to the box doing a few wing flaps en route. The male returns at 6:30 and both chicks plus the female run towards him! He flies off almost immediately but not before PCF has managed to take the prey from him. The chick runs to the back of the box with his bounty and refuses to give any to his sibling. The female flies off. P7D goes on to the ledge and looks out but soon returns to the box where she harasses her brother. He moves to a different corner and each time is followed. P7D pecks at her siblings tail and tries to sneak a piece of prey but PCF refuses to give in and after 5 minutes P7D gives up and goes onto the ledge and PCF finishes his meal in peace. P7D finds a morsel that was dropped and has to make do. Despite their disagreement on sharing, when both are finished they return to the corner and huddle together from the wind. At 7:15, they become active again and walk around the box and onto the ledge looking out but are back in the box after 30 minutes. The female arrives empty-handed 7:50 and both chicks run towards her. They sit next to her calling. She flies off 5 minutes later. The male arrives with prey at 8:25 followed quickly by the female who manages to relieve him of his catch. She feeds both chicks. They are finished within 10 minutes and go into the box. The male arrives at 8:40 without prey. The chicks run towards him but P7D realises he does not have any food and retreats back into the box. However, the male manages to find a few scraps and feeds them to PCF before flying off at 8:55. The chicks retreat to the back of the box until the male arrives at 9:50 with a Great Spotted Woodpecker. The female arrives immediately and takes the prey from him and feeds the chicks. It has gone by 10:05 and the female flies off. The chicks walk around the box and ledge and do a lot of wing flapping before settling down at the back of the box. They become active again at 12:00 and walk around stretching. The female arrives at 12:35 but without food. The chicks walk up to her calling. She enters the box looking for food, finds none and returns to the ledge. She flies off at 13:00. At 13:15, the male arrives with a Goldfinch. The female arrives but before she can take the prey, P7D snatches it from the male and runs into the box – obviously has learnt from her brother! She runs between corners quickly then tucks herself in. The female approaches but she runs past her with the prey to the ledge, the female turns and starts to walk to the ledge but P7D will not be moved and runs past her mother again and into the box. She will not give up her meal. The female leaves her and sits on the ledge with PCF calling. She flies off at 13:25.  At  13:30, P7D has fed enough and goes onto the ledge to join her sibling. They sit there looking out. Ten minutes later they return to the shelter of the box with the occasional foray and wing flapping session. They are back on the ledge at 14:55 where they lie prostrate out of the breeze until the female glides in on the wind with a pigeon at 15:15. They feed for 15 minutes then go to the back of the box and the female flies off with the remains. The chicks huddle together out of the wind until 15:55 when they become mobile for a few minutes before returning to the shelter of the box. The female is back at 16:40 and finds a few scraps lying around and feeds them to the chicks, leaving 5 minutes later. She returns at 17:40 but without food and searches the box. A few minutes later, the male arrives with a pigeon and the female takes it from him and feeds the chicks. When they have had their fill, the female finishes the rest then goes and sits on the ledge. She flies off at 18:15 and the chicks are settled in the corner. The male arrives at 18:40, looks around the box as the chicks call quietly and he leaves 10 minutes later. The female arrives at 20:20 and finds a few scraps to feed the chicks but leaves after 5 minutes. She is back at 21:45 and shelters the chicks and settles down for the night. She is sleeping by 22:20.

3 June – The chicks were huddled together during the night as the female sat on the ledge. It was a warm evening. She remained alert for most of the time with the occasional nap. She ventured in to see the chicks at 4:50 and was immediately greeted by P7D. She returned to the ledge and the chicks started wing flapping. P7D was the more active of the 2 young and ventured onto the ledge whilst PCF stayed in the box. The female flies off at 5:15 with the chicks huddled in the box. At 5:50, they become more active with P7D preening on the ledge whilst looking out. At 6:15, first the female and then the male arrive on the ledge both without prey. The male steps onto the ledge and is met by PCF. in a rather strange manoeuvre, he does not one but two 360 degree turns and walks past the chick into the box. He is quickly followed by the female who chases him out of the box and he sits on the ledge. In another strange action, the female makes three attempts at producing a scrape in the box. Possibly reinforcing the area where the chicks spend the night. The male flies off and the female returns to the ledge ensuring that both chicks are back in the box. They start wing flapping and P7D eventually makes her way to the ledge and is joined by PCF at 6:30. Both are mobile and very active but by 7:10 are lying prostrate on the ledge – the wind has increased. A new lease of life is found at 8:10 and the female leaves. A few minutes later the male arrives without found and sits on the ledge. both chicks approach him and are calling but PCF becomes disinterested realising there is nothing to eat. He flies off. By 8:40, both young are at the back of the box, spending the next 20 minutes wing flapping and preening. The female arrives at 9:20 without prey and sits on the ledge. The chicks run up to her calling. She continually picks up a feather and drops it, trying to get the chicks to do the same. P7D takes a feather from her and ‘plays’ with it, her brother trying to take it from her. This is obviously part of the education process from the female. The female flies off at 9:30 and is back by 9:40 but without any food. Again, she get them to pick up a large feather and ‘play’ with it. She returns to the ledge and the chicks preen and wing flap before the female flies off at 9:55. Five minutes later, the male arrives with the first meal of the day but before he has time to pluck it and feed the chicks, the female relieves him of it. it has gone within 10 minutes and she flies off. The chicks become dozy and by 10:30 are huddled at the back of the box where the remain until the arrival of the female at 11:15. They walk around looking for food but there is none. The male arrives at 11:40 and walks into the box. although he doesn’t have any food, he is followed by PCF until the female forces him out of the box again. He sits on the ledge. The female joins him for a few minutes before flying off. The male goes at 12:00 and the chicks lie prostrate until the arrival of the female at 12:30. She flies off at 13:55 watched by the chicks. They then become very mobil and do a lot of wing flapping until 14:20 when they settle on the ledge. The female is back at 15:10 leaving a few moments later replaced by the male, neither with food. He too flies off. The chicks continue to walk around and do wing flapping but keep calling to be fed. The male returns at 17:15 but still no food and leaves after a few moments. The chicks stand on the ledge looking out. Neither adult is back by 17:30 and they do their exercises until 18:30 when they lie prostrate on the ledge. The female arrives just a few seconds later but still without food and flies off. She is back at 19:05, still empty handed and goes off again. The male arrives with only the second meal of the day and is soon joined by the female. She relieves him of the prey and he sits on the ledge whilst she plucks and feeds his offering to the young. The male flies off and by 19:15, the food is gone and the female is on the ledge. The chicks have been left with a large piece of prey which they take to the back of the box and have a tug-of-war over, building their strength and feeding technique. The obvious winner is P7D. However, PCF does not give up and tries to steal a few pieces every now and then. At 19:25, the female intervenes and feeds both young. When it is finished, she returns to the ledge and the chicks huddle in the box. The male arrives with more food at 21:00 and the female takes it from him to feed the chicks. When it his finished, the female returns to the ledge, the chicks eventually settling down in the box for the evening. The female stays on the ledge as the chicks huddle in to the night.

2 June – The cameras came back on-line at 00:40 and the chicks are huddled together at the back of the box on their own until 3:05 when the female lands on the ledge where she remains, sleeping occasionally. At 5:20, P7D walks to the ledge calling to the female – doing a bit of wing flapping en route. She is followed by her brother a few minutes later. Twenty minutes later they are back in the corner having a preen every now and then. After 10 minutes they are back on the ledge calling. The female flies off at 6:05. At 6:30, the female arrives with a pigeon and feeds the chicks. After the chicks have had their fill, the female feeds and then flies of f with the remains at 6:45. The chicks walk around the back of the box. At 7:05, the male arrives with the pigeon remnants but the chicks are not hungry so he feeds himself. He tries again at 7:20 and they reluctantly take small pieces, mostly P7D. The male takes the rest to the ledge at 7:30 and eats it before sitting on the ledge. The chicks return to the back of the box. The male flies off at 9:10 and the chicks remain at the back of the box until 10:|30 when P7F decides to walk to the ledge and look out. It then does some vigorous wing flapping and jumping for a few minutes. It is soon joined by PCF. The male arrives with food at 10:40 and PCF runs towards him and is first to be fed but it’s not long before P7D uses her way in. There is not much and it is gone in a few minutes and the male flies off. PCF goes to the back of the box whilst P7D remains on the ledge. The male is back with another meal at 11:00 and despite being furthest away, it is PCF who runs to him to get fed first again. PCF goes to the back of the box when full and P7D then feeds. It has all gone within 15 minutes and the male flies off and P7D joins her sibling. However, no sooner has he gone than the female arrives. Although she does not have any food, she finds a few scraps that she feeds the chicks. She sits on the ledge at 11:30 with the young in the box. She flies off at 12:10. P7D starts exploring the ledge again at 12:25 and finds a piece of wing that she picks at. She does a bit of wing flapping and then joins her brother at 13:05. The female is back 5 minutes later picks up a small scrap of food and gives it to the chicks before flying off. Within minutes, she is back with a fresh Feral Pigeon which she plucks and feeds to PCF. She flies off at 13:30 without P7D having had anything although she did not seem too interested. The male arrives at 13:35 and searches the box but there is nothing. The chicks are doing wing flapping and the male flies off. At 13:45, they settle down on the ledge and look out over the city before lying down prostrate. They remain on the ledge unit the arrival of the female an hour later. Again she has no food and searches the box. She sits on the ledge until 16:00 when the male arrives with food then flies off. The female feeds the chicks. It is gone within 5 minutes and she flies off, the chicks watching as she goes. They do a little bit more wing stretching, then sit on the ledge looking out. The female is back at 16:55 but no food – she leaves a few minutes later, then returns with a partially eaten pigeon from a stash. The chicks are noisy and feed hungrily. They are finished 15 minutes later and settle at the back of the box. The female stashes the remains by a column and sits on the ledge. At 18:00, the male arrives with a fresh pigeon which the female takes from him. She plucks it and feeds P7D but leaves after a few minutes, P7D returning to the back of the box. Both adults return at 18:40 but without food. The female finds the stashed pigeon and the male flies off. She plucks the pigeon and feeds it to PCF with P7D waiting patiently and is fed when PCF has finished and returns to the back of the box. Five minutes later, he is joined by his sister and the female finishes what is left of the meal. The female sits on the ledge and is joined by P7D who sits a few feet away looking at her, occasionally calling. At 19:05, P7D lies by the central columns where it stays until 19:45 when the breezes forces her to the back of the box with just the occasional trip to the ledge where the female remained until 21:30 when she went into the box for a few minutes before returning to the ledge where she remained until the following morning, the chicks huddling together in the box.

1 June – The chicks are restless and the female does not get much sleep, standing over them most of the night. At 4:25, the female leaves the chicks and sits on the ledge. She flies off at 4:30 returning a fe minutes later – the weather is misty and damp. She finds a small piece of food lying on the ledge and feeds it to the chicks. When they have finished, they go for a short walk around the box, do some wing flapping before settling down in their usual corner with there female standing over them. At 5:20, the male arrives and finds a bit of pigeon stashed by one of the columns. The female rushes over to retrieve it but the male flies off with it! She continues to feed the morsel she found earlier to the chicks before sitting on the ledge. The chicks become quite mobile for 15 minutes then settle in the corner again. They huddle together until 6:55 when P7D ventures onto the ledge, returning soon after. The female flies off at 7:10. She returns with a pigeon at 7:55 and the chicks walk towards her calling. P7D tries to grab the prey but the female picks pieces off and feeds the chicks, mainly P7D. PCF decides enough is enough and snatches a piece of food from the female and walks away with it to feed himself. He then returns to the female to be fed after P7D has had her fill.They retreat into the box after 10 minutes and the female feeds herself before going back to the box and feeding the last remaining morsels to the young. She goes onto the ledge at 8:20 and they huddle back down in the corner. They remain there until 10:20 when P7D starts wing flapping, calling and walks to the ledge. The female finds a piece of stashed pigeon and feeds it to the chicks. Unusually, PCF is being fed first as P7D does not look interested. Both chicks eventually get something to keep them going. At 10:30, it is finished and the female returns to the ledge where P7D is wing flapping and preening whilst PCF decides the corner of the box is the best place to be. At 11:45, the male arrives and goes to the back of the box. He does not have any food with him. He walks around the box looking in all the stash points but there is nothing so he flies off. At 12:05, P7D joins her brother in the corner where they huddle to gather until 12:45 when they decide to go on a walkabout and do some wing flapping. The female is still sitting on the ledge. At 13:15, they are both on the ledge calling to the female who flies off 5 minutes later. The male arrives with prey at 13:30 and almost immediately the female arrives and tries to take it from him, so he leaves with it! The female goes off in pursuit. Just a few minutes later she arrives back with prey and feeds the chicks. It has gone by 13:40 and the female sits on the ledge whilst the chicks have a walkabout and look for some scraps whilst doing a bit of wing flapping. Unfortunately, there is a technical issue with the broadband and both cameras are off-line until early the following morning.

MAY

31 May – The female does not get much sleep and by 4:45, she is on the ledge. The chicks do some early morning wing flapping. She returns to the chicks at 4:55, they are hungry and calling loudly. She shelters them in the corner until 5:15 when she is back on the ledge preening. The chicks follow her onto the ledge 10 minutes later before retreating to the shelter of the box. At 6:20, P7D is back on the ledge calling at her mother. The female rushes towards the chick and forces them both back into the box. The female is acting agitated and is walking around P7D and preventing it from going onto the ledge. The female sits on the ledge at 6:30 but when P7D comes close, she forces the chick back into the box. Eventually, at 6:40, both chicks are on the ledge for a few minutes before returning to the corner. At 6:55, the female flies off returning at 7:05. The chicks are still calling loudly. She flies off again at 7:15. P7D does some wing stretches at 7:30 and 5 minutes later, the female arrives with food. She feeds PCF whilst P7D walks around the box, then sits on the ledge looking out. At 7:45, P7D gets her turn to be fed. When it is finished, the female sits on the ledge and the chicks walk about before settling in the corner at 8:00. At 8:50, the male arrives with food and gives it to the female who goes into the box and feeds the chicks. She flies of with what little remains at 9:00. The chicks go walkabout until 9:25 when they settle at the back of the box. The male arrives at 9:30 but leaves almost immediately. At 9:55, P7D ventures onto the ledge with PCF at the back. At 10:05, the male arrives with food and goes to the back of the box where he plucks it and feeds both chicks. The female arrives a few moments later and sits on the ledge watching him for 5 minutes before taking the prey from him. He leaves. When the young have had their fill, she stashes what little is left and flies off. The chicks sit on the ledge preening until they both settle in the right hand corner at 10:40. Twenty minutes later P7D is back on the ledge. She is soon joined by her brother and they both lie down prostrate to shelter from the breeze. At 11:50, P7D decides to have a walk around and do some wing flapping whilst PCF does a bit of preening. After 10 minutes, they lie prostrate on the ledge again. At 12:15, the male brings in a Starling and feeds the chicks on the ledge. When finished, he sits on the ledge but soon flies off to be replaced by the female. She sits on the ledge looking over the chicks who soon hunker down out of the breeze, occasionally preening. At 13:45, the female flies off with a bit of remains that PCF had found. Whilst she is away, PCF does a bit of wing flapping. P7D finds a morsel of food and for the first time can be seen to hold in in her talons and pick at the food. She eventually leaves it and goes and sits with her brother on the ledge. by 14:40 they have had enough being exposed to the elements and go to the corner in the box. At 15:30, P7D goes onto the ledge. Five minutes later, the female arrives with a Feral Pigeon and starts to pluck it on the ledge. P7D decides she wants to get in on the act and approaches the pigeon and stands watch the female. The the pigeon has been sufficiently plucked, the female feeds P7D. After a few minutes, PCF walks over and waits his turn. They both have their fill and the female finishes off most of the remainder and stashes what is left at 16:05. However, PCF is still calling, so the female drags over a wing and feeds PCF with it. After 5 minutes PCF turns away and walks towards the columns. The female removes what is left and flies off at 16:10. The male arrives with food at 16:35. The chicks don’t male a sound or movement towards the male. After 5 minutes, he decides to pluck and eat the prey himself. When it is all but gone at 17:05, he takes what remains to the chicks and tries to feed them. They are not really interested but take a few small pieces whilst lying down. He eats the rest himself and flies off at 17:10. The chicks sit up and do some wing stretching just as the female arrives. She finds a few morsels lying around eats them and walks into the box. She tries to feed a few scraps to the chicks but they are not interested and walk onto the ledge and look out. For the next 30 minutes, both young are quite active and do a lot of walking about and wing flapping. They then settle down of the corner with the female watching on from the ledge. At 18:25, P7D goes to the ledge followed soon after by PCF. Their mother forces them back into the box where they stay whilst she flies off. She arrives back at 18:45 with food which she takes into the box and feeds to PCF. When it is finished she flies off. The young go walkabout until 19:05 when strangely, they settle in the right hand-corner – it is normally the left during the evening. At 20:30, they have another walk around before settling in the right-hand corner again. The female arrives on the ledge at 20:40 whilst the young stay huddled together. She goes into the box 10 minutes later and stands over the chicks. At 22:20, she shelters them, covers them and falls asleep at 23:50.

30 May – The female did not come in to incubate the chicks until 00:15. She falls asleep immediately and remains so until 5:30 when the chicks start getting restless/hungry. At 5:45, P7D slips out from beneath the female and goes for a walk and wing stretch, before returning to her mother and ‘playing’ with a feather. At 5:50, the female leaves. At 6:10, P7D goes to the ledge closely followed by PCF. They return to shelter in the box 15 minutes later. The male brings in food at 6:35 and feeds the chicks. He is still feeding them small pieces and at 6:50, the female arrives, pushes the male out of the way and takes over. It is finished within 5 minutes and she shelters the young. At 8:45, the female goes to the ledge and returns almost immediately. The male arrives with food at 9:05 and gives it to the female who feeds P7D – there is not enough for PCF. It was gone within 5 minutes and the female goes to the ledge again, returning a few minutes later. The chicks walk around the box and on to the ledge, wing stretching and flapping. P7D jumping up occasionally. At 9:20, they settle back in the corner where they remain until 10:45 when P7D goes for a walk then back to its sibling. It must be raining as when the female arrives at 11:55 without food, she is seen to be wet. Despite this, P7D decides to sit on the edge of the box looking out for a few minutes. She is followed by her brother but they are soon back in the box when the male arrives with a very small piece of prey. It is finished quickly and he leaves. The chicks are calling loudly. For the next 30 minutes they walk around the box and ledge before settling in the corner at 12:30. At 13:15, P7D ventures on to the ledge returning to PCF after 5 minutes. At 13:25, the female brings in a large piece of prey. Once again P7D gets fed first but this time there is plenty and PCF finally gets his share. There is nothing left at 13:50. The chicks go onto the ledge and the female leaves. After a few minutes they are back in the corner. Ten minutes later, the male arrives with a Starling. The chicks are not really interested as they have just eaten but the male is persistent and they take some small pieces. He eats more himself than the chicks. After 10 minutes he takes the prey to the ledge but is back less than 5 minutes later trying to feed the chicks who still aren’t really interested. He returns to the ledge but less than a minute later, has another try! He leaves the young huddled in the corner. He is back at 15:00, but the chicks don’t even register his arrival, preferring to stay huddled together. After he has fed himself a few pieces, the chicks reluctantly take a few bits. He takes what is left away at 15:10 and the P7D goes on a walkabout whilst PCF shelters in the corner. They are back together at 15:25 and remain so until 16:45 when P7D goes to the ledge. The male is back at 16:50 looks around the box and leaves. Both chicks are now on the ledge before returning at 17:20. The male is back with more food at 18:05. Both chicks are fed and when the male leaves, go to the ledge. They are back in the box at 18:30. The female arrives at 18:40 then goes to the ledge at 18:45 and returns to the chicks. She looks to be settling down for the night but P7D has other ideas and at 19:00 walks on to the ledge to be joined 10 minutes later by her brother. The female plays with a few stones and lies down in the box trying to entice the chicks into the corner. Eventually PCF obeys but P7D does not join them until 19:25. The female leaves them at 20:15 and returns with a small meal at 20:30. It is finished within 5 minutes and the chicks finally settle down with the female back at 20:45 to incubate them. She falls asleep at 22:15.

29 May – The female slept through the night covering the chicks until 4:40 when she flew off. The chicks huddled together in the corner until 6:00 when they became active and walked out to the ledge calling before returning to the back of the box. The female arrives at 6:05 without food and takes the chicks into the corner and shelters them. She leaves at 7:10 and after 15 minutes, the chicks start to walk around the box. At 7:30, the male arrives with his favourite prey item and feeds the chicks, taking the occasional piece for himself. By 7:45, it has all gone and he does his best to shelter the young in the corner. At 8:10 he goes to the ledge and looks out returning a few moments later. At 8:20 he goes to the ledge again, looks out then leaves. The chicks huddle together in the corner until 9:25 when the female arrives with a Feral Pigeon. At 9:30, the chicks go to separate corners and the female flies off with the remains. The chicks go on a walkabout for 10 minutes before settling back down in the corner. At 10:35, P7D goes to the ledge and looks out then returns to the corner. It is very breezy. A few minutes later, the female returns with a small piece of prey which she feeds to P7D, the larger of the two chicks. She leaves and they resume huddling. P7D goes to the ledge for a few minutes and is joined by PCF but they are soon back in the corner. At 11:45, the female  is back will the remains of the pigeon from earlier. She feeds the chicks. After 10 minutes they are full and she leaves. The chicks do some preening and a bit of wing flapping. For the first time, it is noticeable that P7D is actually jumping into the air as she flaps her wings! At 12:10, they are back huddling in the corner. They go to the ledge at 13:00 but soon return to the box. The female arrives at 13:25 and covers the young in the corner. At 14:00, P7D squeezes out from beneath her and walks to the ledge and looks out whilst the female still protects PCF. Ten minutes later, PCF joins his sister on the ledge so the female leaves. They are back in the corner at 14:15. The male arrives at 14:50 and the chicks walk up to him but he doesn’t have any food. They are calling loudly and after looking around the box, he leaves. At 15:50, the female returns with the last remnants of the earlier pigeon. By 16:05, there is nothing left and she covers the chicks in the corner until she leaves 10 minutes later. They hunker down for an hour then go on a walk, preening and wing stretching before settling back down. At 17:50, they are up again and go to the ledge and look out. They spend 30 minutes on the ledge, the longest period so far, before returning to the relative shelter of the box. At 18:30, the female arrives with a small prey item. She feeds it to the chicks and when finished, shelters them. P7D is getting more adventurous and at 19:25 leaves the female and walks on to the ledge whilst PCF remains. Ten minutes later, P7D is back but the female leaves. The chicks huddle together for the rest of the evening and the female does not arrive until 00:15 some 4 hours and 40 minutes.

28 May – Despite the restless chicks, the female sleeps through until 4:40. At 5:15 she leaves and the chicks huddle together in the corner until 6:00 when they walk towards the ledge. P7D takes the extra steps onto the ledge whilst PCF settles in the right-hand corner. After a few minutes, P7D tucks her head between the double columns and is soon joined by her brother. They both have a walk and a flap around the box before settling in the corner. They start to become active again at 6:20 and the female arrives at 6:30 and goes and shelters them for a few minutes before going to the ledge calling. She leaves the chicks in the corner but is back within a few minutes without food. She flies off again at 6:45 and at 7:00, the chicks go walkabout with both young venturing on to the ledge. They sit there together looking out for a few minutes. The female arrives with food at 7:05 and starts to feed the chicks whilst on the ledge. After 5 minutes she takes the prey into the box and continues feeding them there. For once, PCF gets the lion’s share as P7D sits in her favourite corner. She eventually joins her brother and the female feeds them both. After they have both been well fed, the female takes the remains away and the chicks huddle together in the corner. The female is soon back to shelter them. At 8:10, the male arrives with a Starling and the female leaves. He plucks the prey and the chicks take small pieces from him. It is noticeable that the male still feeds small pieces just like when the chicks were much younger, but the female now gives increasingly large pieces and not just the meaty parts. At 8:20, P7D decides to walk onto the ledge whilst PCF is still being fed. At this time, the female arrives and takes over the feeding. Five minutes later the chicks are back together in the corner and the female shelters them from the wind. Other than the occasional walkabout and wing stretch, they remain covered until the female goes to the ledge at 11:10. She is back protecting the chicks after a few minutes. The male arrives at 11:15 and the female retrieves a small item of prey from him which she feeds to the chicks. It is soon gone and she leaves. The male arrives at 11:25 and shelters PCF in the corner whilst P7D is by the right-hand column. After a few minutes, P7D joins them in the corner and calls. The male goes to the ledge and the chicks go walkabout and wing flapping before huddling together in the corner. They remain there until 13:00 when the male arrives with a Starling which he feeds to them – mostly P7D. After five minutes, the female arrives and take the prey from the male and feeds PCF. P7D walks to the ledge and looks out. When the meal is finished, the female goes to the ledge and calls loudly before returning to PCF who is still begging. The female shelters him from the wind and they are soon joined by P7D. At 13:20, the female leaves the chicks in the corner. At 15:10, P7D starts to walk around the box, flap her wings and goes to the ledge where she sits and looks out, whist PCF preens in the corner. Ten minutes later and he wing flaps and moves around the box. At 15:30, the male arrives with a Starling and feeds PCF with P7D looking on. However, the female arrives, nudges the male out of the way, takes the food and feeds P7D. The male makes a retreat. When P7D is full she goes to her favourite corner and the female feeds PCF. When he is finished, she takes what little is left away and both chicks go to the right-hand side. Just a few minutes later, the female is back with fresh prey and tries to feed the young but they are not interested and she leaves with the food. The chicks have a walkabout before huddling together and settling in the corner at 15:45. At 17:05, the female is back with a small piece of food and feeds P7D and leaves. Both chicks go to the ledge and look out before returning to the back of the box. At 17:30, the female is back with fresh prey and feeds both young. It has gone within 10 minutes and the female leaves. The chicks huddle together in the corner. The male arrives at 18:00 but without food. He shelters the young for a few minutes and leaves as the female arrives with another meal. They finish within 5 minutes and she leaves returning to shelter the young. At 19:05 she flies off and the chicks go walkabout and wing flapping before venturing out onto the ledge. P7D being the most adventurous. The wind is still strong and at 19:40, they retreat to the corner of the box and huddle together. [It is noticeable during these huddles that it is mostly P7D, the female chick that is the most exposed. PCF being the smaller of the two invariably is underneath.] The female comes in with a Starling at 20:50 and feeds the chicks. It is finished within 5 minutes and she leaves. The chicks settle in the corner until 21:40 when the female returns to incubate them for the night. She is asleep by 22:15.

27 May – It was avery breezy night and the female slept intermittently through until 4:05 when she went to the ledge and called then returned to incubate the chicks. The male arrives at 5:40 and she goes to the ledge. The male goes into the box 10 minutes later with prey. The female tries to take it from him but he leaves with it. She resumes incubation until 6:25 when he is back and gives the female the food which she feeds to the chicks. Within 5 minutes it has gone and she leaves. The chicks huddle together until the male arrives with more prey at 6:55 and he feeds them. It was consumed within a few minutes and he leaves. The chicks are warming up in the morning sunshine and become active at 7:40. At 8:05, the male is back with a fresh Starling which he plucks and feeds to the chicks but after a few minutes the female arrives and he leaves with the food. She looks around the box for food but can’t find anything. She goes to the ledge and calls before returning to the box. The chicks are calling hungrily as she stands next to them. The male is back at 9:10 and gives the food to the female who feeds the chicks. It has gone within 5 minutes and the female goes to the ledge and calls again before returning to the chicks. She shelters them from the wind. At 9:30, she goes to the ledge and looks out but does not call, returning to the chicks after 15 minutes to resume their shelter. She stands over them until 10:50 when the male arrives with more food. However, as soon as she tries to take it from him he goes and sits on the ledge with it for a few minutes! When the chicks start to call, he reluctantly gives the food to the female and leaves. The female leaves as soon as they have finished the Starling. Whilst she is away, the chicks become a little more active and do some wing stretching, preening and exploring before huddling together and falling asleep at 11:15. They are awaken by the arrival of the male with a Starling at 11:45 which he feeds to them. When it is finished, he goes to the ledge and is followed by P7D who stands there looking out. PCF is not quite as adventurous and stays behind his sister. The chicks are calling and the male comes back into the box but soon returns to the ledge looking out. At 12:30, both chicks lie prostrate to shelter from the breeze. P7D tucks her head between the double columns and falls asleep. PCF is nearby. The male is back at 12:40 but the chicks do not stir. After a few stretches at 13:05, PCF joins his sister and sticks his head between the columns. P7D sits up and does a bit of preening. At 13:25, they both sit up and look out from next to the central column. P7D ventures further and goes to the ledge and sits there for 15 minutes whilst PCF retreats back into the box. By 13:45, they are huddled together by the central column where they remain until 14:55 when the male arrives and entices them back into the box by feeding them scraps he has found. He leaves at 15:00 and the chicks do some wing flapping. At 15:05, the male is back with another Starling and feeds P7D by the column whilst PCF is in the box. Missing out, PCF gradually walks forward and is also fed. At 15:10, the female arrives, takes the food from the male and goes into the box. The chicks turn round to be fed. When there is nothing left, she leaves, returning a few minutes later. The chicks are still hungry and she looks around the box for some scraps but can find none. She stands by the chicks and they fall quiet, lie down and fall asleep. She leaves them sleeping by the column at 15:40. She is back with prey at 17:45. The chicks waken and are fed. Within 5 minutes it has gone and she leaves. The chicks huddle together by the column. They remain here until 18:55 when they become more active and start wing flapping and walking around – P7D in particular. At 19:35, the male arrives with prey but before he can even enter the box, the female snatches it from him. He leaves. PCF takes most of the meal as P7D is still walking around the box but when she arrives at the female, also gets fed. The female leaves at 19:45. The chicks have a preen and walk around the box until 19:50 when they settle in the corner. Just when they think that is it for the night, the female arrives at 20:20 with a small meal which they readily accept. She leaves 5 minutes later and the chicks huddle together again. The female does not return until 21:35 when she covers them and settles down for the night. She is asleep by 21:45.

26 May – The female sleeps through until 5:00 when she leaves returning a few minutes later with the wing of a previous catch that was obviously stashed near. There is not much to eat but she strips it bare. The wind is still quite strong and she resumes incubation until 7:00 when the male arrives with prey. It has gone within 5 minutes. She incubates PCF but P7D goes to it’s favourite corner. After 5 minutes, the 2 chicks meet half way, exchange a few calls and a huddle then swap over, the female incubating P7D and with PCF in the corner. The female is not happy and goes over to PCF and drags him back to his sister and she incubates both. At 8:20 she leaves and the chicks huddle together in the corner. She returns at 9:25 without prey, looks around the box and then shelters the chicks. After 15 minutes, she leaves returning at 9:55 with food which is gone within 5 minutes. The female leaves the box and is replaced by the male. He watches over them and shields them as best possible. He leaves at 10:30 as the female struggles in with a large fresh Feral Pigeon which she plucks and feeds to the chicks.  After a good 15 minutes they are satisfied and the female goes to stash the remainder but the calling of the chicks forces her to return and continue feeding until the majority of it has gone. She flies off at 11:10 with most of the remains, leaving a few scraps lying around. The male arrives and picks up the scraps and tries to feed the young that are now huddled in the corner. They are not interested so he feeds himself and leaves returning a few minutes later to shield the chicks. After just 5 minutes the female returns and displaces the male. She keeps them covered in the corner until 14:15 when she goes to the ledge and calls before returning to the chicks, leaving at 14:30. The male arrives at 15:00 and picks up a few scraps that are lying around and feeds them to the chicks. He flies off 10 minutes later. Over the next hour, the chicks go for an occasional walk before settling down in the corner. The female arrives at 16:20, looks around and leaves. She is back 5 minutes later with a fresh Feral Pigeon which she plucks and feeds to the young. She leaves with what little remains at 16:45, returning to cover the chicks a few minutes later. At 18:50 she retrieves the prey from earlier and feeds the chicks and then covers them although they occasionally go walkabout. At 19:50, she leaves to be replaced by the male but is soon back and settles down for the evening. She is sleeping by 23:00.

25 May – The female sleeps until 4:30 when she wakes but keeps the restless chicks covered until 7:55 when she goes to the ledge. The chicks enjoy their freedom and each goes to their favourite corner. She watches them for a few minutes and waits until they come together before trying to tuck them under her wings. She decides she doesn’t like their chosen position and drags P7D back to the scrape. Once released from her grip, it walks back to the corner, drops on it’s haunches and stares at it’s mother. She reluctantly returns to the corner and shelters the young. When they are under her wings, she tries a different technique: walking with them still under her wings and pushing them with her chest. She only gets half-way back before P7D makes a break for it and returns to the corner! She perseveres with PCF but after 5 minutes he too escapes and runs to join his sister. Mother is not amused and again grabs PCF but he runs away as soon as she releases her grip. The mother sits in the scrape watching. After 5 minutes PCF walks towards her but rather than being greeted with care, she grabs him by the neck, drags him towards her then tucks him under her wing. Sister is still in the corner but after a further 5 minutes joins her mother pecking at her break and calling hungrily. The female eventually lets the chick back under her wing. The male arrives at 9:25 and the female collects a Starling from him and proceeds to feed the chicks. Within 10 minutes it has gone and she shelters them. At 11:00, she looks out of the box for 2 minutes but does not leave. She returns to incubation. At 11:25 she ventures out again but is soon back, repeating the sequence 5 minutes later. She is not calling from the ledge but there is something that is attracting her attention. She flies off being replaced by the male at 11:35 but before he has time to look around the box for food, the female is back and displaces him. She covers PCF but his sister decides the corner of the box is better and runs off. Ten minutes later, P7D crawls back under it’s mothers wing. Five minutes later, the female runs on to the ledge returning after a few moments. The male is back with another Starling at 12:10 which he gives to the female who feeds the chicks. After 10 minutes it has gone and they are brooded. An hour later, she flies off and the male stands over the chicks for 20 minutes before he too leaves. The chicks huddle together until the female returns at 14:05 and resumes incubation. At 14:35, the male produces yet another Starling. The female watches as he plucks it in the box. He tries to present it to her but then leaves with it. The female checks the ledge but neither he nor the food is there. She calls loudly and he brings the food in which she retrieves from the ledge and feeds the chicks. When P7D is finished, she walks to the ledge and looks out whilst her brother is still being fed. The female takes what little is left away and leaves the chicks. P7D returns to the box and starts wing flapping. For the first time the extent of the wing pin feathers can be seen. The female is back at 14:45. The young stay beneath the female until 16:40 when she leaves returning 5 minutes later. The male arrives with a Starling at 16:50 and gives it to the female who feeds the chicks. It is finished in 5 minutes and the female leaves with the chicks doing wing stretches and flapping. The male arrives at 17:00 to supervise and stand over them until he leaves at 17:25. The female is back with a large offering (pigeon) at 18:05 and the chicks feed quickly. P7D is finished first and goes for a walk onto the ledge again. Both young are active and enjoying their walkabout. At 18:15, they each go to their favoured corners. The female removes what is left of the prey and when she is back covers PCF. The 2 chicks start calling and suddenly run together meeting up at the back of the box. The female tries to incubate them but they both run away into the right hand corner. She grabs P7D and tries to drag her back to the scrape but she will not go. The second time, the female grabs PCF and drags him to the other corner and broods him. He is joined by his sister a few minutes later when she walks to their mother who eventually allows her under her wing. At 18:40, the female leaves and returns with the remains of the pigeon and feeds it to the chicks. When it is gone, she resumes incubation and settles down for the evening.

24 May – After falling asleep at 21:20 the previous evening, the female continues to shelter the young in the corner of the box from the strong winds until 5:00 when she awakens. She keeps them covered until 5:35 when one goes walkabout and hides in it’s favourite corner, the second joining it a few minutes later. They soon realise how cold it is and return to the shelter of their mother’s wings. The male arrives with the first meal of the day at 6:20 which he gives to the female who feeds the chicks. It is quite a small offering and is soon gone. The young return to the shelter of their mother where they remain for the next three hours until one decides to have a walk around the box. It is soon back with it’s mother! She leaves the chicks at 10:40 and ten minutes later, the male arrives with a Starling which he feeds to them. [The cameras are turned off at 10:55 to allow licensed ringers to colour-ring the chicks. This will enable us to identify them as individuals and watch their progress not only at the nest but when they eventually fledge and disperse and hopefully start families of their own.] The cameras are back on at 12:20. There is a new piece of food in the box, a Feral Pigeon, which has been stashed by the right hand column. This confirms that the chicks settled down well after being ringed and the female that is in the box is back looking after them. One is being incubated whilst the other is in it’s favourite corner with the female is keeping a watchful eye. The winds have calmed down substantially compared to earlier that morning. At 13:00, she tries to feed the remains of the Starling to one of the chicks who is disinterested but is eventually cajoled into taking the meal. At 13:05, the female drags the second chick from it’s corner back to the warmth of the scrape with the smaller chick and puts them both under her wings. At 13:45, whilst she has her back turned, the male nips in and takes the pigeon that has been stashed. She continues to keep the chicks covered. At 17:30, the female goes to where the stashed pigeon was but is surprised that it isn’t there. She stares at the space for about a minute before looking in a couple of other stash areas but there is nothing. Eventually, she finds a few morsels of food lying around the box and feeds the chicks. She flies off at 17:35. During the 5 minute period the female is away, the chicks walk about the box and do a lot of wing flapping. She returns without food and covers the young. At 18:25, the female departs and the male arrives without food and looks around the box in the stash areas, possibly forgetting he stole the pigeon some hours earlier!  He leaves after a few minutes. The chicks huddle together and do some preening. The female is back at 18:45 without prey and looks around the box, finds nothing and leaves. At 19:00, she returns with a fresh pigeon and feeds her young. They feed quickly and 15 minutes later there is little left. She stashes what remains and covers the chicks. At 20:20, she retrieves what was left and feeds the young again. After it has all gone, she resumes incubation and settles down for the night, falling asleep at 23:20.

23 May – The female sleeps all the way through until 5:20, the chicks taking their first walk five minutes later but soon return to her shelter as there is still a strong breeze. The male arrive with food at 5:55 which the female accepts and feeds the chicks. After feeding, the chicks return to their mother’s shelter. She leaves them at 6:35 and they hunker down in the scrape. At 6:45 she drags in a large pigeon and starts to feed the young. They are full by 7:00 and shelter in the corner of the box. The female continues to try and feed them but they take small pieces reluctantly. She stashes the remains and goes back to shielding the chicks. At 8:20 the male brings in a Starling but the female is not interested so he eats it himself before leaving. The male is back at 9:05 with what looks like the remains of the pigeon from earlier, gives it to the female who feeds the chicks but they don’t eat much – still too full? She takes it away. The male is back a few minutes later with a small offering and tries to feed the young but is disrupted by the return of the female and he leaves. She resumes incubation. She manages to sleep from 9:45 until 10:20 when the young start getting restless. At 10:55 they go walkabout and end up in separate corners. She tries to retrieve one of the chicks but it is too stubborn and refuses to return so she stands over the other as it does some wing stretching exercises. Eventually, at 11:05, the 2 are together again. The male is back at 12:20 with a Starling which he gives to the female who feeds the chicks. After 5 minutes she leaves with what little remains. Whilst she is gone, the male arrives and covers one of the chicks, the other is sheltering in it’s favourite corner. He then starts to look around the box for any stashed food but there is none. Both chicks come together and he covers them. The female returns at 12:45 and takes over. He leaves. She continues to keep the chicks sheltered until 14:55 when she leaves. They huddle together in the scrape. The female is back at 15:10 looks around the box and leaves immediately. She returns at 15:25 and shelters the chicks until 16:05 when she leaves. The chicks start to explore the box and get very close to the central columns and are greeted by the male at 16:15. The larger of the 2 follows him on to the ledge before returning to the box from the other side and looking out. Both young are more active and covering every inch of their home. In between their exploratory trips and huddles, they are beginning to preen themselves. The male is back at 16:40 looks around the box for food and leaves after a few minutes. The female returns at 16:50 and feeds a few scraps she finds to the chicks but leaves a few minutes later. At 17:00, both chicks sit next to the central column and look out of the box before continuing with their walkabouts. The female arrives with food at 17:05 and feeds the chicks. When it is finished she covers the chicks until 18:15 when she leaves. The male arrives at 18:20 with a fresh Starling which he proceeds to pluck and feed to the chicks. It has all gone by 18:35 and he shelters the chicks in the corner. At 19:00, he goes to the ledge and looks out, returns after few moments but leaves 5 minutes later. The chicks hunker down until 19:50 when they start exploring again. The female arrives at 20:00 and covers the young until 20:30 when she leaves. She is back at 21:00, covers the chicks, has a preen and settles down for the night. She is asleep by 21:20.

22 May – The female manages to sleep through until 4:50 when the male arrives on the ledge. They leave the chicks calling in the box, the female is back 5 minutes later. She covers the young. At 6:05 the male arrives with a Starling. The female snatches it from him to feed the chicks but he managed to hold onto a piece which he eats himself and then sits on the ledge. There is little left after 5 minutes and the female flies off with the remnants. The chicks walk to the corner of the box to shelter from the strong winds. At 6:20 the female is back and she goes to cover the chicks. The largest has other ideas and goes on a walkabout, realises the error of it’s ways and returns for shelter. The male produces another Starling at 7:45 which he feeds to the chicks whilst she shelters them from the wind. After 5 minutes, the female has seen enough and takes the remainder of the food away from the male who flies off. Another 5 minutes and it’s all gone. The female leaves and the chicks tuck themselves into the corner of the box. The male arrives at 8:00 and the chicks call loudly looking for food. He searches the box but there is none. He leaves, only to return a few minutes later but without food – he covers the chicks. Well, tries his best because they are getting a bit big for him now! At 8:35, he spends a few minutes on the ledge but returns to continue sheltering the young. At 8:55 he goes to the ledge then flies off. The chicks flatten theirselves in the scrape to keep out of the winds. The female arrives at 9:15 and incubates them best possible until 10:25 when she leaves. The male arrives with yet another Starling at 11:05 and feeds the hungry young. It is all gone within 10 minutes so he shelters them from the wind. At this stage the female was seen on the Cathedral spire sitting in the warm sun. She takes over from the male at 11:55 incubating until 13:05 when she leaves, returning with a small prey item at 14:15. When it is finished she looks in the stash areas but there is nothing to be found and she flies off. Whilst she is away, the chicks explore the box and one reaches the central column and looks out into the city. Eventually, they are back together huddling and are joined by the female at 14:30. The male arrives with a Starling which the female grabs off him and feeds the noisy chicks. He leaves. When it has gone, the female resumes incubation. She goes to the ledge at 15:40 and flies off 10 minutes later. The chicks huddle together as the male arrives at 16:15 leaving soon after. He is back at 16:50 with prey but is followed immediately by the female who takes the food from him and feeds it to the chicks. He leaves. The chicks are hungry and the meal is finished within 3 minutes! The female covers the chicks. The male is back with more food at 18:10 which he is relieved of by the female who feeds the young. Five minutes later it has gone and the female leaves. The chicks wander around the box and find a corner out of camera shot! The female is back at 18:20 and is not happy where they are. She forcibly drags one of the chicks into the scrape grabbing the back of it’s neck by the beak! The chick escapes but is dragged back again but it will not be told and escapes again. She ignores it, turning here back on both chicks for over an hour! At 19:25, she tidies up the scrape moving some stones around. One chick arrives of it’s own accord, the other is forcibly dragged in. She shelters them under her wings from the strong winds. At 21:05, the male arrives with a late meal but the female refuses it and he leaves. She incubates the chicks and settles down for the night.

21 May – After being left for just under 6 hours, the chicks finally receive some light incubation when the female eventually arrives at 2:00 and she falls asleep. She wakes at 4:50 and leaves soon after. The chicks huddle together. They later start to explore the box until the female arrives at 5:15 to cover them. The male arrives at 5:30 and she goes to retrieve the Starling he has brought but he decides he wants to feed the chicks. She tries to take the meal from him but he takes off with it. She flies off in pursuit. At 6:40, the male is back with the same item of prey and starts to feed the chicks but before he can give the first mouthful the female has cornered him and takes the food. He leaves in a hurry. It has gone within 10 minutes and the female covers them. She leaves at 7:25 just as the morning sun hits the scrape and warms the chicks. The male is back with another Starling at 7:30 and starts to feed the chicks. The female arrives soon after and stands and watches him. She eventually out manoeuvres him and takes his prey and feeds the young. She leaves with a few scraps at 8:40 and returns a few moments later. Whilst she tries to cover the young, one decides it wants to go exploring. It goes to a corner of the box where prey has been stashed previously. It plays with a feather and preens itself in a shaft of warming sunlight. It returns to it’s mother in the scrape after an hour. She leaves at 8:55 returning 15 minutes later. Whilst brooding, one of the chicks gives her the slip and goes walkabout. She watches carefully but it returns of it’s own accord. At 9:40 she looks around the box in all the stash areas for food but there is none. She leaves 10 minutes later returning without food at 10:45. There is a bit of a breeze blowing and she covers the chicks. The male arrives at 10:55 and presents a meal to the female who feeds the hungry chicks who finish the meal within 5 minutes. The female leaves and the chicks huddle together and do a bit of preening. Just as they fall asleep at 11:20 the female arrives and covers them. They are begging for food but she can only find a few scraps lying around. The male arrives at 12:10 with a Starling. He shows it to the female and starts to pick at it, he takes it closer but the female won’t allow him to feed the chicks so he takes off with it. The young stand beneath the female and do lots of wing flapping before returning to the cover of her wings. She leaves at 12:50 with the chicks huddling together in the strong breeze. They move themselves to a corner of the box which looks less windy. The male arrives at 14:10 but leaves almost immediately and the female is in and out a few minutes later – both without food. The chicks go for a wander around the box and start pecking at the stones. At 14:15 the female arrives with a Starling – most probably the one the male brought in earlier. She feeds the young and it is gone in a few minutes. She leaves and they go back to the corner of the box. They have a bit of a walk around then huddle together until the male arrives with a meal at 14:35. Five minutes later it is all gone. He stands over them until 15:30 when he leaves. The chicks huddle together, occasionally preening. The male is back at 16:15 with a Starling which he feeds them. When it is finished, the chicks walk to the side of the box sheltering from the wind, the male standing over them for extra protection. At 16:40, the chicks split and go into separate corners of the box. The male is confused and goes between both chicks until he settles on the smallest being the most in need and stands over it. After 20 minutes they finally come together. The male leaves at 17:30, the chicks huddle together in the scrape and fall asleep. The female arrives at 17:50 and covers the young but leaves at 18:20 returning for just a few moments 20 minutes later leaving as the chicks beg for food. She returns at 20:10 with what looks like the remains of fresh Black-headed Gull. The chicks feed quickly and 15 minutes later there is nothing left. The female covers the chicks as they sleep off their meal. She settles down for the night, finally falling asleep at 23:55.

20 May – The female didn’t get much sleep, just the old half hour here and there. At 4:35, she goes to the ledge and flies off returning 5 minutes later. She stands over the restless chicks. The male arrives at 5:30 and presents the female with what appears to have been a Starling. She feeds the chicks but it didn’t last long and every piece was finished. She covers the young until 5:55 when she flies off. She returns with another Starling, presumably presented by the male, and she immediately stashes it, returning to covering the chicks. She covers or shields them from the sun until 8:10 when the male arrives. He looks around for food but she finds a stash that she left earlier this morning and he leaves. She feeds the chicks for 10 minutes and leaves with the remains. For the first time one of the chicks has managed to walk out of the scrape. They will now become much more mobile. It soon returns to it’s sibling in the scrape. Five minutes later, the male arrives with food and feeds the chicks. Despite having large crops they are not refusing. The female is back at 8:35 and the male leaves with the remains of the prey. She stands over them, protecting them from the direct morning sun. At 8:50, the female takes an interest in the remaining egg. A crack can be seen clearly in it. She puts it between her feed and eventually breaks it open with her beak. The egg appears to be empty. From the colour of the egg, this was the first to be laid and unlike the previous egg that failed, there is no sign of an embryo. She eats part of the shell for the calcium. After a few minutes, she returns to covering the chicks until 10:35 when she leaves. At 11:00, she is back with a Starling and feeds it to the chicks. They have finished it within 10 minutes and she covers them again. The female appears to be preening one of the chicks, removing some of the downy feathers. At 11:45, the female notices the egg shell and starts to pick at it. One of the young copies her. She picks up the shell and places it between the chicks who peck at it and one picks it up, but are a bit unsure. They fall asleep. The female leaves at 12:05 and the chicks continue sleeping. The adults are leaving the chicks for longer periods now and the male doesn’t arrive until and hour later with a small item of prey. It has gone in less than 5 minutes. The male departs as the female arrives with food but it is all over within 10 minutes and she leaves returning a few minutes later. The chicks do a bit of wing flapping and wandering around the box. The female brings them together and whilst covering them does the odd bit of preening. At 14:40, the male arrives and offloads more food – it’s gone within 5 minutes. She covers them until the male arrives at 16:05 and she leaves. He looks around the box and he too flies off. By the time the female returns with food at 18:30, the chicks had been on their own for two and a half hours. Again, in less than 10 minutes it has gone. Their appetites are growing. She covers them for a few minutes but leaves at 18:45. The male arrives at 20:00 but leaves soon after. One of the chicks nibbles at the egg shell. The female returns with food at 20:15 and feeds the chicks but it’s finished in a flash and she leaves. The chicks huddle together and fall asleep. For the first time, the chicks are left on their own during the night and neither adult returns before midnight – it is quote a warm night. This is not unusual as the chicks grow but the parents will not be too far away although we can’t see them. The female eventually arrives at 2:00 and stands at the box entrance looking at the chicks before walking in and greeting them with a few nips of her beak. She lightly incubates them.

19 May – The chicks are quite restless and the female doesn’t get any sleep until 1:00. She is woken at 4:40 by the arrival of the male and she leaves. He looks around the box for food but cannot locate any and he too leaves. The female is back at 4:45 with the remains of the pigeon she  removed the previous evening. She feeds it to the hungry chicks until there is nothing left and she resumes incubation. At 5:50, the male brings in a Starling and feeds it to the chicks under the watchful gaze of the female. When they are full he takes the remains out of the box. Although the chicks have grown substantially and the female is having trouble keeping them both under her wings during incubation, it is noticeable that she is still persevering with incubating the last egg and consciously pulls it under her body. At 7:45 he returns with a fresh Starling. Again, the female watches over as he feeds the calling chicks, the larger one being fed first. After 5 minutes the female tries to intervene but he refuses to give up, moves the prey forward and continues feeding. Now satisfied that all is well, the female leaves. At 8:05, there is nothing left and the male goes to the ledge as the chicks fall asleep in the shaft of warming morning sun. At 8:30, he goes back into the box, finds a morsel of left over food and feeds it to the chicks before shading them from the sun. The female arrives at 8:50 and the male leaves. She too finds a few scraps to feed the chicks with and then shades them from the sun. At 11:10, she flies off leaving the 2 chicks. The male arrives at 11:20 and looks around the box for stashed food but there is none. He leaves after 5 minutes. The female arrives at 11:35 without prey but finds a more morsels to give the chicks. She then checks all the usual stash points but finds no prey so incubates the chicks. She flies off at 12:15 and is replaced by the male at 12:35. He too looks for stashed prey but can’t find any so stands over the chicks who peck at his beak hoping to be fed. He leaves at 12:40. The female returns with a large pigeon at 13:10 and feeds the chicks. She stops feeding at 13:30 and tries to stash the remains but it is too big and she removes it from the box. Whilst she is away, the male returns with his offering. Despite having spent 20 minutes feeding previously, the chicks readily accept the meal, especially there smaller of the two. The male does try to share the meal evenly. After 15 minutes, there is nothing left. The chicks fall asleep and he stands over them. At 13:55, he is displaced by the female who semi-covers them. She finds a few small morsels at 14:05, tries to feed them to the chicks but they are not interested and so eats them herself before continuing to cover them. At 15:45 she flies off, returning at 16:05 with the remains of the earlier pigeon. The chicks are up quickly and start to feed. After 5 minutes she goes to stash the remainder but the chicks are still calling and so she returns to continue feeding them. They stop at 16:15 and she takes away what is left. She is back within a few minutes and covers the young. The male arrives at 16:30 with the same piece of prey and starts to eat it in the box near the female but leaves after 5 minutes. The female flies off at 18:55 returning 10 minutes later before flying off again. The male arrives at 19:15 looks around for food and leaves after a few minutes. The female is back with a large, well-plucked, unidentifiable meal at 19:30. The young feed quickly and there is not much left after 10 minutes and she takes the remains away, returning a few minutes later. The chicks are noticeably getting more mobile by the day and now trying to get out of the scrape area. They settle down for the night and the female manages to fall asleep at 23:30.

18 May – The female sleeps all the way through to 5:30 when the chicks start to get restless. She goes to the ledge and is back a few moments later. At 5:50 the male arrives with a large prey item. She takes it and feeds the chicks. After 10 minutes, she stashes the remains. She goes to the ledge and flies off returning a few minutes later and covers the young. The male arrives at 8:40 without food and departs followed by the female. He arrives a little later with a small piece of prey which he gives to the chicks. Both are no more mobile and wing flapping but remain within the scrape area. At 8:20, the female returns with a substantial meal. She feeds the chicks but stops after 10 minutes and stashes the remains before resuming incubation. At 11:00, she retrieves the stash and feeds the chicks. Ten minutes later there is nothing left and she continues incubation. The female leaves at 12:55 as the male brings in a Feral Pigeon and he feeds both chicks. The female returns at 13:05 and takes the prey off the male and he leaves. After another 10 minutes feeding, she stashes the remains and resumes incubation. At 16:15, she retrieve the stashed pigeon and feeds the young. It is noticeable how large their feet are – almost as big as the adults. She removes the feed after 10 minutes and starts to stash it but one of the chicks is still calling and presumably hungry. She returns and continues to feed. The second chick, seeing an opportunity, gets in on the act. Five minutes later she hides the stash and resumes incubation. At 18:05, the male arrives and starts calling on the ledge. He finds the hidden stash and takes it to the ledge. The female sees this happening and retrieves it from the male and feeds it to the young. When most of it has gone she removes it from the box before returning to incubate. That is the last meal of the day (earlier than usual) and at 21:15 she settles down for the evening although the chicks are only partially covered as they are now quite large and it is probably a warm night. At 23:30, she leaves the chicks and goes to the ledge for a few minutes and then returns to incubation.

17 May – The female slept right through from 21:00 to 4:40 without moving much. The chicks seemed very settled too. The male arrived at 5:00 with the first meal of the day which the female takes from him and feeds to the chicks. The largest chick seems to be getting the priority feed with the smaller one getting a few morsels until it’s sibling is full, then the female concentrates on it. After 10 minutes, there is nothing left and she resumes incubation. She is struggling with them continually moving beneath her. The male is back at 6:45 with another meal and the female goes and sits on the ledge in the morning sun for a few minutes. The male starts to feed the chicks with small pieces of meat. The female returns to the box and watches him intently allowing him to feed them. She then tries to take the prey from him but he walks to the ledge and takes his prey with him before flying off! She resumes incubation. An hour later, she leaves the chicks but is back within a few minutes. The female goes to the ledge at 10:35 and returns after a few moments. She retrieves a prey item stashed by a column and feeds it to the chicks until there is nothing left and continues incubating. At 11:55, she leaves. Whilst she is away the larger chick stretches and flaps it’s wings. The female soon returns with a small prey item and feeds it to the chicks. They consume it in one sitting. The male arrives at 12:30 and she takes a large pigeon from him and starts to feed the chicks. She stashes the remains after 5 minutes and returns to brooding until 15:00 when she retrieves the pigeon and feeds the young again. A quick feed and she stashes the rest by the column. Ten minutes later, the male arrives and finds the prey. He stands in front of the brooding female and eats it. It takes him almost 20 minutes to finish it off. He does not offer any to the female or the chicks! At 15:55, the female starts to rearrange some of the stones around the scrape and at 16:55 manages to get a 15 minute sleep along with the chicks. At 18:30, the female finds a piece of meat that had been lost amount the stones. She feeds it to the chicks but it doesn’t last long. At 19:00, the female leaves as the male arrives. He looks for scraps of food in the box, but can’t find any. He leaves a few minutes later and returns after 5 minutes to cover the chicks. The female returns also empty-handed at 19:30 and the male departs. He has still not returned by 20:30 and the female leaves, no doubt in an effort to obtain the final meal for the day. She is soon back with nothing and covers the chicks. Eventually, at 20:40 the male arrives with a Starling. The male starts to feed the young but they are just out of reach. For the first time the largest of the 2 chicks walks to the edge of the scrape and reaches out and is being fed. The female then feeds the other chick as she stands next to the male. She tries to relieve him of some of the prey but he refuses. She leaves and he feeds both young. The largest chick makes another adventure around the scrape and settles down. There is nothing left after 15 minutes and both chicks are sleepy. The largest chick walks towards the male and puts it’s head underneath his wing – there is no room for the other. The female arrives back at 21:05 to take over incubation duties. She settles down for the night and falls asleep at 22:30.

16 May – The female does not get much sleep as the chicks are quite active and do not settle under her wing. At 2:20, she walks to the ledge for a few moments before returning to cover the chicks. She manages to get a bit of sleep between 3:00 and 4:30 but even then, the chicks were moving around. The male brings in the first meal of the day, a Starling, at 6;00. He wants to feed the chicks but the female will not let him so he takes the item to the ledge. The female watches him intently as the chicks call from beneath her. At 6:10 she leaves the young and goes to the ledge but returns empty-handed – the male must have flown off. She incubates the chicks. The male returns eventually at 7:25 with the Starling. He presents it to the female but takes it away from her, turning his back on her. He then starts to tear small pieces and tries to feed the chicks. The female is not letting this happen and once again there is a battle of wills and she takes the prey from him after a short struggle. The chicks are hungry and calling as they are being fed. There is a strong wind this morning. After a 5 minute feed she takes the remains away. Whilst she is gone, the male returns to cover the young. The female is back after 10 minutes to take over until 8:55 when she goes to the ledge calling, returning a few moments later to continue sheltering the young from the wind. Her feathers are getting quite ruffled but she keeps the chicks close to her. At 10:50, she goes to the ledge and retrieves some food which she feeds to the hungry chicks that are very vocal as they are being fed. Ten minutes and they are full. The female takes what is left out of the box and returns to shelter the young. She covers them as best possible keeping them tightly under her wings. The male arrives at 13:15 and drops off an offering which the female accepts and feeds to the chicks. Five minutes later, there is nothing left and she continues to protect them from the gusting winds. The male is back at 14:10 and drops off another small offering. The female removes what is left after 5 minutes. Whilst she is away, the male comes into the box and immediately stands over the chicks sheltering them from the winds. However, the female is back with the prey after a few minutes and he leaves. She stashes the prey and resumes brooding. At 17:05, she retrieved a piece a prey stashed by a column and feeds that to the young. Ten minutes later there was nothing left and the female departed returning a few minutes later to continue incubation. At 17:35, the male arrives with an item of prey and starts to feed the young under the watchful eye of the female whilst she continued to shield them from the wind. After a few minutes, she takes over and he leaves. The crop on the largest of the 2 chicks is bulging and it’s wings have grown noticeably. When they are full she stashes the remains by a column and resumes brooding. At 19:10, the female leaves and returns quickly with a Feral Pigeon that must have been stashed. Despite the fact that the larger of the two chicks still has a large crop, they eat voraciously. After just a few minutes, the male arrives and finds a stashed item by the column and tries to feed it to the chicks. They are focussed on the female and so he tries to take the meal away from her but is scolded. He leaves his meal and takes off. Within 10 minutes, both young are full and the female takes the remains away and returns a few minutes later. She spots the prey left by the male and stashes it by a column. She feeds them with a few morsels found lying about and then incubates. The wind is still blowing but not quite as strong. She settles down for the night.

15 May – The chicks are quite active through the night, moving about beneath the female as she tries to sleep. At 4:35 she is awake and goes to the ledge calling before returning to the chicks and resumes incubation. The male arrives at 5:35 with another Starling, shows it to the female and takes it to the ledge where he starts to eat it. The female snatches a small piece from him and takes it to feed the chicks. The male approaches with the rest of the meal and starts to feed the young. After managing to give them a few pieces each, the female takes the prey from him. He resists trying to hold onto it but she is too strong for him and she wins. She continues to feed the young. After 5 minutes she take the remains and leaves the box. Whilst she is gone, the male arrives and stands over the chicks. He attempts to incubate them and after some time, manages to get them under his wings. They gradually squeeze their way from beneath him and he ends up partially covering them. At 7:00, he leaves and returns with the remains of the earlier part-eaten Starling which he feeds to the chicks. The finish the meal completely. He partially covers the chicks as they sleep. He leaves at 7:20 when the female returns. She incubates the 2 chicks with the egg outside of the group. After a few moments she stretches out her wing and drags the egg into the incubation area. At 7:55 the male returns with fresh prey which he gives to the female. who feeds the chicks. After 5 minutes she removes the remains and leaves the chicks. The larger of the 2 can be seen preening it’s downy feathers and feet. The female is back at 8:05 and resumes brooding. The male arrives with a fresh Starling but leaves immediately with it. At 10:35 the female leaves. The male arrives at 10:50 and goes to brood the young but before he can cover them the female is back and he is ousted. She incubates the young. At 12:10 she leaves but returns quickly with a piece of stashed prey which she feeds to the chicks. They are now pecking at her break and taking the bits of meat rather than just opening their mouths to be fed. At 12:15, the male arrives with another Starling. He stands with it next to the female who is still feeding the young. He looks as if he wants to feed them but suddenly drops the prey and scuttles out of the box. When there is nothing left of the original item the female picks up the male’s offerings and leaves with it. Whilst she is away the male returns and finds a piece of food lying around and feeds that to the young. He then stands over them in an attempt to brood them. As he tries to sleep, the chicks are restless below him.  He leaves at 14:00 to be replaced by the female who also finds a small piece of food lying around and feeds it to the chicks. She leaves the box for a few minutes and returns with a fresh Starling which she feeds to the young. They eat the whole bird in one sitting and the female then broods them. At 14:40 the male arrives with a partially eaten Starling and proceeds to eat it in front of the brooding female. He moves closer to the female and attempts to feed the young who are under her wings. She watches closely as he does so – both adults calling. He feeds himself and one of the chicks whilst the female takes a small morsel or two from him. When most of it has gone, he takes it to the ledge to continue eating returning after a few minutes with the scraps. He finally leaves with just the head remaining whilst the female returns to incubating the chicks. She leaves them at 15:45 flying off. Whilst she is away, the male returns with the remains of the Starling that he removed earlier and feeds tiny pieces to the chicks. There is nothing left by 15:55 and he leaves. He returns at 16:10 and broods the chicks. They wriggle around beneath him. At 17:40 he leaves and is replaced by the female at 17:55. She finds a small piece of food lying around and feeds that to the chicks. There is not much left so she flies off returning after a few minutes with the remains of a pigeon that must have been stashed. She feeds then young, stashes it by the column and then broods the chicks. At 20:00 the male sneaks in and retrieves the stashed piece but before he could get away with it, the female has taken it back from him and feeds it to the young. After a long feed of 20 minutes there is nothing left and she settles down for the evening. The chicks are quite active and she is unable to cover them fully before midnight.

14 May – The female retained the same position throughout the night until 5:30 when the male arrived at the ledge and then left. The female went to the ledge and also flew off. Five minutes later the male arrived with breakfast and started feeding the chicks. He was soon interrupted by the female who snatched the pigeon from him and he made his retreat. She continued to feed the young. They were full by 5:50 and she stashes the remains and starts brooding, protecting the  young from the direct early morning sun. At 7:20, the male arrives and goes into the box and finds the piece that was stashed by the female. He takes it to the ledge and starts eating it. The female leaves the chicks, goes to the ledge and takes the prey from the male and feeds it to the chicks. The male flies off. After the young have finished eating, the female continues with the brooding. At 9:40, the female leaves the chicks for a few minutes then returns to brooding. At 10:00, the male brings in another Starling. He picks a few small pieces off to try and feed the chicks but the female will not allow it. He leaves with the food and she goes back to brooding. Three hours later, he is back with the food and she takes it from him and feeds the chicks who consume the whole meal. He is back at 14:00 with a small piece of food which he eats himself in front of the female! At 14:20, she leaves and the male arrives 10 minutes later. He finds a small scrap of food left around and eats some himself and feeds some to the chicks. When there is nothing left, he stands over the chicks sheltering them. He then makes a half-hearted attempt to incubate them but they are now too big for him to cover fully. He is allowed to be with the young for quite some time as it is not until 15:45 that the female returns and he makes a quick exit. She finds the head of Starling that was consumed earlier and feeds small pieces to the chicks. However, after trying to give the beak to one chick she takes it back and eats it herself. Nothing is wasted. For the first time, she consciously moves the remaining egg away from the chicks and finds more small morsels that are lying around before eventually brooding the chicks. At 15:55, the male brings in (you’ve guessed it) another Starling which he tries to feed to the young but is relieved of it by the female and he departs. She stashes the remains by the column. At 16:05, the male approaches the chicks but is deterred by the female. During the feeding of the young, the egg is returned to where the chicks are and she incubates them all. At 17:40 she retrieves the stash which she feeds on herself. She allows the chicks to peck at the prey in their first attempt to feed themselves. She feeds small pieces to the chicks and when there is nothing left she broods once more. The final feed for the day arrives at 19:50 when the male brings in an item of prey – another Starling. She feed the chicks for a few minutes, stashes the remains then settles down for the night. The young are quite restless and she doesn’t get any sleep until 23:00.

13 May – Another good night’s rest with no interruptions until 4:40 when the male arrived. He attempted to take over incubation whilst the female was away but she was back before he had even settled down and he left. She resumed incubation and an hour later the male returned with the first meal of the day, yet another Starling. After feeding for 5 minutes, she removes the prey and resumes incubation. At 6:55, the chicks are calling hungrily. She goes to the ledge and returns with the remains of the early morning meal and feeds the young. After five minutes, she removes what is left. Whilst away, the male comes into the box and starts to brood the chicks but only until the female’s return just 5 minutes later. At 8:25, the female calls from the back of the box, walks to the ledge and calls again and leaves. The male arrives with the remnants of the same meal and starts to feed the chicks. The female returns with her own offering at 8:40 and the male quickly disappears with his prey. As the young are full she eats it herself offering the occasional piece to the chicks who refuse to open their beaks. She starts calling loudly and both young sit up and take a few bits from her before falling asleep. She stashes the prey by the column. She returns to it at 9:55 and feeds the chicks for 10 minutes. At 12:05, the female goes to the ledge calling. The male comes into the box calling and looks around the box for food. He looks by one column but not the correct one. He stands over the chicks for a few minutes then leaves. The female returns with another meal which she feeds to the chicks before resuming incubation. At 15:35 she goes to the ledge and calls and leaves. At 15:50, the male arrives, looks around the box, calls and leaves. He is back at 16:00, looks around the box, stands over chicks then leaves. The female is back at 16:10 and broods the young until 17:15 returning at 17:35 with a meal for the calling chicks – another Starling. After 10 minutes there is nothing left so she starts brooding. At 18:05, the male returns with a Feral Pigeon which the female accepts and drags into the box. The chicks don’t look particularly interested so she removes it to the ledge where she starts calling. She flies off with it and the male comes into the box and broods the young for a few minutes until the female returns. At 19:05, she leaves the chicks, flies off and returns with the pigeon 10 minutes later and after a 10 minute feed, leaves with the remains. She returns to brood. She is interrupted at 19:55 by the male bringing in the remains of the pigeon which she feeds to the chicks and resumes incubation at 20:05. She settles down for the night.

12 May – After an incubation session of over 9 hours, the male arrives at 5:00 and replaces the female, who leaves the box. He looks around for food and goes to the ledge but the female returns quickly with a small piece left over from a previous meal and feeds it to the chicks. After a 10 minute feed she removes what little is left. Whilst she is gone, the male returns, finds a few morsels lying around and tries to feed the chicks who are full and not interested so he starts to brood them but after just a few minutes the female is back and he retreats. He returns again with food at 7:30 which the female takes to feed the chicks. After 10 minutes, she stashes the remains by a column before resuming brooding. The male returns at 9:15 and takes the stashed item and eats it on the ledge whilst the female looks on. She walks over to the male and relieves him of the food and takes it to the chicks to feed them. When they have finished, she takes a few pieces for herself then removes the remains. Again, whilst she is away, the male comes into the box and looks for food by the column but there isn’t any. He checks the rest of the box but is interrupted by the return of the female and he leaves whilst she resumes brooding. At 10:30 the female receives a new item of prey from the male. She feeds the chicks and removes the remains. Cue the male entering from stage right. He looks around the box for food, can’t find any so broods the young for a few minutes before being ousted by the female. However, just two minutes later he is back with a fresh piece of prey, walks up to the brooding female who tries to take it from him. He refuses to let go and a short tug-of-war ensues. Surprisingly, the male wins out and takes the prey with him but returns a few moments later and gives the female the food. As the young are pretty much full she eats most of it herself offering the occasional piece to the chicks if they look interested. When she has finished she continues brooding. At 12:50 she leaves and the male enters the box, looks around and leaves. The female returns and starts to brood. Another meal is brought in just 20 minutes later. The female taking the item from the male and feeding the chicks – they are being very well fed! After 5 minutes she stashes the remains by the column and returns to brood the young. The male is back with another Starling 30 minutes later which he offers the female but she refuses and he takes it away. At 16:25, the female retrieves the stashed item from the column and feeds the chicks. After 10 minutes they are full and she takes what remains to the ledge returning to brood the young. An hour later she goes to the ledge and returns to the young who are begging. She returns to brood them but they continue to call. She returns to the ledge and can be heard calling before she is back with the young. At 18:50 the male presents a small item of prey and the female feeds that to the chicks. Twenty minutes later he is back with a slightly large piece of food and the female also feeds the chicks. She stops feeding after 10 minutes and takes the remains away. Whilst she is gone the male comes in to brood. But after just a few minutes he is replaced by the female. He is trying hard but she is very protective! She settles down for the night and hardly moves for the next 5 hours.

11 May – After settling down for over 4 hours, the female finds a small piece of food and feeds the chicks at 20 past midnight. Some 10 minutes later they are back under her wings where they remain until 4:40 when the female goes to the ledge for a few minutes and returns to continue incubation. She was not calling on the ledge so presumably not asking the male to fetch food but just 10 minutes later he arrives with what looks to be a Dunlin. The female feeds this to the young then removes the remains. Whilst she is away, the male takes over duties but less than 2 minutes later she is back and forces him out. It is a very windy morning and she keeps the chicks well covered until 7:30 when the male arrives with another prey item which she feeds to the young calling as she does so. They feed quickly and after just 5 minutes both are full and fall asleep. The female leaves with the remains and whilst she is away, the male returns with the head of a Starling which was part of a meal from the previous day. He tries to feed bits of what is left of it to the chicks but they are disinterested, preferring to sleep. The female is soon back and just as he tries to brood the young he is pushed out. At 9:20, he returns with more prey, what looks to be the remains of the earlier Dunlin, and she feeds it to the chicks. When they are full she finishes off the meal herself then continues incubation. At 11:55 she goes to the ledge but is back incubating after a few minutes only to visit the ledge again at 12:05 for another 5 minutes. At 12:55, she walks to the ledge calling loudly. That must have been a signal for the male as within a minute he brings more food, what looks like another partially eaten item from the previous day. After feeding the young, she leaves with the remains and the male arrives. He immediately goes to brood the chicks but 10 minutes later she is back to take over. For the next 90 minutes she barely moves but at 14:50 she goes to the ledge calling then leaves. The male tries to take over brooding however, she is soon back with another Starling for the chicks. He makes a hasty retreat. When they are finished she stashes the remains between the columns but as soon as her back is turned, the male pinches it and departs. He tries to present it to her 5 minutes later but she is unmoved. He is back at 16:00 with the same Starling and delicately picks off small pieces and feeds them to the female. This is the first time I have noticed this behaviour in these two birds. The tenderness doesn’t last long though and she snatches the prey from him and feeds the young. At 18:00 she leaves the box, the male taking over. He feeds the remnants of the Starling to the chicks but the female is soon back and forces him out. At 19:00 she leaves the chicks for 5 minutes before resuming brooding. At 19:25, the male arrives with a large unidentifiable item of prey and the female feeds it to the chicks. She stashes it by the column and the male arrives. She leaves, he goes to the column and checks the stash, then goes to the chicks and broods them. The female returns at 19:45 to take over. She settles down for the night. She doesn’t move position for the next 4 hours.

10 May – Another settled night with plenty of sleep. No early morning feed this time, all the way through until 4:55 when the female left calling to be replaced by the male. The young, huddled together were calling strongly. The female returns after 15 minutes but no food. The male departs. He returns with a small prey item at 5:40 and gives it to the female who feeds the chicks. Five minutes later they are full and fall asleep. At 6:55 the male arrives with another item of prey which is taken by the female and fed to the chicks. By 7:00 they are well fed and she stashes the remains before continuing to brood. He returns with more food at 8:10 and the female feeds it to the hungry chicks calling as she does so. At 8:15 she flies off with the remains. Whilst she is gone, the male arrives and finds the stashed item from the previous meal. He takes it to the chicks and starts feeding them, obviously unaware that they have already been fed. Only the smallest of the two is interested. The male also calls to the young as he feeds them. After 10 minutes he leaves as the female returns to brood. She departs at 10:25 and the male arrives looking around for food but before he is able to do anything, the female returns and he exits. At 10:55 she goes to the ledge for a few moments before returning to incubate the chicks. At 11:45 she leaves once again and returns with a prey item at 11:50 and proceeds to feed the chicks, both eating well. When they are finished, she removes the food before continuing with brooding. She settles down for the next 90 minutes until the male arrives with another prey item, a Starling, and offers it to the female. She refuses and he takes it to the ledge where he feeds on it. Five minutes later he again offers it to the female and once again she refuses. If a male Peregrine could look crest-fallen and rejected then he did! But being the dutiful father that he is, he tries again at 14:00 – success, the female takes the prey and feeds the young. After 5 minutes, she leaves with the remnants and the male tries to take over brooding duties. He is thwarted by the return of the female and wisely he gives way. At 16:30 she leaves, the male enters the box and looks around for food – there is none. He leaves and the female arrives with a fresh meal. After feeding for 10 minutes she finishes the item off herself. An hour later, the male arrives with food. Once again, the female refuses his offering and so he eats it in full view of the female! After 5 minutes of watching him she snatches the remains from under him and he makes a hasty retreat. She feeds the few morsels that are left to the chicks. At 19:20 the female leaves and the male arrives. The chicks are food begging but he doesn’t have any. He looks around but can’t see the stash and leaves. A few moments later, the female arrives with a small parcel of food which she  feeds to the young. She covers the chicks after they have fed. The male arrives at 19:45 with food that he gives to the female. She accepts it and feeds the chicks although only one is really interested the other resting on the remaining egg whilst sleeping. The female eventually finishes the item off and then covers the chicks, settling down for the night. There is no more activity until midnight at least.

9 May – The female slept well through the night hardly moving until 1:30 when she fetched a small piece of stashed prey to feed the chicks. After 10 minutes they are full and incubation is resumed. However, just 30 minutes later a another short feeding bout is undertaken. Whilst the female gets some good sleep, the chicks can be seen to be moving around under her body. At 5:10 she feeds the young with what remains of the prey she found earlier in the evening, then continues incubation. The male arrives at 6:05 with a prey item, a Starling, which he presents to the female. She calls to him and he takes it away. He returns at 7:20 with the same item which the female accepts and starts to feed the chicks taking the occasional large piece for herself. She seems to know instinctively when they are full because after 10 minutes she stashes the prey and returns to brood the young. At 9:45 she leaves the chicks. The male arrives with a prey item at 9:55. It was noted from the Watch Point below that during this time the nest was unprotected with both birds out. He starts to feed the chicks but the female arrives. He quickly backs away and leaves with the food. She finds a few morsels remaining from the previous meal and feeds that to the chicks. He is back 10 minutes later and gives the food to the female who feeds it to the young. After the usual 10 minutes, feeding is finished and brooding resumes. At 11:15 she retrieves the stash and gives the chicks another quick feed. At 12:25 she leaves the young and is replaced by the male. Both chicks are sleeping and he covers them loosely. The female returns at 12:35. The male comes into the box at 15:00 calling, looks in all the usual stash areas and leaves. The female retrieves a large item of prey (a Feral Pigeon) from him 10 minutes later, feeds the young and then takes it out of the box, the male on incubation duties for the five minutes she was away. At 16:45, she leaves and is replaced by the male. She returns after 5 minutes with what looks like the remains of the previous prey item, feeds the young then leaves with all but a wing that inadvertently covers the chicks and the remaining egg. The male arrives and incubates the chicks, the egg and the Pigeon wing! She returns at 17:00, removes the wing and plucks and eats what little meat there is on it whilst the chicks sleep. When the young do awake, she feeds them small pieces calling as she does so. The male is back with more food at 17:40 but feeds himself, leaving with the remains after 10 minutes. However, he is back with what looks like the remnants of his meal at 18:55 and gives it to the female who feeds the chicks. They must be well fed as they don’t look particularly interested and are not calling. The female taps their beaks to try and stimulate feeding. It is hard work but she is persistent and makes them eat for 5 minutes, then leaves. The male arrives, picks up a large wing feather and plucks at it, tries to feed it to the disinterested chicks and so broods them instead. The female takes over at 19:10. After an hour the male brings in some prey which he gives to the female who feeds the young after which the evening incubation session starts. She remains incubating in the same position for the next 4 hours at least.

8 May – The female continued to sleep and incubate hardly moving position until 4:55 when the male arrives. She retrieves a piece of stashed prey and begins to feed the chicks. The male watches for a few moments and then departs. At 5:05, she finishes feeding and goes onto the ledge and although the male comes in and attempts to incubate the chicks the female chases his off. She incubates for the next 90 minutes, resting on her wings so that the full weight of her body does not crush the chicks. At 6:35, she flies off only to return a few moments later with a small prey item – received in a food pass from the male perhaps? She feeds the chicks and stashes the remains before continuing incubation. At 8:30 she leaves the nest again, the chicks dozing on the remaining egg, but returns after a few minutes. Ten minutes later she leaves and the male brings in an item of food and feeds the chicks – he seems to be getting the hang of this but after five minutes is replaced by the female. The eldest chick is full and dozes off whilst the younger one continues to be fed eventually flopping onto it’s sibling and falling asleep – full. The female proceeds to incubate or more likely shade them and the remaining egg, from the sun. The male arrives at 9:55 but the female is reluctant to give up incubation duties and so the male sits on the ledge, occasionally preening. He enters the box at 11:00 looking for some of the stashed items but cannot find any and leaves. At 11:35 the female leaves the box, the male returning still looking for stashed prey –  the young can be heard calling. He eventually incubates them leaving after half an hour when the female returns. At 12:50 the male is back and again looks around the box for any stashed items. The female approaches him and they are very vocal whilst the young food beg. She leaves and he walks around the box looking in every previous stash hole but finds nothing. He starts to incubate and check around the box every so often. At 13:30 he leaves to be replaced by the female. After an hour she leaves – the chicks are begging. The male is back at 14:45 but without any food – again! He walks around the box then onto the ledge and into the box again and starts incubating. The female is back at 15:20 without food and the male leaves as she takes over incubation. The male returns briefly at 16:15 and after she leaves he returns and walks around the box whilst the chicks beg. The female is back at 17:00 but still no food for the young. She replaces him incubating. At 18:25, the male returns with a large item of prey which the female grabs from him. Accidentally, she leans the wing of what looks like a Woodpigeon onto the smallest chick and he is buried below it and can’t get his head up to feed. The eldest sibling is being well fed with the female only seeing one mouth. Eventually the smallest chick manages to wriggle free and is fed whilst the other chick falls asleep. After feeding, the remnants are stashed in-between the columns by the female before she continues incubating. At 20:15, the male nips in and steals the stashed Woodpigeon. The female goes to look for it at 20:50 but it has gone!  By 22:00 she falls asleep and does not move until at least midnight.

7 May – The female continued to incubate through the night, occasionally getting the briefest of naps. At 4:45 the female goes to the ledge and starts calling. After a few minutes she is replaced by the male who searches for some hidden prey. However, it is the female who returns with an early breakfast for the begging chick. The male remains on the ledge calling. After 5 minutes of feeding she removes the food from the nesting area and returns to continue incubation. At 8:55 the male returns with food, shows it to the female and leaves, the female continuing incubation. She sits tight for over two hours occasionally moving a few stones in her ‘displacement’, tidying-up actions. At 11:20, she searches the platform for a piece of stashed prey but there was none. There appears to be movement in one of the remaining eggs! She resumes incubation. The male arrives with food at 11:55, the female taking it from him and the chick can be seen and heard begging for food. The female obliges tearing small morsels off and feeding delicately. After just 5 minutes, the chick is well fed and the female removes the prey and stashes it by a column before continuing her incubating. The male arrives at 12:45 calling and steals the stashed prey – he may be just clearing up! The chick occasionally pops from under the female’s breast. At 14:30 the male returns and checks the stash area and seems surprised that the food had gone. He calls and postures with the female before leaving. The chick is calling and there appears to be more movement from one of the remaining eggs. At 14:50, the female retrieves some prey from the male and returns to feed the chick. A hole can be seen in one of the eggs and movement inside. The female calls loudly to the chick whilst feeding it – presumably to generate a bond with the young. Five minutes later the chick is full and the female returns to incubation. Just before 15:15 a second chick can be seen emerging from the egg the mother helping to remove the shell. She eats part of the shell before tossing it aside. A new arrival, she is now the proud mother to two young Peregrines.

 

The chick hatching and a close-up of the chick hatching.

At 16:35 the female finds a small piece of stashed prey and starts to feed the chicks. The first meal for the new chick arriving much sooner than it did for it’s sibling two days earlier! At 16:45 she takes the remnants of the food to the ledge and the two chicks literally fall asleep. She resumes incubation. At 17:00 the female is calling to the male who is sitting on the ledge. He comes into the box but she chases him out returning to incubation until 17:30 when she leaves the chicks. The male approaches the chicks with some food and they are begging but he stands too far away and he can’t reach their beaks. The female returns and incubates whilst the male runs off with the food. For the next 90 minutes, the female stands over the chicks whilst preening before hunkering down at 19:00. She goes to the ledge and calls 10 minutes later then returns to the chicks. After 5 minutes she looks at one of the stash points by the columns for food but there is none. She leaves at 19:20 to be replaced by the male (without food) and he incubates the two young. The female is back to incubate at 19:35 and the male leaves returning after a few minutes with some food which he gives to the female who feeds it to the chicks, calling loudly as she does so. Ten minutes later they are fed, sleeping and being incubated. For the next three hours and more she hardly moves position, just occasionally preening. At 22:15 she falls asleep properly, the first time for two days.

6 May – The female continues to incubate and eat the remains of a piece of shell. Rather than hunkering down low as previous, she can be seen to be leaning much more on the folded wing raising her slightly higher than normal. There are also small chips that can be heard. She is restless and moving constantly. At about 1:30 a small blob of fluff can be seen at the breast of the female – confirmation of the first chick hatching. The female is not getting much sleep tonight! At about 4:20 the female can be heard calling incessantly. This is around the time the male would normally relieve her of incubation duties but there was no response. The begging chick can also be heard.  At 5:55, the female leaves the chick and stands on the platform ledge calling loudly. Still no response from the male! The chick is begging to be fed resting itself on the 2 remaining eggs. The female returns to incubation duties. At 7:10, the shadow of the male can be seen on the ledge and the female calls to him. She approaches the male calling and he flies off. The chick continues to food beg. At 8:30 the male goes to the back of the box and sees the chick for the first time – he has not brought any food! The female flies off. He approaches the begging chick and eventually broods the chick and the 2 eggs. At 9:00 the female returns but also without any food. She replaces the male incubating. Finally at 9:15 the male returns with a small prey item, gives it to the female who tears it into small pieces and feeds it to the chick for it’s first meal. After just 10 minutes, the chick has had enough and the female stores the remains. She broods the well-fed chick. An hour later she retrieves some of the stored prey and the chick has a second feed but has had enough after 10 minutes and incubation resumes. At 13:25, the female leaves as the male arrives with an item of prey. However, rather than feed it to the chick, he proceeds to eat it himself. He leaves as the female returns with a fully plucked item (probably from a cache) and feeds the chick incubating afterwards.  At 15:30 she leaves as the male returns and takes over incubation. He soon notices some remains of prey stashed beside a column and ignores his duties taking the prey to the edge of the platform to feed whilst the chick begs for food! He returns after a few minutes and starts to feed the chick – result. At 15:50 the female returns, the male leaves and she continues incubation continually preening as she does so. At 17:30 she goes to the edge of the platform but soon returns to continue incubation. At 18:25, the female retrieves some prey from the male and starts to feed the chick. After 5 minutes the chick is full and sleepy and the female feeds herself before continuing incubation. At 19:30 the female leaves as the male arrives but she is soon back to relieve him for the night. By 21:00, there does not appear to be any sign of hatching from the 2 remaining eggs. The female was very attentive through the night and didn’t get any sleep up to at least midnight.

5 May – The female is incubating the 3 remaining eggs after the first hatchling was seen to be dead inside the shell. At 22:50 she is seen to remove a piece of shell from beneath her body. The shell looks clean and well formed and although it cannot be seen, a chick was suspected of having hatched. She proceeds to eat the shell remains over the next hour or so.

5 May – Latest News: You will notice that there are currently only 3 eggs being incubated. At approx 5:30 this morning the shell of the fourth egg was seen to be crazed and have a dead chick inside. Over the next couple of hours the female disposed of the chick by eating both it and most of the shell. Recycling the nutrients in this manner usually happens in these events. This is a disappointment for the birds and all our viewers. Although the 3 remaining eggs appear intact, 2 show signs of pipping, which in theory should be the start of the chick hatching but the timing seems out of sync. I will update the blog later in the day. May 5th was the day when the first hatching was anticipated.

APRIL

4 April – The female was continuing to incubate from the previous evening until the male arrived at 5:15. He takes over the duties whilst she remains on the ledge preening. At 6:15, she walks to the back of the box and forces the male off the eggs. He leaves reluctantly. The female is rather agitated and restless and with good reason, at 6:50 lays her fourth egg! Ten minutes later she continues incubation. The male takes over at 7:25 whilst the female remains on the ledge. She flies off at 8:30 returning at 9:05 to replace the male. She flies off at 9:20, the male taking over at 9:25. She returns at 9:50 and relieves the male 10 minutes later. He flies off, returning at 11:55 to sit on the ledge until 13:45. The female also flies off but the male soon returns to continue incubation. The female is back at 14:50 and the male leaves to return at 16:35 when he takes over, with the female sitting on the ledge until 17:10. She returns at 19:30 and continues to incubate through to midnight at least.

3 April – The female is incubating until 3:55 when the male arrives and takes over. She returns for a few moments at 5:00 but at 6:00 she replaces the male. He is back at 7:35 whilst the female remains on the ledge preening. She takes over at 9:00 until his return at 10:50 when once again she sits on the ledge. At 13:05 she is back but both birds leave immediately for 10 minutes, the male returning to incubate until 14:20 with a break between 13:30 and 14:10 when the female takes over. He returns at 15:00 when copulation takes place on the ledge after which the male leaves and the female continues incubation. He is back at 16:55 but leaves after just 10 minutes, the female taking over. He does another stint at 18:05 for an hour. The female visited at 18:35 with a very large prey item but left immediately and returned with a full crop to take over at 19:10 incubating until at least midnight.

2 April – The female continues to incubate during a wet and stormy night. She remains on the eggs until the male arrives at 6:15 a total of 11 hours and 15 minutes hardly moving during that time.Rather than leave, she sits on the ledge for an hour and then returns to incubating.The male flies off and returns at 9:35 with breakfast. He incubates whilst she eats but after 10 minutes she returns. The male flies off and there is copulation on the ledge – a fourth egg is in their minds. the male flies off and the female continues incubation until 12:40 when the male takes over.Initially, she sits on the ledge but after 30 minutes flies off returning an hour later to relieve the male. At 15:45 he takes over incubation whilst she sits on the ledge. At 16:15 the male flies off but the female remains soon the ledge calling incessantly – seeming looking to copulate again, but it didn’t happen. she returns to incubation but flies off when the male arrives at 16:40. She is back within 5 minutes and there is copulation on the ledge. He leaves and she returns to incubation.At 17:15 the female leaves and the male takes over incubation but is back to resume duties 20 minutes later and remains on the eggs until well after midnight.

It was interesting to note the visit of a pair of Magpies this morning – the first time I’ve seen them on the ledge (usually Feral and Woodpigeons). This shows just how vulnerable the eggs can be if left unattended. Thankfully no harm was done.

1 April – The female was on incubation duties and remained on the eggs until 4:00 when the male arrived but left two minutes later. The female remained on the ledge for 10 minutes before continuing incubation. At 5:45 the male returns and takes over incubation with the female remaining on the ledge. He flies off at 6:20 to return immediately and there is copulation. He leaves her on the ledge preening. At 6:45 she flies off returning at 7:10 to continue incubation. The male takes over for 5 minutes at 7:30 returning at 8:00 but is relieved by the female at 8:10. She flies off at 8:30 and he arrives with prey in the form of a Starling. She is back at 8:40 eating the prey left by the male.When she leaves 15 minutes later the male returns to incubate and does so until 9:35 when she takes over. After 2 hours she sits on the ledge and flies off at 11:50 when the male resumes incubation. She returns at 12:25 with a full crop and whilst sitting on the ledge copulation takes place, after which the male leaves and the female returns to incubation. At 14:15 she goes to the ledge and remains there for 40 minutes before continuing incubation. The male returns after an hour but leaves almost immediately. Just 10 minutes later the female produces her third egg – HAPPY EASTER! She waits about 10 minutes before continuing to incubate, presumably to allow the egg to dry. At 17:00 she is sitting on the ledge and after 5 minutes the male arrives with food – another Starling but he leaves within a few minutes. She continues incubation at 17:15. At 17:55 the male returns and sits on the ledge calling. He leaves as the female continues to incubate. He returns at 18:50 and incubates whilst the female is on the ledge. After 10 minutes he flies out to return immediately for copulation on the ledge, after which he leaves and she returns to incubating where she remained until midnight at least.

 

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.