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

Jim Graham: jsgraham83@aol.com

News – 15 December 2020: There is yet another new female in residence. A 2018 bird from central Birmingham first seen on 21 September 2020 after the previous female was not recorded from 6 September. The new pair are bonding frequently. For more details see: Breaking News.

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JANUARY 2021

22 January – the male flies in at 7:35 calling and moves to the ledge. He flies out at 7:55 and returns immediately with the female. He goes into the box and she sits on the ledge but after a few minutes she flies off. The male walks to the platform and watches her go and follows. He is back a few minutes later and settles back on the ledge until 8:25 when he starts to get agitated and starts calling and is aware of a bird flying above him. He flies out and returns after a few minutes. he goes into the box at 8:55 on the arrival of the female. She joins him and there is calling and bonding. Rather than flying off after a few minutes, he moves to the ledge and watches the female from there for a while before flying off. The female tends the scrape then moves to the ledge at 9:00 and sits preening until 9:25 when she flies off. She is back at 10:15 remaining on the ledge until 11:40. The male is back at 12:35 with a full crop and settles on the ledge but is disturbed by the incoming female. He goes into the box and she soon joins him. He leaves after a few minutes bonding and she moves to the ledge, flying off at 13:45. The pair is back at 14:05 but she leaves five minutes later and the male settles on the ledge, flying off at 15:20.

21 January – the pair arrive together at 8:00 and the male goes into the box. There is lots of calling and the female joins him; he flies out after a few minutes and she walks to the ledge, then flies off at 8:25. The male is back ten minutes later but leaves at 8:40. The pair return at 9:00 and go into the box for a brief bout of bonding before the male flies out. The female spends a bit of time tending the scrape then moves to the ledge before flying off at 9:15. The male returns a few moments later and sits on the ledge. He takes a quick flight at 10:10 and again at 10:30. He flies off at 11:00 but is back 15 minutes later. there is another short flight at 11:25 and again at 11:40. He is off at 12:00, returning at 13:45. He leaves at 14:05 and there is no further activity on camera.

20 January – the male flies in at 8:00 and sits on the ledge until 8:35. He returns at 10:35 carrying Pigeon prey; he is already well fed with a full crop. He plucks the fresh catch on the platform and flies off with it at 11:05. He is back at 12:35 with the plucked Pigeon and stashes it by a column, then settles down on the ledge. He flies off at 14:10 and returns 15 minutes later with the female in tow. She sees the meal, snatches it and flies off; the male returns to the ledge. He walks into the box at 15:20 when the female arrives. There is calling between the pair and she joins him in the box. After few moments bonding, he makes a quick exit. She walks to the ledge and watches him go, following him after a couple of minutes.

19 January – the male flies in at 5:55 and sits on the ledge. At 7:25, he goes into the box on the arrival of the female, but she flies off just a few minutes later and he returns to the ledge. at 8:40, he takes a short flight and returns to the ledge. He flies off at 9:15 and returns a few minutes later with the female. She follows him into the box and he then flies out. She tends the scrape for five minutes before returning to the ledge  and flying off at 9:30. The male is back briefly at 10:00, then settles on the ledge at 10:45. He has another short flight at 11:30 and again at 11:50 and 12:05. He flies off at 12:30 returning at 13:05 – he is constantly watching the skies. He takes another short flight at 13:25 and 13:55. At 14:00, he flies out returning 15 minutes later. There are yet more short flights at 15:20 and 15:45 after which he remains until 16:55.

18 January – the female is the first to arrive, flying in at 5:05. She remains on the ledge until 6:05 when she flies off. The male arrives at 8:10 with a full crop and clutching Feral Pigeon prey. He waits on the ledge for ten minutes before stashing it by a column and flying off five minutes later. The female is back at 9:25, sees the stashed meal, snatches it and takes off. The male returns at 10:30 and goes into the box for a few moments then moves to the ledge. He runs into the box when the female arrives at 10:35. She joins him and after a brief bonding session, he flies out. She tends the scrape for five minutes then moves to the ledge before flying off at 11:35. The male is back at 12:25 and checks where he stashed the pigeon earlier, but it has been taken by the female. He sits on the ledge and takes a short flight at 12:40. He remains until 15:25 when he flies off.

17 January – the male arrives at 7:30 and goes into the box when the female follows a few moments later. She joins him in the box and he then flies out. After briefly tending the scrape she moves to the ledge where she remains until 7:45. The male is back at 9:55 and goes into the box calling loudly before moving to the ledge sporting a full crop. He takes a short flight at 10:10 and another at 10:45. The pair arrive together at 11:20 and go into the box. He flies out a few moments later; she flies off at 11:25. The male is back at 14:55 and remains until 16:40.

16 January – the male arrives at 2:10 – the earliest we have seen for quite some time – and flies off 35 minutes later. He is back at 8:35 and sits on the ledge until 11:10 when he flies off. The male returns at 13:25 with a full crop and goes into the box for a few moments before moving to the ledge and flying off at 14:00.

15 January – the male arrives at 8:00 and flies off 15 minutes later. He is back briefly at 8:40. The female flies in at 9:10 and sits on the ledge for ten minutes. The is no further activity on camera.

14 January – it has been a wet and miserable day. The male flies in with Redwing prey at 14:10 and proceeds to pluck it on the platform. He does not eat it but flies off with it five minutes later. This is the only activity on camera today.

13 January – the male is very early, arriving at 4:15. He falls asleep on the ledge until 7:40 when he is awakened by the arrival of the female. There are a few moments of bonding and he then flies out and she moves to the ledge before flying off at 8:10. She returns at 9:55and sits on the ledge until 10:35 when she flies off. The male arrives with a full crop at 11:35 and dozes on the ledge. He goes into the box at 14:55 on the arrival of the female. As soon as she enters the box, he leaves. She tends the scrape for a few minutes then sits on the ledge, flying off at 15:40.

12 January – the is no activity on camera until the female arrives at 9:10 and walks into the box five minutes later. She tends the scrape for a few moments then returns to the ledge and flies off at 9:30. There was no further activity on camera today.

11 January – the male is early, arriving at 6:10. He sits on the ledge for an hour before taking a brief flight. At 7:35, he flies out and returns a few moments later with the female but She does not stay long. The male sits on the ledge watching her go. At 8:00, he goes into the box calling and a few moments later flies off.  The female lands at 8:10 but flies off after five minutes. The male is back briefly at 8:55 and at 11:20 flies in with a small unidentifiable item of prey. He calls loudly for a few minutes then stashes the prey by a column before flying off. He is back at 12:00 and sits on the ledge preening for 30 minutes, then takes a short flight. He is off again at 13:45 and is back to recover his stashed prey at 14:25 which he consumes on the platform before moving back to the ledge. He leaves two hours later.

10 January – the male arrives at 7:30 and sits on the ledge preening. He flies out at 7:45. The female flies in at 8:10 with a full crop and sits on the ledge until leaving at 8:45. The male flies in calling at 10:10 with a full crop and settles on the ledge. At 12:40 he flies off, returning at 14:25. He remains on the ledge, preening and dozing, until 16:40 when he flies off.

9 January – the male flies in at 7:05 and sits on the ledge until 7:50 when he flies off. He returns a few moments later with the colour-ringed female in tow. She joins in in the box but he flies out after a few minutes, and she tends the scrape for a few minutes, moves to the ledge but soon follows. The pair is back at 9:10 but she flies off after a few minutes calling. He runs from the box to the ledge to watch her go and quickly follows. The female is back at 10:35 and sits on the ledge until 11:30 when she calls loudly at the passing of another bird. She watches carefully from just inside the box, grunting and croaking. After a few moments she returns to the ledge and settles down. She flies off when the male arrives. He goes into the box calling and she then joins him. He flies out after a few moments and she tends the scrape before moving to the ledge at 11:45. The male flies in at 12:55 and goes into the box. She soon joins him, but he then moves to the ledge before flying off. She tends the scrape and moves back to the ledge at 13:05. She takes a brief flight ten minutes later, returning to the ledge until 13:50 when she leaves. The male is back at 15:55 but is soon off again, returning a few moments later, finally leaving at 16:05.

8 January – the male arrives at 6:55 and sits on the ledge until 8:35 when he flies out. A large female lands a few moments later but this is an intruding bird, not our current resident colour-ringed bird and not either of the two previous known females – the fourth female at the site in less than a year! She makes a brief visit to the box before returning to the ledge where she seems to duck, probably due to a passing attack. She flies off after five minutes. The resident colour-ringed female lands briefly at 9:50 calling loudly before leaving. There is no further activity on camera today.

7 January – the male flies in at 7:40 and sits on the ledge until 8:15 when he goes into the box on the arrival of the female. She joins him in the box and after a few moments bonding he flies out. She tends the scrape, moving to the ledge after five minutes, flying off at 8:25. The male is back at 8:40 remaining on the ledge until 10:10. He returns at 11:40 and sits on the ledge until 13:40 when he flies off and returns with the female a few moments later. There is lots of calling from the pair and he makes a couple of brief flights whilst she sits on the ledge – their agitation would suggest the presence of an intruding bird. He leaves after a few minutes and she flies off at 13:55. He is back at 14:05 and remains on the ledge until 16:35.

6 January – the pair flies in at 8:20 and go into the box for a short bout of bonding. The male leaves after a few minutes and is followed by the female a few minutes later. They are both back at 8:45 and the male goes into the box. A few minutes later, they fly off together. The female is back at 11:15 remaining until 11:30. At 15:30, a Feral Pigeon lands and walks around the box before flying off after a few minutes. It returns with a second bird in tow at 16:00. The pair walk around the box and there is lots of cooing, remaining for ten minutes.

5 January – the only activity today was the male flying in at 8:05 but remaining for just five minutes.

4 January – the pair fly in together at 8:15. The male goes into the box and is quickly joined by the female. He leaves soon after and she tends the scrape for a few minutes before moving to the ledge and flying off at 8:30. The male is back at 9:10, leaving 20 minutes later. The female flies in briefly at 9:35. The is no further activity today.

3 January – the male lands on the ledge for ten minutes at 7:00. The pair fly in at 7:55, the male leaving a few minutes later in such a rush as almost knocking the female from the ledge. She remains until 8:25. The male flies in at 9:25 and sits on the ledge for 30 minutes. The female flies in at 11:20 and tends the scrape before moving to the ledge. She flies off at 11:55 and is replaced by the male. He goes into the box calling and she joins him for a few minutes before he flies out; she leaves 15 minutes later. The male is back at 16:15 but flies out ten minutes later.

2 January – the male arrives at 7:35 and is joined in the box by the female 10 minutes later. After a few minutes bonding, he flies off. She leaves at 8:00 and he returns at 8:35 and remains until 9:10. He is back three hours later with a full crop and a half-eaten prey item which he stashes by a column before flying off ten minutes later. He is back at 14:55 and tucks into the stashed prey then flies off at 15:35.

1 January – the pair arrive together at 8:15. After a short period of bonding, the male leaves and the female tenders the scrape area before flying off. The male is back 5 minutes later. The female returns at 8:40 and there is more bonding before he flies out. She leaves 10 minutes later. The male returns at 9:30, staying for 15 minutes. He is back at 13:15 sitting on the ledge until 16:00.

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