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

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SEPTEMBER 2021

19 September – the female flies off at 4:05 and is replaced by the male. She is back at 6:25 and goes into the box as the male flies out. She moves to the ledge and looks out over the city in the dark, then flies out a few moments later. The male returns at 8:15 but flies off after 20 minutes. He is back on the ledge at 10:25. The female flies into the box at 15:15 and five minutes later forces the male from the ledge but she leaves soon after. She returns at 17:05 with a large item of prey, a Rook or Crow, already half-eaten. She continues to eat on the platform and stashes the remnants by a column at 18:00 and settles on the ledge with a full crop, remaining until midnight at least.

18 September – the female notices something above her at 4:35 and takes off and is replaced on the ledge by the male who falls asleep. He flies off at 5:40 returning at 10:05 and sits on the platform until moving to the ledge at 13:05. He flies off when the female arrives back 50 minutes later. She leaves at 14:35 and is back on the ledge at 18:25 until midnight at least.

17 September – the pair fly in together at 6:00 but the male leaves as soon as the female lands. She picks at scraps on the platform, looks in the box then settles on the ledge until 6:25 when she flies off. The male is back 25 minutes later and goes into the box until 7:00 when he moves to the ledge. He flies off at 7:45 when the female arrives with very fresh Feral Pigeon prey which she plucks and eats on the platform. She stashes the remains at 8:35. She goes into the box at 9:00 when the male arrives to steal her stash. She returns to the ledge until 10:10 when she flies off. The male returns with a full crop at 12:40. He takes a short flight at 13:35 and calls loudly on his return. He settles back on the ledge until 14:15 when he flies out, lands briefly calling, then takes off again when the female lands also calling loudly; there appears to be an intruder in the area. She sits on the ledge watching the skies and flies out at 14:45. The male returns to the box ten minutes later, then moves to the ledge where he remains until he flies off on the arrival of the female at 18:50. She picks at scraps on the platform, then moves to the ledge. She is joined by the male in the box at 19:45 but after a few minutes of bonding he sits on the ledge before being forced off at 20:00. The female flies off at 22:20, returning 20 minutes later and remaining until midnight.

16 September – the female remains on the ledge from the previous evening until 4:50 when she flies off. The male lands at 5:30 and flies off ten minutes later when the female arrives carrying very fresh Feral Pigeon prey. The male flies into the box at 6:25 to check out the female’s progress. She stops feeding until he leaves 15 minutes later. She stashes the remains a few moments later and flies off. The male arrives immediately and feeds on the pigeon. He stashes the remnants at 7:25 and leaves. The female returns at 12:30 and sits on the ledge. She goes into the box when the male arrives an hour later. She immediately grabs hold of the stashed pigeon and the male flies off. She feeds on the pigeon and returns to the ledge at 14:05, flying off at 15:05. The male flies in 17:45 and goes into the box before sitting on the ledge. Something catches his eye above him at 19:30 and he flies off quickly mid-preen. There is no further activity on camera this evening.

15 September – there was no activity until the female flies in at 12:20, flying off after five minutes. the male flies into the box an hour later and is quickly joined by the female. He soon flies out and she moves to the ledge but leaves at 13:35. She is back at 19:00 carrying a partly-eaten Feral Pigeon. She feeds on the platform stashing the remains by a column at 40 minutes later. She sits on the ledge with a full crop remaining until midnight at least.

14 September – the female flies in with fresh Feral Pigeon prey despite the fact it is still dark at 4:35. She stashes the remains by a column at 5:55 and sits on the ledge until 6:50 when she flies off. The male arrives at 7:40 and leaves with the stash. There was no further activity on camera today.

13 September – the female picks at some scraps on the platform at 5:05. The male lands and seems to startle the female and the pair leave. The male is soon back but is forced off by the female who picks at the scraps then settles back onto the ledge. she is off at 5:45 and is replaced by the male who searches the box then moves to the ledge. A pigeon flies by at 7:55 and he gives chase. There is no further activity until the male flies in at 17:55 and looks around the box, then sits on the ledge for five minutes before flying off. The female is back at 18:40 but leaves soon after.

12 September – something catches the female’s eye at 5:10 and she flies out in the dark. The male flies in at 5:55 and sits on the ledge until 7:35 when he leaves and is replaced by the female. She searches the box for food before settling on the ledge. The male flies into the box at 7:55 but the female forces him out a few moments later. Unperturbed, he is soon back looking for food but leaves five minutes later; she follows at 8:10. He returns at 8:50, flying off when the female returns at 12:00. She looks around the box then sits on the ledge watching the sky. She flies off after five minutes retuning with fresh Feral Pigeon prey at 14:35 that she plucks and eats on the platform. She stashes the remains by a column at 15:15 and flies off. The male immediately comes in and feeds on the pigeon. He has had his fill at 16:10 and stashes the leftovers and leaves. The female is back at 19:30 and finishes the remnants, then moves to the ledge remaining until midnight at least.

11 September – the female arrives with very fresh Feral Pigeon prey at 8:20 and starts to pluck and eat it. The male flies into the box at 8:55 which stops her from feeding; she protects her meal. He flies out ten minutes later and the female resumes feeding. He is back on the ledge at 9:50 and the female is interrupted again. She flies off with her meal at 10:25 and he follows. The male is back at 10:40 and picks at some scraps on the platform – he obviously didn’t get the meal and leaves a few minutes later. The female is back at 10:55 clutching the remnants of the pigeon and is quickly followed by the male. She stashes her meal but even before her back is turned, he steals it and flies out. The female sits on the ledge with a very full crop, remaining until 18:45 when she flies off. She is back at 19:40 remaining until midnight at least.

10 September – the male arrives at 6:40 and leaves at 7:00. The female flies in at 8:25 with very fresh Feral Pigeon prey. She feeds on her meal and stashes the remains at 9:30, then sits on the ledge. She moves to the opposite ledge at 11:05 remaining until 15:30 when she flies off.

9 September – the male flies in at 6:00 and the female immediately secures her stash. He flies off five minutes later and she feeds on her meal on the platform. She stashes the remains 20 minutes later and sits on the ledge. She flies off after few minutes allowing the male to sneak in and steal her meal. He returns with a full crop at 7:10 and settles on the ledge. The female is back at 10:35 and looks for her stash. The pair have a few moments bonding in the box before she moves to the ledge. They swap places 20 minutes later, but she forces the male to fly off and returns to the ledge. He is back on the opposite ledge at 11:15. She forces him from the ledge ten minutes later and she takes his place, then flies off at 16:00. The male is back at 17:40 before leaving at 19:00.

8 September – the male flies into the box at 9:20 and is joined by the female at 9:45. There are a few minutes of cat and mouse before she flies off; he sits on the platform. He returns to the box when the female is back at 10:15. She then replaces him, and he flies off a few minutes later. She leaves after ten minutes returning to the ledge at 14:15. He takes a short flight at 14:35. The female almost lands on him when she returns at 14:55; he jumps over to the opposite ledge, then flies off. She leaves an hour later returning at 19:20 carrying fresh Feral Pigeon prey which she plucks and eats on the platform continuing into the darkness of the night. She stashes it by a column at 20:15 and then settles on the ledge for the evening.

7 September – the flies off at 5:55 and male flies in and searches for scraps on the platform. He leaves at 6:10. The pair return at 9:50 and go into the box. They play a bit of cat and mouse, then the male hides behind the central columns and the female sits on the ledge. She takes a brief flight at 10:05, the male leaves soon after and she follows. He is back quickly and remains on the platform until 11:50 when he moves to the ledge. He leaves when the female arrives at 14:25 and she flies off at 16:55. The male is back at 18:30 and searches the box looking for food before quickly leaving.

6 September – the female flies in carrying very fresh Feral Pigeon prey at 10:05. She plucks and eats it on the platform stashing the remains in the box at 10:55, then moves to the ledge. She flies off at 11:20 but is back on the ledge at 12:15. She goes into the box at 15:20 when the male flies in. She then moves back to the opposite ledge and there is calling between the pair. He flies off after 15 minutes and she remains on the ledge until 18:55 when she leaves. She is back again at 20:25 remaining until midnight at least.

5 September – the male flies into the box at 6:05 and is joined by the female at 6:25. He leaves a few moments later and she moves to the ledge, then flies off at 6:35. She returns at 7:20 carrying fresh Feral Pigeon prey which she stashes by a column, then leaves. She is back at 11:25, retrieves her stash and feeds on it. She stashes the remains by a column at 13:50 and sits on the ledge. The male immediately sneaks in and steals her meal. He returns to the box at 17:00 and is joined by the female. There are a few minutes of calling before she moves back to the ledge and he flies out; she leaves at 18:15.

4 September 2021 – Video: the male sneaks in to steal the female’s meal but she has other ideas.

4 September – the male flies into the box at 5:05 and is on the platform at 6:45, leaving ten minutes later. The female arrives at 7:45 carrying fresh Feral Pigeon prey which she plucks and eats. She stashes the remains by a column at 9:15. The male is back ten minutes later and the female goes into the box leaving her meal unattended. He grabs hold of the stash but before he is able to leave, the female also takes hold and the pair fly off the platform each with a foot on the prey. The female is back at 10:10, without her meal, and goes into the box before moving to the ledge and flying off. There is no more activity on camera.

3 September – there was no activity on camera today.

2 September – the female flies in with fresh Feral Pigeon prey at 9:00 which she plucks and eats on the platform. She stashes the remains in the box at 11:10, then sits on the ledge, flying off five minutes later. She is back at 18:40 and recovers the stash and feeds on it and flies off with the remnants at 19:35.

1 September – the female flies in at 6:30 and picks at some scraps on the platform but leaves five minutes later. She is back at 18:35, searches the box for food, then flies off. There is no other activity today.

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