MAY 2021

1 May – the female moves from the box to the ledge at 3:40. The male flies in at 4:30 and the female joins him in the box. There is a 40-minute period of bonding before the female flies off at 5:10. The male moves to the ledge until 6:00 when he flies off for five minutes. The female flies in at 6:30 with the remains of a meal which she stashes. After a few minutes bonding, the male grabs the stash and eats it on the platform. The female watches from the ledge until the male flies off at 6:40. She leaves five minutes later. The female returns two hours later just missing catching a Woodpigeon that had flown into the box; it just escaped the other side of the central column. The male flies in soon after and there is a bonding session in the box. The female moves to the ledge at 8:50 then flies out whilst the male remains in the box before leaving at 9:00. He is back at 9:25 and feeds on scraps on the platform, then flies off at 9:40. He is back at 11:00 and watches from the platform until 12:05. He returns briefly at 12:2 and 12:50. He flies into the box at 14:35 and leaves at 15:15. He is back an hour later until 16:40, then 17:40 until 18:50 when he is replaced by the female. He lands briefly at 19:35 and the female falls asleep in the box until midnight at least.

2 May – the male flies in at 4:45 and after a few minutes calling between the pair, moves to the ledge. The female flies out at 5:05 and the male at 6:00. He is back 30 minutes later and sits on the ledge until 7:00. The pair return at 7:30, the male carrying fresh Feral Pigeon prey. The female already looks well fed and so the male flies off with his meal probably to stash it for later. The female sits on the ledge until the male returns at 7:45 and they both go into the box, flying off five minutes later. They are back at 9:25 but the male leaves soon after; the female tends to the scrape before leaving at 9:40. The male returns at 10:05 sporting a full crop and sits on the ledge until 11:30. He is back five minutes later with another Feral Pigeon; he flies off with it after a few minutes. He return at 11:50 and goes into the box before moving to the ledge. He makes a number of short flights before leaving at 15:50. He is back 15 minutes later and leaves when the female arrives at 16:55. She flies off at 17:10 returning 15 minutes later. The male is back at 17:45 and there is calling between the pair. The female moves to the ledge at 18:30 and he goes into the box. They both fly off at 19:55 but the male is soon back. The female flies in at 20:55 and sits on the ledge whilst the male moves into the box flying off ten minutes later; she remains until midnight at least.

3 May – the male flies into the box at 3:20 and falls asleep. He flies out at 5:05 and she follows five minutes later. The male returns at 5:15 for ten minutes and is back again at 5:35. He flies off at 6:00 and returns briefly 20 minutes later. He lands again at 6:55 for 15 minutes. The pair fly in at 7:20, the female carrying fresh Feral Pigeon prey. She starts to pluck it at 7:35 but is distracted by the male in the box. He moves to the ledge and she flies off with her meal at 7:55; he eats the scraps and leaves. The female returns well fed at 8:05 and stashes the remains of her meal. She flies off a few minutes later and the male flies in and picks up the stash and feeds on it before flying off at 8:20. He is back at 9:00 with a full crop and remains until 10:10. He is back five minutes later and is joined by the female at 10:25. She moves some stones around in the scrape whilst he sits on the platform. They swap places after ten minutes and he flies off at 11:00. The male is back briefly at 11:15 and settles on the ledge at 11:30 remaining until 14:00 when the female arrives at speed. She goes into the box and moves stones around. They swap places 20 minutes later where they remain until 15:00 when they fly off together. They are back after five minutes and the female joins the male in the box for a bonding session at 15:20. The male flies off at 15:35 and the female moves to the ledge. He is back at 15:55 and goes into the box whilst she remains on the ledge. He falls asleep at 18:40 until 19:00 when both birds fly off; they are back ten minutes later. The male leaves at 19:55 returning at 20:20. He flies out at 21:15 and she remains on the ledge.

4 May – the male flies in at 00:10 and goes into the box and falls asleep. He leaves at 4:50 and the female flies off at 5:15 as the male returns. He leaves at 6:10 and the pair return 15 minutes later. The male is off at 6:30 and the female at 7:35. The male returns at 8:00 and the female a few minutes later and he flies out. He is back at 8:40 with Starling prey which he gives to the female and flies off. She plucks and feeds on it on the platform and moves to the ledge when finished. At 9:05, she goes into the box when the male flies in briefly. He is back at 9:45 and they both leave quickly. He returns briefly at 10:10 and the female is back at 10:30, and is joined by the male at 10:50. She flies off at 11:15 and returns a few moments later with a pre-plucked item of prey. She feeds on it on the platform until 11:45 and he moves to the ledge. She is back in the box sleeping at 12:30 and he flies off briefly then joins her. She moves to the ledge after a few minutes and they both fly out at 13:05. He is back ten minutes later until leaving at 14:40 and returns at 15:15 for ten minutes. The female is back at 16:10 and the male at 16:35; they leave after ten minutes. She returns at 17:30 until 18:05 and the male briefly at 18:15. He is back at 20:10 and goes into the box when the female returns at 20:50. He leaves after a brief bout of bonding and the female falls asleep.

5 May – the female is sleeping in the box until 4:05 when the male flies in. She moves to the platform and he sits in the box. She returns to the box at 4:50 and there are a few moments of bonding before he flies out and she moves back to the platform. At 5:10 she sits on the ledge, and flies off ten minutes later. The male flies in at 5:35 and sits on the ledge for 15 minutes. He returns at 8:15 with a fresh Feral Pigeon which is immediately snatched from him by the incoming female. She takes it into the box and feeds as he flies off. She stashes the remains 15 minutes later and settles on the ledge. The male is back at 10:15 and she goes into the box. There are a few minutes of calling between the pair. He attempts to grab the stash, but she takes it from him. She sits on the platform with her meal whilst he watches from the box. After a few minutes bonding in the box, they swap places swapping again at 12:05. They fly out together at 12:25 and he is back five minutes later and sits on the ledge until 13:50 when the female returns; they go into the box. He soon leaves and she moves to the ledge. He is back at 14:20 and there is more bonding in the box. She flies out at 14:35 and he moves to the ledge until 16:10. He is back after 15 minutes remaining until 17:00. He returns 30 minutes later. The pair are in the box at 18:20. He flies out after a few minutes, but she remains until 18:45 when she flies off to be replaced by the male. He leaves at 19:40 and returns at 20:05 for 30 minutes. He is back ten minutes later with the female. After a few minutes bonding, he leaves and she falls asleep.

6 May – the female moves to the ledge at 3:00. The male flies into the box at 4:05 and she calls incessantly until 4:45 when she flies off. He falls asleep in the box until he leaves at 5:45. He is back 30 minutes later until 6:40. A Woodpigeon spends the next 25 minutes picking at the grit and stones around the box before flying off. The pair return at 7:40 and he leaves after a few minutes bonding; she then moves to the ledge, flying off at 8:05. Two Woodpigeon peck at the grit but are interrupted by the returning male. The feather in one of his talons show it was a near miss – he is already well fed. He sits on the ledge until 15:00 with a couple of short flights in between. The female arrives at 15:00 with the remains of a Feral Pigeon which she feeds on. He goes into the box and after 40 minutes she stops eating and starts to doze. She flies off at 16:30 and he picks at the scraps. She is back at 16:45 and he goes into the box, whilst she calls incessantly. She flies off at 17:10 and he follows. He is back on the ledge at 17:55 and she returns 20 minutes later. He goes into the box but soon leaves. She flies off at 18:25 and the male flies in. He remains on the ledge until 20:00 when the female flies into the box. He returns at 23:15 with a small unidentifiable item of prey which the female takes from him. She feeds on it then moves to the ledge at 23:35 and falls asleep.

7 May – the male arrives at 00:30 with a large item of prey for the female and she takes it from him. She feeds on it and returns to the ledge at 00:40. He is back with another prey item, a Common Tern, at 2:55 and she stashes it. The male flies into the box at 4:50 and picks up the Tern. The female snatches it from him calls loudly and he moves to the ledge. He flies off at 5:15 and she starts feeding at 6:00. She flies out with her meal at 6:35 when the male arrives. She returns with the remains at 6:55 and the male goes into the box.  He snatches the prey and flies out and she pursues and snatches the prey when he lands on the platform. She is back with her meal at 7:05 and she stashes it again and he steals it again! He flies off and she follows. He is back with the prey and feeds quickly before leaving when she returns at 7:20. He sits on the ledge at 7:20 with a full crop. They swap positions at 7:55 and there is a period of bonding at 8:10. He flies off at 8:20 and she moves to the ledge until 9:30 when she leaves. The male flies in and feeds on the scraps. The female is back in the box at 11:50 and moves to the ledge when the male leaves five minutes later. She is replaced by the male at 12:25; he leaves at 15:00 returning 15 minutes later. The female arrives at 15:40 with another Common Tern prey and feeds on it in the box when the male leaves. She leaves at 16:20 when she has finished her meal and the male flies into the box. He flies off briefly at 19:55 then dozes on the ledge. He goes into the box when the female returns at 21:00 and leaves soon after. She goes into the box and falls asleep.

8 May – the male joins the female in the box at 4:00, moving to the ledge at 4:50 before being forced out by the female. She returns to the box and goes to the ledge at 5:25. The male is back at 5:40 but leaves a few minutes later as the female calls loudly to him. She flies off at 6:00 and returns rather wet at 6:40 and goes into the box – no doubt to shelter. The male does not join her until 10:25 but he leaves soon after and she moves to the ledge and then back into the box at 10:55. The male arrives with Starling prey at 12:25 and goes into the box; the male leaves. She feeds on her meal in the box, stashes the remains and then moves to the ledge at 12:45. The male is back at 12:55 and tries to snatch the stash but the female takes it from him, and he flies out. She finishes off the remainder of her meal. He is back at 13:30 and looks for the stash but has to be content with scraps. The pair sit on opposite sides of the ledge until 15:10 when the female goes into the box and moves stones around. They swap places ten minutes later, but the male is back on the ledge at 15:30 where he remains until flying off at 16:20; she leaves at 16:45. The male is back at 17:15 and the female goes into the box at 18:10 and the male leaves soon after, returning at 19:10. He leaves after an hour and the female sits on the ledge. He is back briefly at 20:40 and she falls asleep.

9 May – the female remains on the ledge until 5:35 when the male flies in. They leave together at 5:50 but are back a few minutes later. They fly off again at 6:15 and the male is soon back. He makes four short (hunting?) flights before leaving at 8:00. The pair return at 8:25, the male carrying Starling prey which the female relieves him of. She feeds on the platform and moves to the ledge at 8:55 when finished. She flies off at 9:15 and is replaced by the male who feeds on the Starling scraps, then moves to the ledge. The female returns at 10:45 but leaves ten minutes later. She is back at 11:50 looking wet and bedraggled; the male leaves. She flies off at 12:00 and is replaced by the male returning in better condition at 12:45; the male leaves and she soon follows. The male is back at 13:10 and is replaced by the female at 14:05, leaving at 14:20. She is back at 16:30 until 17:05. The pair return at 18:45, the male carrying prey remnants that the female takes from him; he leaves. After eating, she sits on the ledge remaining until midnight at least.

10 May – the female goes into the box when the male arrives at 4:35. He leaves after a few minutes of bonding and the female returns to the ledge calling loudly. She is replaced by the male at 5:25 where he remains preening until 7:05. He is back 20 minutes later carrying Feral Pigeon prey which the arriving female takes from him. He flies off as she feeds in the box and stashes it by a column and leaves. The male is back a few minutes later with a full crop. The female flies in at 8:05 and he drags the meal from the column and presents it to her. He goes into the box but she refuses to eat instead calling loudly to him. She plucks the pigeon and stands over it protectively. She flies off with it at 10:45, returning a few minutes later and going into the box. The male flies in with the remnants of the pigeon at 10:55 and feeds on the platform until 11:20. He is back on the ledge at 11:40 with a full crop whilst the female remains in the box moving the occasional stone. They swap places at 12:20 and again at 12:50. They fly off together at 13:10 but are back five minutes later. She flies off at 14:40 and he leaves at 15:05. She is back briefly at 15:30 and the pair return at 16:05; the male on the ledge, the female in the box. They swap places at 18:15 and the female flies off. The male returns to the ledge remaining until 20:05 when the female returns. She remains until midnight at least.

11 May – the male flies into the box at 3:40 and the female calls loudly until he leaves at 4:50. She flies off five minutes later and he lands on the ledge remaining until 6:30. He returns briefly at 7:05. He is back at 7:55 carrying fresh Feral Pigeon prey. The female soon arrives and takes her gift and flies off with it; the male flies off. She is back at 9:05 with the remains of her meal which she stashes. The male flies in at 9:30, picks up the stash and eats it on the platform; the female watching from the ledge with a full crop. He flies off at 9:40 and she leaves at 10:55. The pair are back at 14:10 but he flies out after a few minutes bonding and she moves to the ledge before leaving at 14:25. He is back at 14:50 and remains on the ledge until 18:40 when the female returns, and he flies off. She falls asleep in the box until moving to the ledge at 21:25 to resume her slumber.

12 May – the male arrives in the box at 4:25 but leaves soon after, followed by the female. The male is back a few minutes later and sits on the ledge. The female flies into the box at 5:30 and both fly off at 5:50. The male is back on the ledge at 5:55 flying off at 6:45. He is back ten minutes later and is joined by the female at 7:00. They are off at 7:05 with the male returning at 7:40 until 8:10. The female is back briefly at 8:35. The male returns at 10:00 and is joined by the female 25 minutes later. He leaves soon after and she follows ten minutes later. The male is back at 11:10 until 12:25. He returns at 13:35 quickly followed by the female carrying fresh Feral Pigeon prey which she plucks on the platform, watched by the male. She is unhappy with his presence and calls loudly until he leaves at 14:00. She continues plucking but he returns at 15:00 and she stops to call at him. She defends her meal whilst she feeds and stashes the remains at 16:20. The male steals the stash and flies off; she sits on the ledge with a full crop. She flies off at 17:35 and he takes her place on the ledge now also sporting a full crop. She flies into the box at 18:00 and there is a short period of bonding. He flies off at 18:50 and she moves to the ledge. He makes a brief stop at 20:30 and she remains on the ledge.

13 May – the female flies off at 4:40 and is replaced by the male. She is back five minutes later but leaves immediately. The male feeds on scraps on the platform and then sits on the ledge. He flies off at 6:05 and returns with the female a few minutes. After a few moments of bonding he leaves and the female feeds on the scraps left by the male; she flies off at 6:20. He is back at 8:15 and goes into the box on the arrival of the female at 9:55 and flies out after a few moments bonding. She flies off at 10:05. The male is back at 13:05 but leaves 30 minutes later. The female returns at 20:15, picks at some scraps and flies off ten minutes later. She is back in the box at 21:45 and falls asleep.

14 May – the female moves to the platform at 5:00 and leaves 15 minutes later. The male flies in at 6:35 but leaves after a quick search of the box. The female returns at 8:00 for ten minutes. There is no further activity noted until the pair return at 13:55, leaving after 15 minutes. The male is back with a full crop at 17:00 for ten minutes. The female arrives at 17:35 with a full crop and carrying the remains of her meal, a Feral Pigeon. She stashes it before sitting on the ledge then going into the box at 18:00 and flying out at 18:10. She is back on the ledge at 18:35 and falls asleep at 21:35.

15 May – the male flies in to join the female at 00:55 and goes into the box. She calls incessantly until he leaves a few minutes later. He returns at 4:45 and the pair go into the box. He picks up the remains of a previous meal and she snatches it from him, he runs to the platform and picks at scraps before flying off at 4:55. She feeds on the remains and flies off at 5:25. The male is back ten minutes later, looks in the box and leaves at 5:40. The pair return at 7:05 and they bond for ten minutes before she moves to the ledge; he remains in the box preening until 7:55 when they both fly out. The male is back briefly at 10:15 and the female at 11:00. She returns at 12:10, rather wet from the inclement weather, and goes into the box; the male joins her 20 minutes later. There is a brief period of bonding before they both fly out. He is on the ledge again at 14:00 and flies off 15 minutes later. He is in the box at 17:40, then moves to the ledge. The female flies in soon after with a half-eaten Feral Pigeon and stashes it. The male seizes his opportunity and grabs the stash and flies out; she follows. The pair return at 18:50 and go into the box. She then moves to the ledge with a full crop, whilst he dozes in the box until 20:25 when he flies out. She remains on the ledge until midnight at least.

16 May – the male flies into the box at 4:25 but the female calls loudly and so he leaves ten minutes later; she soon follows. He returns almost immediately and sits on the ledge until moving into the box when the female returns at 6:10. He flies off a few minutes later and she follows at 6:30. He is back at 6:35 and sits on the ledge preening and dozing until 8:20 when he flies off. He is back 20 minutes later, then leaves at 9:30. The pair are back at 9:50 but the female leaves soon after. The male sits on the ledge until 12:10 returning at 13:00. He is off again at 15:00 and is back on the platform briefly at 15:25. He flies in at 16:10 carrying Starling prey. The female flies in at 16:30 and snatches the meal from him, then flies off. He leaves at 17:05 and is back at 18:10. The female joins him ten minutes later and they fly off together at 19:20. The female returns at 21:05 and goes into the box, remaining there until midnight at least.

17 May – the female remains in the box until 4:35 when she goes to the ledge, flying off five minutes later. She returns at 4:50 and takes a short flight at 5:10. She is off again at 5:40 and is back at 6:20 with fresh Feral Pigeon prey plucking it on the platform. The male arrives at 6:35 and goes into the box and watches; the female is unhappy with his presence and calls loudly – no doubt remembering the times he pinches her meal. She does not resume plucking until 7:50 and the platform is carpeted in white feathers. She flies off with her meal an hour later and the male walks to the platform looking for some scraps but there are none, so flies off. She is back at 9:05 carrying the remnants of her meal and stashes them by a column. The male then flies in and the female defends her meal, but he is too quick for her and runs around the central column to snatch the stash. The female flies off and he eats in peace, sitting well fed on the ledge at 9:20, then flying off. The female is back at 10:15, picks up the scraps and stashes them in the box before flying out. The male is on the ledge at 10:55 until 12:10 when he retrieves the stash and takes it to the platform and flies off; probably to give the meal to the female. He is back at 12:20 until 13:05. He is in the box at 13:50, moving to the ledge five minutes later. He flies off at 14:35, returning at 15:00 until 16:10. He returns briefly an hour later. The female flies into the box at 17:35, moves to the platform ten minutes later to feed on the scraps of the pigeon. She flies off at 18:00 as the male returns to the box for five minutes. the female is back at 18:35 and is joined by the male five minutes later. He flies off after a few minutes bonding and is back at 20:00 for another bonding session. The female then moves to the platform whilst the male stays in the box until 20:20. She goes back into the box until moving to the ledge at 22:00.

18 May – the female remains on the ledge until 4:50 when she moves into the box on the arrival of the male who sits on the ledge. They swap places at 5:15 and she flies off five minutes later. She returns briefly at 5:25 and he dozes on the ledge until 9:20 when he sees something above him and flies off. He is back 15 minutes later and goes into the box at 12:40 and joined by the female. He flies out after a few minutes and she follows soon after. The male is back at 13:50 and goes into the box on the arrival of the calling female at 14:05. After ten minutes, she walks into the box and he moves to the ledge. He flies off and she follows. He returns at 14:35 with Blackbird prey; the female flies in and relieves him of the meal and flies off. He returns to the ledge until 15:50. He is back again at 16:45 and is soon joined by the female; they fly off together at 17:05. The male is back at 18:45 and is replaced by the female at 21:00. She goes into the box remaining there until midnight at least.

19 May – the female remains in the box until 4:45 when she moves to the ledge calling and is joined by the male. They fly off together ten minutes later. They return at 5:35, the female carrying fresh Feral Pigeon prey. He goes into the box and she calls loudly protecting her meal. She does not start to pluck until he flies out at 6:10. She flies off with it an hour later and the male flies in. He is in the box when she returns with the remnants her meal; she is calling loudly. She stashes the remains and goes into the box for a few moments of bonding. The male then picks the stashed remains and flies off and she moves to the ledge with a full crop. She flies off at 9:05 to be replaced by the male. She returns at 9:50 and the pair go into the box for another bout of bonding. After a few minutes, he moves to the platform and dozes whilst she sits in the box. They swap places at 10:15 and a few minutes later, she flies off. He then returns to the ledge, flying off at 11:40. He is back on the ledge at 12:35 and goes into the box when the female flies in at 13:15. There are a few brief moments of bonding before he flies out. At 13:30, she checks the platform for stashed prey but there is none, so returns to the box, leaving at 14:15. The male is back at 15:25 and sits on the ledge until flying off at 17:55. The female flies in at 18:25 remaining on the ledge until 21:30 when she moves to the box briefly before returning to the ledge. She flies off at 21:40 and returns a few moments later with a large item of very fresh prey. She plucks and feeds on it, stashing the remains at 23:05 before returning to the ledge.

20 May – the female flies off at 4:00 and returns a few minutes later to feed on the stashed item. The male lands at 4:30 but the female defends her meal and he flies off. She flies out at 4:45 and the male returns looking for scraps but there are none so he sits on the ledge. He goes into the box when the female returns briefly carrying the remnants of her meal at 5:45; he follows her. He is back ten minutes later but leaves at 6:10. The pair return at 8:30 and the female goes into the box whilst the male is on the ledge. She moves to the opposite ledge at 8:45. The male spots something in the air and flies off quickly followed by the female. He is back a few moments later and is in the box at 9:55, joined by the female at 11:00. He flies out soon after and she leaves at 11:55. The female is on the ledge at 12:20 and goes into the box when the male arrives at 12:55. He sits on the ledge until 13:15 when they swap places. She flies off five minutes later and he moves to the ledge. He goes into the box when she returns with a large item of pre-plucked prey. She flies off with her meal at 14:15 but returns at 14:30; the male is in the box. This ‘stand off’ lasts until 16:40 when the male flies out. The female stashes the remains in the box at 16:55 and sits on the ledge. The male is back after five minutes and she goes into the box. He follows her in and snatches the stashed prey and flies out! She walks to the platform and looks around but then settles on the ledge until 17:25 when she returns to the box. After searching the box for scraps, she is back on the ledge at 18:55, remaining until midnight at least.

21 May – the female remains on the ledge until 4:25 when she goes into the box on the arrival of the male. She soon flies out and he replaces her on the ledge before flying off at 4:55. He is back a few minutes later and goes into the box when the female lands at 5:10 and joins him. They both leave at 5:20 with the male returning after ten minutes. He goes into the box when she lands at 6:05 but both have gone by 6:15, returning ten minutes later. There are then at least ten sorties between the pair until 8:50 when the female brings in Starling prey. The male leaves at 9:00 but she stands over her meal until 9:15 before starting to eat. She stashes some remnants by a column and the male flies in to retrieve them. The female watches him go then walks into the box. He is back at 10:10 and sits on the ledge. He leaves at speed at 13:00 and an eye-witness reported that “at around 1pm I observed a Red Kite flying around the Cathedral. Much commotion ensued until it eventually flew off towards the canal area.” The male returns at 13:45 but during this period, the female remained in the box. She greets him on his return at 13:55. He flies off at 14:25 and she walks to the ledge, then follows. He is back soon after and dozes on the platform, moving to the ledge at 16:05. The female is back 30 minutes later and goes into the box. He flies off at 18:30 whilst she remains in the box and falls asleep, remaining until at least midnight.

22 May – the female moves to the ledge at 1:20. She flies out at 5:25 and returns immediately with the male; they go into the box but leave after a few minutes. The male is soon back on the ledge but flies out 5:40. There is no further activity on camera until the male returns at 8:50. At 9:55, he takes an aggressive posture and flies out calling loudly – no doubt another intrusion. He returns at 11:20 until 12:00 when he takes a short flight. He then remains on the ledge until 13:50. The female flies in at 16:25 and goes into the box until 17:05 when she flies out. The male is back at 17:55 dozing on the ledge until the female returns at 19:50 and they go into the box. He leaves quickly and she follows a few minutes later. She is back at 22:20 and settles on the ledge, remaining until at least midnight.

23 May – the female is on the ledge and the male flies into the box at 3:05 and dozes in the corner. She walks into the box calling loudly at 4:40 and he moves to the ledge before flying off; she follows a few moments later. He is back at 5:05 and remains on the ledge until 7:20 making a couple of short flights during that period. The pair fly in together at 8:25; the male goes into the box whilst the female sits on the platform calling intermittently. They both look well fed. She flies off at 9:15 but returns at speed almost immediately. The male flies out a few moments later, lands and takes off again; he is quite clearly agitated by something in the air. The female follows and the male returns to the ledge. He is off again at 9:55, retuning ten minutes later. He remains on the ledge until 13:20 when he goes into the box and moves stones around and checks the stash areas, returning 20 minutes later. The female flies in at 13:50 and he leaves. She tends the scrape for a few minutes then dozes until the male arrives at 14:55. After a few minutes of calling, he settles on the ledge whilst she sits in the box until 15:20. He moves into the box an hour later, returning to the ledge after ten minutes. He flies off at 15:45 and is replaced by the female. She goes into the box when he lands at 17:10. He is off after just a few minutes returning at 17:30 before leaving at 18:20. The male is back at 19:35 and goes into the box. He flies out after ten minutes and the female moves to the ledge, then the box at 20:05 where she remains for the rest of the evening.

24 May – the female moves to the ledge at 4:05, flying off 15 minutes later to be replaced by the male. He remains until 6:25 and returns an hour later carrying Starling prey item. This is quickly taken from him by the arriving female. He goes into the box and she calls incessantly but does not feed on her meal until the male leaves at 9:00 – she obviously doesn’t trust him. She makes short work of the prey and sits on the ledge at 9:15 but flies off soon after. The male returns at 10:10 flying off at 11:20. He is back with the female a few minutes later and she calls loudly from the platform. She joins the male in the box at 11:30 and there are a few minutes of bonding before they both fly out. He is back at 11:35 until 12:15. A rather wet female returns at 13:40 and goes into the box until 14:40 when she flies out to be replaced for a few minutes by the male. There is no further activity until the female flies in at 22:15 for the evening.

25 May – the male flies into the box at 3:05 and the female calls from the ledge. She joins him in the box for a few minutes at 4:30, then he moves to the ledge; they fly off together at 5:05. The female returns at 5:50 with a half-eaten Feral Pigeon which she stashes by a column. She sits on the ledge with a full crop. The male flies in and snatches the stashed meal and flies off followed by the female. the pair return at 6:25; the male goes into the box but soon flies out and the female leaves a few minutes later. The male is back at 6:50 and sits on the ledge until the female returns an hour later; he flies off and she goes into the box. She moves to the ledge at 9:50 and flies off as the male lands and goes into the box. He sits on the ledge at 10:05 until leaving at 11:35. He is back on the ledge again at 12:45 looking well fed. He moves into the box at 15:05 and returns to the ledge ten minutes later. The female flies in at speed with a full crop at 15:45 but leaves almost immediately. The male watches from the ledge, then follows. The female is back quickly and looks out over the city. The male returns at 16:25 and goes into the box; the female is still watching over the city. They swap places at 17:10 and both fly off at 17:25. They return together 15 minutes later; the male in the box, the female on the platform. They swap places at 17:50 and the male leaves at 18:55. The female goes to the ledge at 19:30 and flies off 15 minutes later. The male returns at 21:30 and the female 25 minutes later. He goes into the box and she sits on the ledge; he flies off at 23:10.

26 May 2021 – Video – No Sound: despite the breeding season being over for this pair, the bonding process continues.

26 May – the female remains on the ledge and the male flies in at 5:15; she flies out a few minutes later. He leaves at 5:45 and returns at 7:50. The female is back at 8:25 with Feral Pigeon prey which she plucks on the platform. She leaves with her meal at 8:40 and the male follows. The female is back with the remains of her meal at 9:15 and stashes it in the box before moving to the ledge. The male flies in five minutes later, snatches the stashed item and flies out. The female remains on the ledge until 10:00. The male returns to the box with a full crop a few minutes later, then moves to the ledge at 11:05. He goes into the box at 13:35 when the female returns. There is a brief period of bonding before the male flies out. He returns at 14:25 and joins the female in the box. There is a five-minute bonding session before he moves to the platform. They are back in the box for another brief session at 14:40 before the female moves to the ledge. She flies out at 16:20 and is replaced by the male who goes into the box and moves stone around. He moves to the ledge 15 minutes later. He flies out at 20:20 as the female returns to the box before moving to the ledge at 21:00.

27 May – the female remains on the ledge until 4:45 when she goes into the box on the arrival of the male. There are a few moments of bonding, then she moves to the platform. She flies out at 5:20 followed by the male. He is back at 6:55 but leaves ten minutes later, returning to the box at 8:45, moving to the platform at 9:00, and flying off 30 minutes later. He is back on the platform at 10:20 until 11:40 and from 13:25 until 13:50. The pair return at 16:30 and the male carrying another Feral Pigeon. He plucks it on the platform as she watches already with a full crop. They leave at 16:50 and he is back on the ledge at 17:25 with a full crop. He goes into the box and moves some stones around. The female joins him in the box at 18:15 but he leaves after a few minutes bonding. She then settles in the back of the box until 21:20 when she goes to the ledge. The male arrives at 21:55 and goes into the box where he falls asleep.

28 May – the male flies out at 00:55 whilst the female remains on the ledge until 5:05 when she moves to the ledge when the male returns. He joins the female in the box and there are a few minutes of bonding. The female flies out at 5:40 and the male 15 minutes later. The male is back at 6:50 remaining until at least 9:00 when the cameras fail! The male returns at 14:25 and sits on the platform returning to the box at 15:40 and moves stones around. He flies off ten minutes later and is back in the box at 17:50. The female arrives on the ledge at 21:10. The male flies out at 21:35 and the female moves into the box and falls asleep, remaining until midnight at least.

29 May – the male arrives at 4:30 and the female calls loudly from the box. They leave together 15 minutes later and he is back at 5:55. He sits on the ledge until the female returns at 8:10 and they go into the box but both leave just a few minutes later. The male returns at pace at 9:50 and the female a few moments later. Both are soon off again – their actions suggest that there is another intruding bird in the area. The female is back with fresh Feral Pigeon prey at 12:35. She suddenly drops her meal and flies out. The pair are back at 13:10 and the female protects her meal. After ten minutes, she starts to pluck the pigeon whilst keeping a lookout over the city. The male checks out her progress at 15:55 but she has not finished yet and he settles on the ledge. At 17:05, he is getting a little frustrated and tries to snatch the meal from her, but she won’t let go so he returns to the ledge. He tries again unsuccessfully 30 minutes later and from a different direction at 17:55 with the same result. She continues plucking and feeding at 18:05 they fly off at 18:40. The male is back briefly with a full crop at 19:30 so must have eventually managed to secure a meal. The female is back at 22:00 and goes into the box.

30 May – the female moves to the ledge at 00:25. The male arrives in the box at 4:20 and the female flies off so he takes her place, leaving at 4:40. The female is back in the box at 6:55 moving to the ledge at 7:30. The male flies in an hour later and she returns to the box and there is a brief period of bonding before he flies off. She returns to the ledge flying off at 9:55. The male is back at 11:35 until 12:55. The pair are back at 14:05; the female in the box, the male on the ledge. They swap places 20 minutes later and she flies off after ten minutes; he follows soon after. He is back at 16:55 for ten minutes and in the box from 18:00 until 20:10 when he flies out. The female flies in with a male Blackcap as a snack; she stashes it by a column. She is already well fed and sits on the ledge with a full crop. She flies off at 22:50 and returns a few minutes later with the male who initially goes into the box but leaves almost immediately. She picks up her meal and re-stashes it and returns to the ledge reaming for the rest of the evening.

31 May – the female picks up her stashed Blackcap at 5:05 and eats it on the platform. She flies off when she has finished 15 minutes later. The pair return at 5:50 but the male leaves almost immediately; she watches him go and then follows. The male is back at 7:40 and sits in the back of the box until 10:05 when he moves to the platform to preen in the sun. He returns to the box when the female flies in at 10:40 and there is a brief period of bonding. They fly off ten minutes later. The male is back at 12:40 until 14:25 and the female from 16:30 for two hours. The pair return at 19:30; the male in the box, the female on the ledge. He flies out at 21:50 and she falls asleep.

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