When the nestbox was installed late in February 2016, two small cameras were fitted. It is hoped that images from these will eventually be streamed live so that you will be able to watch the progress of the birds during the season, especially if the birds decide to use the nestbox as their site in 2017. In the meantime here is a view from the inside of the box. The bird on the right is one of the two juveniles that successfully fledged in 2016 and stayed around the city before dispersing in the autumn.
This is a screengrab of a small piece of video from inside the nestbox when we were testing the cameras in July. Note the view out over the city eastwards towards Humberstone Road and beyond.
View from the right-hand camera with 2016 juvenile © Jim Graham
The two juveniles now appear to have left the area (November 2016) and the adults have been spending more and more time on the platform often retreating inside the nestbox area. This screengrab from clearly shows not one but two attempts at a ‘scrape’ – Peregrine speak for a ‘nest’. This is excellent news as it would appear that the birds are seriously considering using the nestbox as their nest site in 2017. Watch this space for updates.
View from the right-hand camera © Jim Graham
Whilst reviewing the footage from July, it was noted that the adult male also landed on the platform, remaining for only a few minutes.
Adult male coming in to land © Jim Graham
Adult male peering into the box © Jim Graham