NOVEMBER 2019

5 December – the female remains on the ledge from the previous evening until 8:35 when she walks into the box on the arrival of the male. There is calling between the pair. As soon as the male sees the stashed prey, he snatches it and flies out; always on the lookout for an easy meal. Strangely he is back a few moments later (without the prey) and there is more calling between the pair. He picks at some scraps on the platform but when approached by the female, takes off. He ties to land a few seconds later but the female is still on the ledge and he banks away. She sits on the ledge and he joins her at 9:00 with a full crop! The female flies off 20 minutes later. He takes a short flight at 11:10 then walks into the box as the female arrives. She forces him out and takes his place, he sits on the ledge. She generates a number of scrapes whilst he spends his time preening. She displaces the male on the ledge at 11:25 and falls asleep. The male returns at 13:05 and there is calling between the pair. The female goes into the box and once again, generates scrapes whilst the male sits on the ledge. She sits opposite him 5 minutes later. At 14:00, she takes a short flight and when she returns the male goes into the box. He flies out 5 minutes later, then lands on the ledge. The female goes into the box and scrapes yet again and moves some stones around. She is back on the ledge, opposite the male, at 14:20. Both birds spend some time preening. The male flies off 30 minutes later and the female at 15:50.

29 November – the male flies in at 7:10 with a full crop and sits on the ledge. He leaves at 7:55. The female flies in with a full crop and the remains of her Pigeon meal at 8:40. She stashes the remains by a column and moves to the ledge. The male joins her at 9:20 but leaves soon after and she follows 10 minutes later. There is no further activity on camera today.

28 November – the male arrives at 6:20, flying off at 7:00. The female arrives a few minutes later with Pigeon prey which she plucks and eats on the platform. She finishes feeding at 8:10 and settles on the ledge with a full crop. The male arrives a few moments later, snatches the remains and flies off with them. The female leaves at 10:50. The male is back at 11:40 and picks at the scraps on the platform and leaves 10 minutes later. The pair fly in together at 13:55, the female in the box with the male on the ledge. She moves to the ledge forcing the male out at 14:10. She flies off at 14:50.

27 November – the pair arrive together at 8:00 and there is calling on the platform. The female then goes into the box and the calling continues. The male leaves after 5 minutes and the female moves to the ledge. She flies off 15 minutes later. The male returns at 8:25 and initially goes into the box then moves to the platform and looks out over the city before taking to the ledge at 8:40. He flies off at 9:20 returning 20 minutes later. He is off again at 10:05, back after 10 minutes and leaves at 11:00. He is back again at 14:20 but remains for only 5 minutes. There is no further activity thereafter.

26 November – the female arrives at 7:30 and sits on the ledge. She goes onto the platform at 7:50 on the arrival of the male but he does not even close his wings before flying off again. She returns to the ledge, flying off 5 minutes later. The pair fly in together at 9:30 and the female goes into the box with the male on the platform. She moves to the ledge after a few minutes and he flies off. She leaves at 9:55. The male returns at 13:25 and flies off at 14:50. There is no further activity on camera.

25 November – the pair arrive together at 7:15 and sit on the ledge. The male flies off after 5 minutes and the female leaves 10 minutes later. There is no further activity on camera today.

24 November – the female arrives at 10:40 and looks for scraps on the platform. She then searches the stashing points before sitting on the ledge and flying off at 11:00. The male flies in at 12:20, leaving 30 minutes later. He is back at 13:30 and the female joins him 5 minutes later. She walks into the box whilst he is on the ledge. She makes a number of scrapes and moves some stones around. After 10 minutes, she walks to the ledge and forces him off. He flies to the opposite side but leaves soon after and is quickly followed by the female. He is back at 14:00, flying off at 15:15.

23 November – the male flies in at 7:30 and takes a short flight 10 minutes later. He flies off at 7:50 returning at 12:05. He is displaced by the female at 12:25 who leaves at 13:35. There is no further activity on camera today.

22 November – the male lands at 6:10 and walks into the box at 6:35 as the female arrives. She replaces him after a few minutes and he flies off. She moves to the ledge. The male is back at 7:20. They fly off together at 7:30. The male returns at 9:20 leaving after 15 minutes. The female flies in at 11:25 and goes into the box and makes a scrape before returning to the ledge. She flies off at 11:40 and is replaced by the male. He makes a short flight at 12:15 and another 10 minutes later (most probably hunting flights). He makes another flight at 12:45 and returns with the female. They go into the box and there is calling and bonding. They female moves to the ledge at 12:55 and after a few minutes they swap places. She moves to the ledge at 13:00. They fly off together 30 minutes later.

21 November – the male arrives at 8:35 but leaves 20 minutes later. He is back again at 10:10 but only stays for 5 minutes, returning at 11:30 with a full crop. He flies off 20 minutes later and is back again at 12:30 and makes a brief visit to the box before flying off 10 minutes later. He returns at 13:30 and pays another quick visit to the box before moving to the ledge. He makes a brief flight at 14:05 before flying off at 14:15. There is no further activity on camera today.

20 November – the male flies in with prey at 00:20 and proceeds to pluck it on the platform. He stashes it by the column 5 minutes later, sits on the ledge for a few minutes then flies off. The male lands briefly at 6:45, then both birds land 5 minutes later. There is quiet calling between the pair. The male flies out at 6:50 returning after a few minutes whilst the female starts feeding on the stashed prey. She forces him from the ledge at 7:10 and takes his place. He returns a few minutes later and goes into the box then moves to the ledge, leaving after a few minutes. She follows at 9:45. The male is back at 10:50 and feeds on the scraps left by the female, then settles on the ledge until 11:20 when he flies off, probably hunting as he is back a few minutes later. He sits on the ledge preening until 12:30 when he flies off for 5 minutes. He is off again at 13:25. The female arrives at 13:50 but leaves 5 minutes later. There is no further activity on camera today.

19 November – the male flies in at 4:50 and settles on the ledge. He moves into the box on the arrival of the female at 7:05. They swap places a few minutes later and there is calling between the pair. She then moves to the opposite ledge. They fly off together at 7:30, the female returning 5 minutes later with Pigeon prey which she plucks on the platform. The male flies in at 8:00 but leaves when he realises there is no chance of a quick meal. She has finished eating at 8:50 and stashes the remains by the column, then settles on the ledge. The male flies in at 9:20 and notices the stashed remains which he snatches and flies off with. At 11:05, she goes into the box on the arrival of the male, now with a full crop, who joins her. There is calling between the pair and after a few minutes he moves to the ledge and she goes to the opposite. They sit well fed and content until the female flies out an hour later. She returns after 5 minutes and there is calling between the pair. The male goes into the box with the female on the platform. After a few minutes, they resume their positions on the ledge, the female is quite vociferous. They fly off together at 12:15 and the male returns calling at 13:20. He initially goes into the box then moves to the ledge. He flies off at 14:00 but is back a few moments later. The female flies into the box at 14:30 and generates a couple of scrapes before the pair swap places. He is back on the ledge at 14:40 before flying off at 15:00. He is back 15 minutes later and the female goes into the box making scrapes. They swap places 5 minutes later, then he returns to the ledge flying off at 15:50. They female leaves at 16:30. She is back at 22:45 with an item of prey but leaves with it a few minutes later. The male lands at 23:00 and searches the box for prey. He had obviously seen the female arrive with a meal. After finding nothing, he sits on the ledge preening until 23:30 when he flies off.

18 November – the pair arrive together at 6:30 and the female goes into the box. After 10 minutes they swap places and a few moments later, the male flies out. She leaves at 7:05. There is no further action on camera until 16:40 when the pair fly in together. They go into the box and there is posturing and calling. The male flies out after a few minutes whilst the female makes a scrape in the stones before moving to the ledge. She flies off at 16:45. The female returns at 19:05 with a prey item of Woodcock which she proceeds to pluck and eat on the platform. She flies off with it 10 minutes later.

17 November – the male flies in at 6:35 and leaves at 7:00. He is back 20 minutes later flying off at 8:40. There is no further activity on camera today – the weather once again is torrential rain.

16 November – the pair fly in together at 7:00. There is calling between the pair and the female goes into the box for a few minutes before forcing the male to move to the opposite ledge. The male flies off at 7:25 and the female 10 minutes later. The female is back at 10:55 and is well fed with a full crop. She flies off after 10 minutes. the male returns at 11:55 but only stays 5 minutes. the female lands at 14:05 calling loudly. She takes two short flights before settling on the ledge. She goes into the box when the male flies in at 16:00. After a few minutes they swap places and the female flies off a few minutes later; the male watches her go. He flies off at 17:15.

15 November – the pair arrive together at 7:15 and the female goes into the box. There is calling between them and they move to opposite ledges. They fly off together a few minutes later. The male is back at 7:40 and stands on the platform looking over the city. After a brief visit to the box, he moves to the ledge before flying off at 8:00. There was no further activity on camera today.

14 November – there was no activity on camera today, probably due to the appallingly wet weather we had – torrential rain!

13 November – the male arrives at 11:30 and sits on the ledge preening. He calls loudly at 12:00 and a few minutes later flies off. The female comes in at 12:25, flying off 20 minutes later. The male returns at 12:50 and after a quick visit to the box, sits on the ledge until he flies off at 14:20. He pays a brief visit to the ledge at 16:25

12 November – the male arrives at 7:00, leaving 10 minutes later but is back at 7:30. He takes a short (hunting?) flight an hour later then returns to the ledge. He is replaced by the female with a full crop ay 9:30. She flies off calling at 10:55. The male is back at 12:00 and goes into the box on the arrival of the female then back on the opposite ledge and flying off. The female leaves an hour later. There is no further activity on camera.

11 November – the male remains sleeping on the ledge from the previous evening until 3:35 when he flies off. The female flies in at 6:40 and picks at a few scraps on the platform then sits on the ledge. She goes into the box on the arrival of the male at 7:20. He too picks at some scraps on the platform whilst she calls form the box. He joins her briefly and there is posturing and calling between the pair. The female follows him to the ledge and forces him to fly off and she takes his place, leaving at 7:40. The male is back an hour later remaining until 10:30 when he starts calling before flying off returning soon after. He goes into the back of the box moving to the ledge after a few minutes and flying off at 10:55. He is back at 11:30 and flies out 20 minutes later. He is back at 12:10and is away again at 12:30. He flies in at 14:00 and is joined by the female sporting a full crop 5 minutes later. They go into the box and there is posturing and calling. The male soon retreats to the ledge and the female sits opposite. There is more bonding and he looks for scraps on the platform in front of her. She returns to the box but is back on the opposite ledge at 14:15. He flies off 5 minutes later then returns at 15:20. The pair fly off together at 16:10.

10 November – the female arrives at 6:35 with Pigeon prey and proceeds to pluck and eat it on the platform. She then tries to stash the remains by a column 20 minutes later but there is too much left on it so she takes it back to the platform and continues eating until 7:20 when she has another attempt to stash it. She sits on the ledge with a full crop but flies off 5 minutes later. The male arrives at 16:05 and sees the stashed prey. He takes hold and starts eating. He is replete after 10 minutes and moves to the ledge, flying off 5 minutes later. The female returns a few minutes later and finishes what the male has left before moving to the ledge and flying off at 16:50. The male returns at 22:45 and falls asleep, remaining on the ledge until midnight at least.

9 November – the male arrives at 6:50 and sits on the ledge looking out over a foggy city. He remains there until the mist clears and then flies off at 10:15. There is no further activity on camera.

8 November – there was no activity on camera today at all.

7 November – the male arrives at 8:30 and picks at some scraps left on the platform. He flies off 5 minutes later. He is back at 12:45 and is followed by the female at 13:05. They go into the box and there is calling and posturing before he hops to the ledge and she creates a scrape in the stones. After 10 minutes, she moves to the ledge, flying off a few minutes later. He remains on the ledge until 15:05 when he makes a brief visit to the box, probably in anticipation of the arrival of the female, then returns to the ledge. He flies off at 16:15.

6 November – the pair arrive together at 5:55 and go into the box. There is calling and posturing. After a few minutes the male moves to the ledge and then flies off with some scraps left on the platform. The female moves a few stones around, walks to the ledge and finds some remains to eat. She then falls asleep until the male returns at 6:35 and she goes into the box. There is calling between the pair and he flies off after a few minutes. She flies off at 6:50. The male returns at 8:40 and goes into the box when the female flies in with Pigeon prey at 9:15. She starts to pluck it but then flies off with it and the male runs to the ledge to watch her go and follows. They are both back a few minutes later, the female still holding the prey. She proceeds to pluck her meal watched closely by the male. He flies off at 9:45 whilst she is feeding. She stashes the remains by a column at 10:00 and settles on the ledge with a full crop. The male flies in at 10:05 and takes away a small scrap left on the platform. He is back at 11:15 and finds a few more scraps which he eats on the platform. The female flies off and the male moves to the ledge. He goes into the box when the female returns at 12:55. He notices the stashed item of prey and picks it up and flies out with it. The female remains on the ledge with her crop full and falls asleep at 14:30 before flying off at 16:25.

5 November – the male flies in at 6:55 but leaves 15 minutes later. He is back briefly at 14:00. An hour later, the female arrives with Pigeon prey and proceeds to pluck and eat it on the platform. The male arrives at 15:15 and sits on the ledge watching her. She mantles her meal and her flies off. She stashes the remains by a column at 15:35 and flies off. The male comes in immediately and takes hold of the remains and feeds on the platform. He moves to the ledge at 16:15 once he has finished feeding and flies off 5 minutes later. He is back at 16:35 and goes into the box making a short flight after 10 minutes. He flies off at 16:50 and there is no further activity.

4 November – Video: the female allows the male to snatch the remains of her meal after she has finished.

4 November – the male arrives at 2:35 and spends the time preening until leaving at 5:25. The pair fly in together at 6:40 with the female going into the box. The male flies off after a few moments and the female moves to the ledge. She flies off at 7:00. The male is back at 7:45 and takes a short flight 10 minutes later. He flies off again at 8:55 returning at 10:20. He flies off at 11:00 and returns a few minutes later with the female who is carrying Pigeon prey. She plucks and eats it on the platform and mantles her prey as the male watches from the ledge calling. As soon as she looks to have finished her meal, the male nips in and snatches the remains and flies off with it. She settles on the ledge with a full crop. At 14:10, she walks to the opposite ledge and looks around for a few minutes before flying off. There is no further activity on camera today.

3 November – the female remains from the previous evening until flying off at 00:15. The male flies in at 00:55 but leaves half an hour later. He is back at 4:45 leaving after an hour. He is back again at 6:25, taking a brief flight at 7:00. Five minutes later, he walks into the box as the female flies in with a full crop. After a few minutes, he walks onto the platform opposite her before flying off. He returns at 8:15. The female walks into the box at 9:45 and there is calling between the pair. A few minutes later she runs towards the male and he flies off. The male is back at 12:35 and the female walks into the box. He joins her and there is a short period of bonding and calling before he moves back to the ledge. The female makes a scrape and moves some stones. They swap over at 12:45 and he moves back to the ledge after 5 minutes. He flies off at 14:00 and when he returns at 16:00, the female walks into the box and makes a couple of scrapes. After 30 minutes they swap positions and the male flies out 10 minutes later. The female flies off at 17:00.

2 November – the female remains on the ledge from the previous evening. She goes into the box at 6:10 on the arrival of the male, retrieves the stashed prey and returns to the platform and forces the male from the ledge and starts eating the remains. The male is back 5 minutes later and goes into the box. He is looking for an easy meal but the female will not give in and he flies off. The female continues feeding and the male is back sitting on the ledge at 6:30 watching her closely. He flies off when the female gets too close and returns to the opposite ledge. She settles down with a full crop. The male takes a quick (hunting?) flight at 6:55. He finds a scrap on the platform and eats it. A few minutes later, he goes into the box and is followed by the female but he immediately returns to the ledge. After a few minutes she walks to the ledge and forces him to fly off. He returns at 8:00 and both birds go into the box. The male moves back to the ledge after a few minutes and the female makes scrapes in the stones before returning to the ledge. The pair fly off together at 8:10, the male returning 10 minutes later. He looks for some scraps on the platform at 8:45. He flies off at 9:20 not returning until 15:00. He flies off at 16:10 and returns a few minutes later, quickly followed by the female. They go into the box and there is calling between the pair. The male then moves to the ledge as the female makes a scrape. She then moves to the ledge and he sits opposite her. He flies off at 16:45 and the female falls asleep remaining until midnight at least.

1 November – the female arrives at 7:55 and picks at the stones on the platform before settling on the ledge. She flies off at 8:35 and the male arrives at 10:15 with a full crop. He flies off at 10:30 when the female arrives with Pigeon prey. She plucks her meal on the platform and has finished eating at 11:25 when she stashes the remains by the column. She moves to the ledge and is joined by the male at 11:40 and there is calling between the pair. He spends a few moments in the box but then flies off. He is back at 13:05 and sits opposite the female. The pair remain there until 16:30 when he flies off. She spends most of the time preening until falling asleep at 19:00. She makes a quick flight at 20:20 then falls asleep again, remaining on the ledge until midnight at least.

Daily Commentary Archive Link