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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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DECEMBER 2021

2 December – the female remains on the ledge from the previous evening until 6:00 when she flies off. She returns with the male at 7:25 but he soon leaves as she prevents him from snatching the stashed Snipe. She flies off and the male is back five minutes later to search the box and finds the meal. He plucks and feeds on the Snipe then flies off with it at 7:50 as the female arrives. She leaves after checking out for scraps on the platform. She is back briefly at 8:35 and again at 9:10 for five minutes. She returns clutching fresh Feral Pigeon prey at 14:40 but leaves with it a few minutes later. She flies at 20:00 with fresh Redwing prey which she stashes and then flies out. At 21:30 she is back with another Redwing which she also stashes, then settles on the ledge until midnight at least.

1 December – the female remains on the ledge until 4:25 when she quickly searches the platform for scraps. She flies off at 7:05 and is replaced by the male ten minutes later; he leaves at 7:30. There is no further activity until the female returns at 18:45 with fresh Snipe prey which she stashes by a column, then flies off. She is back 30 minutes later and checks her stash then settles on the ledge with a full crop, obviously having previously fed well. She remains until midnight at least.

NOVEMBER 2021

30 November – the female remains sleeping on the box until 1:45 when she moves to the ledge to continue her sleep. She wakens when the male flies in at 5:20. She goes into the box, as he picks at scraps on the platform, returning to the ledge at 5:45 and falling asleep. The female moves form the box to the opposite ledge at 7:05, returning to the box after ten minutes but flies out a few minutes later. The male continues to scour the platform for scraps, then returns to the ledge and flies off at 7:45. The female is back at 10:20 and goes into the box looking for scraps, then moves to the ledge until flying off at 10:55. The male replaces her on the ledge, then checks the box and platform for scraps before returning to the ledge. He flies off at 11:20 and is back at 14:10 until 15:30. The female is back briefly at 15:50, and at 21:25 sits on the ledge until midnight at least.

29 November – the male arrives at 6:55 and sits on the ledge, then picks at some scraps before flying out at 7:15. The female lands a few minutes later carrying very fresh Feral Pigeon prey which she plucks on the platform. She flies off with her meal 20 minutes later, returning soon after with the male not long behind. She feeds on her meal as he watches from the ledge; he leaves at 8:25. She continues to feed for another ten minutes, then flies off with the remains. The male returns and picks at the scraps, then flies off at 8:50. The female is back at 13:10 and goes into the box before moving to the ledge and flying off at 13:25. She is back on the ledge at 16:10 and goes into the box 15 minutes later. She falls asleep and remains until midnight at least.

28 November – the female flies in at 4:40 and sits on the platform sheltered by a column and looks out over the city. She falls asleep at 5:05, wakes at 5:55 and flies out at 6:30. The male arrives at 7:15, looks around for food, then sits on the ledge until leaving 20 minutes later. The female replaces him and goes into the box and flies off at 7:45. She returns at 8:10 carrying half-eaten Woodpigeon prey. She stashes it ten minutes later and flies off. The male lands and pick up the meal and feeds, flying off at 8:55. The female is back at 14:00 and picks at the remains on the platform. She goes into the box 20 minutes later as the snow swirls around the city. She moves to the ledge at 15:05 and flies out into the snowstorm ten minutes later. The male flies in at 23:05, he picks at scraps, sits on the ledge, then flies off at 23:35.

27 November – the pair arrive together at 8:25. The female goes into the box for a few moments then flies out. The male picks at scraps for five minutes, then leaves. A snowstorm starts to cover the city but has gone by 12:00. There is no more activity on camera today.

26 November – the male flies in at 2:35 and feeds on the Woodcock and sits on the ledge at 3:15, well fed. The female joins him 30 minutes later and feeds on the remains of the Woodcock and then the remains of the pigeon. She is too near for the male’s liking, and he flies off at 3:50. She continues to feed on the scraps until 4:30 when she moves to the ledge and falls asleep, flying off at 7:00. The male is back at 7:20 and is soon joined by the female. She goes into the box whilst he picks at the scraps on the platform, then flies off with the pigeon. She walks to the ledge and flies off at 8:05. The male returns at 12:30 and picks at scraps on the platform, then sits on the ledge 30 minutes later. He goes into the box at 13:50 on arrival of the female. He leaves after a brief period of bonding and she picks at scraps in the box and platform, moving to the ledge at 14:00 and flying off ten minutes later. There is no further activity today.

25 November – the female continues to feed on the Woodcock until 00:15 when she returns to the ledge. She flies off at 6:50 and the male arrives at 7:30. He finds the stashed pigeon and feeds on it until the female returns at 8:05 and he flies off. She grabs the remains of the pigeon and stashes it by a column and flies off. From the movement of the feathers on the platform it is a very blustery day and there is no further action until the pair arrive at 15:05. The female goes into the box and the male sits on the ledge. He leaves after five minutes whilst she feeds on the stashed pigeon until 15:20 when she moves to the ledge with a full crop, flying off ten minutes later. There is no further activity today.

24 November – the female flies in at 6:40 and immediately grabs the stashed Woodcock but after just a few minutes re-stashes it and sits on the ledge. She flies off at 7:25 and is back briefly at 8:15. She returns at 8:50 carrying very fresh Feral Pigeon prey. She plucks her meal on the platform and stashes it in the box ten minutes later and flies off. The male lands at 9:15, ignores the Woodcock and picks at scraps on the platform until he notices the stashed Starling from a few days earlier. He feeds on it until 10:10 when he flies off. The female is back at 13:25 and goes into the box to retrieve the stashed pigeon. She plucks and feeds on it for 20 minutes, stashes the remains and flies out. She returns at 16:30 and sits on the ledge until 23:40 when she picks up the Woodcock and feeds on it.  

23 November – the male arrives at 6:40 and is quickly followed by the female. He sits on the ledge whilst she is in the box making scrapes. She walks to the stashed Woodcock five minutes later and feeds on it. The male flies off at 7:00 and she follows after ten minutes. There is no more activity on camera today.

22 November – the female flies off at 00:05 and returns 30 minutes later with very fresh Woodcock prey. She stashes it by a column, the third prey item within an hour. She sits on the ledge and falls asleep. At 6:35, she wakens and heads for the Woodcock to feed upon but drags it into the box and returns to the ledge, then flies off. The male flies in at 11:35 but is quickly chased off by the returning female before he is able to snatch any stashed prey; she leaves soon after. She is back at 12:35 and plucks the Woodcock for ten minutes then stashes it before leaving at 13:00. The female flies in again at 14:50 and feeds on one of the Starlings. She has finished eating at 15:35 and flies off. There is no further activity today.

21 November – the female arrives at 3:10 with fresh Woodpigeon prey. She feeds on it and drags it into the box at 3:40. She then sits on the ledge and falls asleep. The male arrives at 6:05, goes into the box and retrieves the stashed pigeon. The female snatches it from him, and he sits on the ledge whilst she stands on her meal to protect it. She resumes feeding at 6:35 as he watches. She flies off with the remains at 7:05 and he picks at the scraps on the platform, then flies off. He returns five minutes later and feeds on the scraps leaving 30 minutes later. He is back briefly at 12:00 and calls loudly from the platform for a few moments. The female lands briefly at 16:05 and returns at 23:25 carrying very fresh Starling prey which she stashes by a column. She is back at 23:40 with another fresh Starling which she also stashes. She sits on the ledge looking out until midnight at least.

20 November – the female remains on the ledge from the previous evening until 6:25 when she goes into the box and is joined by the male. There are a few minutes of bonding until she flies out at 6:35; he picks at scraps on the platform. He sits on the ledge at 6:50 until flying off at 7:35. The female flies in 15 minutes later carrying fresh Feral Pigeon prey which she plucks and eats. She flies off with the remains of her meal at 9:15. She is back at 10:55 and sits on the ledge with a full crop until 12:20. There was no more activity on camera today.

19 November – the first activity of the day is the female flying in at 11:05 with a full crop. She sits on the ledge for 15 minutes and is replaced by the male at 11:35. He goes into the box, leaving at 12:45. The female returns to the ledge at 16:30 and remains for the rest of the evening.

18 November – the female arrives at 2:00 and after checking the platform for scraps, settles on the ledge. She falls asleep until 5:45 when she flies off. There is no further activity on camera until the female returns with a full crop at 16:15. She settles back on the ledge until 21:30 when she flies off.

17 November – the female arrives at 4:40, ignores the stashed Redwing and sits on the ledge until 6:30. The male lands at 7:10 and notices the prey and feeds on it. He has finished after 20 minutes and sits on the ledge, flying off an hour later. The female is back at 11:30 for 15 minutes and again at 12:20 for ten minutes. The male lands at briefly 12:45. There is no further activity on camera today but from personal observations, both birds were sitting on the spite at 15:00.

16 November – the female remains on the ledge from the previous evening until 7:15 when she flies off. The male flies in to replace her and finds the stashed pigeon which he feeds on. He leaves with his meal at 8:20. The female lands briefly five minutes later. The pair return at 11:15 and there is a short period of bonding in the box. The male then moves to the ledge and the female flies out. She returns at 13:15 and goes into the box. The male flies off when she walks to the platform and she follows soon after. She is back at 16:20 and remains on the ledge until 20:30. She returns at 21:50 carrying fresh Redwing prey which she stashes by a column and then flies off.

15 November – the male arrives at 5:10, searches around for food then sits on the ledge until 5:55 when he flies off. The female flies in with fresh Feral Pigeon prey at 7:20. She plucks and feeds on the platform until stashing the remains in the box at 8:25 and flies off. She is back at 14:20 and sits on the ledge until 15:40 when she leaves. She returns 15 minutes later and recovers the stashed pigeon. She feeds on the platform then stashes the remains at 16:20 and sits on the ledge with a full crop for the rest of the evening.

14 November – the female flies in at 6:50 carrying very fresh Feral Pigeon prey. She plucks and feeds on the platform, stashes the remains by a column and flies off at 7:10. She is back with the male at 9:05 and goes into the box. He sees the stash, snatches it, and flies off – she follows in hot pursuit. She does not return until 14:45 looking for scraps before flying off ten minutes later. There is no further activity on camera today.

14 November 2021 – Video: the female flies in with the male who notices the stashed pigeon. He snatches it and flies out pursued by the female.

13 November – the female moves from the box where she has been through the night, onto the ledge at 6:05. She flies off at 6:55 and returns with the male a few minutes later. they are in the box together briefly, then he picks at some scraps on the platform. They swap places after ten minutes. she flies off after a further five minutes and he moves to the platform and looks out. He flies off at 7:30 and returns a few minutes later with the female carrying very fresh Feral Pigeon prey. She plucks and feeds on the platform until flying off with the remains at 8:05. The male picks at some scraps, then sits on the ledge until 8:40 when he flies off. The female is back at 12:00 for ten minutes and the male flies in at 12:40. He goes into the box after searching for food. He is joined by the female at 13:00 and there are five minutes of bonding. She moves to the ledge until 14:05 when she goes into the box and the male flies out and she follows. She is soon back but leaves again at 14:50 returning after 20 minutes until 15:30.

12 November – the female flies in at 00:10 carrying fresh Redwing prey and stashes it by a column before flying off. She is back at 7:05 to claim her meal. The male lands briefly as the female feeds. She stashes the remains and moves to the ledge at 7:25 then flies off. The male flies in and eventually finds the stash and feeds, then moves to the ledge. He goes into the box as the female arrives with fresh Feral Pigeon prey at 8:15. She plucks and feeds for 30 minutes on the platform, then stands on her meal to protect it. She resumes feeding at 9:10 and flies off with her meal at 9:35. The male, who has been in the box all this time, walks to the ledge and looks out then follows. He is back at 11:25 looking well fed. He goes into the box 20 minutes later but does not return to the ledge until 15:10. He walks into the box at 15:35 when the female returns carrying her meal from earlier. She feeds on the platform until 16:10 when she flies off with her prey. The male returns to the ledge but is forced back when the female lands a few moments later – she has obviously stashed the remains somewhere. He then flies out and she sits on the ledge with a full crop until 23:00 when she goes into the box where she remains for the rest of the evening.

11 November – the female arrives at 6:40 for ten minutes when the male lands. He too only remains for ten minutes. She is back at 7:20 carrying fresh Feral Pigeon prey. She plucks and feeds on the platform. At 7:50, the male flies in and the female mantles her meal and flies off with it. He picks at some scraps and is then mobbed by the female, and he flies off. She resumes feeding until 8:00 when she flies off with her meal. She is back 15 minutes later, and the male follows; he goes into the box. She continues to feed until 8:55 when he gets a little too close and she flies off forcing the male to also leave. The female is back at 14:50 and watches the road below for ten minutes, then flies off; the final action of the day.

10 November – the pair fly in calling loudly at 9:00 but the male flies out soon after and the female quickly follows. She is back at 11:20 but flies off five minutes later. There is no other activity on camera today.

9 November – the female arrives at 6:45, checks the box, then sits on the ledge until 7:05. The pair fly in together at 7:30 and there is a five-minute spell of tentative bonding in the box. The male flies off a few moments later and is quickly followed by the female. A personal visit to the city saw the male sitting on the eastern cross of the spire between 9:00 and 10:30. He lands on the platform at 12:30 and at 13:55 walks to the remnants of the Woodcock. He picks at it briefly then flies off with it; probably doing a bit of tidying up. The female flies in with a full crop at 16:20 and settles on the ledge where she remains until 22:05 when she goes into the box but flies out soon after.

8 November – the female flies in at 6:45 and leaves a few minutes later after checking the box. The male replaces her, but she joins him in the box at 6:55. They then sit on opposite ledges. He flies off five minutes later and she picks at scraps on the platform, ignoring the (by now aging) Woodcock, leaving at 7:05. The male lands briefly at 15:40; the last activity of the day.

7 November – the female remains in the box from the previous evening until 6:50 when she moves to the ledge and flies off a few minutes later. The male lands briefly at 7:35 and five minutes later picks up one of the Woodcock and flies off with it. Presumably he has dumped the Woodcock as he is soon back and calling on the platform. He looks out over the city and flies off when the female lands at 7:55. She sees the Woodcock and ignores it and sits on the ledge. She flies off ten minutes later after searching for food in the box and returns at 8:20. She is off again at 8:35 returning at 9:15 with fresh Feral Pigeon prey. She plucks and feeds then stashes it at 9:40 and flies off. The male is back at 13:55 but is forced off by the returning female who feeds on the stashed pigeon for another 40 minutes. She sits on the ledge with a full crop until 16:45 when she flies off. There is no further activity on camera.

6 November – the male arrives at 1:10 and checks out an old Woodcock but does not feed – it seems even Peregrines have standards! He falls asleep. At 5:35, he checks out the second Woodcock but once again, refuses to feed on it. He wakes at 6:30 and feeds on scraps on the platform, ignoring both Woodcocks, then returns to the ledge. The same thing happens at 7:15. He goes into the box 20 minutes later when the female arrives. After a few moments bonding, he flies out and she moves to the ledge and follows soon after. The male is back at 13:05 and again ignores the Woodcocks but feeds on other scraps. At 13:25, he finally grabs hold of one of the Woodcock and feeds on it for 30 minutes, then sits on the ledge. The female arrives with a full crop at 14:55 and displaces him – he flies off. She is joined on the ledge by the male at 18:50. She goes into the box at 20:15 and he flies off a few minutes later. She remains in the box until midnight at least.

5 November – the female flies in at 6:25 and ignores the Woodcock that is nearest to her and goes for the pigeon stashed in the box. She plucks and feeds on it, stashing the remains at 7:00. She flies off ten minutes later and is replaced by the male. However, before he is able to feed, she returns and forces him into the box; she joins him. After a few minutes, he starts to feed on the pigeon, then flies off with the meal. She sits on the ledge before following him. She returns at 8:50, goes into the box and scrapes in the stones before moving to the ledge and flying off. She is back at 12:55 and pecks at an old Woodcock, then settles on the ledge, flying off at 13:35. The male returns at 20:15 remaining on the ledge for just ten minutes.

4 November – the female picks at scraps on the platform at 1:25, then returns to the ledge. She falls asleep until 4:30 when she picks at one of the two Woodcock remnants. After a few minutes, she is back on the ledge preening before going into the box at 4:45. She flies off at 7:00 and returns with fresh Feral Pigeon prey 15 minutes later. She plucks her meal and stashes it by a column after ten minutes and flies off. The male immediately flies in and snatches the pigeon and tries to feed on it but is seen off by the arriving female. She re-stashes her meal and moves to the ledge and flies off at 7:55. She makes a brief visit at 11:40 and the pair are back at 13:25. She initially picks at one of the Woodcock but then goes into the box to grab the Feral Pigeon from the male who tried to feed on it. He goes to the platform and picks at scraps for ten minutes, then flies off. She leaves her meal and follows a few minutes later. There is no further activity on camera.

3 November – the female remains on the ledge from the previous evening, sleeping until 6:10 when she searches through the carpet of feathers looking for the stashed Moorhen (well, it is dark). She finds her meal and drags it across the platform. She feeds and stashes the remains 30 minutes later. She returns to the ledge with her crop filled, flying off at 7:00. The male replaces her on the ledge, and he too looks well fed; he flies off at 7:20. There is no more activity until 16:35 when the female returns and feeds on the stashed Moorhen. She moves to the ledge at 17:15 when she has finished and remains there until at least midnight.

2 November – the pair arrive together at 6:40. The female goes into the box whilst the male snatches the stashed Feral Pigeon and flies off. She then picks briefly at the Woodcock on the platform before sitting on the ledge, flying off at 7:40. She is back in the box at 10:30 before quickly moving to the ledge where she remains for 35 minutes. There is no more activity until 20:30 when the male flies in briefly. The female returns at 22:20 carrying very fresh Moorhen prey. She plucks and feeds on the platform then stashes the remains an hour later. She sits on the ledge with a full crop until midnight at least.

1 November – the female switches to the opposite ledge at 1:40 after briefly picking at the Woodcock; she falls asleep. She wakes and flies off at 6:15 and returns at 7:05 carrying fresh Feral Pigeon prey. She plucks and feeds on the platform, then stashes the remains 30 minutes later. She flies off at 8:00 and there is no more activity for the rest of the day.

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