2024

1 January

The pair together on the east side of the tower mid-afternoon.

1 February

The pair performed noisy courtship rituals on the lower walkway (south side) this afternoon.
Cameras to be installed next Wednesday (7th Feb).

13 February

The male visited at 16.56 with the female arriving a couple of minutes later. The usual bonding ritual ensued.

8 March

This short video shows the female on a pre-dawn visit to the nest. She is eating gravel – peregrines, like other raptors, swallow small bits of gravel/grit that act as 'teeth' in the gizzard, breaking down food and thus helping digestion. These stones are called gizzard stones or gastroliths and usually become round and smooth from the polishing action in the bird's stomach over time. When too smooth to do the required work, they may be excreted or regurgitated. The bird then finds and swallows some more rough grit.
so now you know!

12 March

A view from the live-streaming camera – a better viewpoint than the others, showing the male working on the scrape at 13.00 today.

16 March

A bonding gift. The female spent two hours on and around the nest this afternoon – watching, listening...

29 March

The first egg appeared at 20.44

1 April

Second egg at 05.10 this morning

3 April

Third egg at 13.01. The female is now incubating, so a 4th egg can be expected

5 April

Right on cue – 4th egg arrived 23.40 Friday night

4 May

The male takes over incubation duties at 13.15, but at 13.45, while settling over the eggs, he flicks one to the edge of the tray. He subsequently turns to face it, but makes no effort to retrieve it.

However, an hour later, the female returns and immediately bings the egg back with the others. Hopefully, with the warm weather, no harm will have been done. (No sound on the second video)
First chick on Tuesday?

9 May

First egg hatched at 04.20 this morning. In the image below, the hole in the shell can just be seen.

At 10.08, the male responds to an alarm as the female is seen flying around the tower with another male in tow. He leaves to investigate, giving good views of the chick.

10 May

The second chick hatched at 22.40 last night and the female ate the shell for a calcium boost.

11 May

Third chick hatched around 00.30 this morning. Only noticable when we saw the female eating the shell.

12 May

The male removes the unhatched egg at 13.30 and deposits it away from the nest, so we just have three chicks this season.

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