Live-streaming has ended for this season as the juveniles are 'out and about'.
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VFF sighted this evening, one of three juveniles around at the moment.
The sighting of VJF this morning, consuming prey brought in by an adult, confirms that all four juveniles are still around.
Shaky phone video of a juvenile with unidentified prey item, high on the spire. All four juveniles are thought to be around, although we've only seen three together at any one time.
The cameras have been removed and the walkway cleaned prior to reopening to visitors. Thanks to Dale, Steve and Chris for their help.
3 juveniles (VDF and VHF plus another) active along with both adults this evening.
A selection of pellets, typically around 4cm in length, were examined – just tiny bones and small featherrs found.
They know how to fly, now they have to lean how to catch prey. A cracking photo courtesy of Steve Plant, showing a juvenile chasing an adult carrying prey.
A joyous moment – our final juvenile VHF, fledged at 06.10 this morning.
VHF has yet to fledge, with the nave roof being the place to congregate for the other three. Photo below is VFF, taken from the bedroom window!
VDF has fledged, just waiting for VHF – easily recognised as it is the only juvenile with its ring on the right leg. Please email me with any ring readings you have. In video below, VHF receives a visit from one of its siblings.
VJF successfully returned to the walkway during yesterday afternoon. VFF was flushed from a dangerous location on the church roof and flew quite strongly to the roof of 68 Westgate.
I've been told that the third juvenile has fledged – no further information on that.
Live-straming has now ended for this season.
VJF fledged this morning and is currently on the crockets above the bell chamber on the east side of the tower. VFF is beginning its 3rd day, unfed on the nave roof.
The first juvenile fledged at 04.50 on the 14th and has remained on the nave roof ever since, calling for food. Ring ID VFF. Photo courtesy of Steve Plant.
An early morning visitor.
The first could fledge this weekend.
Some activity this morning after the rain stopped. All four juveniles were seen to be fed around 13.45.
The juveniles have been occasionally heard, but not seen since the incident yesterday. We assume they are on the west walkway. The adults have been around.
First images from the east camera (the nestcam has been turned off). An early morning feed, followed by excercise.
A man was seen on the walkway at 10.40 and disturbed the adults, who spent the nest couple of hours circling the tower uttering their alarm call. No sign of the juveniles since.
We have moved to the other camera covering the east walkway, where most of the activity seems to be happening. All four juveniles are doing well.
After heavy rain, three bedraggled juveniles!
Occassionally seen when there is a feed, all four juvenines survived their first night 'under the stars'.
Almost two weeks earlier than previous years, all chicks left the nest this afternoon. It's easier to leave than to return, but a couple have made it back.
Mind our camera!
The four peregrine chicks were ringed today under licence and were thought to be all females. A brief video below.
The remains of a black-tailed godwit, ringed in 2006, were found on the walkway.
The adults are leaving the chicks for longer now in the warm weather, and they respond with bursts of activity.
The chicks are getting so big that the adults are having difficulty covering them, so have to crouch over them, wings down. They can just be heard calling now when they are being fed – a precursor to the incessant screaming that the locals 'enjoy' for a month or so every year!
Just over a week old and growing fast.
There was some concern this afternoon after we received a report of an injured peregrine found in a garden in Louth and taken into care. This coincided with our male being absent for arount 4 hours. Eventually he returned and we subsequently heard that the injured peregrine was a juvenile sparrowhawk. We did wonder what a peregrine was doing in a garden, but a worrying few hours!
One of eight feeds today!
4th egg hatched around 18.30
An afternoon feed. Still one egg remaining. The image below links to a YouTube video.
Third egg hatched around 13.50. The chick can just be seen next to the eggshell
A busy afternoon. First chick emerged at 16.10 – only spotted when we saw the female eating an empty shell. Then, less that an hour later, the second arrived. The image below links to a YouTube compilation of birth to first feed.
May the 4th be with you!
Less than a week before the first chicks are due to appear. Fewer changeovers now – female on overnight until 5am. Male replaced her until 08.30am, then the female incubated until 13.50. She was back on the eggs, replacing the male, at 16.45 (see video below). As I write this at 21.24, she's still in place, and is likely to remain there until first light.
All quiet during incubation, though passing red kites (now more frequently seen in the area) and buzzards bring a reaction from the peregrines, with one or both giving chase.
A passing buzzard at 14.35 prompted an alarm call by the male, which sent the female tumbling out of the nest. Together, they saw off the potential intruder
Breakfast served at 06.15
The female takes over incubation duties at 13.44.
4th egg arrived at 03.03 today. It's unlikely there will be a 5th as she had already started incubating after the 3rd egg was laid. We can expect the chicks to hatch between 5-7 May.
Heavy weather for much of the day
Third egg today at 17.15. If there is to be a fourth, it should be in the early hours of 2nd April
Second egg at 09.15. The female chased off an intruding falcon in the afternoon, while the male sat on the eggs.
First egg this morning at 03.13. 1 day earlier that 2021. She incubated until the male visited at 05.15, then left. Expect the second in a couple of days. Keep watching and buy our book, or donate to the Lincs Bird Club who paid for the views you are now seeing!
Later, in the afternoon, a red kite (becoming increasingly common in Lincolnshire) drifted north over the church, prompting alarm calls from the peregrines. See the Buzzard Log.
When the cat's away...
The female slept for almost 6 hours on the nest overnight, then the male brought in a gift of food and there was brief courtship display
The female slept for three hours on the nest last night. She did the same thing last March, she laid her first egg three days later. Any bets on an egg by the weekend?
Two photos of the pair mating on the crockets. Thanks to Peter Taylor (whose email address and phone don't work)
Mating on one of the gargoyles. Very brief – watch the opening at the lower right of the screen. The female is already present, and the male flies in...
The male returned to the woodcock at 06.20
3 adults around the spire this afternoon for a short time, before the male brought in a woodcock.
One of a number of brief visits today
Spectacular aerial displays by the pair this afternoon, part of the bonding/courtship process. Both birds are visiting the nest tray regularly.
28 February 2022
Watch for the quick exit! One of several visits by both birds today
23 February 2022
Courtship this afternoon. Ongoing problems with the electrics on the tower means the circuit-breaker is frequently tripped, turning off our webcams for hours at a time until someone flicks the switch back on. Most unsatisfactory.
11 February 2022
First visit to the nest by the male this afternoon, eventually greeting the female, with courtship display taking place
8 February 2022
Two visits by the female today, one of 15 minutes, when she defined a scrape for the eggs.
7 February 2022
First tentative visit to the nest by the female this morning
3 February 2022
The nest tray was positioned yesterday – just in time as the pair were seen performing courtship displays around the spire. The cameras are also in position and working well. No live-streaming yet.
10 January 2022
The pair becoming more visible on the spire now as the days lengthen. Nest tray and cameras due to be set up in 2-3 weeks
5 January 2022
Our pair arrived around 16.00, noisily calling as they settled on the spire crockets.
2 January 2022
Reported: Peregrine pair on the base of the northwest pinnacle. Female devouring a black-headed gull.