It’s the 12th of June, so – following last year’s events – it must be fledging day!
All three chicks were very active on the platform yesterday evening (11th June), hopping up onto the top of the box, flapping out at the end of the perching post, and even getting on top of the webcam box itself (thanks to Andy Jones for the great shot below).
Both adults were also much in evidence, giving some great views as they flew past, over and around, twice chasing off Lesser Black-backed Gulls and once a Crow.
From the webcam it has become increasingly difficult to see all three chicks as they move about, especially when on top of the box, but a quick visit on arriving at work today revealed that one of them had indeed made its first flight. Jim Lonsdale was on site until 07:30, when all three were still on the platform, but around 9 am one of them made its maiden venture, ending up on top of the church roof, where it landed out of sight. By lunchtime it had got up onto the top of one of the walls around the roof, and drew an admiring crowd.
Indeed, there’s been 20-25 people enjoying watching them every evening, and a regular lunchtime gathering too.
The chick made several hops and flaps from one perch to another, but was still in the same area by the end of the afternoon.
Both parents flew by but no food was brought in as far as I know, so perhaps that will be the way to encourage it back up the tower.
In the photo above, the chick is on the lower wall in the foreground, with the adult female having come off the tip of the tower.
The other two chicks remain on the platform, mostly on top of it, so not only out of sight on the webcam, but usually out of sight from below too. There’s a good chance tomorrow will see one or more of these take to the air too. Get down to St George’s if you have the chance – it’s a terrific spectacle.