It’s been great to see the positive comments about Nicola’s post: delighted others have found it as interesting as I have. As part of her research, Nicola would be keen to analyse other failed Peregrine eggs, so if anyone with connections to other Peregrine nests where failed eggs have been removed is reading this, do get in touch!
Despite the disappointing weather, a quick post to mark four weeks since the chicks hatched. They’re increasingly left to their own devices between feeds, and are starting to take a greater interest at feed times.
Something to look out for in the days ahead is them beginning to look to feed themselves. They’ll also continue to change their appearance apace as the down is lost and replaced by the emerging feathers that are already visible when they stretch their wings.
As ever, even when the chicks are left (apparently) alone, one or other of the adults is nearby. The female likes to perch on top of the church’s turrets, from where she can crane her neck and look down into the nestbox. Behind you!
A visit early in the morning on Sunday (with sun!) allowed for some observation of behaviour and a few photos. The female flew in with a loose primary feather.
As she preened on the perch, the feather fell out and dropped. It looked as if it was going to fall to the ground, which would have enabled a direct DNA sample, but it didn’t quite make it over the lower wall and dropped onto the lower roof of the church.
As she left, there was no discernible gap (unlike in the immature bird that visited recently) and it didn’t affect her flight in the slightest, as you’d expect.
The panoramic camera has come into play as a perch too, as occasionally in previous years, and it appears to have left a bit of a smudge on the lens, judging by the atmospheric effect created in the evening drizzle.