A visit to St George’s at Saturday lunchtime was quiet initially, with just the adult female perched on the pole at the nestbox. Slightly concerned that no juveniles were in view I went across the road to get a bit better view of the ledges, in case they were tucked up close to the walls, but there was still no sign.
Some calls from behind the Mapping Building drew my attention and two Peregrines came into view at some distance, soon followed by a third. The female was still perched by the nestbox, so these had to include some of the juvs.
Sure enough, it proved to be the male (the top bird in the photo above) and two of the juvs, indulging in some sparring and what I presumed to be fake food passes, as none of the birds were carrying anything.
At one point, the two juvs came quite close (above) before heading back away from St George’s to re-join the male and drifting out of sight behind the trees.
They looked quite confident in flight and have made good progress over the last week. However, I didn’t see a third juv at any point, so the whereabouts of that one remained unknown. My guess is that these two are the juvs that were a little later in leaving the church, and that the juv that had proven itself a competent flier has moved a little further afield. That is, however, just my informed guess and there are plenty of other possible alternative explanations. It would be good to see all three together at some point to know all is well.
Another reason I was down at St George’s was to meet Eleanor and her filming team, who are making a short documentary about the Peregrines for the forthcoming Sheffield Docfest. They have been talking to people who are watching them and getting some good footage of the birds too. Very much look forward to seeing it!
The juvs continue for now to return to the church to roost for now, but probably won’t do so for that much longer as they become increasingly confident and begin to explore a little further afield. Enjoy them while you can!