With two weeks having now passed since the chicks hatched, they continue to make good progress and are growing rapidly, as the comparison below demonstrates.
Although the chicks still look much the same in terms of their colour, they are now large enough to start to be left unbrooded for short spells, although one or both of the adults is always in the vicinity, even if not visible on the webcams. Indeed, the male seems to have taken quite a liking to perching on the ledge where the second webcam mounting meets the wall, so out of sight, even if he can see the camera quite clearly.
Over the next week and beyond, the chicks will increasingly be left (apparently) unattended during the day and this is nothing to worry about.
A visit on Saturday morning saw plenty of activity as the female also made good use of the webcam mount after leaving the nest following a feed for the chicks, as in the sequence below.
The camera mounting appeared to be the perfect perch on which to clean her bill and talons. Occasionally, this camera is obscured by a tail as one of the adults perches on it! Once all clean to her satisfaction, she returned to the perch while the male kept watch from just below on one of the corners, again out of sight of webcams.
There’s been no sign of the chicks from below as yet, but it won’t be long before they start to take an interest in the world beyond the nest platform and start peeping out. As ever, it was a thrill to watch them come and go, offering some great flight views as they passed overhead.
The other milestone is that donations to the Peregrine project have now passed the £1,500 mark (including gift aid), which is terrific and will allow us undertake activities that will enable us to learn more about this pair and their chicks. Many thanks to all those who’ve made a donation – we really do appreciate it; and if you’re considering making a donation to support the project, please do so: the more funds we have, the more we’ll be able to do to discover the science behind these magnificent birds.