This pair of Peregrine Falcons have been nesting on the top of a building near to my office for several years and successfully raised their chicks. Around 24 have fledged including 4 from last year.
They have just returned again in the last week.
The male arrived first (how do you know this you ask) well typical male sat on the ledge for most of the day waiting on the female to arrive. He's usually the one to the back.
According to the website the female is also around a third bigger than the male and has a longer beak.
When she arrived the following day she gave the nesting site a thorough inspection (so that's why I'm thinking this one is the female) and she is normally sat at the front.
So how did I get these photographs you ask? Well I'm afraid I cheated. Nottingham University/Wildlife Trust have set up cameras so that you can follow/monitor the birds on a live stream and I took snap shots with my iPad from my computer screen so that I could show them to you but you can actually follow them yourselves here. if you are interested They are completely left to their own devices and there are times that once the chicks are hatched you will see the parents bringing in pigeons and the like that they have killed in order to feed their chicks so I thought I would make you aware of that especially if you are thinking it would be nice to show your children. It would be best to log on and see what if anything that the birds are doing before showing them. So far every time I have logged on with number three they have been away from the site. I think he's beginning to think I am imagining them.
According to my colleague who has followed them for the last two-three years, the young are usually in the nest for about six weeks and each chick is ringed before they fledge by the the Wiildlife Trust..
Just a little something I thought I would share with you on this Wednesday.
Back at the end of the week