Norwich Peregrine Blog

Friday, 29 May 2020 15:45

Sunny day. Wind 13km/hr. Temperature 15 degrees 09.00. Chicks were fed...

Norwich Peregrines Nest Activity Log- 19/05/20

Weather: Overcast with occasional glimpses of blue between the clouds.

09:00 - A pile of dozing chicks are heaped in the NW corner of the box. Juvenile feathers can be seen protruding beyond their down covering.

09:05 - A chick stands up to scratch. It's feet are far too big for it. One of the volunteers reported feeds at 4:56 and 6:25, so like good Hobbits, they're sleeping off their second breakfast.

09:09 - Suddenly all the chicks are awake and falling over each other. They spread out around the box, tripping over their own enormous feet in the process and begin to preen.

09:15 - One of the chicks stretches its wings and overbalances as a consequence.

09:17 - A chick pecks hopefully at a discarded foot.

09:25 - The chicks, spread around the box, have fallen asleep.

09:45 - The foot chewing chick from earlier gets up, stretches its wings and falls flat on its face.

09:49 - Three of the chicks are up, stretching, preening and falling over their own feet.

09:57 - One of the chicks calls and tracks something flying in front of the box that we cannot see.

09:58 - The box is warming up as the sun starts to break through the cloud. The chicks have gathered in the shade at the front of the box.

10:05 - One of the chicks calls again.

10:06 - One of the chicks is calling more frequently now. A bird, possibly one of the adults is glimpsed gliding past below the box. Another of the chicks exercises its wings.

10:11 - All of the chicks are now awake; wing exercising, pecking at the stray foot, or simply gazing at the wider world beyond the box, which they are now big enough to be able do. One of them looks up the spire and calls.

10:16 - Three of the chicks are looking up the spire actively calling. Some parental activity must be responsible for this.

10:19 - The three chicks currently awake are watching a bird we cannot see fly around the spire. They call again.

10:29 - One of the chicks is currently lying with its chin up against the front of the box, so that it can stare straight upwards with no effort!

10:34 - Once more there are four slumbering chicks.

10:43 - More calling by the chicks.

11:00 - After a relatively quiet session for me, time for Sarah.

11.00 all 4 chicks at front of box, preening, occasionally looking out hopefully. Lots of flies!!

11.06 3 chicks asleep and 1 on duty, keeping a look out then gives in to sleep.

11.15 All chicks snoozing.

11.46 1 chick awake and moves towards camera.

12.03 All quiet and all chicks sleeping.

12.20 All 4 chicks awake and preening.

12.34 1 chick marches to far end of box, nibbles at something. Lots of wing flapping. Just woken a sibling up!

12.35 Chicks calling I think.

12.35 All 4 chicks awake and pecking at bits in the box.

12.45 All chicks looking out hopefully. We missed our elevenses, where’s our lunch??

12.46 Much wing flapping. 1 chick still asleep. All looking up hopeful. The chicks are panting.

13.00 Still no parents with food.

No feed for over 6 hours now, one of the chicks looking over the edge....


Very little to report as a lot of ‘buffering’ for most of the last 90 minutes

Still no food but 2 of the chicks looking up as if one of the parents has landed above them on the spire. Maybe there will be a feed soon....

A LONG TEA TIME FEED 33 minutes !

15.14 GA arrives with prey - which she feeds in turn to four screaming chicks in turn. Even GA seems to be dwarfed by these large girls !

Then one retreats to the corner with a large piece of prey while GA continues to feed the other three.

15.32 the corner one joins the other 3 for some maternal feeding

15.42 Still titbits being fed to the chicks although she’s now trying to feed them the odd leg !

15.47 GA jumps onto the ledge to feed for herself

15.53 GA finally leaves platform.

Wow those chick mutes have some power behind them they now seem able to fire over the ledge thank goodness

15.56 Tiercel lands on ledge to check out chicks but also frequently looking up the spire. Chicks seem uninterested. Peregrine noises heard offstage

15.58 he leaves

The chicks stagger around the platform for a bit - full crops can be seen through the down. TB very busy preening herself

16.08 finally all seem to be dozing

16.53 all remains quiet apart from TB who’s doing a bit more of a feather tidy up

16.58 all now starting to wake with some stretching of the wings

Thank you to todays volunteers; Colin Smith, Sarah Evans, Maureen Irvine and Jennie FFC