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April 14, 2021
Latest News Laura Wharton

Reserves and Hides are Open!

The Sculthorpe Moor and Shapwick Reserves reopened fully on Monday 12th April 2021. On Monday morning Nigel Middleton took great pleasure in changing Sculthorpe’s ‘Closed’ sign to display its ‘Open’ message. Throughout the day the reserve welcomed happy…
April 14, 2021
Latest News Laura Wharton

Kestrel Highways Project update on A303

Kestrel Highways Project update on A303 An update on the A303 Kestrel Highways Project in Wiltshire which covers 30 miles of the hinterland bordering the A 303, from Mere to Andover. The current Kestrel Conservation Status is Amber, which means that there is…
April 07, 2021
Latest News Laura Wharton

Bath Peregrines Update - Incubation Stage

In total, the Bath Peregrines have laid 4 eggs between the 24th and 31st March (2021). Based on data from recent years Hamish Smith anticipates that hatching will happen during the week of the 1st May. In Summary:Egg 1 was laid 18.39 24th March Egg 2 was laid…

Norwich Peregrines Update - Incubation Stage

Apr 07, 2021 1239
The Norwich Cathedral Peregrines are currently in incubation stage after laying a total…

Creating & Conserving Habitats Through Land Management

Apr 06, 2021 478
Creating and conserving habitats through land management at Sculthorpe MoorImage: Steve…

2021 Norwich Cathedral Watchpoint Update

Mar 23, 2021 2135
Norwich Cathedral 2021
Norwich Cathedral 2021 Watchpoint Update At present, the Trust remains in a lockdown…

Nigel Middleton - 20 Years at the Hawk and Owl Trust!

Feb 23, 2021 1137
Nigel Middleton recently celebrated his 20 year anniversary with the Hawk and Owl Trust.…

Meet the Team - Katherine Hewkin

Jan 27, 2021 1148
Katherine Hewkin is the Trainee Assistant Warden at Sculthorpe Moor Nature…

Peregrine Project – Norwich Cathedral - January 2021

Jan 19, 2021 13123
The Hawk and Owl Trust have visited Norwich Cathedral this month to clean and check the…

Shapwick Moor Update

Jan 12, 2021 1323
Simon Beard kindly updates the Hawk and Owl Trust on the Winter period so far at the…

Sculthorpe Reserve - Closed

Dec 24, 2020 1231
Sculthorpe Moor Nature Reserve Further to the Government announcement Norfolk will be…

Welcoming back the Ghost of the Moor

Dec 20, 2020 1356
Welcoming back the ghost of the moor Written by Shaila Rao, Ecologist…

The Hen Harrier Satellite Tagging Project: Case study - Sorrel

Dec 16, 2020 1692
Looking back on Hen Harrier Sorrel’s journeying to dateAuthor: Hamish Smith As the Hawk…

Hamish Smith has reported some promising activity at the Bath Peregrine site at St. Johns. Could this be a potential pairing for Bath’s 2021 season? 

St.Johns peering over the local rugby ground in Bath. 

I’ve been following the dynamic at the church since the apparent departure of AA, last sighted in late October 2020.  For the most part, the only birds I’ve seen on the church in the intervening period have been a single adult and a large immature, most likely one of last year’s non-ringed females, but there had been very few visits to the nest box.  Recently, nest box visits restarted on a regular basis and I was seeing what looked like a tiercel, but there was still no sign of the falcon. 

Bath Falcon visiting the nest box

Checks of recordings have revealed that this new visitor first entered the nest box on 1 January, and has been a regular visitor ever since, on occasion bringing his lunch with him. 

A good spot for lunch

On 11 January, for the first time, the falcon entered the box while the new tiercel was there.  He appeared a bit startled and left pretty sharpish, but there were no signs of aggression on the part of the falcon; so, while only time will tell, that’s beginning to look like a new pairing for 2021.  He’s quite a tidy little chap, not ringed with a pristine white-ish breast with no speckles, and interestingly he has a white spot on the left side of his moustache similar to that carried by AA, so it will be easy to tell them apart when they’re perched on the church.

Reaction to incoming female

Tiercel AA was hatched at St John’s church in Bath in 2007.  He stayed over into 2008, and when the breeding tiercel left he assisted with rearing that year’s brood.  From 2009 until 2020 he was the breeding tiercel at Bath, siring 33 fledgers in that time.  He was called AA because that was the ‘call sign’ on his blue ring, having the distinction of being the first bird ringed in Ed Drewitt’s Blue Ring Peregrine Project under which we have ringed in excess of 250 peregrine pulli in the west/southwest regions since 2007.  We wish him well wherever his adventures take him.

No aggression displayed from falcon

Author/Images: Hamish Smith


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