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Norwich Peregrines Nest Activity Log- 29/05/20

May 29, 2020 Norwich Peregrine Blog Zoe Smith
Sunny day. Wind 13km/hr. Temperature 15 degrees 09.00. Chicks were fed at 07.30 with what looked like a pigeon.They are now all awake and all of them are busy preening. They are now loosing a great deal of their down as they preen. This can be seen blowing…

Norwich Peregrines Nest Activity Log- 28/05/20

May 28, 2020 Norwich Peregrine Blog Zoe Smith
Weather: A beautiful, cloudless late May morning, warming up rapidly. 7.30 ish Chicks were fed. 11:00 - We begin this morning with the four chicks, looking enormous now, lined up at the front of the box. The three nearest the camera are in the shade, the one…

Norwich Peregrines Nest Activity Log- 27/05/20

May 27, 2020 Norwich Peregrine Blog Zoe Smith
7:19 The first view of the day is of the four chicks lying around the platform. No sun at this point. 7:20 A head comes up…. ….then everybody stirs as the Tiercel arrives with food. 7:23 All going well on the feeding, although TC is quite literally in the…

Norwich Peregrines Nest Activity Log- 11/05/20

Weather is sun alternating with cloud, very breezy.  Wind very noisy today

08:10 Overcast and breezy today. As the shift starts the chicks are all huddled together in the far corner of the platform.

08:23 Tercel arrives and begins to feed himself off the kill lying in the box. He moves the kill closer to the chicks and begins to feed them.


08:35 The chick at the back of the pack doesn’t seem to be getting fed. Hope it’s ok!

08:45 Tercel moves into the gap between the chicks and the edge of the platform and settles down - on top of the remains of the kill!

09:02 Tercel gives a small feed to the chick that missed out before, then flies off. Chicks huddle together and doze off!

09:23 Tercel returns to the platform and again tries to feed the small chick at the back,

09:35 Tercel leaves towards the East.

09:47 Tercel back on the platform again feeding the all 4 chicks.

09:53 Tercel suddenly flies off to the east. 

09: 58 Tercel lands on the platform ledge by the camera, Stays there for a good 20 minutes. 

10:18 The chicks have a little positional rearrangement before settling down again. Tercel jumps down into the box to feed them from scraps around the platform, before settling down between them and the edge of the platform.

11.00:- Cooler windy day, with chicks huddled together in the sunshine. Male in attendance

11.01:- Female arrives. Male immediately departs

11:03 GA comes in and the tercel flies off just as the shift is changing!

11.04:- Female departs

11.45:- Chicks becoming restless

12.12:- Male returns then leaves quite rapidly

12.23:- Male returns and stands on the edge of the nest, possibly looking for prey

12.30:- Leaves, quickly returns and leaves

12.52:- Male returns with semi prepared prey item. White primary feathers removed, then feeding chicks. Still feeding at our handover

13.00  GA is in the NE corner, feeding her noisy and hungry chicks.  White wing feathers blowing about the box, possibly seagull?

13.05  Active feeding of all chicks continues

13.11  Tiercel arrives, GA departs with most of the remains of the prey, but leaves a small portion, which tiercel starts to feed to chicks, then settles with them in the corner, partially sheltering them from the E wind

13.16  GA returns, tiercel departs.  Presumable GA wanted a bit of peace and quiet to feed herself.  She heads for corner and covers the chicks, more effectively than the tiercel due to her larger size

13.19  Settled in the corner

13.22  Chicks cheeping, but she remains firmly brooding, resting on the wing edges and tail, to create a larger space beneath

13.34  It's clouded over, no shadows.  The peregrine family is quiet

13.35  Looking up

13.50  Tiercel returns, extremely briefly, GA screeches at him. He stays all of 5 seconds and departs as quickly as he arrived.  GA stays put on chicks in the corner

14.01  GA still brooding in the corner, bits of fluffy chicks just visible

14.04 GA screeching, looking around.  Chicks start cheeping, then they all settle again

14.06  Tiercel returns, with prey.  GA tugs prey forcibly from Tiercel, had a quick feed herself then heads for the chick corner

14.08  GA starts feeding chicks

14.11  Smallest chick is almost buried under its bulkier siblings, who gobble and cheep

14.12  GA moves over to smallest chick, catching her foot in the prey ( a drumstick with foot attached);  she shakes herself free and starts feeding the little one, who looks active and interested

14.14  GA feeds herself, then flies off with prey

14.15 Chicks huddle in the corner of the litter-strewn nest box

14.16 Tiercel returns, preyless, heads for the pile of chicks but makes only a half-hearted attempt to cover them.  Will he be left in peace?

14.17  No!  The big girl is back in the box, and off he flies while she takes over the brooding.  She's better adapted for it than her more compact mate, on a chilly windy day like today

14.20  GA jiggling and chicks feebly cheeping in protest

14.24  Peregrine noises off

14.28  More jiggling and cheeping

14.39  One chick is dozing next to its mother, the others are covered

14.48  One chick has wriggled out, defaecates across the box then takes cover again

14.53  The shadow moves across the box, as GA broods peacefully

14.59  GA brooding in the NE corner

15.00, just taken over from Julia with GA sheltering her young from that horrible cold wind, tucked away in the shadows. 

15.26, GA eventually has a little look around, can't see much happening, after how much the chicks had to eat at 14.00.

15.54, last chance view of the the chicks. 

16.00, handing over to Eileen. 

16.00 GA Brooding/sheltering the chicks facing away from camera against spire.

16.05 GA leaves chicks, momentarily perches on S.E. corner of platform and flies off.
           Chicks remain huddled together in the corner to keep warm from the cold wind.

16.25 Chick at rear tries to get into the huddle, whilst others remain still.

16.30 Chick at the rear now snuggled in and all chicks are settled. They remain like
           this until Tiercel arrives at 17.00 with avian prey.


17.16 Feed completed. Tiercel attempts to brood and shelter the chicks in the far
          corner up against the spire. They all huddle together but only three can be
          covered by him. They are constantly jiggling around trying to get underneath

Thank you to today’s volunteers; Richard Edwards, Julia Leach, Graham Long, Eileen Wyatt