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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- 12/05/20

Weather: A bright sunny morning but still with a chill in the air from the previous night.

09:00 - Buffering! I can't get the stream. I can see an adult is in the box but no details of what's happening. Another volunteer later tells me that GA is feeding the chicks.

09:07 - Technical issues over, I get connected just in time to see the adult leave.

09:08 - Three of chicks are currently huddled together. The fourth is waddling around the box. This one tries flapping its developing wings.

09:18 - A great pile of fidgety down had formed in the NE corner of the box as the chicks huddle for warmth and doze in the sun.

09:20 - Looking on the top down camera, I can see that their wings are coming into pin. This means that their proper flight feathers are starting to push through. As they emerge, they are sheathed. This is the pin feather.

09:35 - The chicks are still on their own in the box. Experience tells us that in all likelihood, one of the adults will be sitting on the spire above the box, keeping an eye on it. However, there is simply no way to confirm this. Every now and then one of the chicks tries going for a walk but almost immediately trips over one of its siblings.

09:53 - The chicks continue to doze and occasionally shuffle around their heap.

10:04 - Two of the chicks are currently looking a bit more restless and are sitting up preening.

10:07 - One of the more active chicks has a practice wing flap.

10:08 - Once again we have four chicks dozing in the sun.

10:10 - The chicks start calling and the shadow of a bird flashes across the box. One of the adults flying by? It certainly got the chicks' attention.

10:30 - The chicks continue to be a heap of slumbering down, with the occasional individual stumbling over its siblings before lying back down to continue dozing.

10:43 - A couple of the chicks sit up and preen, the other two remain prone. One of the chicks totters towards the camera.

10:46 - One of the chicks looks up and calls. Has it seen a parent fly by?

10:55 - More shuffling around and preening by the two most active chicks.

11:00 - Time for Sarah to take over, just as GA arrives with prey.

11.00 Chicks resting alone when GA arrives with a kill. Happy feeding session with lots of noise from the youngsters.

11.08 Chicks still being fed, some quite large bits going down too.

11.15 GA flies off with the kill remains leaving 4 well fed chicks looking rather non plussed! There are sort of sitting up, then huddle together at the back of the box.

11.31 Chicks are dozing alone.

11.47 Chicks are still alone.

12.06 Tiercel brings in prey to feed the chicks but it’s very small, maybe remains of something.

12.09 Tiercel sitting by the camera and calling. He flies off leaving the chicks alone.

12.48 All chicks dozing at the far end of the box.

12.58 Happy, well fed chicks still dozing.

12.59 Chicks are dozing. Adult calling nearby.

13.00 All 4 chicks are lying flat out in the far left hand corner.

13.05 One of the chicks is awake & moving itself out of the corner.

13.25 This chick has worked its way over to the near left corner.
           It is investigating the debris there & starting to preen itself too.

13.50 The chick has inched itself back into the corner with all its siblings & is flat out again

14.20 Adult peregrine calls heard over the microphone but the chicks don’t seem to have noticed. Will there be a feed soon?
14.30 GA flies in with a food item & proceeds to feed the chicks.
14.40 All 4 chicks have got full crops now.

14.45 GA moves to the far end to give more food to the chick at the back but it’s not really interested. She persists for a few attempts then decides to brood the 3 nearest chicks.

What a change a week makes to the size of the chicks and the state of the nest platform, which is now scattered with feathers with the sides stained white from the chick mutes

15.00 4 very well fed chicks and GA huddled up spire side at the far end of the platform

15.03 GA removes some prey from under her in in an attempt to make more room for the chicks but really the best she can do is act as some form of protective shield for them

15.31 GA called twice and looking up at the spire

16.00 GAStill on platform - standing upright above the chicks who are huddled together in the corner

16.42 GA looks up and starts intermittently calls for the next 15 minutes

Faint Peregrine calls can be heard from afar. The chicks remain hunkered down in the corner

16.56 GA goes and retrieves the prey which is in nest platform. She starts feeding the chicks three of whom accept food - maybe the fourth is the one that ate the leg and foot during the last feed. It’s crop certainly looks to be bulging. It has little interest in feeding but remains very active.

17.03 GA hops up onto the ledge calling and looking up.

17.10 I leave my watch - GA is still on the ledge calling - the chicks have settled back down in the corner

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