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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- 18/05/20

The weather is sunny 22C, wind WSW 11mph

08:00 Shift starts with a large feathery mound of chicks in the far corner of the platform. GA flying around, calling but not in view.

08:17 Tercel comes in with a kill, GA swoops past the box then, as the Tercel moves to the side closest to the camera, GA lands next to him, steals the kill and flies off!! At which point the Tercel leaves! A couple of the chicks are looking disappointed!

08:35 GA lands with a kill and begins to feed the chicks. The three largest seem to be dominating the feed. The chick from the back pushes its way through and finally gets fed.

08:52 Feed over, GA jumps up onto first the ledge, then the camera!

08:55 One of the chicks (TB) moves to the closer side of the box as all four settle down for a post feed preen snooze.

09:20 GA flies in, then flies off again! A couple of the chicks look disappointed that there wasn’t another feed!

09:30 One of the chicks wandering (with difficulty) around the platform, chewing on kill remains.

09:40 Daily exercise as they all seem to be wandering around, stretching their legs before setting down in different parts of the box.

11:00 For the rest of the shift, there’s a variant on sleeping/wandering around/chewing on remains/looking about/stretching wings from all four of the chicks at different times.

11.00:- No adults present. Chicks largely getting their heads out of the sun

11.15:-Some wing stretching

11.20:- chicks now large enough to look over the nest walls to the visible landscape

11.55:-Adult birds sound to be nearby

13.00:-Still no adults

13.00  The chicks are alone in the box, have not fed for over an hour.  TD, TB and TC at the front of the box, TA in the back corner near the microphone.  TD and TA are panting, TB and TC asleep, pancaked separately in the heat with their heads in the scarce shade

13.01  TA calling, wakes TC up.  TC promptly defaecates

13.07  Only TA wake and panting.  She often seems the most alert. 

13.14  TA starts preening, after which she jostles TC, then walks across him to the front of the box, where she peers over to the empty playing fields

13.15  TA now treading on TB, whose developing tail feathers are nicely visible.  TC is preening.  TA squawks.  TC wakes

13.21  GA appears extremely briefly on the ledge, no prey, looks at the chicks and flies off after about three seconds

13.24  All chicks are panting. 

13.28  TB, TD, TA awake at front of the box, TC asleep in the corner

13.29  Adult peregrine call heard, but none appears

13.36  After some brief preening from TB and TD, only TD is upright now.  She moves into a patch of shade then thinks better of it and goes back to her original position

13.40  TB and TC are showing their rings on extended legs, and there's a good view of TA's dark pin feathers emerging from their sheaths.  TD nibbles at remains of prey

13.43  TA is awake and moving around the most, preening her undercarriage, wings and tail

13.52  Enough wind to disturb the prey feathers lying around in the box

13.55  TB awake, the rest flat out in their corners

14.00  Chicks now alone and unfed for over 3 hours.  TB flaps wings and stalks across the box

14.03  TA the wakeful one stretches her wings

14.13  TA preening

14.18  TA pancakes - they are all flat out now

14.30  All flat out with good view of emerging pin feathers

14.32  TA and TC awake again then TA to back of box

14.39  TA snuggles up to TC in the NW corner

14.43  Tiercel arrives with partially plucked pigeon and a stain on his white breast feathers.  Starts to feed TB and TD

14.46 Tiercel feeds himself briefly, then returns to the job of feeding his hungry family

14.50  TA has now joined in the feed and TC is thinking about it, and eventually joins the fray

14.55  Chick at the back (TB or TD) has a full crop and a slightly glazed expression, sinks down to digest

14.59  Rest of chicks are advancing on Tiercel in their eagerness to be fed.  He is being backed into the SW corner with his tail sticking over the edge of the parapet, which is where I hand over to Graham

15.02, Just taken over from Julia, with the Tiercel feeding his chicks. 

15.03,Tiercel leaves with the remains of the carcass. 

15.06, chick exercises it's wings, can really see it's flight feathers appearing. 

15.06, the width of that chick, surely it must be female. 

15.11, here we go, that chick at back is going to be trouble. 

15.20 - 15.24, preen time, followed by sleep time! 

15.27, me, started dusting. 

15.46, three chicks fast asleep, the other one on look out. 

16.00, shift finished, handing over to Eileen. 

16.00 Having been fed all the chicks are asleep at the rear of the platform The chicks wake intermittently to preen or defecate and then return to sleep.

16.14 From the top camera it can be seen, even at this age how big the chicks are in elation to the size of the platform and why the platform needs to be as large asit is.The chicks continue to intermittently preen and return to sleep

16.45 the chicks in either corner of the platform appear to look smaller than the other two (the male).

16.47 Tiercel returns with prey. He feeds the chicks briefly then flies off two minutes later leaving a bony wing with some flight feathers attached but very little meat on.

16.50 One chick is pecking at the bony piece of wing trying to glean some meat from it, but there is virtually nothing to get

16.56 The same chick is still trying to get meat from the bone

16.57 Another chick is picking up and dropping a feather

16.58 The first chick is still nibbling at his bone 

17.00 All chicks awake at the end of the shift.

Thank you to todays volunteers; Keith Gerrard, Julia Leach, Graham Long and Eileen Wyatt