Friday, 13 July 2018

It's Paddington!

In the same way that his dad CR has a name taken from children's literature, Christopher Robin, PDN's name had to come from another famous character with the same letters.


The cryptic clue in the last post relates to the three letter code which Brunel's Great Western Railway used for its locomotive depot at Old Oak Common near to its London Paddington terminus.

By the way, the leg ring with these letters was chosen from a bag that the Gloucester Raptor Monitoring Group brought with them when he was ringed. It's just a coincidence that the three letters allowed for this name!

Anyway, Paddington is now 32 days old and as you can see is very active. His white fluffy down is receding, and as his feathers grow, he is starting to look more and more like a peregrine.

On a more serious note, it has been reported that a drone was seen flying near the Abbey tower last Friday, July 6th. Peregrine Falcons are a highly protected species, and it is an offence to fly a drone anywhere near an eyrie between 1st February and 1st September each year. Also, drones must never be flown within 50 metres of a person, vehicle or building not under the pilot's control.

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