While they weren't looking, I put some fresh gravel on the nesting tray, since they had managed to lose most of it down the crack between the planks.This is a larger grade than before, so hopefully it will last longer.
Bella and Christopher Robin seemed happy enough with the extra gravel.
Bella soon made a new scrape in the middle.
Sometimes by shoveling the stones with her feet...
...and also by picking the odd stone up in her beak.
Choosing a name for the new female is something we've put a lot of thought into.
We can't name her Kanga, after the other female character in the A.A.Milne books, and other names which came up were Charlotte (after the new princess) and Lesley (the real life Christopher Robin's wife).
Our recently retired Churchwarden at Tewkesbury, Mary Green, suggested Bella, and living on a bell tower, we thought this was the most suitable.
Here she is inspecting the nesting tray.
(PS - I am working on getting audio on the clips. My first experiment proved somewhat crackly. I will try again.)
Our pair of peregrines are certainly making their presence felt! There is plenty of squawking, but there is no sign of any eggs being laid.
The new female.
Unlike some peregrine nesting sites, the nesting platform is not too
high up and is easily visible from the lawns at the east end of the
Abbey. This makes it an ideal place to see and photograph peregrines without a powerful telescope or a camera with a big lens.
If you have got the necessary camera equipment, then the results can be spectacular.
Bob Telford took this photograph of Christopher Robin with a starling.