Sunday, 27 March 2016

Blink and you will miss it!

CR made another very brief visit to the nesting tray.

If there is going to be any breeding this year, then it should have been well under way by now.

Maybe next year?

Mind you, there is still one peregrine, the female Bella, who is often seen on the tower. She is often on the east side of the tower just above the nesting tray. At night she seems to prefer roosting on the top of the buttresses on the west side of the tower.

Friday, 18 March 2016

Fleeting glimpses

The camera caught a brief glimpse of the male the other day.

It was rather too fleeting to be able to be clearly read the letters on the ring, but I am pretty sure it is CR.
(in case you are new to this story, then CR, aka Christopher Robin, fledged from Christchurch Cheltenham in 2010)

Another brief visit from CR, this time from camera 2...

Sunday, 13 March 2016

Looking promising

After many months, the video camera on the nesting tray has finally seen some promising peregrine action!

Both birds briefly visited the tray on Saturday, first the female and then the male, squawking excitedly to each other.

It's not easy to read the ring on the male, but it could well be CR (aka Christopher Robin). After a few seconds, Bella seems to chase him off though...
(If you can't see the video, it is also available here)

Camera 2 wasn't much help in reading the ring...

I will see if I can move it to a more useful position.

Thursday, 3 March 2016

Disappointingly quiet

It really is disappointingly quiet at the moment.

One bird is definitely around, and I think it might be the female, Bella.
Here she is on her usual night time perch on the north side of the tower, lit up by the floodlights.

I am just wondering if there is going to be any breeding this year after all.