Tuesday, 24 December 2019

Happy Christmas!

I've put a bit of gravel on the tray to make the peregrines feel at home for Christmas!

It will need topping up with some more gravel once the birds have stopped throwing it over the edge!

It's a bit early for a proper courtship display, but this shows that they are getting on well together.

Everything is looking good for the 2020 breeding season.

Sunday, 22 December 2019

Where's all the gravel gone?

Peregrines don't make a nest like many birds. They simply make a scrape in whatever material there is.

To this end, I put some gravel (actually smooth sided shingle from a local garden centre) in the tray. 

Last year's spent gravel was removed some months ago, but I haven't replenished it as we were hoping to replace this old wooden tray. Unfortunately due to circumstances beyond my control, the new tray will have to wait for another year.

Here is the male Christopher Robin (CR) wondering where the gravel has gone!

Don't worry, it will all be back in a few days!

Sunday, 8 December 2019

Midwinter courtship

This is usually a very quiet time of the year for the peregrines, so it was really great to see both birds on the nesting tray displaying to each other.

Plans to replace this old tray in time for the 2020 breeding season have had to be postponed. This means that the tray will now need servicing and new gravel added. Hopefully this will be done over the next few weeks.