Wednesday, 12 June 2013

2013 No breeding attempt

The nest tray and camera was installed in February, and the birds were occasionally seen in the tray in March.  The female spent quite a lot of time in the nest tray scraping on 20th/21st March and it seemed egg-laying was imminent.  We then had some very unseasonal weather and the nest tray (and everything else) was covered in several inches of snow which took many days to clear due to very low temperatures.  We assumed that this pair would attempt to nest later but, alas, it proved not to be.  Bob and I took the nest tray and camera was taken down again earlier this week, to allow the architect and workmen access again to survey and inspect the spire, which will need the top 4 or 5 metres taking off and rebuilding next year.  We hope that the Peregrines will nest here again in 2015 onwards.

Monday, 2 July 2012

Another successful breeding season.

The Grantham peregrines have had another fantastic breeding season and three young have fledged.
The success of the website and the teamwork of the Church and Bird Club is in no small way due to the hard work of a dedicated team of helpers.
Many thanks to them all, especially Lynda, Elaine, Val and Derek at St Wulframs and Andrew and Alan from the Lincs Bird Club.
Here's to 2013.
Bob Sheppard.

Tuesday, 19 June 2012

19th June - Juv and Male on the Spire

One of the juv birds (one of the young females?)perched up above the nest tray.

And, the male bird keeping watch....

Both images sent in by Kevin Everton.

19th June - Female Peregrine

Kevin Everton's images of the female peregrine taken on 18th June 2012. Please send any images to the email address and we will upload them to the blog - Thanks!!

Monday, 18 June 2012

18th June - Still about!

The birds may not be spending much time in the nest tray, but they clearly still about! (The buff tips to the wing feathers indicate this is a young bird.)

Queen's Birthday Honours

The rescue of the male Peregrine chick by Bob demonstrates his total commitment to his work for conservation, and it is very fitting that Bob received recognition, being awarded the British Empire Medal in the Queen's Birthday Honours.    Congratulations.

Saturday, 16 June 2012

first flight failure !

An exciting day for our young male chick.
I received a call from Rev June at the church to say there was a chick on the ground.
A half hour drive through the Grantham Carnival traffic saw me gloved up and ready to grab!
After a brisk walk up the staircase I popped him back with his big sisters!
So all is well (until he does it again!)