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.
Tuesday, 19 June 2012
Monday, 18 June 2012
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
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!)
Friday, 8 June 2012
In two weeks time they will be taking their first short flights on the church roof!
Saturday, 2 June 2012
Monday, 28 May 2012
The chicks are now quite mobile and have been off exploring the walkway around the base of the spire. They do not spend much time in the nest tray, perhaps because they go on to the north side of the tower where there is more shade. They come back to the tray occasionally and the photograph below shows one being fed by dad early this morning.
Friday, 25 May 2012
Thursday, 24 May 2012
Monday, 21 May 2012
Friday, 18 May 2012
Thursday, 17 May 2012
Monday, 14 May 2012
Sunday, 13 May 2012
Friday, 11 May 2012
Thursday, 10 May 2012
Change Over-time at St Wulfram's Church - 10th May 2012. The female returns and then the male leaves....
Posted by Andrew P. Chick at 13:44
The male bird attempting to cover and incubate ALL three chicks on the 10th May and struggling! Very windy today at the top of St Wulfram's Church!
Posted by Andrew P. Chick at 13:41
Wednesday, 9 May 2012
Tuesday, 8 May 2012
Monday, 7 May 2012
Sunday, 6 May 2012
Friday, 20 April 2012
Tuesday, 17 April 2012
Monday, 16 April 2012
Thursday, 12 April 2012
The female will spend most of her time incubating until the chicks hatch around May 6th. She will then brood them for a fortnight. During this six week period it is the male's job to catch the food and bring it to the nest. He will occasionally incubate, but not for long periods.
Here the female is probably communicating with him as he perches out of picture above her.
Sunday, 8 April 2012
When birds are incubating 24 hours a day, with the female doing most of the donkey work, then they can doze off and not be too aware of what is happening underneath them. Tonight, one of the eggs has rolled out and will need to be covered soon before it chills!
Wednesday, 4 April 2012
After many rain soaked hours, when the female wouldn't budge, the sun came out and she went for a fly round the tower enabling me to get a shot of the fourth egg. This should be the full clutch now. Ahead there will be a long month for us ( and the birds ) whilst we wait for the hatch.
We have had 25mm of rain over the past eighteen hours and our peregrine female can't shed all that! She won't mind being soggy as long as the eggs are warm and dry. This is where an experienced bird like ours shows her skills as a mother.
The tray is specially designed to shed excess rain water through slots in the front.
It is possible that she has laid a fourth egg but we shan't know until the rain stops and she moves around.
Good to see our webcam watchers in Canada and the Netherlands have been watching this week.
Tuesday, 3 April 2012
Monday, 2 April 2012
Incubation has begun, although she has not yet finished laying her full clutch (we are assuming that she will lay a fourth egg). It is usual for Peregrines to begin sitting after laying the penultimate egg. Even the male knows that they should now be incubating, as he took a turn today! Note that he is much smaller than the female.
Sunday, 1 April 2012
The female often leaves her eggs whilst she has a fly round the spire. They are safe from predators as one of the pair will be keeping watch. Woe betide any crow or buzzard that even tries to fly past the church in all innocence!
The peregrines will start incubating seriously when the clutch is nearly complete. This is the way they get the chicks to hatch out within a day or two of each other.
Saturday, 31 March 2012
Relieved to see the falcon back this morning. She left the eggs for a very long time overnight. We can only hope that as she is experienced, she knows what she's doing. She will ensure that the eggs don't chill completely, or get too hot, until she starts incubating properly which may begin immediately after the third egg is laid. The pictures below show that at night, under infra-red, (which the camera automatically changes to in darkness) the eggs appear white.
Friday, 30 March 2012
Thursday, 29 March 2012
It is normal for the female to leave the egg(s) at this early stage. She may be away for a couple of hours. She will cover the clutch during rain showers (or if it gets too hot!). Should a crow be foolish enough to get too close there will be a swift return to safeguard her eggs.
Eggs are laid at 2 to 3 day intervals. In fact it can be as accurate as every 57 hours.
Posted by Andrew P. Chick at 08:20
Wednesday, 28 March 2012
The female bird spent much of the day shading her single egg while temperatures at St Wulfram’s soar....
If you are thinking about visiting St Wulfram's, then the Coffee Shop opening details are Saturday's between 10.00am and 1.00pm (until Easter) and the after Easter the opening times are: Wed, Thurs and Friday 10.00am - 4.00pm and Saturday 10.00am - 1.00pm.
Posted by Andrew P. Chick at 13:47
A very short video showing the female Peregrine at St Wulfram's Church with the first egg.
Posted by Andrew P. Chick at 09:02
Tuesday, 27 March 2012
Bob picked the right morning to visit the church today - he was obviously better at predicting the first egg than I was yesterday! First egg was laid at 10:28 this morning and the act was spotted by Elaine, the Assistant Church Administrator as she passed the TV screen on her way to the photocopier. If all goes to plan the second egg may be expected around 7 pm on Thursday.
We seem to have an intermittent problem with the webcam feed which we are trying to resolve so please bear with us. Note the time has been changed this morning to BST.