Thursday, 5 July 2007
Amongst the comments left on the blog this morning were some concerns about our juvenile bird. Although both birds fledged nearly two weeks ago, they and their parents still come back to the nest ledge for quite long periods. But what about our bird today?- was she injured; was she OK; would somebody tell us . . .
. . well, we've watched and listened to her this morning and she seems fine. She spent some time lying down on the edge of the platform, just as she used to do before they fledged, and at one point her wing stuck up at a funny angle. Everyone's concerns were appreciated, but after a good check, we think she was, quite simply, just resting. Since around 11am local time she has been standing on the platform edge, watching the world go by, perhaps wondering when re-landscaping work on Cathedral Green would start.
Peregrines do spend an awful lot of time on one prominent point or another. She was probably resting between meals, not wanting to spoil her appetite before the next succulent blackbird, thrush or feral pigeon is readied, and perhaps also savouring a moment of the dry weather., too.
Thanks to everyone who posted a message in the comments - it's good to have such instant feedback from everyone, and it's clear there will be interest and activity for some considerable time yet.
Post-script: At 12:50pm Dad brought in a dead bird - almost certainly a pigeon - for our juvenile, who pounced upon it.
When will the juvenile get "adult" feathers? - probably in a couple of years when she's grown up a bit more and ready to pair up.