Monday, 3 March 2008
Peregrine above my office!
The Derbyshire Wildlife Trust offices are about 30 minutes drive from Derby city. They are situated in an old cotton mill in Belper. So it is not easy for me to get to Derby quickly - for example to catch the visiting ravens.
However, this morning a local bird watcher phoned up to say there was a peregrine sitting on the Mill itself, just above our offices.
We all dashed out and there it was - an immature bird sitting near the top of the mill, looking down on us!
While we've occasionally seen peregrines over and near the mill, this is the first time we've seen one perching on it.
The bird's head was browny grey suggesting it was an immature bird. It could possibly be a youngster from the 2006 cathedral progeny or maybe a bird from another inland nest (there are several pairs nesting on cliffs and quarries in Derbyshire). We couldn't see any colour rings so that would rule out one of the 2007 cathedral young.
Whether it stays or becomes a regular here remains to be seen.
Derbyshire Wildlife Trust (blogging in his lunch hour!)
On the raven front, I see they were present at the cathedral again today (Monday) - see Andy Simpson's comment.
Ravens are great birds in their own right.
Here's an excellent photo of a Welsh raven taken by top photographer Sue Tranter at Gigrin Farm in Wales where they gather with red kites at a feeding station.
Note their powerful beaks.......
More on ravens later!