Sunday, 8 June 2008
Hot and busy
We've had a long, hot and very busy day at the watch point and I trust everyone who managed to come and have a look at the birds 'for real' had a good time despite the fencing and the absence of any grass to spread out on!
Special thanks to the many volunteers and the two DWT staff members who helped out...without you it wouldn't have been possible!
During the day we saw the falcon (the female) flying low over our heads with a large prey item dangling from her feet and later, chasing off a passing buzzard (at least three drifted past the tower during the morning plus a hobby too) .
The tiercel (the male) although absence for long periods ('he'll be likely having a pint in the pub' is my standard reply to 'where's the male then?') he did finally appear midday with food and fed the young standing on the platform edge.
The youngsters showed well (we could often see the red colour rings on their legs when they stood on the edge of the platform) and there were several bouts of wing flapping and making their begging calls when they were hungry and eager to be fed.
It was good to see some folk who had been down in previous years and many new faces too. We had a low level telescope set up for the many children who came along. They were seeing a peregrine for the very first time in their little lives.
We also had a visit from an elderly gentleman in a wheelchair who had apparently been pestering his daughter to take him to 'see the birds'!
Apparently extracts from the DVD were being shown on the Big Screen in the Market Place nearby where the rest of the environmental fair was taking place.
The watch point will continue to run everyday for the next few weeks, 11 am to 1.30/2 pm depending on volunteer stamina and the weather....
Nick B (DWT)
Ps. The second photo, was taken today by watch-point visitor Nikki M. It shows the female flying away from the tower and one of the youngsters behind her, an unusual shot, thanks Nikki!
Pps. Incidentally I've just managed to get 10 minutes of live streaming viewing, admittedly minus sound - though there wouldn't have been much anyway at that moment.
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