Wednesday, 20 May 2009

Chick Ringing

The ringing of our checks may be happening tonight, subject to fair weather.
The webcams will be off during this time, so the images may appear frozen from around 7pm local time.

As usual the police have been given prior notice, and our two ringers are both licenced and very experienced. And with 18 Wildlife Liaison Officers specifically charged with investigating wildlife-related crimes in Derbyshire, the last thing we want is to have someone report illegal activity around the nest site from halfway around the world.

The process is very quick and although the parents fly around the skies above calling continuously, they soon return - often within the hour.

20 comments:

Anonymous said...

Well, the cameras are stuck on 19.04, so I guess ringing is going on at the moment. Hope it goes well..
RJ

Terry, Herts UK said...

Good Luck!

Looking forward to the photos and story.

Anonymous said...

good luck with the ringing....the chicks look quite formidable now - even if they do still have their baby feathers!!

steph...canada

Phoebe said...

Good luck I hope the ringing goes well.

@ Project Team - Will there be a video or pictures of the ringing?

Anonymous said...

Can't wait to find out what we've got! Hope it all went well and not too much pecking....

Mary - Caerphilly, S Wales

Phoebe said...

They're back and mum is with them, well done the ringing team!

Terry, Herts UK said...

Meanwhile, dont miss

this

Anonymous said...

She looks very watchful - no sign of Dad around.....

Mary T - Caerphilly - S. Wales

Phoebe said...

The chicks aren't moving about much now but they will soon get over it.

Anonymous said...

Pax Canada1.16pm
Terry, saw that on our evening news last night, happened in Washington state, our neighbor to the south of us.
Mum is on the ledge watching over her chicks

Audrey - London said...

Just for info..the Indystar (Indianapolis) babes were banded on 19th and one of the females was named 'IndyFroona' in memory of the delightful lady.
(apologies if this info has been posted before)

wayne1984 said...

the ringing was a sucsess as far as i am aware. i was down the green watching. from what i can gather there is two males and two females, i am sure that the team will correct me if i am wrong. the male did disapear but the female was very vocal, and was flying around for the fajority of the time. good views given, well done team.

Phoebe said...

Good new Wayne thanks for the info. Nice to have two of each.

Well done to the ringing team!

Fiona Arrowsmith said...

Fantastic news about the ringing, i'm so glad that it went well and mum is back with the little ones. You see, a lot happens when you nip out to Tesco!

Project Member (Derby Cathedral) said...

Just to report that the ringing went well and to confirm that it is believed that we have two males and two females. At least the rain held off. More reports and photos will be made available in due course. Mum was back on the tray within half and hour of us leaving the tower. Thanks go to the ringers for their successful work this evening.
Tony

Phoebe said...

Thanks Tony - Good to hear all went well, we are looking forward to seeing pictures etc.

I see Mum and Dad are here now. They are such good parents!

Terri said...

Phew. Glad it all went well in the end. 2 boys and 2 girls, how lovely.

Sue in Bucks (Scout) said...

Back from law school, just about to start the cake making and whoa! the ringers have completed their task. Well done all, rather you than me (it must be one of the more "extreme ringing" scenarios - what with the abseiling etc) If it's not too indelicate a question, how are peregrine chicks sexed? I thought it was hard to tell with birds without disecting. Or maybe you just have to go on size?
I was green with envy to hear you have so many Wildlife Officers in the Derbyshire police - that's about 18 more than the Thames Valley force has.
Thanks to all on the previous blog for directions to Jury's - I didn't think of actually looking at the map.
... and I STILL can't see the spider (maybe the ringers really did take a duster with them)
Our chicks are currently huddled in the right hand corner. Mum's keeping watch perched on the lip of the tray - has she given up trying to brood them?
Right, now to make that cake.

Fiona Arrowsmith said...

well it's a lovely sunny morning in Derby, I can't be sure but it looks like dad is keeping a watchful eye over the 'little big' ones this morning. It all looks very peacuful in the East wing, lovely to see them all snoozing and relaxed after the evenings events!

Anonymous said...

you put the ring on the place could you not get it around there necks