It was a quiet day in all respects. We had around 60 visitors during the session. The female peregrine spent quite a while perched on the waterspout by the pudding cam or on the pinnacle above, giving good views between rain showers. The male was absent for most of the session, being seen briefly at around 11.00 escorting 2 buzzards off to the Northeast. He returned briefly during a rain shower at around 12.30 before heading off to the North. From about 11.30 the female spent most of her time brooding the chicks to protect them from the inclement weather but at around 13.00 she too flew off purposefully over the Assembly Rooms before returning from the North with a pigeon, followed closely by the male – the assumption being that he had caught the bird and passed it to his mate out of our sight.
We left with the female feeding the chicks who could be seen quite clearly. Hopefully, by next weekend, the chicks will be big enough to be regularly seen well from the Watchpoint rather than the brief glimpses we have been getting.
Thank you to all those who turned up to see these birds in such indifferent weather and a big thank you to Celia and Helen for their help running the Watchpoint.