UPDATE Saturday afternoon (14th): please see the following blog post.
Two photos from this morning: one shows the first fledged bird on top of a pinnacle and the other the two remaining birds on the platform. The colour ring numbers were 026, 027 and 028 with probably two males and one female.
|Remaining two getting warm in the morning sun.....|
|First fledger high up above the nest|
When I arrived at 9 am, all was quiet. Often, if a juvenile has flown and landed somewhere precarious, the female flies about overhead and is very restless.
This morning she sat calmly and for long periods above the platform with the male close by.
Then, she suddenly flew down to the nave roof, something I've never seen her do in nine years. So, putting two and two together, it seems almost certain that the fledged youngster is on the roof. It will be quite safe there and if the female (the falcon) is happy to go down to feed it, we can relax for the time being anyway.
We weren't expecting any fledging for perhaps another week. Usually the youngsters spend days (and days!) flapping and strenthening their wings with us all on tenterhooks wondering if they will fly.
How soon the other two follow suit we'll just have to wait to find out. It could be tomorrow or not for a week!
Certainly, if anyone sees a bird actually fly off then please post a comment.....we usually pick these up pretty quickly since they appear in our email inboxes.
|Three years ago, this female came down on a low wall|
Watch Point THIS SATURDAY (14th) - if you can get to Derby this Saturday morning for the watch point it could be interesting.....anytime 10.30 to about 1pm, weather looking good too! It's free and everyone is welcome!
A fine photo of an adult taken recently by Cliff Pearson - many thanks Cliff!
Nick B (DWT)