Saturday (14th) afternoon Update:
There wasn't much fledging action today, unfortunately, although most people saw at least one if not all three of the youngsters. The female insisted on sitting high up on the backside of a pinnacle out of view from the Watch Point and the male on Jurys Inn. At one point there was plenty of flapping from the two still in the nest...but will they fly soon or keep us waiting?
The video clip below was captured earlier this morning, and shows just how active the young birds can be (larger female on right, male on left).
Watch a similar clip here: http://youtu.be/UKY36l7x_mo
It was good to see plenty of new (and old) faces on The Green today including families from a school in Alfreton. Their teacher, Sarah Lewis, unable to bring a class down in school time, encouraged parents to bring their children today - and it worked a treat! Ian Layton gave them a short talk about the birds and of course they all had a look through the telescopes too. 1
By the next public Watch Point next Saturday it is fairly safe to say that we will have all three youngsters on the wing!
Photos from yesterday (Friday 13th)
Children from a local school walked over to the Watch Point and enjoyed a sunny morning there looking at the young (and old) peregrines. Photos by volunteer Joyce Sawford to whom many thanks:
|Ian and volunteer Steve Creswell point the children in the right direction|
|Getting to grips with the equipment!|
|This is what they saw - much flapping in progress!|
|The falcon (female, above) keeps an eye on her able fledgling!|