However, even though the most advanced of the three has lost 90% of its white fluff, it will be some time yet before fledging occurs.
Before then we can expect days of flapping by our trio......they need to exercise and strengthen their wing muscles before putting them to use.
There will be times when it becomes difficult to see that there are still three chicks on the platform and no doubt we'll get worried emails advising us that one of them has certainly fledged.
Usually the 'fledged bird' suddenly reappears, walking down from some high-up vantage point out of reach of the web cams! However, we will be keen to get reports when, finally, one does indeed fly off from the platform and make its maiden flight should anyone happen to see that.
In four of the previous eight years it has been necessary for us to rescue birds that had come down to the ground. The heavier female chicks are more prone to this than the smaller and lighter males - though one of the latter appeared outside a local pub one morning looking very much as if it was trying to get in!
We took him back to the top of the tower for a second attempt at flying - and he was fine.
|Was this young male after a drink or breakfast?|
|Soon boxed up, he was ready for a second attempt from the tower top|
|What's that guy doing trying to grab my legs?|
Our Watch Point events are well underway, organised by Ian Layton. The public ones take place each Saturday morning until the end of June (though today's was rather a washout).
|A very local school can walk to the Watch Point |
and will be coming again next week
So this is a busy time.....it's all hands to the pump!
New Book - a new book called Urban Peregrines by Ed Drewitt has just been published and we'll be reviewing it on the blog soon. If you just can't wait to buy a copy, you can do so via Pelagic Publishing - http://www.pelagicpublishing.com/urban-peregrines.html .
|Get the street-wise title design?|
Ed has been very helpful to this project almost since its inception. He's particularly adept at identifying even the smallest and most indistiguished feather for us! His website is at
Nick B (Derbyshire Wildlife Trust)