Thursday, 19 June 2014

Last one goes (Thursday 19th at 3.07pm)

Update Sunday 22nd June: a busy Watch Point yesterday which carried on umtil nearly 3pm because people kept coming just as we were about to pack up! Plenty of bird action too with two of the three juvs in view back on the cathedral above the nest and both parents visible on and off. At one point the falcon brought in some food and was chased about by two very noisy juvs. She dropped the prey deliberately to encourage them to cathc it but they failed. Her attempt to retrive the falling bird before it hit the deck also failed....and the bird dropped to earth feet away from punters enjoying a quiet drink in the outdoor beer garden behind The Dolphin pub....much to there bemusement! the corpse was hastily retrieved and deposited in a waste bin. Thanks to our volunteers and to Joel and Sandra from Rolls-Royce who stood on Irongate enticing passersby to go and see the birds.
Don't forget to make a donation to support the project and keep it running. Get the details by scrolling down to an earlier post. NB

The last juvenile has flown....watched by several web cammers including Mrs. Lewis' class from Alfreton. Many thanks everyone for alerting us - we'll nip down soon and check where he ended up! The other two were on top of Jurys Inn this morning - so they are still both OK.
Norma's screen grab showing departing juv top centre
A trip downtown circa 5pm showed the two juvs on Jurys' roof but no sign of the third bird. However the parents seemed very relaxed so I'm sure it's up there somewhere...maybe even on Jurys already.
Interesting to check the clustr map on the blog and see that we've had 20 hits from Brazil - far more than usual.....some Derby based England fans must also be peregrine fans methinks! Nick B (DWT).
Update Friday evening: all thre juvs seen by Christine which bodes well for tomorrow's Watch Point. NB.
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So, that's that for the time being. We'll keep you updated as best we can and you may well see birds on the nest and above too occasionally in the coming days.

A few things to mention:

1. Please donate to the project to keep it running - scroll down to the previous post for details. And a big 'thank you' to those how have donated already - it is much aprpeciated!

2. Come along to the Watch Point this Saturday morning (21st) to see the youngsters learning to fly and hunt.
Be sure to have a delicious Bakewell tart and a coffee in the Cathedral shop opposite the main entrance and look for the green men that stare down at you by the sides of the west door....they are very nearly 500 years old!

3. Think also about coming the following Saturday (June 28th) when there will be three short Guided Walks starting at the Watch Point to show you some of the other great urban wildlife in the vicinity - details to follow.



White letter hairstreaks live close by......
Swifts nest in nearby properties
4. If you live locally, consider joining the Derbyshire Wildlife Trust. To find out more about what the Trust does visit the website - www.derbyshirewildlifetrust.org.uk . If you live further afield - you might join your own local trust - visit www.wildlifetrusts.org/your-local-trust .

Nick B (DWT)

22 comments:

Caroline said...

Falcon on scrape and tiercel on gargoyle. Both calm so guess fledgling must be somewhere safe. Wildlife tours sound great, Nick.

Jean said...

Dad is in the scrape so hope mum is keeping an eye on juvie no.3 !

Julia said...

Awwww sad that I missed him fly but glad he has. What am I going to do with myself now

Caroline said...

Falcon just arrived with prey on gargoyle nearest top cam. She had her beak open with the effort. Tiercel on gargoyle beyond. Busy, busy still.

Caroline said...

Juvie just turned up for food while she's plucking. I wondered how soon she'd be mobbed.

Lorraine said...

Just a BP image of my visit to the Peregrine watch point in Plymbridge Woods today ( info posted under older posts )

Made a healthy donation before I set off home, but the team called me back and gifted me a beautiful enamel brooch pin ( made from an image of the resident falcon ) Was really chuffed.

I came across the huge metal Peregrine statue atop a 12ft high pole in the woods! It's beautiful.

I see the tiercel is now chilling out on the scrape ledge. Well done old boy, another job well done!

Norma Duce said...

First morning with an empty scrape!
Hope you manage to see the little fella today Nick & let us know if he's ok!
If anyone's feeling lost now they've all gone, please look at Chichester's 2 youngsters who's first appeared on May 19th!.
I also keep an eye on them as my daughter lives nearby, and sadly they never have any comments on their blog!

Julia said...

I miss them Norma so ill take a look

Caroline said...

Well done for getting that screen grab of the fledgling departing yesterday, Norma. Blink of an eye! Adult in scrape just now moving gravel with its chest as in the days before the eggs were laid. The tiercel did a bit of gravel-shovelling yesterday. Seems there is such a thing as empty nest syndrome? Though the parents' job isn't over yet with three hungry chicks on the go.

Anonymous said...

Bird on box at 10:48!

from chritine said...

All 3 juveniles present and correct on cathedral! 2 on water spout and one on pinacle! From Christine

Lorraine said...

Can see tiercel on scrape ledge, two birds on the tower ( one a juvie ) and another flying around.
Weekend weather set to be good for watch point tomorrow. Also gentle on the little one, whilst it gets it's bearings and settles into it's new routine.

Gosh, it's been hot today - could do with some rain( only kidding!)

from christine said...

All 3 juveniles are flying well! Dwn at cathedral now! From Christine

Nick B (DWT) said...

Thanks Christine - good to hear that!
Nick B

Karen Wylde said...

Norma I've placed comments on the Chichester's blog but they don't seem to show so I'm not sure if it working correctly. The only trouble I've got watching those 2 beautiful chicks is the camera will not play on my iPad which is a shame.
Christine thanks for the update it's great to know they are all ok and flying well

Helen said...

As I left the watch point yesterday afternoon the third juvenile was sitting on top of a block of flats across the river. It made lots of noise as a heron circled above it!

Lorraine said...

Love all the flickr pics, each and every one. Thanks to you all :)

Julia said...

Been down to the cathedral today. Saw a couple of chases and then a midair exchange. Really enjoyed it

christine said...

2 juveniles on webcam 2 at the Moment!

Lorraine said...

Two juvies on webcam 2 (tower ledge) all morning, just waiting for a food delivery. Get out there lazybones and let Mum teach you about midair exchanges!

Phoebe said...

All three juvies on the tower and the teircel on the scrape right now. Good to see them all again.

Anonymous said...

All 3 juvies fit and well on cam 2 at 14.57