Saturday 23 March 2024

And then there were three....and now four!

Update Monday 25th: four eggs were spotted by Jean at 7am this morning with a photo of them on flickr.
Here's a video by Wendy which shows all four about 50 seconds in (and please see our note about making a donation at the foot of this post)
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The third egg, with more colour, was laid during Friday/Saturday night around 4am. as observed by Mrs. Lee.
This screengrab showing the smaller male looking at the eggs is by Helen Naylor:



A video by Wendy Barrter shows the three eggs this morning:




With luck egg number 4 will appear perhaps on Monday and then the serious task of incubation will start in earnest.

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58 comments:

Anonymous said...

It's so cold today, I really feel for her stuck on that ledge in the downpours.

Wendy Bartter said...

There have been a few of these noisy sessions today where the female seems so agitated and her and the male constantly on the lookout ... do you think they are alarmed about something out of our sight? A long vid to reflect their actions ...
https://youtu.be/R_Eu1xSFXGE

Wendy Bartter said...

Earplugs are advised!! It looks as if our female is objecting to being pushed off the eggs by her partner ... I saw him fly off shortly after (not on vid)
https://youtu.be/Twth_DGDC90?si=qn6_O3TtHMhkroXT

Anonymous said...

Maybe she's cranky because her injured foot hurts?

Wendy Bartter said...

Male brought her prey @ 18.59 (sorry, seems to be a sound fault) She managed to eat it Ok considering her foot is still bad!
https://youtu.be/p7Ni4ZrZaco?si=NShkaUDAYbHir6Zi

Anonymous said...

Is the female dead it certainly looks like it

Anonymous said...

No false alarm sorry

Anonymous said...

Both the webcams just went down at 6.48am.

Anonymous said...

Oh they're back now.

Anonymous said...

Just seen four eggs! :)

Anonymous said...

Yes- 4 eggs! Female on nest cam 2 feeding- she has certainly earned it!

Jean said...

Photo of 4 eggs and mum’s foot whilst having a feed!

Wendy Bartter said...

Marvellous news, was hoping to catch laying of this fourth egg but she was too early for me!

Wendy Bartter said...

Female flew at 09.15 revealing the FOUR eggs, latest one very pale again, but only away for four minutes ... cam #2 clock already set for BST!! Notice that the female still shows a marked brown tinge to her wing feathers in bright light ...
https://youtu.be/C1lnLwX1SYw

Kate said...

Yay!! well done all

Wendy Bartter said...

Female could not get the male to budge off the eggs for a long time (sorry no sound, have a recording fault)
https://youtu.be/A9nRTMeY92o

Now turn of the male to try and get female to let him on the eggs ... no luck!! (sound still off)
https://youtu.be/A2yh3TcK2H8

Wendy Bartter said...

A changeover when the male came in at 13.22 with no hassle!
https://youtu.be/JlI-jRGQdeE?si=47x0c6ZYT0DGoEpJ

Wendy Bartter said...

When female returns from her break the male jumps up & flies off immediately ...
https://youtu.be/1xLQxWqDedA?si=pUB1ruPAGxDTr412

Wendy Bartter said...

Two changeovers today, one from my tablet and other from laptop with new video recorder so we have sound!
https://youtu.be/vtSKy8wOvck?si=lSjCELT0N57KZbC5

https://youtu.be/AbmKW3mguSg?si=VXZHEiNGmBKTMasJ

Wendy Bartter said...

Our female was persistently noisy earlier this afternoon when she seemed to be calling to the male who was above her, maybe wanting him to take over incubation ... she left eggs uncovered as she perched on ledge for 10 minutes, seemed much longer, before returning to cover them as male did not come ... very good views of the inside of her mouth!!!
https://youtu.be/0cLDc-9k7xo

Wendy Bartter said...

Changeover today at 12.46 ...
https://youtu.be/wBmaZ9-0DNk?si=xvKqvOqhWgBvCsR3

Wendy Bartter said...

Changeover at 09.36 after Mum has a good break ...
https://youtu.be/ALkkJ5OiYjY

Some ins & outs through this Good Friday afternoon ...
https://youtu.be/7BXacgRkwDA

Dave Farmer said...

There was a documentary on BBC1 today called Suoerfast Falcon with loads of riveting facts and footage about Peregrines. Central to the program was being able to follow a male from hatching to fledging and beyond.

Hopefully, the program will feature on the BBC iPlayer. If you can catch it you're understanding and appreciation of this magnificent bird will soar to new heights :-).

Wendy Bartter said...

Sorry to have missed that Dave, was it a regional programme do you know as I couldn't find it in my list of programmes nor is it on iPlayer?

Wendy Bartter said...

Changeover this morning ... now not sure if male came in late or female returned to incubate?
https://youtu.be/bAl960BeAU8?si=XmuW3G1QLu3Z0WMx

Wendy Bartter said...

I may have found the programme here, an hour's viewing, hope this is same one as Dave watched?
https://dai.ly/x6k7fw9

Dave Farmer said...

That's the one.

Wendy Bartter said...

Another changeover at 15.42 ...
https://youtu.be/YNOOZLQ4DcU?si=ZFZ-jhDcsK0tqR8D

Wendy Bartter said...

That's good, not watched it yet, am saving for my 'book at bedtime'!

Peregrine Project Member (Nick M.) said...

@Frank from Alvaston: I am reposting my reply to your comment left on the 'Links and Sponsors' page as there was a delay in publishing it. I'm not sure which link you tried to click, but thank you for alerting us, and thanks for your interest in supporting us, too.
There are various ways you can donate - the best being simply to contact Derbyshire Wildlife Trust and specify that you would like to donate to "The Derbyshire Peregrine Project".
Further details on the "Donate" tab on our blog (at: https://derbyperegrines.blogspot.com/p/donate.html)
Please let us know if you encounter further problems.
Thanks, Nick M.

Wendy Bartter said...

Some changeovers today ...

Wendy Bartter said...

Sorry about that, published before I was ready! 😡
https://youtu.be/8n-zAQvoyLU?si=yq_3BOo571916iAs

Wendy Bartter said...

Our Male was quite content to do a long stint of incubating today, once he was settled he didn't want to move ...
https://youtu.be/dpjQHY45YRo?si=R0NYuBUY37z_laWk

Wendy Bartter said...

And he returned for another spell on the eggs later ...
https://youtu.be/zsWdxHM1jiI?si=LdJ9ViKQEEoh7lgh

Wendy Bartter said...

Male doing another long session on eggs today giving female a long break perched and preening ... he comes back later this evening for another go ...
https://youtu.be/LceFGVs62TE?si=IvpRvkpum9KnbNxD

Wendy Bartter said...

Some of today's changeovers ...
https://youtu.be/Z3HPOw4T39Y?si=eliE4kFZdCdQrMSY

Wendy Bartter said...

Female left eggs this morning for a 6 minute break ...
https://youtu.be/zBmVBkl73dE?si=8-6kS4qDel6jyWYE

Wendy Bartter said...

This afternoon the eggs were again uncovered for 34 minutes, hope weather is mild up there?
https://youtu.be/Zfd4mTXs0tU?si=eVcQbgAdOEmYoLHt

Mrs Lee said...

It's quite mild here Wendy but very windy. The wind is quite cold in places. Hopefully the eggs will be ok?

Mrs Lee said...

I've watched it Dave and it was fabulous! Moses is incredible isn't he!? It's a great insight into these beautiful birds. The lure training was unbelievable, 3km! Incredible isn't. Thank you for sharing

Wendy Bartter said...

We can only keep 🤞

Wendy Bartter said...

Our very keen male had to wait 30 minutes before the female was ready to move ...
https://youtu.be/-5-wFSabUUA?si=01mvYGghBft9qD3z

Anonymous said...

Just logged on for the first time this year. Nice to know we have four eggs. Wouldn't it be great if all of them hatch. Welcome back Wendy, you always do a good job keeping us all up to date. Looking forward to the next few weeks.

Wendy Bartter said...

Male does another reasonable spell of incubating ...
https://youtu.be/Vsop6Lcp8T0?si=0dFj3qyeWIfrN3RY

Wendy Bartter said...

Four changeovers between 12.11 and 18.05 ...
https://youtu.be/zdGW_HmMjC8?si=r1XCo0itCR7TBMXn

Wendy Bartter said...

Thanks Anonymous, I'm very fortunate to have the time to record actions that many others may miss due to work, family etc!

Wendy Bartter said...

Just seen this post on X (Twitter) about 035 a Derby reared youngster from 2018
https://x.com/DanielCMartin1/status/1777029496211665220

Mrs Lee said...

That is fabulous news Wendy! Good to see he's thriving

Anonymous said...

What is that in the wall below the nest

Anonymous said...

It's normally a pigeon nest.

Wendy Bartter said...

It is a pigeon sitting on eggs in their favourite place!

Wendy Bartter said...

Male comes in to take over incubation at 13.47 ...
https://youtu.be/eaeB6-uUAZ4?si=XZ4SH0ePOPpoPnUP

Wendy Bartter said...

A bit of footage from earlier this morning showing one pigeon's egg then our pair in the scrape at same time as pigeon on it's nest ...
https://youtu.be/IdaSUfYTeA8?si=Uj9FQs_LzSp9_40s

Wendy Bartter said...

Couple of changeovers from Day 17 (since fourth egg laid) so a fair while to go yet ...
https://youtu.be/blRDDBb4Sm4

Wendy Bartter said...

Day 18 and male was reluctant to let female take over this morning ...
https://youtu.be/1EGUo5gqpTQ

Straightforward changeovers this afternoon ...
https://youtu.be/MfgO1eKgf2Q

Wendy Bartter said...

Male not wanting female to takeover eggs again today ... maybe she enjoys her preening sessions on the ledge but she makes it plain when wanting him to move!
https://youtu.be/bZ2aA8Kc0Rk?si=FHV0PyL2yHZw9tJd

Wendy Bartter said...

Both parents were guilty of leaving eggs uncovered earlier this afternoon albeit not for too long ...
https://youtu.be/UZwL_uu5MlU?si=Xmti1xOy6atYy3Zf

Wendy Bartter said...

First chick hatched at FaB this morning ... https://twitter.com/FaBPeregrines