And the winning names are…

The poll to name our two female chicks closed yesterday.  The votes have been counted and verified and the winners are…

Amelia and Gwendolen!

Amelia and Gwendolen compare rings

Amelia and Gwendolen compare rings

We received 1,247 votes in just one week and Amelia came top of the poll with 30% of the vote.  What a fitting name for a Peregrine who will be making her maiden flight in the next few weeks!  Gwendolen, named after one of the characters from  the Oscar Wilde play ‘The importance of being Earnest’ came second with 22%, closely followed by Katiyana with 19%.  The final three names; Isabella, Cecily and Lady Hay received 14%, 8% and 7% respectively.

Statistics fans might be interested to know that we received votes from Falcon cam viewers in 25 different countries including Japan and Brazil.  This year, we have also had almost 500,000 visits to the falcon cams, 132,000 visits to this blog and over 1,100 comments posted!

One final message before we sign off, now that the chicks are mobile the team here at Falcon HQ are doing our best to keep track of them on camera, but this is much trickier than last year when we only had one chick to chase!  Please bear with us; as much as we’d like to, we can’t keep our eye on them all the time.  If they are off camera for a while please don’t panic, they wont have gone far and someone will be on hand to control the camera most of the time.

Happy falcon watching!

Gill Moczarski, NTU Environment Team

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169 Responses to And the winning names are…

  1. Sarah Wales says:

    I’m confused! Wasn’t there three chicks? :-/

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    • gillyntu says:

      Yes there are still 3, but we had already chosen Earnest as the name for the boy chick in honour of one of our falcon viewers.

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    • Phil says:

      Interestingly having watched the chicks from hatching to now, its clearly evident that the two females are together most of the time and the smaller male almost lives apart most of the time. I wonder if that is normal behaviour? This camera view on these birds in general has given me much pleasure on a daily basis and made me marvel at the wonder of nature. And finally couldnt help but notice that some pigeons that have been dinner have also been tagged/ringed obviously couldnt outrace a falcon. Well done NTU for this great viewing

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      • Kev says:

        Out race what a silly comment the peregrine is the fastest bird on the planet in a stoop dive straight level flying the racing pigeon would leave the peregrine the peregrine makes it’s kill from a stoop or dive. I have witnessed a drake leave a peregrine in straight level flying having the peregrine missed from the dive. The peregrine targets racing pigeons the reason being they fly in a flock at height at height the peregrine can single a bird out from a flock just like bowling a ball at standing skittles you are 9/10 bound to hit at least 1 of them, not like the feral who never gets above roof top height i suggest you do some research on the subject.

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    • Looks like the three chicks and one parent are no longer with us? Just a lone adult, poor thing. So sad :(

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      • widgetwilk says:

        6th June afternoon, looks like the 2 girls are still there, but where is the ‘boy’??

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      • sparkle says:

        10th June at approx 7pm – one of the parents came with food to feed the line falcon on the ledge..and was then joined by another of the brood. So at least 2 ‘baby’ ones are stil there and a parent! “whews” breathes again.

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    • max says:

      yes we are missing boy Earnest, starting to get worried.

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    • max says:

      They seem to be there all three.
      The camera has wandered around and then found even Ernest, he sticks his wing.

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  2. Pam Birley. says:

    Gilly ……. Is it Earnest or Ernest ????

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  3. Sheena says:

    Pretty names for two beautiful birds. Thanks too for the stats, very interesting although I’m not surprised by any of it. I’ve looked at various other webcams in different places but your site is by far the best, in my opinion anyway. Keep up the good work and good luck with chasing them round the ledges for us :-)

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  4. amelia says:

    thats me!!!

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  5. The names suit the chicks because exploration appears to be their favourite pastime at the moment, my heart was in my mouth watching them wandering along the ledge earlier this morning.

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  6. clozy_c88@hotmail.co.uk says:

    Have i missed them, i didnt watch yesterday and can’t see them today? :( Claire

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  7. Pat says:

    Do these chicks have an advantage or disadvantage with having so much space to roam? Have any fledglings fallen off the ledge in previous years? I ask because the Norwich falcons are on a tiny ledge with nowhere to wander and if these guys are scary on the ledge the Norwich ones take the biscuit!

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    • ianathome says:

      Pat, I think the Nottingham chicks have luxurious accommodation compared to those at Norwich. Here is a fantastic clip of how the male chick at Norwich “learnt” to fly last year – basically, his big sister knocked him off the very narrow ledge and he had no choice!

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      • S says:

        Indeed, although they don’t have the nice advantage of a roof, the Nott chicks have an enormous advantage in that long ledge on the side of the building, with which to learn to fly, slowly….the peregrines at Great Spirit Bluff, Minnesota, USA don’t have that advantage, either, and we watched the chicks fall from the nest, there too….and that first step is a daisy, at the Bluff!!!!

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      • Chess says:

        There’s FOUR at Norwich this year… which makes for nail biting watching as they charge around the small cliff like space?!!

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  8. Sue says:

    Maybe should have a look before I start eating my lunch, they are tucking into a pigeon by the looks of it……tasty.

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  9. Well done ,camera team.Keep up the good work.

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  10. janet gurnhill says:

    what are the falcons names in order of their hatching

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  11. amelia says:

    why have they been near the camera all day

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  12. Julie White says:

    What an energetic lot they are – nowhere to be seen. Must be sleeping off that pigeon lunch they had – lol

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  13. amelia says:

    i think we have a third lost falcon chick its on walk about somewhere

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    • gillyntu says:

      Hi Amelia, the third chick has taken to sitting behind the camera mount so the camera can’t pick it up. Don’t worry they are all still definitely there!

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  14. Lisa says:

    Does anyone have any idea where the other female is? She’s been gone for quite a while and I’m getting worried :(

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  15. Wheeler says:

    Loving watching these chicks. Its fascinating.

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  16. Maurice says:

    Great watching these 3 musketeers, they must be getting hungry again as they’re squabbling over a pigeon wing! lol

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    • Fran Johnson says:

      Shame on you for laughing at the demise of someone’s pigeon. I hope that you are never in the situation where someone laughs at the death of something you have reared and cared for. I acknowledge that peregrines kill and eat pigeons and their devotion to their young is admirable but please be aware that the majority of pigeon fanciers are just as dedicated to the rearing and care of their birds and it is heart-breaking to lose them to birds of prey and someone who thinks it is funny beggars belief. I wonder if you witnessed a pigeon being eaten alive by a sparrowhawk it would make you laugh

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      • The laughter was obviously aimed at the squabbling, not at the pigeon wing. People here accept that it must be awful for pigeon fanciers to lose their birds. Enjoying the antics of the chicks does not mean that we are celebrating the sad death of a racing pigeon.

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      • SW says:

        I guess it was the squabbling that was the reason for the ‘lol’. Everyone understands that the loss of a loved bird would be distressing.

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  17. susan platt says:

    hopefully when you clear the nest you will collect the racing pigeon rings and let the owneres know where their bird ended up

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    • Chess says:

      If you read through the FAQs you will see that this is exactly what they do. All the rings collected in past years have been logged with the Royal Pigeon Racing Association and I’m sure this year will be no different.

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  18. Lynn says:

    They all appear to be on walkabout this morning.

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  19. Tricky says:

    The fledglings are leading their parents a merry old dance. Showing them who is boss.
    The parents are giving in. Taking food to them.

    Also they seem to like the outside ledge as sleeping quarters. Mrs P dutifully standing guard over them all night.

    The camera wiring needs tidying up too. Loose wire not good.

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  20. Kathy Williams says:

    Can see Mrs. P. I think feeding 2 of the youngsters on the ledge but no sign of the third even though I have just watched someone scanning whole site with camera unless they are around the corner.

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  21. Neal says:

    16.00-16.38Hrs… I thought two of the chicks just got fed the third! I could not see it anywhere and the bird they were eating (way off along the ledge) had their exact same plumage/colouring. Had one fallen off the ledge? Never seen one missing for this long especially during meal time. But, hey… It just loped into view for a second. Quite a relief as I was worried.

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  22. Claire says:

    hey thanks, 22.30 and still great coverage!!!!

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  23. alison says:

    Can you tell us which female is which? If i’m right in assuming the two larger chicks are the females, then one has ring on left leg and one on right – who is Amelia and who is Gwendolen? And many thanks to whoever was operating the camera at 4.30am today, it was a real privilege watching their early morning wanderings and seeing the rooftops of Nottingham in the dawn light – great panoramic sweep round sequence!

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  24. barbara deane says:

    Have looked in several times in the last hour and half, no sign of chicks or parents!!!!!!!!! Hope that they have just gone walkabout rather than over the edge!?

    Is there anyone in ‘The Team’ around so that you can put my mind at rest???????

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  25. Frances says:

    I have been absolutely enthralled to watch these 3 chicks, from mum sitting on them in that awful weather we had, never moving in all that snow. It has been better than a good film. My heart has been in my mouth every time they fly off that ledge.

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  26. barbara deane says:

    Thanks for panning the camera – now seen parent and 2 chicks – but still don’t know the whereabouts of the 3rd!

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  27. Tricky says:

    How soon before take-off?
    Will they come back for feeding?

    Have the parents got another favourite ledge for fully fledged and flying eyases?

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  28. Cas says:

    Assuming the females are noticably larger than the male, then Ernest and one of his sisters are doing some serious wing flapping in the early morning sun (5.45am). They look pretty close to giving it a go for real. Glad I’m not on the street below as Ernest has just done a jet propelled poo over the ledge!

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  29. Cas says:

    In fact, all three are there now, flapping up and down the “runway”.

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  30. Martyn says:

    Does anyone know when the chicks will take their first flights? and if so will they return to the ledge until they are ready to fend for themselves?

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  31. San says:

    14.20 Ernest sitting prcariously on the ledge with the enticing summer breeze ruffling his new feathers. “Mmmmm…..shall I…….shan’t I….. Nope….going to wait for mum to bring lunch…..maybe tomorrow!”

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  32. barbara deane says:

    Just tuned in for the first time today – all 3 lined up on the ledge! I find it very difficult to tell which is male or female?

    I too would love to know when they are expected to launch!? I reckon that it is a bit soon yet as they still have some of their baby ‘fluff’!

    Have not seen anyone around for a couple of days that would normally answer our questions!? Even so – I .would like to thank you all for the wonderful work that you all do for our enjoyment

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  33. SW says:

    They fledge at about 42 days old, so hopefully the first flight by early next week.

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  34. barbara deane says:

    Thanks SW!

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  35. Julia says:

    Just saw a lovely close-up shot of Ernest (I think) on the ledge running away from the camera and then going round the corner. A big thank you to all involved in providing these live cams.

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  36. Claire says:

    They’re looking so grown up, aren’t they? I saw Ernest (at least I’m fairly sure it was Ernest) hop right along the ledge earlier, then disappear round the corner…but I haven’t seen him since. I hope he’s OK. He hasn’t left the nest properly, has he? Has anyone seen him since about 8.45 this evening?

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  37. San says:

    Looking at our three intrepid chicks, evokes memories of being stuck around at the airport waiting for take off. Ernest in particular seems impatient to put his wings to the test. Amelia and Gwendolin seem much more relaxed and were happy to snooze in the sunshine yesterday.

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  38. Anne Boland says:

    It really makes me laugh when they’re not visible on camera one but you hear them clanking around and see the other camera has been knocked over again. They’re so energetic. Thank you so much for putting this on line for us.

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  39. lisa says:

    Ernest is ready to go – thought he would just a moment ago and went out of sight! :(

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  40. Laine says:

    I’m not sure but I think that the male has just taken his first flight. One minute he was flexing his wings and the next he’d gone!!

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  41. julie says:

    The girls have disappeared round the corner and poor Ernest is left all alone!

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  42. Tricky says:

    There are two girls and and one boy.
    The girls will grow up to be bigger than the boy.

    There looks to be one bigger than the other two.
    Is it bigger because it is older?
    Presumably so. But is it a boy or a girl?

    Ernest could be having his name taken in earnest..

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  43. wendy says:

    I think Earnest has flown. One of them just flew off and they seemed very confident if it was Earnest.

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  44. Pam Birley says:

    I’ve only seen the girls today. Thanks cameraperson for keeping track of them as they preen and wander in and out of the window spaces along the ledge. I have not seen Ernest and I think Wendy may be right that he has flown. I hope he will come back when he gets hungry later in the day. It could be however that he is around the corner at the far end of the building. It is beautiful weather today…too nice to be sitting watching the computer all the while, so I haven’t been keeping such a close eye on these beautiful, interesting birds.

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    • SW says:

      I saw all three earlier today.

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    • SueAtt says:

      Earlier this afternoon, I think I caught site of one of them underneath the camera as it panned around to follow the other 2 who were on the opposite end of the ledge. Even if Ernest has flown, I think I am right in saying that he will still be around and dependent on the adults for food?

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  45. wendy says:

    I’ve been watching most of the day and he’s not been back, not even for lunch. If it was him who flew he was very confident in his take off. The girls seem happy to stay put and let mum and dad do all the work.

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  46. Sue Hall says:

    I have just seen one of them flying off, looks like the 2 girls left on the ledge

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  47. Martyn says:

    Parent bird busy with a pigeon..can only see two chicks though..i am surprised the male has flown before the larger females..hope he returns for food.

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  48. Ann Norris says:

    They are feeding just now-but i can only see the females. I haven’t Ernest since yesterday.

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  49. Claus says:

    All three were enjoying the morning sun together at 06:30.

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  50. Laine says:

    3 on the ledge just a few minutes ago

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  51. Pam Birley says:

    Two females when I looked in. They went to far end of ledge. One flew off the ledge in a semi-circle over the street back towards the box. Just one there now, I think the other may have gone around the corner. Caught sight of three a second or two ago but don’t know whether it was the adult or Ernest. Just one female in view right now.

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    • Nick says:

      I saw that too Pam – a very short flight but definately a flight, rather than a mere hop. It reminded me of the Wright brothers first flight. I think the third falcon we saw was an adult, not Ernest.

      Well, it can’t be long now before we say goodbye for another year. The old birds are getting on a bit now so I hope we see them back again next year. Thanks again the the team at NTU for the brilliant webcam feeds.

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  52. Neal says:

    Brother and both sisters snuggled up together at 11.45 GMT.

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  53. San says:

    11.45 All three lazing in the sun by the nest box. A joy to see.

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  54. Maurice says:

    Amazing to see all three chicks back at the nest box relaxing. The bond seems quite strong between them, will they stay together once they leave the nest?

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  55. June Sutherland-Findler says:

    So glad to see them all snuggled up together – all three !!! Hadn’t seen the young male for over a day. I’m going to miss them when they fledge.
    It has been a joy and a priviledge to watch these beautiful birds grow.
    Thank you very much NTU.

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  56. Pam Birley says:

    Ernest and one of the girls on the ledge, other girl among the camera equipment again. Ernest is looking very fine :-)) I think cameraperson has gone for lunch.

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  57. barbara deane says:

    Two girls on window sill.- one looking at her reflection(?) t’other fast asleep! I’ve not seen Ernest for almost 48 hours!

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  58. Ann Norris says:

    All three together now having a lovely snooze

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  59. SueAtt says:

    Three sleepy chicks! All 3 fast asleep on the window sill – must have had an exhausting morning!

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  60. Nick says:

    What a lovely shot of the 3 musteteers!

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  61. barbara deane says:

    Is there anyway that I can post a photo? Just taken a lovely pic off the screen!

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    • Nick says:

      Yes the webcam operator did us proud there!

      I already posted a shot from the webcam…. You need to upload it to Photobucket, dropbox or similar and then post the link as I did above.

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  62. San says:

    Would someone please take a still shot if possible. All three are asleep on the windowsill

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  63. SW says:

    What a lovely sight!

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  64. barbara deane says:

    OK! Not used to doing this sort of thing, but decided to have a go!!!

    Sorry about the quality of the pic, but it is the pic that counts!

    https://picasaweb.google.com/111767989296366243295/2013_06_07?authkey=Gv1sRgCJXjjPPZpeX5ggE#5886753646857796114

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    • Claire says:

      Aww, that is such a sweet pic! That’s really made me smile, especially as I haven’t had much chance to look at the falcons in daylight over the past few days, so I’ve missed them a lot. Barbara, would you mind if I save your pic to my computer? I’d love that on my desktop.

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      • barbara deane says:

        Hi Claire!

        Sorry, only just online today. Of course you may save it to your computer! As may anyone else who would like to. PLEASE NOTE THAT I STILL HOLD THE COPYRIGHT!

        Thanks for everyones kind comments – I certainly did not expect those! Especially as the quality is so appalling!!! My photos do not normally turn out like that!

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      • chocolateeclaire says:

        Thanks ever so much, Barbara. Yeah, I think it’s an adorable shot. I’ve got tiger cubs of my desktop atm but this will be a lovely replacement for a bit.

        BTW, as there is at least one other Claire posting on here, I’ll revert to calling myself by a silly name I’ve often used online. Still me though.

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  65. barbara deane says:

    Well I did warn you!! LOL Can a Mod remove that and I will have another go please!

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  66. Chas/ says:

    Barbara , that is a good picture. I vote for it to be left ..

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  67. julie says:

    Likes both the pictures – have downloaded them both – something to look at when they have gone!!

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    • S says:

      I keep a file on my computer’s desktop, of good shots documenting each year.

      For example, I have some of Storm from last year. It is nice to look back.

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  68. Karl Walton says:

    Got to see all three being fed this morning, wow can they eat a pigeon fast! My Father was a falconer here in the US all his life, would have loved this camera! Keep up the good work.

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  69. Lisa says:

    Am I being thick or seeing things? has Storm come back because it sure looks like there are four chicks on the window sill at the mo! (1806 hrs)

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  70. Martyn says:

    Just been down to the Newton building as i live in Nottingham. All three chicks are there and seen all three flying..The male seems to sit on his own on the corner of a ledge but all three now seem to prefer a ledge about 10 meters above the nest..this is why you will not see them on the camera ledge..They all look like proper peregrines now, :)

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    • S says:

      You’ve seen them flying PROPERLY?
      Like, as in, full flights? Away from the ledge and back again??

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      • Pat Dolman says:

        Indeed – I saw them take off from the ledge in front of the nest box disappear off camera to the left and then land back at the end of the ledge.

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      • Martyn says:

        Yea all birds flying..females still stay together and male perches on a corner of building. saw them yesterday as well and also saw parent birds hunting. seems a bit odd seeing a peregrine drop in to a stoop over the city..first time i have ever seen this. you may not see them on the ledge that has the camera focused on it as they seem to prefer the ledge a bit higher up..however they are all fine and hopefully will all go on to have their own families. :)

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      • M says:

        I saw them flying on the cam yesterday. Close to the box and further along at the corner of the ledge.

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  71. Shirley K says:

    Funny how so many of us spotted the window sill kipping, not quite up to the others but here you go http://i42.tinypic.com/2s8ln4z.jpg

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  72. Maurice says:

    Sleepy chicks this morning http://www.flickr.com/photos/91298141@N06/8985201012/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/91298141@N06/8984006133/ I just found a snipping tool in windows vista, in accessories, that lets you take screen captures of areas you choose :)

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  73. S says:

    Just watched a feeding.

    Interesting to note that as the grown chicks feed themselves from a kill, they don’t seem to mind sharing, whatsoever. Two chicks can be pulling meat off the carcass at the same time, and they tolerate each other.

    Not so with eagles. Watching the bald eagle cams in the USA, young eagles that are at fledging age will “mantle” over their food, sort of bristling and warning other eagles, including their own siblings and even parents, away from it. They don’t share well, at all.

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  74. Anne Boland says:

    Just download ‘Screenhunter’ – it’s free and great quality

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  75. Martyn says:

    Was down at nest sight yesterday and all three are still on the building but not on the ledge with the camera on it. The females still stick together and the male perches on a corner of the next ledge up. All three are taking their own flights and yesterday saw the parents birds hunting, This is the first time i have actually seen a falcon drop in to a swoop, an awesome sight.

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    • SueAtt says:

      Lucky you Martyn seeing them. We drove by NTU in the car yesterday but didn’t see any sign of them, although it was mid-afternoon so they were probably all having their afternoon snooze. Also not the best way for a spot of bird watching – in a moving car without binoculars!

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  76. Neal says:

    Here are a few pics I’ve taken recently:

    https://www.dropbox.com/sc/3a105e2syoyv8iz/_XTtDnqOUS

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  77. Julia says:

    Just saw one chick fly off the ledge. I don’t know which chick it was. The camera was facing down the ledge to the right, if looking at the building. It was a very controlled take off. I’ve been wanting to see one fly! :)

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  78. barbara deane says:

    It has gone very quiet in here!

    I have just been having a play with my original photo! Hope this version will meet with your approval!

    https://picasaweb.google.com/111767989296366243295/DropBox?authkey=Gv1sRgCK2x35rT–LrzAE#5887477275206812722

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  79. Fred says:

    Just back from three weeks away and missed all the fun.
    Never mind. Good to see all three made it to fledge and fly. I see one is on the ledge but no idea who at 15.47 on 9th.
    Not going to be around for much longer so perhaps time to sincerely thank all concerned for such a great show. A terrific effort.

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  80. barbara deane says:

    Why do my messages keep disappearing???

    The last one I typed again because the first one was not showing, so I typed it again, only to find that it then appeared twice!

    This is the second time that I have typed this message, as the first one disappeared!

    Mods, could you please remove any duplicates!

    Thanks

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    • gillyntu says:

      Hi Barbera. Sorry, there was nobody on hand to moderate any posts yesterday. Back to full force now though!

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      • barbara deane says:

        Hi Gilly!

        It was not so much the fact that messages were not being moderated, it was more the fact that my messages were disappearing, then two appearing when I retyped!!!!!!

        Thanks for removing the duplicate messages!

        Many thanks for all your hard work

        Best wishes

        Barbara

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  81. sue b says:

    I’d like to thank everyone too but particularly the person (or team of people) who gets to clean up the building after the main show is over.

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  82. Chess says:

    One of the chicks is hobbling along the ledge. Has it got something caught in it’s foot? Or is that just how they run?! There wasnt any wing flapping, just hobbling…

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  83. chris morley says:

    hi peregrine fans,congrats to ntu birds our local birds did not produce any chicks this year ?? i think because we have new female,our old big female must have perished,any way new female is small and therefore a young bird so hopefully next year,but after 3 chicks last year just seems a shame but makes ntu birds more important at least 3 new birds in area good luck to em

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  84. tony dee says:

    Three chicks flying,well done all involved .

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  85. barbara deane says:

    Thanks to everyone for your wonderful comments about my photo!!

    I was just lucky to have my camera ready in the right place at the right time! But, at least some of the plaudits must go to the camera person who put the camera in that position!!!

    The editing that I did to the original ‘blue’ photo, took me ages to get it right, as I have never attempted anything like that before! I even managed to find the drop box!

    Thanks once again

    Barbara

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  86. Steph says:

    Walking past the Newton Building last night and saw two of the chicks flying and landing on one of the higher ledges. It was quiet enough to hear them ‘talking’ to each other! Lovely to hear such a wild sound in the middle of the city. Thanks to all at Notts Wildlife Trust and NTU for this season’s coverage.

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  87. barbara deane says:

    Am I the only one not to have seen the chicks in flight?

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    • Sheena says:

      No Barbara, you’re not the only one. I seem to spends ages watching and haven’t seen any of them fly :-(

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      • Diane Watson says:

        I havent seen the chicks in flight either,have only seen Ernest on the ledge and around doing a lot of wing flapping and jumping about does this mean he hasnt actulatly flown yet?does anyone know where the 2 girls are please have they flown?

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  88. San says:

    No Barbara, you’re not the only one to have missed the sight of the chicks flying…..I haven’t either!

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  89. San says:

    And…..the one on the ledge right now….doesn’t look like it’s a ‘flier’ yet. Having a really good go though with lots of flapping…..then standing with wings outstretched and drooping as if to say…”Will these things EVER work?!”

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  90. barbara deane says:

    I saw that too LOL!!!!!!!

    Tried the ‘screen grab’ technique – no luck! did not have my camera downstairs with me!

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  91. chocolateeclaire says:

    There are absolutely no falcons to be seen on camera tonight. :( The chicks might be at the far end and out of the light but there’s always been an adult on the ledge through the night – but nothing at all tonight. Anyone know where they are?

    BTW, does anyone know which of the adults is usually there at night? And is it the same one? I’m surprised they’re not both there but I’ve only ever seen one there at night.

    I’m glad some people have seen them in ‘person’ in the area. My mum passed the building yesterday and saw one of them on the ledge. She’s fairly sure it was Ernest.

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  92. Mom says:

    I don’t see mom or the chicks,have they all left?

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  93. S says:

    I notice that with three chicks, this year, the ledge and nest box are much messier than it was when it was only Storm ^^

    hats off to whomever gets the task of tidying up later ^^

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  94. S says:

    ATTENTION: I am in Canada and it is almost midnight here
    (so about 5 am in UK, if I’m not mistaken).

    I must sleep, but I wanted to note, before I drop off,
    that there is a falcon at the far end of the ledge,
    I don’t know which one it is (but very probably one of the chicks)

    I watched him/her vigorously exercising his/her wings,
    and it almost seemed to me like s/he wanted to lift off the ledge, but couldn’t.

    Also, s/he tried to run toward the nest box
    but it almost looked like s/he had one foot snared on something that I couldn’t see,
    like a piece of fishing line, or similar, that may be caught on the ledge, I don’t really know.

    I couldn’t get a really good look.

    But it seems s/he has relinquished her efforts, for now,
    and is sitting still.

    I can’t stay awake any longer,
    but I hope someone sees this post and can get a better look.

    I hope I’m mistaken, and if Yes, sorry to be alarmist.

    Thanks and goodnight!!

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  95. John says:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J2LegSMF7To – short video of one of the chicks coming into land on the ledge tip then flying down to nest box. (09/06/2013)

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    • sparkle says:

      Thank you so much John for the Video it was wonderful to see them and also see flying, it kind of reassures that they are going to be flying off into their journey of discovery. It has been an honour and a real privilege to watch these birds grow in front of our eyes!

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  96. Fred says:

    The falcon, Ernest I think, that has been sitting on the ledge most of yesterday did seem to be favouring his right leg a bit..Obviously resting on one leg is common but when he puts his right one down it seems to irritate him. I cannot see much wrong but it does not look right. Might be just stiff.
    However he has gone this morning when I tuned in.

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  97. San says:

    Thank you for that John. I’m happy now! :-)

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  98. julie says:

    I still havent seen the chicks in flight. Watched for ages last night but when the two finally got up from their sleep on the ledge and after much preening they ran off round the corner!!!! Gutted!!!!

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  99. Ann Norris says:

    Have they flown I haven’t see any birds at all for the last few hours ?
    Lovely video John

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    • gillyntu says:

      I’ve just been for a quick wander around the campus and there were two birds up on the ledge above the camera. It’ll take them a little while to master hunting on their own before fledging fully so they will hopefully be around for another week or so.

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  100. Ann Norris says:

    Thank you Gilly

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  101. Glynis Peel says:

    I’ve enjoyed watching the growth from eggs to chicks to fledglings this year – truly wonderful – and would just like to thank NTU for all their hard work in keeping up with the 3 chicks and Mr and Mrs P.

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  102. Genevieve says:

    Thanks from me, too. It’s been fascinating.

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  103. Dr Barbara Underwood says:

    Thank you so much for all your hard work at NTU on this successful year especially after ‘storm’ last year. Also it was amazing to see how these three survived such cold wet weather. It has also been interesting reading the bloggers comments – enabling me to catch up when I’ve been away
    thank you for all the tracking and updates

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  104. Ann Norris says:

    Thank you so much team. This is my third year watching along with you, and the third year that I have missed them flying…..lol-missing them already-roll on next year

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  105. Adele Underwood says:

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH TEAM FALCON. This is my first year and I have enjoyed every minute I didn’t see them flying off it would be nice if you could show a loop of film of them doing just that thanks again from Adele Underwood

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  106. Lynn says:

    I shall miss my annual obsession! Thanks so much for all the hard work- watched Springwatch last night and our webcams are definitely the BEST!

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  107. julie says:

    Was there movement on the ledge tonight. The camera was panning all over the roof tops when I switched on. I hope I didnt miss anything. How long do you keep the cameras on for after the falcons have fledged?

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