With a mild spell in the weather at the end of January, our resident pair of falcons were seen to be inspecting the nest site. You can already see where they have made a scraping in the gravel in the nesting box.
We have cleaned out the box and surrounding area, we have also added a few additions to the recording set-up which will hopefully improve our monitoring of them.
We received a number of emails from people who had been monitoring the growth of the chicks and had asked us about the actual size of the parents and chicks, so this year, after taking advice from Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust we have included a “ watch me grow” chart at the rear of the nest box. This has measurements on it so that you can compare the size of the falcons with an average ruler at home or in class. So thanks to the schools and individuals who emailed suggesting this.
We have also increased and upgraded the cameras, so this year we are broadcasting in high definition! We also have an infra red light overlooking the nest (this was after several email suggestions) so we even should be able to see what’s happening at night.
Our second camera is remote control, allowing us at NTU to move and zoom in on anything we think that may be of interest. This will be very useful in keeping track of the chicks when they become more mobile. They use the large guttering on the building where the nest box is situated as a “playground” and last year could be found tapping on the windows further down the building and viewing the humans inside!
We all look forward to having the privilege to view these exceptional creatures one again this year and in this blog you can expect to find ongoing commentary from us within the NTU team, as well as various members of the Wildlife Trust.
NTU Resources Manager