At first glance it might be difficult to take any positives from the sad turn of events that saw our peregrine pair lose two of their chicks over the weekend, but the sheer dedication of the female falcon to her brood was amazing. In the face of appalling weather she sat tight – following her instinct to do all she could for her chicks.
I must admit that once it became clear that we had lost at least one of the chicks and most likely two, I feared the worst and assumed she would lose them all – especially seeing how wet she had become by yesterday evening. A brief period away from the nest sparked concern that she may have abandoned the remaining chicks but her return, rather drier than when she had left, did give me a little more hope of them making it through the night.
This morning, whilst sad that we have indeed lost two chicks, I am surprisingly upbeat – delighted that some made it through. Whilst somewhat uncomfortable viewing, it is still an amazing opportunity to watch nature unfold.
In consultation with the team managing the cameras we have decided to restore the live feed – but we will not, at this stage, be removing the dead chicks from the nest. We fear that any more disturbance at this stage might make the female flee the nest.
If anyone has any questions don’t forget that you can contact us via the blog.
Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust