Hail Storm – the newest member of our peregrine family

Storm you say? I like it!

Storm, you say? I like it!

Following hundreds of initial suggestions – and thousands of votes via our online poll – we are pleased to introduce you to Storm, the newest member of our peregrine family. It is a fitting name, as not only was it the most popular entry when we initially appealed for people to send us their suggestions, but it also serves as a reminder of the enormous struggle that he has endured to get this far.

That said, I have to admit that at the time of writing he doesn’t look much like a Storm, with his belly flopped down on the ledge while having a little morning snooze.

The name amassed an impressive 57% of the total votes cast – and was pushed to the very end by Ernest, with 33%. Then came Darwin, Noah, Chick.I.Am and Unity, picking up just 10% of the votes between them.

One person who initially selected Storm will now be selected at random to receive a peregrine falcon toy, and we hope to be able to update the blog with details of the winner in due course.

Should the adult peregrines return again next year – and should they have a successful brood – we thought it might be a nice tribute to reserve the name Ernest for one of their offspring. Not only was it a close second, but as many of you will know the name was put forward by a follower whose grandfather of that name was an avid viewer of our falcon family and sadly recently passed away.

Storm joins an ever-growing peregrine falcon family, becoming the 17th chick in just six years to be reared by these prolific parents at this successful nest site. Long may it continue.

Dave Rogers
Nottingham Trent University

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416 Responses to Hail Storm – the newest member of our peregrine family

  1. Dr Barbara Underwood says:

    YAy! Storm – fingers crossed for you !

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  2. Lesley says:

    I think Storm is a perfect name for our chick – may I wish him the best of luck and hope to continue following his progress in years to come.

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  3. storm ridley says:

    cool name 🙂
    did i see him fly off the lower building then when you just scaned around, directly below where the adult is sitting now?

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  4. Jenny Glover says:

    Camera searching – wasn’t that Storm flying briefly down to lawn/green area as camera tracked back right, looking down from the ledge? Jenny

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  5. dixie says:

    Yes I saw something please let him be ok he is definitely not on the ledge anymore

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  6. Sarah says:

    wheres our little storm gone this morning?

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  7. storm ridley says:

    i like the passing the name ernist onto next years chicks, thats good. i know i asked befor but what is storms ring number so we can know of any sightings.

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  8. Lynn says:

    This is scary- do hope he’s oK.

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  9. Steve says:

    Hail Storm? Thank goodness he didn’t have to contentd with hail as well during that very bleak weekend that saw the demise of his siblings.

    You made it Storm! Way to go little chap!

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  10. Lesley says:

    How do we know he will find his way back to the nest?? He must return soon to have his nap – very tiring flying I am sure.

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  11. Dave D says:

    both adults back on the ledge at 09:26. Looks like the male has food and the female is looking round for her errant son Storm!

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  12. SueAtt says:

    Go Storm!! Looks like he might have gone – can’t believe I’ve missed his maiden flight!! Hope he makes it back ok!

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  13. Hetty says:

    Really worried about him now. Surely he still needs his parents to bring him food? How will they find him? They looked really puzzled.

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  14. Love the name – very fitting. Thought he was about ready for the off yesterday evening. He was back 6am eating voraciously. Good luck little fella!

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    • Is it possible one of the parents spotted him and they both flew over with the catch to feed him?? I watched him have his breakfast earlier, then I went to have mine, came back and he had gone. I am gutted. I really hope he is ok. Come on storm, you’re a fighter!

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  15. annie says:

    I have been watching him since 7am. I have seen him feed him self and he has been flapping his wings like mad, I did not see him go, I will be so annoyed if I missed his first flight. Hope you got it on camera, Mr camera man.

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  16. Rachel says:

    I thought that too that maybe the parents had spotted him and gone over with the food – has any of the NTU team spotted him anywhere? I feel like an anxious parent waiting to see if he’s ok!!!! This has been an amazing experience to watch this whole thing – our Storm is a fighter I’m sure he’ll do us all proud!

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  17. Pip says:

    Mrs P did suddenly fly off as though she was on a mission, so hopefully she spotted him and is keeping an eye on him. I’ve a feeling the Chichester chicks are also about to fledge, such a worrying time.

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  18. Jan says:

    Empty nest syndrome setting in….. :/

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  19. I want to sit here all day and watch but I can’t! I wish everyone at NTU could down tools and go and look for the family! Praying for good news by the time I return. Good luck little one.

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  20. Sarah S. says:

    I’m the last one to anthropomorphise a creature but staring at that empty ledge I’ve come to realise I’m going to miss that bird. Having a quick check has been the first thing I do in the morning and the last thing at night for a few weeks now.

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  21. Lorraine says:

    I wonder if various NTU people are outside now with binoculars searching for him! Please remember to post news soon, we are all waiting to hear the latest, maybe some still photos too if possible?

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  22. GW says:

    Is it normal for a bird just to go like that – no test flights at all?

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  23. Sarah says:

    Little man has just made his appearance and is back in his favourite spot against the wall!

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    • Pat Smedley says:

      Yes. I was watching an empty shelf at about 1017am and then his head appeared lower left of screen and then he went and lay down on the shelf. Wonderful.

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  24. Ann says:

    He’s back safe and sound

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  25. dean says:

    he is back at the nest 10.16

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  26. Mo says:

    WOW! He’s back! Amazing, fantastic, I have tears in my eyes and a lump in my throat!! Well done, Baby Storm, you know where you live and Mum and Dad will come with grub very soon.

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  27. GW says:

    Is that him back?? It looks the wayhe likes to huddle against the wall…. or is it a parent?

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  28. Sapph says:

    He’s back 😀 Little stom 🙂

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  29. Anne says:

    He’s back. Relief!

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  30. Blue Eyes says:

    Phew I am so glad he’s back in one piece.

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  31. Julie Mott says:

    Well done little man on your maiden flight 😀

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  32. Rachel says:

    Thank goodness our boy is back – hurray!! he’ll probably sleep the rest of the day to get over the shock of his first flying adventure! 🙂

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  33. Sarah S. says:

    Wahaaaaay!!

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  34. Blue Eyes says:

    OMG……. I can’t believe that I missed him take off again. Grrrrrrrr, oh well I am supposed to be working.

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  35. Steve says:

    Did anyone actually see him fly? It’s just that he’s disappeared again…. but he’s just nipped round the corner and out of sight of the camera.

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  36. Sarah says:

    hes gone again, must enjoy it!

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  37. dixie says:

    Has he really had a fly yet, as he appeared from the far end from the right where the camera cannot view, maybe he was there all the time we have been worrying he has gone back there now.

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  38. SueAtt says:

    Saw him a few minutes ago bobbing his head up and down on the far end of the ledge, then he hot footed it around the corner! At least now I can go off to school to the Jubilee picnic with my 2 grandsons, knowing that little Storm knows where home is! 🙂

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  39. Really enjoyed watching Storm over the past few weeks and I think we can learn a lot on how to make kids independent watching how his parents treat him lol

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  40. GW says:

    margaret – you mean leave them alone for hours & feed them raw pigeon…? 😉

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  41. Steve says:

    He appeared a few minutes ago walking along the ledge, dropped down into the trough and is now hiding behind one of the masonary piers. I think the camera man missed it

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  42. dean says:

    hi he is at the other end at the window ledge

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  43. Sapph says:

    He’s hiding! Near the rock thing, past the dead bird…

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  44. Hetty says:

    Has he really been for a flight or was he just hiding around the corner all morning? Did anybody actually see him take off or land?

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  45. have been watching since this morning and i’ve not seen him take flight… i have seen him go to the right, behind the wall, and come back on foot… i was hoping he’d taken his first flight safely and came back home… but i doubt he’s done anything apart from playing hide and seek with us. am also finding it very difficult to tell him apart from his dad, unless the camera is really zoomed in…
    maybe someone from the university can tell us whether the baby has flown or it’s just a case of wishful thinking on our part?

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  46. Nikki says:

    I dont think he has flown either. I saw him settle down under the ledge at the far end near the larder where there is a dead carcass with a wing blowing in the wind. That was about 11am.

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  47. Erin McDaid says:

    Here at the Wildlife Trust we had thought he’d hang on a little longer before taking his first flight – with the undivided attention of both adult birds he has less incentive to leave and with no siblings to jostle with he’s less likely to go over the ledge before he’s ready. Hopefully he’ll take his first flight (if he hasn’t already) on a nice calm day giving him the best chance of controling the flight and returning safely to the ledge.

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  48. Sarah S. says:

    I’ve lost interest in falcons, I’m watching cranes now!

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  49. Jan says:

    Yep, loving diversity of wildlife getting today – falcons, cranes….

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  50. julie907 says:

    Aww well done little fella, thought u were close yesterday, gutted I missed it, darn shopping lol

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    • GW says:

      I don’t think you missed a flight – I’m sure he’s just been playing hide & seek around corners and in the window alcoves. Keep watching I’m sure we’ll all get a thrill soon!

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  51. NTU Environment Team says:

    Having just tracked him practising take-off down the runway I don’t think he has flown yet…

    Gill, NTU Environment Team

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  52. sueperegrino says:

    Just saw it charging down the “runway” flapping like crazt

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  53. sueperegrino says:

    Oops, sorry about the typo, meant CRAZY (rushing to get it in, took me ages to get signed in!!!)

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  54. Pam Birley says:

    So…Storm is back again, running up and down both ends of the ledge, crying out, and now pecking at the last remains of the head of a bird which has been lying on the ledge since yesterday. Until I see him take off with my own eyes I won’t believe it. Has ANYONE actually seen him fly i.e. actually lift off, or have folk just been guessing? If it is hard to tell parent from chick when near the cam I don’t see how anyone can differentiate when they are flying. Storm can still be identified by his white crown and I believe his tail feathers are lighter too. I had to leave the cam (emergency with neighbour having a stroke) so I’m glued to it now. Thanks for the really wonderful camera work.

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  55. Sarah S. says:

    What we need is some sort of flight alarm that bleeps when he takes off so we can all run to our PCs and watch. This would require a full-time “alarm-button-operator” at NTU, a justified expense surely?

    Or we could all just do some work I suppose.

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  56. sueperegrino says:

    Oh no, I don’t think getting on with work is a good option! Meanwhile, Storm has exhasted itself and is having another slump against the back wall.

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  57. julie907 says:

    I think yr right ppl, I think he is really tempted to go but just not yet discovered the knack of doing so. He has however discovered hide and seek … BIG Time LOL

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  58. julie907 says:

    Fab camera work guys 🙂

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  59. julie907 says:

    I did spot him running under the camera equipment, you seem to still be looking

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  60. Pam Birley says:

    Storm is right near the microphone amongst the cam equipment again but the cam operator found him. Parent is still at far end of ledge.

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  61. julie907 says:

    He is leading us all a merry dance bless him

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  62. Debbie Blake says:

    “Storm” is so appropriate having lost his siblings to a bad one! The fact that he survived, shows his strength. Love the idea of using the name “Ernest” next time – lovely touch!

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  63. GW says:

    I’m glad I’m not manning that camera – what a dance he’s leading us all today! He’s having great fun finding places to hide!

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  64. Pip says:

    The footage from this webcam, well, the recent footage anyway, has just been superb! Can’t thank you enough, team! What with this site plus the Chichester Cathedral and Brighton, Sussex Heights, sites, I’m really spoilt for choice! Have to say this little guy has absolutely stolen my heart this year though ❤ It's just a shame he's too far for me to go and spot (I'm fairly near both Chichester and Brighton)!

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  65. Pam Birley says:

    Storm has got the head of that little bird stuck on his talon !

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  66. storm ridley says:

    heart in mouth

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  67. Lynn says:

    I think Storm is still practising running up and down and flapping madly!

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  68. storm ridley says:

    well if that wasnt adult saying “come on then” i don’t know what was.

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  69. sue b says:

    Is there any difference in fledging between the trent peregrines and those like the chichester and derby ones where there is much less room to run up and down and practise flying?

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  70. Dr Barbara Underwood says:

    Tell me, is there something not quite right with Storm’s right foot? He seems to be holding it up and then pecking at it. You know I ought to be working, but this is enthralling

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  71. Christine says:

    Storm looks so comical sitting there like a penguin bobbing his head up and down, let’s hope he makes it and comes back next year with his own Mrs P, now wouldn’t that be something ! Good Luck Storm

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    • Sally Tate says:

      Our Storm is just amazing. What a character he is. I cannot stop watching him! I can really relate to those folk who are getting nothing done!!!

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  72. terry davies says:

    What a day’s watching today has been.Fly storm Fly & good luck

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  73. sueperegrino says:

    Pip, you are obviously well-clued up on southern peregrines, but do take a look at the Derby site too, And as a Bucks resident, I am proud to say we have been honoured to get our first breeding peregines in the county at Aylesbury – also on the web! I’ve never seen any projects though like Nottingham with the parapet and the mad dashes and flapping.

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    • Pip says:

      Oh yes, I’ve been watching the Derby pair too! And Fulham! Great news about the Aylesbury pair! We actually also have a pair here in Worthing but they don’t have any young. Someone did say they’d seen them mating though. There is no nestbox on ‘their’ building unfortunately. I took a short video of them a few weeks ago 🙂

      And I took this video of the Chichester pair.

      This though will remain my most amazing peregrine experience……

      Ringing of the Peregrine Falcon chicks, Sussex Heights, Brighton

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  74. sueperegrino says:

    It’s slump time again

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  75. annie. says:

    Bless him he has gone to sleep on the rampart. No wonder we have not seen much of him, he goes around the corner. I bet he has been hiding there all day.

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  76. Pam Birley says:

    Storm is asleep on the far end right now. I have not been watching quite so much today but have put three pics here:
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/66339356@N00/sets/72157629524594786/detail/?page=4

    They mentioned on Springwatch last night that in their next programme they would be featuring peregrines, so that will be interesting for us.

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  77. Fiona says:

    I don’t know what I’m going to do with myself when he fledges. Might have to go to work, turn the PC off or HEAVEN FORBID wash the pots. What an incredible journey we’ve seen over the past few weeks and well done to the camera team for catching his every move 🙂 Felt a bit sea-sick today when the camera was swivelling round but we were with you every step of the way!

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  78. Annie Romanov says:

    Storm is such a perfect name for this feisty youngster.

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  79. Caroline says:

    Just watched him flex his wings on the ledge. Then Mum/Dad appeared at the end of the ledge. Storm ran to them and they flew off! He wasn’t lonely for long, though…. a somewhat brainless pigeon joined him! Really hoping to see him fly – am at the ready to get a screen shot. If anyone else manages to get a shot of him taking off, please post it for us to see.
    Heaven knows what I’ll do with my time when he goes.

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  80. Ren13 says:

    Hi, this is the first season I’ve watched Notts (thank you Sue Peregrino and others for your posts on Derby blog) and my first attempt to post here, hope i’ve done this right…
    I have yet to see Storm flapping on the runway, but will watch as I can.
    Thanks to all who mentioned Storm can round the corner and go out of sight, the ledge looks like it just ends, and I’ve missed him/her going there.
    More thanks to all who set up and maintain this site, and to the folks who man the cam and keep birds in sight as best they can, including finding Storm right beneath the cam earlier today. What a shot that was….

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  81. justme says:

    Still engrossed in all the activities on “the ledge” done hardly anything since arriving home from work, oh dear, and ive still to see any gap between him and terra firma in spite of him teasing me into thinking take off is imminent many times!!!! Hope he keeps his feet firmly on the ground til i arrive home from work tomorrow.

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  82. Fiona says:

    GO DAVE!!!!!!!!!!!!! 🙂

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  83. Martyn says:

    Been on holiday for a week..take it he’s up and away?..will he stay by the nest at all? or stay near the parents ???…good luck to him!!

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    • Hetty says:

      We all thought he’d flown yesterday morning as there was no sign of him anywhere. The camera kept panning around but couldn’t find him. He suddenly reappeared from under the camera. I don’t think he did actually fly anywhere – I think he’d been asleep around the corner of the building. He’s practising hard though – lots of wing flapping!

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  84. He’s certainly back now – jumping on the prey, almost wrestling with it! Having a really good feed and ready for more exercise.

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  85. Sally Tate says:

    I have a pic of Storm flapping with his feet off the ground but don’t know how to post!

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  86. Caroline says:

    I assume, Pamela, you’ve seen Storm this morning. I’ve only seen a parent bird coming and going with food, but no sign of him at all.

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  87. Caroline says:

    He’s reappeared. I can relax now. Just waiting to see him take to the skies.

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  88. redtedng9 says:

    A fantastic name for the survivor of a vicious winter storm which along with many others I will not forget.
    Lets hope Storm and his parents continue to thrive in the middle of our city. If other viewers to this site are in Nottingham I suggest a walk around the Newton Building would be worth your while, as to see these birds flying around the city is truly amazing.

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  89. Pam Birley says:

    Storm has retired to the comfort of his corner again this morning.

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  90. Pam Birley says:

    He disappeared while I was not looking, but I know where he is !!!! I can hear him racketing around in the camera equipment.

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  91. Alan says:

    Morning all,Anybody seen storm fly off the ledge at all ,been watching in between jobs and cant see him now.He was on ledge a bit ago.thanks Alan

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  92. storm ridley says:

    is no one operating the camera today? doubt he would fly in this weather anyway…

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  93. Mom is on the ledge. She appears to be looking for Storm. Has anyone seen him this morning ?

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  94. Kaz says:

    About 2 hrs ago when i last saw him on end of ledge at end of building not seen him since .

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  95. mark 37260 says:

    not seen him for some time anybody know if its a boy or girl.

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  96. Nikki says:

    last seen heading off to the electrics but the camera didnt follow him.

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  97. Fiona says:

    I’ve even started DREAMING about this little chap! Last night he took his maiden voyage with streamers attached to his tail feathers and flew past my house! Hope his 1st flight is caught on camera so I can resume my ‘normal’ life!

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  98. Russ Hardingham says:

    Just saw him running along the ledge again. He’s gone around the corner again.

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  99. dean says:

    he is around the corner the same direction camera is pointing at 3.46pm

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  100. GW says:

    Oh, he’s gone out of shot again – we really need a third camera looking back along that ledge!!

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  101. Nikki says:

    Would that be a red kite then??? Sorry common as muck here in the Chilterns! Anyway the reprobate last seen on the ledge at 4.05pm, Went to get a cup of tea and gone 10mins later.

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  102. SueAtt says:

    I’m suffering from emply nest syndrome – not seen him since this morning when he was tucked up safe in the corner of the nest! 😦

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  103. shezzy says:

    Like the name Storm. Very apt. and should he ever come back to us and we hear ‘Storm’ is back we will all remember that terrible weekend and remember what a fight he had to stay alive.

    He keeps disappearing when I log on. Hopefully I will get to see him before you shut down the webcam.Many thanks for keeping me in touch with nature,even tho it can be cruel at times.

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  104. Mo says:

    Hear hear, it has been simply breathtaking. And I always prided myself that I don’t watch the soaps! This Everyday Story of Peregrine Folks has wrung out every emotion I am capable of. I add my thanks to those of everyone else.

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  105. Dr Barbara Underwood says:

    May I second those words of those who have thanked the team for providing this insight and this delightful, and at times, comic and fretful time. All that work and care taken – a big thank you.
    B

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  106. Dors says:

    May I just echo the words of thanks from the many bloggers to the NTU and Notts Wildlife team. This is my first year watching the Nottingham Peregrins, although I live in the County, thoroughly captivating viewing traumatic, comical and interesting all at the same time. Good luck to Storm fabulous name for an extremely majestic bird to grace our skies.

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  107. Anne says:

    Completely agree with previous comments,it has been a wonderful experience watching this little family, from the early trauma to watching Storm thrive. Is there any chance of us being told a little about the brilliant teams from NTU & NWT? Anyway if you prefer to remain anonymous (apart from Dave & Erin) a huge thank you to you all for your hard work & dedication

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  108. Nikki says:

    he reappeared at 8pm not sure if he flew up or came from behind, now flapped down the runway and gone round the side.

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  109. Mary T says:

    Has anyone seen Storm recently? Not seen him since early this morning

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  110. Mick says:

    Is that Storm on the nest now…8.14pm

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  111. dean says:

    no it is mr p

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  112. Ann says:

    That was mum or dad

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  113. Anne says:

    I think it was Mrs P, she’s just flown off. Last saw Storm at 8pm as Nikki said, scurrying down the runway flapping his wings & disappearing round the corner

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  114. Mick says:

    Thought it looked like one of the adults but wasn’t sure, one arrived earlier on the ledge at around 4.20pm with what looked like a pidgeon, stayed a few seconds and then flew off again,…

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  115. Josette says:

    From France : I saw him at 7: 55. : he came from behind, flapped quickly on the runway and turned right at the end of the runway.
    Then at 8.07 both parents arrived, Dad flew away and Mom stayed on the nest for a long time, then she sat on the ledge and disappeared at 8: 28.

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    • daventu says:

      Great to have you watching from France!

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      • Josette says:

        My daughter works at NTU and she gave me the link as soon as the eggs were laid and I have been watching the birdsevery day ; in fact I am really stuck to my computer and I am amazed by your work and so is my family in France ! Many thanks.

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      • daventu says:

        Thank you! 🙂

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  116. tommy says:

    looks like hes having a lesson in preparing his own meal

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  117. shezzy says:

    Great camera work. Not sure if its Storm or a parent having a late supper.

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    • Pam Birley says:

      Looks like a parent to me feeding, no white crown and no dark chest feathers. It cleaned its beak on the edge of the building before flying off. Looks like Storm at the Council House end of the runway against the wall.

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    • tommy says:

      i wasnt sure but there was quite i bit of what looked like baby fluff on him blowing in the wind so i guessing its him,looks like hes in his usual sleeping spot at the bottom of the ledge now

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    • kaz says:

      Think that was mum because when had done it flew straight off. The camera then started panning round building again looking for Storm, He then appeared from where ever & laid against the wall got comfy & looks like went sleep & thats where he still is. Can just see him right at end of building, Little black blob. x

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  118. luke52 says:

    He’s just arrived from around the corner in the ‘city’ direction. Missed his supper by the looks of it.

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  119. dean says:

    is that storm lying down on the ledge

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  120. SW says:

    Thank you late-night camera operator!

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  121. Nikki says:

    just returned huddled against wall

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  122. justme says:

    What a pity our camera doesnt go around the corner….dont like to miss a thing!

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  123. sueperegrino says:

    I keep tweeting and blogging on other sites “the Nottingham bird has DEFINITELY fledged” …. and then see I’m wrong again. I think Storm is here for the duration now and has taken up permanent residence on the parapet!

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  124. Nikki says:

    Well at least we can all take a breath now, till tomorrow morning!!! Thank you cameramen, much more exciting than anything you can see on TV!!

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  125. Steve says:

    Sunday 4:15am – it’s raining and I think it’s Mum on the nest and Storm on the ledge some distance away. Looks like he’s learning to become independant. Can’t be long before he’s off on his own now.

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    • Steve says:

      The picture’s not brilliant because of rain on the camera lens but I’m pretty sure that Storm is still with us…

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  126. I think he was at the far end of the ledge when I checked at 6.15 this morning and I think he is still there. I do hope so.

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  127. Pam Birley says:

    Good morning or is it? I see no sign of a Perry right now. Thanks for the capture Steve, definitely two birds on that. I am busy watching another cam from Minnesota, waiting for a Loon egg to hatch ! Think I could do with a bank of computers.

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  128. Ian Fretwell says:

    1.50 and im not sure if its MR P or Storm that has just flown into the nest then now siting on the wall.

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  129. dean says:

    storm at nest box at 11.50 am he is still with us

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  130. Belinda says:

    Just logged on 11:55 and pretty sure it was Storm on the ledge near the nest box and now he has gone. Surely he won’t fly in this awful weather. Maybe he is hiding under the camera but I can’t hear him.

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  131. dean says:

    storm having is dinner at 14.02 on other side of camera squarking like a good one

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  132. Za says:

    He is back again, just saw him run down the ledge.

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  133. dean says:

    storm near the nest box 16.20 looks like he is waiting for is tee

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  134. betty_boo says:

    Storm is sat on edge or nest box wet through , bless him. been out allday in blackpool its raining here too. been thinking about the little chap all day glad to see him now im back home. My sister who lives in Notts keeps reminding me that Birds are used to rain ans they do not live in houses .. shes funny

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  135. dean says:

    he as been sitting on the edge of nest box good 30 mins looking so proud waiting for is tea

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  136. SueAtt says:

    He’s got tired of waiting and jumped off the nest into the gulley and headed towards the camera. He even tried shouting for his tea at one point, but nobody came! Poor lonely, hungry boy. 😦

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  137. dean says:

    gone under campra 17.34

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  138. Alan says:

    just come back from the kettle with a cup of coffee,storm was on edge of box when i went and gone when i got back ,just my luck.did he fly off or run down the ledge.

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  139. Pam Birley says:

    Came back from watching royal barge celebrations to see Storm sitting on side of the box. He has lost all his head down now. Still don’t know if he is flying or not. Can hear him in the equipment right now but he is out of sight. Loon egg hatched too….all happening :-))

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  140. Pam Birley says:

    Alan he is still there, on the edge of the box, far right.

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  141. annie says:

    Bless him, he is still sitting at the edge of the nest, he looks right fed up and wet. no parents about.Has he been fed to-day?

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    • Fiona says:

      Think his parents have gone to a Jubilee garden party Annie. Don’t worry, they’ll be back soon with some sausage rolls and cupcakes for him!

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  142. Pam Birley says:

    He looks pretty miserable in the pouring rain, sitting there dozing, dripping wet but great to see him again.
    Two pics added here:

    Aawww !!!

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  143. Sacko says:

    On the ledge flapping his wings and doing the waggle dance.

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  144. betty_boo says:

    Off he goes down the runway flapping his wings , and round the corner he GONE! must be better round that end.. but looks ready to go any time now

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    • Pam Birley says:

      I wonder if the ledge goes right around the building? He looks so comical when he is running and flapping.

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      • annie says:

        Pam I believe it does. One minute he was going to the city end and round the corner and then 15 min later popped up in front of the nest coming from the other side.Talk about walk about.

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  145. Shirley Stirland says:

    not seeen little Storm chick all day 😦 tho I do have other stuff going on(like my own 3 chicks/kids)
    missed seeing him today.guess time to let go.Permission to fly…..bless and good luck

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    • kaz says:

      I not seen him at all today just 1 of the parents that landed for five minute’s to take off again & that was the only time i saw anything to do with a bird of any sort. Did hear Storm crying out near the nest somwhere at one point but could not see him, I have virtually sat on this all day for a glimpse of him to no avail, Not done anything today, Am addicted Dont know what i will do when he’s flown the nest like many others might get a bit more done. lol x

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  146. sueperegrino says:

    I’ve been a storm child myself all day, been up to London to visit the Queen – and boy, was it it wet and cold!

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    • Pam Birley says:

      Bet you enjoyed it though Sue. The Queen looked cold too and was wrapped in a shawl standing behind the throne on the barge in order to keep out of the cold breeze. Kate really had the “wow factor”. A day to remember.

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      • sueperegrino says:

        I’d have kicked myself if I hadn’t bothered – but it really was BITTERLY cold (and wet). Felt I had to go as I’m a diamond girl myself too, just 3 days older than the reign of the queen. How times are changed from the Silver jubilee that I also attended; on that occasion roubnded off the day with some happy snapshots on the doorstep of 10 Downing Street. Next time I go to any big street events MUST think to take a small pair of steps – my best tip to event attenders! Yes it was good – but did I mention how wet and cold it was …..

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  147. Dot Rich says:

    posted a video on my youtube channel 70chico1 (no spaces )of a rainiy day. Had not seen Storm the day before so not the best video but does show its ok. They were searching with cam for hi.

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  148. kaz says:

    No signs of storm yet been lookin since 4.00am Have not heard him either,

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  149. I can’t see him but I can hear something which sounds very like him begging for food. Hope I’m right.

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    • betty_boo says:

      Yes Pamela i could hear him too sounds just like he was round the corner or just a long way from the microphone.

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  150. Well, I just saw what I think was Storm, sitting on the edge of the ledge up this end, by the box. I went to have a read of the last few posts in here, went back to the cam and he had gone! I will severely reprimand myself if I have missed him having a sly swoop! Did anyone else see where he went in that 30 seconds?

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  151. annie. says:

    Just seen him, he has come from around the city end. he is flapping his wings like mad.

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  152. SW says:

    I saw him fly off the ledge! Wonderful sight!

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  153. Pam Birley says:

    HE DOES FLY ! I believe it now that I’ve seen it !
    Just went back from reading the blog and saw him coming along the ledge, flap and take off towards the camera. No picture unfortunately.

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    • SW says:

      Hi Pam, so glad you saw him too – I switched to camera 1 just in time to see a flapping blur approaching the camera along the ledge, he landed for a moment, then swooped away. Sally

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  154. Anne says:

    I saw him sitting on the ledge & he flew off almost immediately, only saw him briefly so although I thought it was Storm I’m not quite sure.

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  155. malcolm says:

    yes i to saw him take off good look storm with your life,pigeons beware he`s a fighter

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  156. annie. says:

    I could have been wrong because I have just seen it take off, It was probably his dad. I hate this not knowing!

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  157. Hetty says:

    Well I saw a bird sitting near the box earlier this morning and it then took off, but it definitely wasn’t Storm. It didn’t have the speckled chest like Storm. It had the white ‘bib’ that the parents have.

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  158. I’m frightened to move now. I need to move everything I need closer to the computer!

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  159. SueAtt says:

    Supposed to be sorting stuff ready for our street party later today, but I’m distracted!!!!!! Not seen a single peregrin at all this morning, just an empty ledge and nest! 😦

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  160. sue b says:

    What happens now, seasoned peregrine watchers? Will Storm keep coming back? Will parents keep coming back? Do we close down our computers and return to normal life?

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    • SueAtt says:

      Who knows? Might have to take a bus ride into the city centre tomorrow, armed with the binoculars, and see if I can spot him and his parents! Can’t let Storm go without a goodbye!

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  161. Anita Zwiers says:

    Storm has make her first flight 🙂

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  162. Ann says:

    Thank you so much-I was so sad that I didn’t see his flight, I have actually got tears in my eyes having seen this clip. Thank you again.

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  163. Nikki says:

    is Storm a he or a she? Was anyone able to tell when it was ringed?

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    • daventu says:

      Hi Nikki – we weighed him at the time of ringing and are fairly certain he is indeed a ‘he’! Can I just take this opportunity to thank everyone for your fab comments / observations over this bank holiday weekend! Absolutely brilliant as ever!

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      • annie. says:

        We thank you for letting us take part in this wonderful adventure of our pelicans. I have thoroughly enjoyed this. I feel bereft now it is over, what will I do.

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  164. Nikki says:

    Do you have any footage of his first flight? Or is that a bit cheeky to ask on a Bank Holiday?

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    • dean says:

      hi ,anite as put on here a few posts up

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      • Nikki says:

        Yes I saw that thanks, I was just wondering whether NTU had any footage they could post as Anite’s video clip showed the parents but the clip of Storm was a little disjointed on my machine.

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  165. dean says:

    Thanks for sharing that Anita and good luck storm.

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  166. sueperegrino says:

    Thanks to Anita for that great bit of video. Thanks also to Notts for a first class project – live streaming with impressive quality of image, attentive camara control and an intelligent, interesting and informative blog. The joy of seeing “Storm” fledge successfully almost takes away the pain of seeing what the cruel weather did back at the end of April. Nikki, in answer to your question, the main indication of sex is on size and weight, until they pair up and it’s possible to tell from behaviour, it’s the only way (unless you take a look inside a dead one and that’s not a good plan!)
    Dave, I realise that in the wild, peregrines are likely on exposed cliffs and similar and just have to cope, but might it be an idea to modify the platform next year to more of a box, similar to the one used this year at Charing Cross Hospital?
    I see Springwatch are featuring peregrines this week – wonder where it’ll be?

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  167. Mo Cole says:

    Good Luck Storm we will miss you…….. Thank you so much Anita for the last footage and thank you to all at NTU…… Mo Cole x

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  168. SW says:

    I think the Springwatch peregrines are on tonight. Hope Storm returns to the ledge for a while longer.

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  169. Hetty says:

    Thank you Anita for posting that clip of Storm’s flight. I do hope he’ll have a long and happy life. Wonder if we’ll see anything more of him in the next few days? I’ll keep watching while ever the camera is operating!

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  170. Rachel says:

    Pleased to report that we have just observed mr & mrs p and storm on the NTU building – storm was having a flutter round on the roof and squeaking very loudly to mrs p sitting on a ledge to the side! It was fab to see and slightly relieved to know that he is ok – will try to post a picture shortly 😊

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  171. Irene says:

    I’m getting Empty Nest Syndrome, suppose it’s time to concentrate on other important things now! Thanks for all the footage and blog, I’ve been totally hooked and hope that our boy has a long and happy life!

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  172. Jan says:

    Thanks Anita! So great to see Storm truly get his wings! 🙂

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  173. Good luck storm where ever you may fly i will miss your antics xx

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  174. So sorry to have missed “take-off” but delighted to see Anita’s video clip – thank you. Will still check from time to time for a day or two, but heigh ho , life must go on.Been great fun, though. Bye.

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    • daventu says:

      Thank you Pam – and all the visitors to the falcon cam and blog – for your continued support 🙂

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      • betty_boo says:

        I would like to thank NTU for the wonderful footage of the Peregrine falcon family it has been absolutely breathtaking at times. It was quite emotional when I saw the clip that Anite posted so grateful to you for doing so. I will definitely be watching close next year to see if Mr & Mrs P have another brood. This is my very first time watching the birds and it certainly won’t be the last. Thank you to all the Team involved. You have done a fabulous job and the footage has been splendid.

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      • daventu says:

        Thank you very much – it’s been great to have you watching / commenting!

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  175. Dinks says:

    Fantastic to see Storm start his journey through life – good luck! I am also watching our 3 chicks on Norwich Cathedral,www. hawkandowl.org They are about 2 weeks younger than Storm and they are doing very well. They haven’t got the privilege of a ledge to practice their flying skills before taking off but I hope they will all fledge successfully!

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  176. freda says:

    Hail and farewell! May you always have the wind beneath your wings!

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  177. Nigel Palethorpe says:

    DaveNTU,
    I apologise if these questions have already been addressed but…..
    Is Storm likely to return or have we seen him for the last time?
    How far away from the birth site do they usually fly?
    Thanks
    Nigel

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    • daventu says:

      Hi Nigel – you might find the penultimate blog entry of interest. There’s a line in there from Erin at NWT saying that even once Storm has mastered the art of flying he will probably still be dependent on his parents for food for a little while longer. We think he’ll stay within a 60 mile radius 🙂

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      • kaz says:

        I like everyone else would like to say thank you for the experience of watching Storm grow & how unfortunate to have lost the other siblings in that awful weather in April.. Hopefully they will be back next Feb to start nother new family & suceed in raising all the babies next time will be a crying shame to have that happen again. I wish Storm & parents all the luck in the world for a safe & carefree life. Dont know what am going to do now though i have watched day & night since camera’s first came on,Even when have been busy Laptop moved round with me. Lol. Looks like i will have to fill my time with finding things to do until the next time. Well thats it apart from saying Thanks to Pam for the great photo’s she has put on for us & Anita for that great video of the 1st flight that no doubt a lot of us missed A really BIG thank you to NTU for letting us in on this great experience with the Peregrine Falcons……..X X.X

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      • daventu says:

        Thank you Kaz, we really appreciate those very kind words

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  178. tommy says:

    awww was lovely to see him go on his merry way thanx Anita for the clip,will miss the little chap,good luck Storm 🙂 Thanx to the NTU for the fantastic footage its the 1st year iv watched them but have started watching a few and your cam and blog far out weigh the others. See you all next year!

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  179. GW says:

    I really hope we get to see him a couple mote time just so I can say “Goodbye & Good luck little fella” I’ve grown to lovel him so in the last few weeks. I wish him a long, safe & healthy life.

    Thank you everyone for all the wonderful coverage and information. How long will you keep observig to be sure he’s gone?

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  180. Pam Birley says:

    Great to see that video from Anita, many thanks…been out celebrating the jubilee today since this morning when I saw Storm fly. Thanks for your amazing coverage. Storm posed you quite a few problems at times. At least your camera equipment seems to have survived his onslaughts thank goodness. There are some creatures that seem to be born survivors and I believe Storm is one of these. Maybe you should put another nest box around the end of his runway and he may come back to breed.

    I am wondering if you will keep the webcam on for a few more days?

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    • daventu says:

      Hi Pam – you’re right, he certainly is a character and has kept everyone entertained with his antics on the ledge. We’ll no doubt be in touch about plans for the cam and blog so please do stay tuned. I know I don’t need to ask 😉

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  181. Lynn C says:

    Thanks daventu- so happy to see Anita’s flight video. Best wishes from the US- we are about a week behind at Great Spirit Bluff with Maggie and Christine (in case any of you haven’t had enough nest watching yet) 🙂
    love to all of the bobbleheads….

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    • daventu says:

      Thanks Lynn – amazing to have had you watching from the US! Will be sure to have a look at Great Spirit Bluff, thanks!

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  182. Caroline says:

    Having watched daily from early morning until late at night, including those desperately sad times in April, I gave myself a day off yesterday to do Jubilee stuff and look what happened! I missed Storm taking to the skies. God speed, Storm. You’ve stolen my heart.

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  183. Pip says:

    I had tears in my eyes watching that video clip. Little Storm has touched the hearts of us all. Be safe in your travels, little fella.

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  184. Gill says:

    Good luck Storm, our strong little beauty! I’ve missed you over the past couple of days, but hope you have a wonderful life:-)

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  185. Lynn says:

    Aah an empty ledge and nest- sad to have my daily(if not hourly!) dose of Storm et al removed! But many thanks to all involved it truly is a great thing you do- to let us see the wonder of nature on our own doorstep(well- ledge) what a privilege.

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  186. Rachel says:

    Heres my pics from yesterday when my hubby and I saw Storm and Mr & Mrs P – we saw one of the adults fly away, leaving Storm on the roof and the other adult on the lower ledge – we were hoping the pics were going to be clearer but they were quite some distance! Storm looks amazing with his wings out! Link below 🙂

    [IMG]http://i1205.photobucket.com/albums/bb427/Mashy689/StormMum.jpg[/IMG]

    [IMG]http://i1205.photobucket.com/albums/bb427/Mashy689/Stormuponroof.jpg[/IMG]

    [IMG]http://i1205.photobucket.com/albums/bb427/Mashy689/StormAirborne.jpg[/IMG]

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  187. Rachel says:

    oops not sure that worked but if you cut and paste the above link into your search engine – this should take you to photo bucket where you can view the pics! 🙂

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    • Julie Mott says:

      Great photos Rachel ….. thank you so much for sharing. Am missing watching his antics but so pleased he has finally found the wind beneath his wings. Stay safe little fella 🙂

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  188. Sonya says:

    It’s the first time I’ve watched the Peregrines, and it won’t be my last. It’s been such a privilege to have seen these magnificent birds facing all that nature has thrown at them. A big “thank you” to the team and to all the bloggers who have captured photos and videos of “survival of the fittest” in action.

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  189. Belinda says:

    Brilliant thanks Rachel. You have to copy and paste and delete the bit in brackets at the beginning and end. I missed the flight when I was checking my e-mails! so the more photos and videos the better please everyone. Still keep checking the webcams incase they come back. You must have had a really good camera (and got a stiff neck) to get those photos. I went with my binoculars one day and managed to see what I thought was an adult on the edge of a ledge but it was quite difficult to keep looking up at that angle.

    Thanks again for the brilliant blog and dedication by NTU and Wildlife Trust.

    I’m afraid I can’t resist saying something which I have found funny over the last few weeks – some people seem to think Dave at NTU is called Daventu (so did I at first!) I think we have invented a new name. Hope Dave(ntu) finds it funny too! You have been great Dave.

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    • daventu says:

      Haha thanks Belinda! Yep, I have certainly got used to being addressed in that way over the last few weeks / months – I think it has a certain ring to it, pleased that it caught on! In reality it’s just plain old Dave I’m afraid 🙂

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  190. Belinda says:

    They are still around. Since one in the distance on the far end of the ledge twice in the last hour or so but too far away to tell which one it was. Can also hear faint screeching occasionally. Unless I am imagining it!

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  191. justme says:

    oh whoops i must admit i thought the name was Daventu at first ive seen them at the far end also …cant tell who it was.

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    • daventu says:

      Nope – Dave and then NTU as in ‘Nottingham Trent University’! 🙂

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      • justme says:

        Yes after a while, a very short while i realised what the NTU was…..stupid me!!!!!Hope its not only the female watchers amongst us that thought the same!!

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  192. Anny says:

    Fabulous! – Thank You for the film Anita.
    Suffering from empty nest syndrome? – try watching the fantastic osprey webcams now – that’s how I got hooked!!

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  193. Sally says:

    It’s been a rollercoaster ride but it certainly ended on a fantastic high. Like many others, this has been my first year watching the peregrines and it’s been such a wonderful experience. My daughter is an NTU student and gave me the link before the eggs were laid otherwise I wouldn’t have known about it. I’ve looked at some other falcon webcams recently but none match this one with such brilliant photography and superb quality of filming. Thank you to the falcon team for allowing us to witness a small part of Storm’s life, he’s a very special peregrine. I do miss him though. Happy Summer everyone!

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  194. Alison says:

    Thanks a million to the team! My 4 and 5 year olds at Lady Bay Primary School took a lot of interest in Storm and will be sorry to hear, after half term, that we won’t be able to watch him anymore!Nevertheless some of them have been watching from home with their parents! We’ll log in earlier next year because he inspired lots of talking,writing and pictures!

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  195. SueAtt says:

    Went into the city centre this afternoon to do some peregrine spotting and saw first one, on a corner at the opposite end of the building from the nest site and slightly higher up, then a second one which flew in and landed a short distance away. Couldn’t make out who was who as my binoculars are rubbish, but stood and watched for a while until my husband got a bit fidgety! Kept looking back and saw a 3rd falcon flying towards the building, so at least one of them was Storm even if I don’t know which one. Feel I can now let go and wish him well and God speed to wherever he goes.:) A great big thankyou to the NTU and NWT teams for sharing this incredible journey – it has been fantastic, through the good times and the bad, and I will definitely be watching next year. Also thanks to all the people on the blog who supplied some excellent photos. My best wishes to everyone. 🙂

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    • daventu says:

      Thanks Sue, for all your comments and for your continued support for the cam and blog. It has been a remarkable story so far, with some real highs and some real lows, and I think we all feel privileged to have been able to share in it

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  196. Dina from New York (USA) says:

    Thank you Dave and the NTU..it has been a pleasure and a great experience watching the falcons and raising baby Storm. I am from UpState New York (USA) and have been watching everyday since I found out about the web site in April. I too miss seeing Storm and his parents everyday. I hope he comes back and raises his family at NTU. God Bless Storm and his parents and everyone who has been involved in making this moment one of the greatest experiences I have come to watch. Thank you also to everyone who has added footage and photos of Storm and his parents. I too had missed his first flight and seeing the footage of it was the most amazing thing I have ever seen..Take care everyone and hope to see Storm or his parents raise their babies at NTU next year….

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    • daventu says:

      Thank you Dina. Really pleased that you have found the whole experience so enjoyable! Great to have you watching from the US too – we’ve been really overwhelmed with the level of interest overseas, it’s been fantastic!

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  197. julie907 says:

    Ive been watching since valentines day when the mum and dad took up residence in the nestbox. Its been thrilling, beautiful, exciting, sad and many many other emotions but I wouldnt have missed it for the world. I am both happy and sad that Storm has fledged the nest and wish him well in the future years which I hope there are many.

    Thank you Erin, Dave and everyone else at NTU for allowing us this fabulous insight into this wonderful species of bird, long may it continue guys… you are awesome 🙂

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  198. Anne says:

    Thank you Dave & all the teams at NTU & NWT for giving us this wonderful experience. The webcam is brilliant & I have very much enjoyed the informative blogs & all the comments. It’s been hard at times but it’s great to see Storm thriving after the terrible start. Now I shall have to catch up with a long backlog of jobs & it will also be strange to walk around the house without clutching a laptop! Looking forward to next year when I hope the parents, or maybe Storm, will be back

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    • daventu says:

      Thanks Anne – yes, I don’t think you’re alone with acquiring a backlog of jobs / work by the sound of it! Thanks again for all your support!

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  199. SW says:

    It’s been a privilege to watch, thank you NTU & Notts Wildlife Trust. I was also given the link by my student daughter, and when we attend her graduation next month I shall be glancing skywards in the hope of another glimpse of our favourite young bird! Sally W

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  200. kaz says:

    Ha Ha me too who thought Dave’s name was Daventu, Must have been a blonde moment, (Wonder if all females that thought it was too are blonde ? Lol ) Anyway dont care wether it’s Daventu or just Dave he’s done a great job keeping us up to date with Storm & parents. Thanx again.
    By the way was the name of the winner of the bird publisised on the blog ? x

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    • daventu says:

      Thanks Kaz – will ask re the competition winner, would be great if we were able to update / get something up on the blog!

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  201. Pammy says:

    I have been watching baby storm for weeks, and feel so close to him. Hopefully he lives a long and safe life. I guess he will never fly over my home, as i live in Australia, but one can always dream.

    Goodbye my feathery little friend – and thank you for giving me so much pleasure and hope, when I truely needed it.

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  202. Thanks Dave for the amazing coverage of ‘The Life of Storm’ (so far). I have run the whole gamut of emotions in the past few weeks and am so happy that he got to fly away. Nature is a wonderful thing though often appears cruel. Over the past few weeks I have watched the story unfold and also watched owlets at Heligan devour their siblings and have come to understand so much more about nature. Having just buried two weakling kittens out of a litter of 8 (tried to save them) I am devastated but having watched the goings on over these few weeks, I find I have been able to put things into perspective re survival of the fittest…after I stopped crying that is….Well done to you and the whole team at NTU. Still watching the cameras hoping to get a glimpse of the little man in flight but meals are being taken at the table now. Good luck for next year.

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    • daventu says:

      Thank you Alison for those really kind words – it’s been great that you’ve been so involved in the project from the start. I think we have all learned a lot about nature over the last few months, having seen it at its very best and very worst. Pleased to hear meals are being taken back at the table 🙂

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  203. mr cameron says:

    whilst ive been watching the these birds i cannot help feel a little sorry for all the racing pigeons they have fed on,i mean people spend alot of money making sure there racing pigeons are fit and healthy for racing then a bop takes them in flight,but nothing is ever done about it

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    • Hetty says:

      Well I don’t like to see any other birds being fed on, but that’s nature and the way the falcons survive. I don’t think they can differentiate between racing pigeons and feral pigeons! To them a pigeon is just a pigeon.

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  204. Helen A-F says:

    It has been a brilliant few weeks watching this family, so one last thank you to Dave and all involved, who have let us share in the private life of these birds. The images were fantastic and the informative blogs enhanced my understanding of what I was seeing. I always felt the surviving chick would make it to feldge and fly free, as he was so strong and to know he is now soaring with his parents is just wonderful. May he live a long and healthy life. All the best to you all for the coming months and I look forward to catching up again in 2013 🙂

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    • daventu says:

      Thanks Helen – there are many names that I recognise as having been frequent commentators on this blog and yours is certainly one of them! Really pleased you have found it so enjoyable, thanks again for all your support 🙂

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  205. martha says:

    Thanks Dave, NTU & NWT for providing another great year of watching the falcons & reading the fantastic blog which kept us all informed, even if this year has been a rollercoaster it has been worth while 😀

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  206. Claire says:

    Dave, have all the family gone for this year? Feels very lonely without them 😦

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  207. SW says:

    Hi Dave, Just seen the Wildlife Trust’s announcement of the Raptor Watch event outside the Newton Building today, and wondered if there’s any chance that it might be repeated next week?

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    • daventu says:

      Hi Sally – I think Erin from NWT will be knocking a blog piece together very soon and may well be including raptor watch details in there somewhere. Keep a look out for it in the next day or so.

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  208. malcolm says:

    watching cam at 12,30 and it looked like it was snowing but on the ledge above i asume it was someone from the p family could it have been storm ? plucking feathers, you could see the shaddow of the bird on the webcam ledge below

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  209. Josette says:

    Great ! I saw Mr.P or Mrs.P around 10 am on the other side of the ledge when I checked the webcam, but I missed the lunch ! Sure I will watch them next year ! I might even be in Nottingham, more exactly in Carlton in April or May…
    Thanks again Dave, NTU and NWT ! Unfortunately I think we don’t have the same in France.

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  210. Sally says:

    Anyone suffering from peregrine withdrawal symptoms may be interested in watching live action from Bath on Springwatch tonight. They have previously just shown video footage of the family whose 3 eggs hatched during the dreadful storms. Sadly one chick died but the fact that a juvenile from last year’s brood has been helping with the parenting duties has made it particularly interesting.

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    • Pam Birley says:

      Watched it Sally and was fascinated by the revelations of inbreeding amongst peregrines and the fact that a fledgling from last year was brooding this years clutch of eggs. I think I will have to watch that again on I-player 🙂

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      • Sally says:

        I think they said they’ll be showing them again on tonight’s programme. I hope so anyway!

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  211. Penny says:

    Hi Dave – thank you for all the great information you have given us and I am delighted to hear that Storm and his parents are still around and enjoying lunch even if I cannot see them. I am wondering if you could tell me whether Storm will be hunting with the adults now, or will he be catching his own prey?

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    • daventu says:

      Hi Penny – have an answer for you now! The adults will withhold food items and encourage Storm to take longer flights. At this time the adults will drop prey in mid-air for him to catch in a food pass. This activity contributes to bringing about the day when he will become independent. The loosening of ties with the parents is probably gradual and spread over several weeks, during which time Storm gradually learns to fend for himself. The adults will continue to feed him until he disperses naturally. There is no evidence that the adults drive juveniles away – it is likely that Storm will detach himself from the parents as instinct dictates.

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  212. dean says:

    hi,storm is somewere around the camera squarking very loud at 15.46

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  213. Glynis says:

    Thanks to Dave, NTU and NWT for such an insight into the wonderful experience of the Peregrine Falcons. Unfortunately I was a late comer (my sister told me of the website) but it has been wonderful to watch, pc on all day hoping to catch a glimpse. Unfortunately I was on holiday for Storms flight but saw Anita’s video which was great. Will definitely watch them next year. Haven’t seen Storm or Mr and Mrs P since I got back from my hol but here’s hoping I will catch a glimpse over the next few days.

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  214. Claire says:

    Why is the camera not panning around?

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  215. Julie Mott says:

    Can hear the little fella screaming 😀

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  216. Sarah S. says:

    Phew! I thought I was the only saddo still checking in! 😀

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  217. Alan says:

    Thanks Dave,NTU and NWT and all those involved with the peregrines .All i need to do now is get my own laptop ready for next year as my family have been restricted to using this one only in the hours darkness :)thanks again is been FANTASTIC,Alan

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  218. Belinda says:

    18:05 I can hear him screeching but I can’t see him. Bless – he must be under the camera sheltering from the rain. Can’t wait for Springwatch!

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  219. Sarah S. says:

    I’d like to add my voice to the chorus of Thankyous.
    The quality of the images, the skilled and diligent camera work and the considered response to all queries has made the story of “Family Peregrine 2012” utterly compelling viewing. Birth, death, the awe-inspiring determination and will to survive – it’s all going on, all around us, and you’ve given us an eye-opening glimpse into Nature’s “carnage in the Spring”.
    Thankyou so much to all concerned.

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  220. Sarah S. says:

    Ooh, ooh, I see him! Flapping away just below the ledge! 😀

    (Got to be him, all that un-coordinated flapping!)

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    • betty_boo says:

      Yes Sarah i saw Storm too he was making a lot of noise, bless him im so pleased to have seen him. i got quite excited , i live in Blackpool and my sister lives in Nott’s we have been on the pc every day talking on Microphone on MSN and watching the NTU cam, so when he came into view we both started Squealing just like children LOL

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  221. betty_boo says:

    Looks like Storm decided to stay home after a night on the tiles, got up this morning to find him asleep on his ledge, what a lovely surprise. Hope to see him set off down the runway one last time, this is exciting .

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  222. Morning everyone. I have been away for the last couple of days. I thought I has better do some work 🙂 Can I ask a tentative question please? Is he back?? I can see something cuddled up to the ledge again! Apologies if this is a false alarm.

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  223. Pammy says:

    He’s back on the ledge, having a snooze 7am

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  224. Sarah Glover says:

    He’s sleeping in one of his favourite places – halfway along the ledge – this morning. Glad to see him again – I’m on holiday in Islay at the moment but happily the cottage has broadband so I’m able to have a look at intervals. Having been watching since before the eggs were laid, I’m thrilled to have seen the progress of the survivor and to have had this insight into bird behaviour. Can’t wait until next year! Thanks to all involved.

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  225. betty_boo says:

    For those wanting to see Storm hes there still but the rain on the cam is in the view of him so lets hope it stops raining or he moves forward a tut ..

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  226. Hetty says:

    Yes, but now a raindrop has landed on the lens exactly in the spot where he is! It’s hidden him completely! We need a camera operator to come and zoom in!!

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  227. betty_boo says:

    awwwwwwwwww Yes we do. What are we like ….all this house work to do and we sit glued to rain drops on a pc .. this is so funny my family think i have lost it now …lol

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  228. Glynis says:

    Yes I’ve just managed to catch Storm on the windowsill flapping his wings, looks a bit dishevelled but with being away not seen him for a while. Glad the little fella ok !

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  229. Hetty says:

    He’s disappeared behind the camera now, but he came up close and gave us a lovely view of his beautiful adult feathers – stretching his wings and spreading out his tail feathers! I was so pleased to see him again.

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  230. joyce6 says:

    Storm just made the best photo call, came right up to the camera flapping his wings. He certainly is a character. Thanks to all involved for letting us have a glimpse of the natural world.

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  231. lorraine says:

    screenshots or video please! what awful weather in Notts today, poor old owls at Heligan taking a battering too with severe weather warning/storm ongoing. Why not try the three peregrine chicks nest at Norwich cathedral, it’s sunny there! http://www.hawkandowl.org.

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    • SueAtt says:

      Just watched 3 very noisy chicks being fed at Norwich cathedral. One looks not far off from fledging – head bobbing up and down and peering over the edge of the nest box! 2nd one with the big fluffy white trousers is huge – must be a female! 3rd one being sensible and sheltering from the wind and rain. No runway there to try out their wings! :/

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      • lorraine says:

        Raining here now too:( yes, biggest bird is our female. the younger tiercel is causing some concern as he is so much smaller despite being just two days younger than his two siblings. Also he has a beak which is not normal. We can only hope he survives and thrives, thankfully his siblings seem very healthy. They keep standing on the edge of their box and appear in danger of falling off!

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    • Pammy says:

      Ouch, there seems to be no way to edit a post – I would have played around until I could get these to the correct size.

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    • SW says:

      Thanks, great to see Storm again. Hoping he’ll put in another appearance when the rain’s stopped!

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    • Belinda says:

      Hi Pammy

      For some reason I can’t get the photos. Desperate to see him as not seen more than a very distant view for days! Had to go to work at 6:25 this morning so missed seeing him. Has anyone else got any photos or videos taken in the last few days please?

      Belinda

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      • Pammy says:

        Hopefully these work. Just copy and paste in browser 🙂

        [IMG]http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u450/Tames1234/NVE00003-1-1-1.jpg[/IMG]
        [IMG]http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u450/Tames1234/Storm1-1.jpg[/IMG]

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  232. Sonya says:

    I’ve already thanked the team for bringing the Peregrine saga into our homes with their magnificent camera work. I’d also like to spare a thought for the maintenance team who will, I expect, be going out there to clean up the ledge once the birds have moved on. Not the most pleasant of jobs!

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  233. Hetty says:

    Thanks Pammy. Very poor conditions this morning, so no wonder the quality isn’t good!

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  234. Julie Mott says:

    Can hear him screaming for food 😀

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  235. Pam Birley says:

    Just saw the camera person pan around, looking along the other runway and into the camera equipment area. With all this heavy rain everything looks flooded out. I keep hoping to catch a glimpse of Storm but all I have seen is a peregrine flying swiftly up to a higher perch above the runways.
    I am missing seeing the birds so much. I just looked back through all my photos of this years Peregrines, not just the ones I selected to put on to Flickr. I wish I could upload them all but I already have nearly 16,000, mostly wildlife, photos uploaded so I have to be selective. I guess you could say I am well and truly addicted.
    I have been photographically recording images from a group of very small islands in Canada since 2004 so that is always my main concern and is really where my interest in peregrines originated as I have taken quite a few photos of peregrines on the island, which I have been lucky enough to visit several times. I’ve also spent hours and hours watching Loons, or Great Northern Divers as we know them here, both in Maine and Minnesota. They too only have a short nesting period.
    Looking forward to seeing more interesting Perry footage on Springwatch this evening, meanwhile back to the rain in Nottingham (it’s pouring here in Leicester too). Many thanks for the continued coverage – what a great team you are there in Nottingham 🙂

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  236. Julie Mott says:

    Just seen Storm on the ledge 😀

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  237. justme says:

    Bird just landed on the ledge cant tell who it was as they were facing away having a good spruce up…the bird not me!!!

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  238. Pam Birley says:

    Just watched the Bath peregrine footage on Springwatch and it struck me how lucky the NTU chicks are to have their runways. Chicks at Bath only have the nest box to flap their wings in and the edge of the box to stand on before they fledge. As a result a lot of them fall and if they are not dead are rescued from the ground.

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  239. Pammy says:

    Here is some more footage. Again I’m sorry for the quality, I’m terrible with editing software : /

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  240. Julie White says:

    He was sitting on the ledge at 0920: he was looking around as if he was thinking ‘where shall I go next?’ After a bit of flapping (as if to warm his wings up 🙂 he took off in the direction of the cinema. I cannot believe that eight weeks ago he was just an egg and now he is flying around like an old pro. I take this opportunity of thanking the team that have allowed us to follow this amazing saga.

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  241. Sal says:

    A few sightings of the birds over the last half hour or so..it’s hard to tell Storm apart from his parents now, having not sighted him for the last few days! Am really pleased to have seen him again as thought I might not. Thanks to everyone who has been involved in the project, I’ve been gripped by it. I now understand what my mum has been going on about for the last few years! Many, many thanks and well done

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  242. Graham says:

    Thank you Pammy. Lovely to see him again, he’s so big now!

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  243. betty_boo says:

    just seen storm on the ledge below calling for his tea, talking of tea better go and feed my lot ..lol

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  244. SW says:

    Thanks Pammy, great to see him.

    Adult just spent a few minutes in the nest box, and I caught sight of Storm flying below the ledge.

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  245. Mick says:

    Just seen possibly Storm by the nest for several minutes and managed a couple of nice screen shots before he flew off again…

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  246. Mick says:

    Back again as i type…

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  247. Mick says:

    Stayed on the ledge for a good half hour preening before flying off again at 2 27pm

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  248. SW says:

    Watched Storm on the ledge near the nest box for almost an hour, preening, stretching – great viewing. Thanks for keeping the camera running – we have to make the most of the next week!

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  249. Shirley Stirland says:

    Storm on nest now looking at camera,handsome 🙂

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  250. Mick says:

    7pm and he’s snoozing on the edge of the nest…

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  251. polly says:

    Just seen Mrs. P. at the nest having a tidy up, then Mr.P. joined her, dare we think a 2nd brood may be on the way? Daventu may become daventhree!!!!

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  252. Julie Mott says:

    10.20am and he’s back on the ledge by the nestbox – he has grown so much now 🙂

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    • annie says:

      How sad is this, I am still going on the site now and again and to-day at 15.57 I have seen storm.he is at the opposite end to the city, so the camera is still following them.He has grown huge. Lovely to see they are still with us. I must have empty nest syndrome.

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      • Mick says:

        Now the 23rd and one of the birds at the nest again, hard to tell whose who now, nice to see they are still around…with food a plenty in the City centre why venture too far?

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  253. Annie says:

    Sat 30th June 17.42, Just seen all three of them, Storm was sitting near the nest, mum and dad just flew in. Looks like mum dumped a bird in the nest and Storm jumped in and is eating it. Hope he is not going to be a lazy bird. Brilliant.

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  254. Mick says:

    Nice to see the early return of the Peregrines…

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