An enlightening and rewarding experience

Early days: Storm with one of his parents

Early days: a young Storm with one of his parents

As I stood watching our remaining chick ‘Storm’ feeding alongside his parents high on the Newton building yesterday, I reflected on what a uniquely exhilarating and testing time everyone involved in this year’s project has had over the last four months.

When I say ‘everyone involved’, I mean the whole team at Nottingham Trent University who have done an amazing job trying to keep the family in view on the wonderful cameras, as well as those responsible for writing blog entries and responding to more than 2,000 blog comments.

I also mean my colleagues at Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust, who have helped to answer some of the more difficult questions posed by our army of interested watchers. In addition to the teams at both NTU and my NWT colleagues, I mean the countless thousands of people who have been gripped by the story of Storm, his parents, and the siblings that sadly didn’t survive.

When we re-launched the web cam just 16 weeks ago we were hopeful that improvements to the camera set up – giving us arguably the best wildlife web cam in the UK, with its amazing city centre views and pin sharp images of wild peregrines – would lead to an increase in web traffic. We had no idea just how popular the camera would be this year or just what a story would unfold before our eyes.

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All grown up: Storm overlooks the city as he prepares for his first flight

As soon as it was launched it was extremely popular – the warm spring meant that the adults were visible straight away and the HD quality and roving zoom meant great pictures from day one.

However, as the weeks passed and the weather turned, the level of interest reached unexpected highs. Before the chicks had even hatched we were approaching the quarter of a million views we achieved last year. To date, the sad story of the three chicks that died, followed by the uplifting efforts of the adult birds in trying to ensure their remaining chick survived, has generated almost 700,000 views.

This accompanying blog – launched to give us the ability to provide a more detailed commentary on the birds’ behaviour and to generate dialogue between the team and our watchers – has so far received more than 200,000 views. This is a spectacular level of interest which none of us could have foreseen.

As Storm has spent less and less time in view of the camera, questions have turned to messages of support, and on behalf of Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust and our colleagues at Nottingham Trent University, I’d like to thank everyone for their extremely kind words.

There have been some testing times over the last few months and it has been an enlightening experience for everyone involved. The support we have received from viewers in 99 different countries makes it all worthwhile.

The naming competition proved extremely popular and we are delighted to announce that the winner, Jill Cox from Berkshire, has been sent her peregrine falcon toy.

With Storm spending less and less time in view of the cameras, preferring instead to practice flying between the ledges and the top of the building, it is likely that the camera will be turned off at the end of next week – but watch this space for news of other web cams coming up on the Ecoweb site – including a camera on a blue tit nest to be launched this month. For anyone that’s interested we have a live feed from a camera on a reed warbler nest at our Attenborough Nature Reserve.

If Storm is still around, there will also be a final ‘live’ Wildlife in the City Raptor Watch event next Tuesday. Click here to register your interest in attending.

So, as the falcon project draws to a close for another year, I would just like to reassure everyone that we are already planning for next year and to thank you once again for your interest and encouragement – it means a lot.

Erin McDaid
Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust

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361 Responses to An enlightening and rewarding experience

  1. Lynne says:

    I think we all want to thank all of you too. The interest that this site has generated can only be a good thing for our wildlife. Not only has it had us hooked, it has developed that attitude in our children too. I am old enough to remember a time when wild birds seemed to be in greater abundance and variety than they are now. Perhaps, with care like this, that time may come again. Thank you!

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  2. Julie Mott says:

    This is my first year of viewing these wonderful birds ….. but it won’t be my last 🙂 Thank you so much to everyone involved for allowing us to be part of this experience.

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  3. Steve says:

    Storm is sat on the end of the ledge RIGHT NOW!

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    • Jane says:

      I’ve just been watching too! Is it Storm? Did you notice that there was some activity in the scrape as if hollowing out an area?! Maybe they shouldn’t turn the webcam off just yet….

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  4. Pam Birley says:

    Erin, thank you very much for this latest blog. There is a falcon at the end of the ledge as I write. I for one will watch as long as the webcam runs, hoping to catch more glimpses of the birds. If the camera person is still there it would be nice to have a zoom in. Very little real “work” has been done in my house recently, what with the Jubilee celebrations and cam watching. Next week….(ha, always next week)….I really have to get back into the routine. Thanks for everything.

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  5. This is my first year – it has been mesmarising – from birth to when he first hung out at the edge of the ledge – I was really worried he would fall off! Laughing out loud as he ran up and down the ledge flapping his wings! So instead of working at the computer -I watch falcons (have added the Rutland Ospreys and Grantham peregrine cameras as well) – so productivity at all time low. But thanks for the excellent diversion – wish your staff and Storm all the best. Thanks again! Chris from Leicester

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  6. Hanneke says:

    Thank you Erin and everyone else, it has been such a joy and a privilege to be part of the Storm watching community!

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  7. Ann Sanders says:

    Thank you so much to NWT and NTU for making all this possible. This year was the first time I had followed this event and I look forward to doing so again next year. Must remember not to spend quite so long looking at eggs (was charged extra by my ISP for exceeding monthly usage allowance!). Special thanks to everyone – Erin, “Daventu” (!!), the camera operators and all involved. Also to all the contributors to the blog which has been compulsive reading. Bye bye Storm! I might just shed a final tear …

    High Flight by John Magee

    Oh, I have slipped the surly bonds of earth, And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;
    Sunwards I’ve climbed and joined the tumbling mirth Of sun-split clouds – and done a thousand things You have not dreamed of – wheeled and soared and swung High in the sunlit silence. Hovering there, I’ve chased the shouting wind along and flung My eager craft through footless halls of air, Up, up the long delirious burning blue I’ve topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace,
    Where never lark, or even eagle, flew; And, while with silent, lifting mind I’ve trod The high untrespassed sanctity of space, Put out my hand, and touched the face of god.

    Ann Sanders

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  8. sueperegrino says:

    You have a fantastic project, I agree that your web cam is arguably the best quality in the country. It was just so sad that it gave us first class views of the 3 chicks perishing. This of course was more than cancelled out by the exhileration and joy of watching “Storm’s” antics pre-flight. I quite enjoy just watching life go by on Nottingham streets now there are no birds to watch. I have to confess to my heart having been taken already by Derby, the pioneers and now with my own town, Aylesbury. I would love to come up and say hello but I have exams on Tuesday!!! So I’ll have to say “fare well” and see you next year!

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  9. jaredntu says:

    Really glad everyone has enjoyed it. I’ve been among the team of camera operators and it’s been a lot of fun for us too – probably more of an emotional rollercoaster than any of us expected this year. Really great to have so much feedback from you all too – it definitely strengthens our case to do more of this stuff. So please check back soon as we’ll be setting live a blue tit cam on http://www.ntu.ac.uk/ecoweb within a week or so. The camera on that is a tad more lo-fi than you’ll have come to expect from the falcons. But it’s set to watch over the nest and directly on the eggs before they hatch.

    Jared Wilson
    Nottingham Trent University

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    • SueAtt says:

      Look forward to the blue tit cam – in the meantime, my sincere thanks to you and the rest of the camera operators, especially on the days when we histerical bloggers weren’t able to see Storm and were convinced that something terrible had happened to him. You all did a brilliant job. Look forward to next year. 🙂

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    • Sue says:

      Thank you, thank you, thank you to both Dave and Jared (we did think Dave might not have slept for 3 months! so good to know he wasn’t the only cameraman) and all at NTU and Wildlife Trust for all the amazing pictures and updates for this wonderful Peregrine family. Can’t wait ’til February 2013 to start watching again. I’ll be watching the blue tits for a while to keep me going!

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    • Hey, Jared, nice to see another one of the team of camera operators. Thank you so much for all your hard work. Like Ann, I have had another email from my ISP due to my excessive use of tinternet… 🙂 My life has revolved around watching this ledge and the antics of these wonderful birds, but it has been great. Thank you to you and all those involved. Babs

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  10. Liz Palette says:

    It has been fascinating, heartbreaking and rewarding watching the peregrine family. Thanks to all there who have made it possible. All the very best to Storm and his parents – I hope they will be back next year to continue their successful breeding.

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  11. Ann says:

    I agree with all the comments above-thank you so much team

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  12. dave and mary says:

    We to have been avid watchers also going over our usage allowance but we would not have missed it for anything just come back from Wales and kept watch on our friends computor looking forward to next year well done everyone(especially Storm)

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  13. Ann says:

    One of the birds is perching on the ledge just below the nest

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  14. caroline burrows says:

    i would like to a big well done from te burrows familly these birds re one off my favourite birds and it has been a privalge to have watched storm and his parents again a big well done to you all

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  15. Pam Birley says:

    There is a clear view now along the runway and there is a falcon there – don’t believe it is Storm. Would it be possible to leave Cam 1 on a bit more zoomed view of the ledge. The view of the box is still covered by Cam 2, so we don’t really need to see that on Cam 1. I know you don’t want to have an operator on the cam constantly now so the zoomed view may give us diehards a better look at the birds while we can. Some people are never satisfied are they???? 🙂

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  16. Tim says:

    A big thank you to the whole team who works on this project. You guys do a wonderful job 🙂

    Its just a pleasure to be able to witness the footage.

    Cheers also to everyone involved behind their keyboards, for the the comments, video’s, and photo’s – It really highlights the care that so many have out there, and the 24/7 interest that this feathery family has 🙂

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  17. ann says:

    It’s been an amazing experience to watch the goings on. Well done to every one involved, a great show

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  18. Lorraine says:

    Please can you leave the blog open for spotters of Storm/his parents to note sightings?

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  19. Caroline says:

    I, too, would like to add my thanks and congratulations to all concerned with this project. It’s been a fantastic experience. I feel like I almost know Dave (I’m sort of blonde but didn’t fall into the “Daventu” trap), Erin and Co, including Jaredntu (sorry, Jared – that just hasn’t got the same ring to it as Daventu). I think that the superb quality of the HD webcam, the excellent blog and above all, the fact that we all came to love Storm so much through his trials and tribulations made it compelling watching. Can’t wait for next year.

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  20. linda aldred says:

    what an amazing experience watching the falcons i have been gripped by it all and my extent of wildlife up till now ends with cats dogs and sea gulls.the latter because i live in ramsgate.i found it very very interesting and thank you all who made it possible at ntu and other organisations. i look forward to next year.Well Done.

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  21. Graham E Smith. says:

    Thank you to all who have contributed to the Saga of “Storm.”

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  22. Thank you all again at NTU and NWT for both blog and fabulous pictures. What an experience for all of we followers! Look forward to seeing the blue tits and falcon cam (next year).

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  23. Alison says:

    Life is nearly getting back to normal in our household……dinner is on time again and no burnt bits or dried up bits. House has enjoyed a good spring clean rather than a quick fly through and the jungle now looks like a garden again……little Storm you have so much to answer to. Wouldn’t (or didn’t) miss a minute of it, loved it. To all the team a massive Thank you and see you all again next year (fingers crossed)

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  24. On the off-chance I checked today at 10am and he flew in! Couldn’t believe my luck. He scratched around the nest box and then flew off. Brilliant.

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  25. Steve says:

    I just viewed the mobile camera and there was a falcon in the nest box. I switched to the static camera to get a better image just as the bird jumped out of the nest and onto the ledge (hence the banner message on the picture) Mrs Steve says she saw a ring on the birds leg but it is not clear on the screenshot so I’m not sure whether it’s Storm or not…

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  26. Mo says:

    I think that’s Daddy P! Whoever it is, they’re fiddling with the gravel and just had a little lie down, with wings drooping. Almost looked as though they were testing it for brooding … Would it be possible that they might lay again? Or is it just old habits dying?

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  27. Sarah S. says:

    Wahaaaay! There he is, fluffy legs and all, looking stunning!

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  28. Sarah S. says:

    Eerm. Strange behaviour. Sort of stretching and scraping in the nest box.

    It’s not possible it’s the adult female going for a second brood is it?

    Do peregrines have a second brood?

    Nah, I’m just being hopeful aren’t I? I have a couple of pics, I’ll try and find time to set up a flickr account and post them.

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  29. JANET R CLARK, Liss, Hampshire says:

    It has been a wonderful experience. I was at Chichester yesterday and saw all the cameras on the ground watching the four PF’s there. Your site was far more interesting. I watched all day on the Sunday when you had the awful weather. I shall miss watching and you are to be congratulated on allowing us to share this site with you. Well done!

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  30. Glynis says:

    Enjoyed the events leading up to Storms maturity, thanks to Erin,Dave and all the team for this intriguing insight. Seen Storm this morning perched on the ledge looking all around him and preening himself.He is a magnificent bird and I will miss his antics. Will make the most of the last week as much as I can. Thanks once again to all concerned.

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  31. Jon (corvid) says:

    Thanks to all at NTU for the wonderful opportunity we have been given to view these magnificent
    Birds,Looking forward to next year

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  32. dean says:

    storm on the ledge next to the nestbox after getting one of is parents out of it at 13.21,he look very aggresive to is parents because it was in the nest

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  33. Julie Mott says:

    2pm and Storm is on the ledge by the nestbox preening himself 🙂

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  34. Storm sitting on the ledge 2pm today, Mummy been paying a lot of attention to the nest this morning, could this mean anything?

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  35. JC says:

    Is that Storm sitting by the nest? 14.14pm. He looks like he’s waiting to be fed maybe. Ahh

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  36. Mary T says:

    Just logged on and what a treat to see Storm sitting on the ledge next to the nest box. He looks very well, glad to have the chance to see him again. Thanks to the team for all your hard work – it has truly been an amazing experience over the last few weeks.

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  37. storm ridley says:

    storm sitting on ledge 14.22, looking good

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  38. Just tuned in about 5 mins ago to see ‘our boy’ sitting on the ledge. Lovely to see him again! Glad you have kept the cameras on NTU. x

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  39. chris morley says:

    yes thanks a lot team still think we need a roof,but at least my local birds have made numbers up to the “usual” four hopefully next year we will have eight fingers crossed

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  40. Diane says:

    he’s back 🙂

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  41. Alan says:

    storm was at the nest from 1415 to around 1430 .

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  42. Hetty says:

    Saw Storm today. He was on the ledge in front of the nest. I watched him for about 45 minutes. He was having a lovely spruce up – pruning his feathers and stretching his wings. Great to see him again and so close to the camera too.

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  43. shezzy says:

    I have thoughly been emotionly overloaded this past few months. The ‘ooohs’… the ‘ahhhs’…. the hand over the mouth moments… the watery eye moments …and the laugh out loud times…have been brilliant and to see a chick grow rapidly right infront of my eyes into a strong handsome bird is an absolute priviledge brought to me by all at NTU. Thank you guys and girls for all the effort and expertise. Thoughly enjoyed every moment.

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  44. Pam Birley says:

    Storm was back again today at lunchtime. He stayed for well over half an hour near his nest box. The rain had stopped so the view was clear and I took a series of new photos. I put what I thought were the best ones here:

    Aawww !!!

    I am hoping that somebody took some video too.
    It was lovely to see Storm developing into a beautiful adult bird – he is spectacular.

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  45. Mick says:

    Hi All,
    Been on holiday and just got back to to find that our little friend Storm has gone off to the big open space. Has anyone got a recording of Storms first flight that I can look at, and maybe others would love to see.

    Mick

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    • Sal says:

      If you go the the post on the blog entitled ‘Hail Storm-newest member of peregrine family’ , in the comments on June 4th at 2.18pm there is a film by someone named Anita of Storm’s first flight.
      Also if you scroll down this list of comments there’s a lovely clip posted by Stuart on 9th June at 8.38pm 🙂

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  46. Mick says:

    By the way, I have also been watching a Osprey nest (not in the UK) here: http://www.unavitaverde.net/osprey-bird-webcam

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  47. Maggie McClymont says:

    Sure that’s Storm in the nest box right now!

    Thanks so much to all the team and knowledgeable posters.

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  48. Have just beeen watching as Storm dug out a ‘scrape’ in the nest box, and then hunkering down briefly each time he had dug out a bit more! Why is he/she doing this? Do we know whether storm is a he or she?

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  49. Trevor says:

    Storm sitting on front of nest box 6.15pm

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  50. Gary Dixon says:

    Please don’t turn off the camera just yet, have spent the last hour watching one of the falcons in and around the nest box, a beautiful sight to see. Thank you all so much for this wonderful insight into the life of what must be the ultimate creature on the planet.

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  51. Pam Birley says:

    One of the adult birds perched on the nest box, having a kip !

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  52. Caroline says:

    Just in case anyone else out there is still watching periodically, Storm and at least one of the parents have been back throughout today. Having missed his maiden flight day and feeling a little lost without him, I was very pleased to get another glimpse today.

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  53. Claire says:

    I don’t think you should draw this to a close just yet: I have been watching the female digging the nest out again. It is possible that they may have a second clutch so please don’t shut the cameras off!

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  54. betty_boo says:

    saw both parents at the nest box, one adult sat and made little wiggles as if she was sitting on a chick it was very strange did anyone else see that . she didnt sit for long but all the same it was strange to see .

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  55. Stuart says:

    Short video of Storm taking flight earlier today

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  56. Penny says:

    I would just like to add my heartfelt thanks to all involved in the Nottingham Peregrine project. It has been a privelege to be able to watch the developments in the nest, with all the highs and lows, the sadness and the joy, and the final triumph of Storm’s successful fledging! I hope we will be lucky enough to have this opportunity again next year!

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  57. Carol Chacon says:

    I have been an avid watcher of the Darby Cathedral Peregrines for several years and am overjoyed to find the Nottingham site. It is a beautifully managed site and fascinating to watch. The deaths of the three nestlings due to bad weather was terribly sad, but it has been a treat to watch Storm grow to maturity and fledge. Thank you for providing your expertise to maintain this exceptional web-cam..it is much appreciated by your far away fan in San Francisco, California–Carol Chacon

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  58. Van says:

    Yesterday the female sat in the nest for a while. Today the male (I think) is sitting in the nest and is moving the gravel about like they do before laying eggs. What is going on?

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  59. Van says:

    Both parents arrived at the nest making a racket! Very strange…or is it?

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  60. Mandy says:

    I concur with all the thanks to the teams and to the people who have written on the blog. It guaranteed that I could always catch up with what I had missed. It has been lovely to feel part of such a huige international community all fascinated by and rooting for this little family.
    I wonder if next year would be possible for a screen at ground level or at the bottom of the Newton building to show what’s happening above us in Nottingham, I have a dream that webcam images from nest boxes all over the country could be projected onto walls and billboards around cities. And that shopping malls would play birdsong instead of pop music.

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  61. Trevor says:

    Storm on runway waiting for food 10.30 am . Running up and down and round corner but out of luck !

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  62. Nick Brown says:

    A good season for you guys in Nottingham, despite the loss of the three chicks. At Derby our four chicks are still there, wing flapping and getting ready for their maiden flights so if you are suffering withdrawal symptoms, google ‘derby peregrines’ to see our blog and our birds. We also are still running Watch Points every Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday between 11am and 1.30pm so if you live near enough, do come along and see our birds for real (oh and our lovely cathedral with its mediaeval tower on which our birds nest).
    Our web cams remain active 24/7 all year since we have a third camera above the next which shows the adults throughout the winter (we even had our world-first video clip of a peregrine bringing back prey after dark featured on Springwatch last Wednesday). So giuve us a look when the Notts web cams close down..or even before!
    Nick Brown (Derbyshire Wildlife Trust)

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  63. SW says:

    Thanks again NTU and Wildlife Trust! I’ve been looking in at the Norwich Cathedral peregrines – fledging is imminent for their two remaining chicks.

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  64. Belinda says:

    Hi

    I’m going to the Wildlife in the City Raptor Watch tomorrow. Is anyone else going? I am lucky as it happens to be my day off work. Obviously it will be difficulty for those of you 100s and 1000s of miles away!

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    • SW says:

      I hoped to attend, but the timing makes it difficult (travelling from Leeds). Hopefully the birds will put in an appearance for those who can make it!

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    • Sal says:

      Good to see you there today, if briefly. Did you get to work out who was who?! I am telling myself that at least one of the two we saw was our lad, Storm. I was so chuffed to have seen them ‘live’ for the first time, a perfect end to an enjoyable experience over the last 4 months 🙂

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  65. StellaCorfu says:

    Thank you to everyone involved with this wonderful insight into the world of the Peregrine falcons. It has truly been a memorable experience. Wishing storm a long and happy life – he deserves it after all the traumas he’s been through. I hope Mr & Mrs P will be back again next year. Thanks everyone.

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  66. Shirley Stirland says:

    watching the Norwich C athedral peregrines,ready to fledge any moment,sadly one died only a couple of days from fledging so two left.Go to Hawk and Owl trust site.

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  67. Janette says:

    Young Storm is certainly getting about now – he is appearing in the latest Meerkat advert

    http://www.facebook.com/Comparethemeerkat/?src=CX95

    Thanks to all at NTU – you have kept me entertained this springtime with all the webcam footage. I am already looking forward to next year. And I also wish our little Storm and long and happy life too!

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  68. JayJay says:

    If anyone is interested, there is sparrowhawk webcam in Edinburgh Botanical gardens that is quite good. The female is sat on 6 eggs and the first youngster/s have hatched either this morning or yesterday. Have a look as its a good site 🙂

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  69. JayJay says:

    Ive justed watched the 2nd of the sparrowhawk chicks hatch and the female assisted with the hatching by eating the shell as the youngster squeezed itself out of the egg. 4 more to go. 🙂

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  70. Marie says:

    Thank you for the wonderful webcam. I have been watching from Australia for a few years now & look forward to seeing the chicks every year. Very addictive

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  71. Julie Mott says:

    The two surviving Peregrine chicks at Norwich Cathedral left the nest successfully today 🙂

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  72. Dave says:

    I know this sounds a little sad, but I’ve watched the whole laying/fledging sequence in a small video window at the top of my computer, which is my place of work. The whole process has been fascinating and I almost feel like I’m Storms dad. If this is repeated next year, why not put a discreet roof on the nest box (like the one at Bath on Springwatch) then maybe bad weather will not be as devastating as it was this year.

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  73. SW says:

    Any sightings for the Raptor Watch group this afternoon?

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    • Sal says:

      I stopped by briefly and the telescopes were set up on the grass below the nest box, but the birds were tantalisingly sitting on the other end of the Newton Building! The kind people at NWT let us go off with their binoculares and have a good gander though. I saw two birds but as they were sitting right on the very top of the building it was impossible (for me anyway) to tell which two birds they were. Was great to see them ‘live’ though. Will still be craning my neck and bumping into people as I walk past the Newton Building for some time to come yet I’m sure!

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  74. Sarah S. says:

    Hey you NTU bods! What’s all this crouching and scraping in the nest box then?

    (Not you lot, I mean the peregrines 😀 )

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  75. Lizzie says:

    I think it must be remembered that chickens and ducks etc. are not being reared here. The falcon is a wild bird, a bird of prey, a species that appears to nest in some very precarious places. The nest provided here at NTU is 4 star compared to most,and must suit them very well as it is or they would not return each year. An exciting project, and excellent coverage, thank you.

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  76. Sarah says:

    Good morning,
    As i was looking for Storm (or Dave as he’s known in our office), i think i can see the council house! On today of all days do you think you could zoom your camera in and let all of us hard working folk have a glimpse of the queen?
    Thank you.

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  77. Pam Birley says:

    It may be possible to see the Queen pass by today – I believe Upper Parliament Street is on the royal route. Haven’t seen a Peregrine here lately though. How did the falcon watch go?
    I agree with Lizzie that this site suits the birds well, particularly with their extended runway. Springwatch reported that the Bath perry chick had to be rescued after it fell while trying to fledge. No luxury runway for those particular chicks. Fly or fall for them 🙂

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  78. Sarah S. says:

    WOW! Crowds and stuff, and a fantastically clear image!

    Well done once again you camera bods, and thankyou. 🙂

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  79. SW says:

    And the young male peregrine in Norwich fell from the nest yesterday morning – fortunately he was ready to fledge and fine, and the female also fledged later in the day. Notts’ chicks are lucky having a practice area and landing strip!

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  80. Sarah S. says:

    D’you think whilst we’re all watching the queen the Peregrines are dancing in formation and sticking out their tongues at the camera, then as soon as it points back in their direction they ruffle their feathers and act all peregrine-y?

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  81. Well! That wasn’t what I was expecting – crowds, flags and police. I bet Storm, Mum and Dad have the best seats in the house!

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    • W Jackson says:

      I took binoculars to get a good view of the Queen. Couldn’t resist a peep at the peregrines while I was waiting at the top of Queen Street. One of them was perched on the big ‘cross’ pattern at the end of the Newton Building. I’m sure it was watching everybody down below. We got a better view of the peregrine than we did of the Queen!

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  82. Jane Law says:

    Thank you SO much for covering the Queen’s visit! I’m in Spain and my sister’s in Nottm and I only logged on to check the weather! Great to see all the flags, crowds etc.
    We’re also big NTU osprey fans and I’ll take this opportunity to thank you all for the superb coverage, blogs, comments, everything this year.

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  83. SueAtt says:

    Thanks for that camera crew – made a welcome change from staring into an empty nest! Hope our peregrin family honoured HM with a fly past! 🙂

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  84. Sarah says:

    Thank you NTU we all got so excited watching it, Well done!!

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  85. Celia Jones says:

    Thank you for the superb pictures of Storm and his mum and dad through this season, had a quick look this morning to find him, not there BUT camera trained over rooftops to see the Queens car leave Nottingham an added bonus, well done you.

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  86. Belinda says:

    Hi

    Went to the Raptor watch yesterday. I was expecting crowds and there were about 5 of us! The people from the Wildlife Trust had set up telescopes on the grass but the falcons decided to land on the other side of the building above the road so we went there with binoculars and had a good view of 2 of them. We think one of them was Storm and the other one of the adults, possibly mum. Stood for about half an hour or so and they didn’t move. Went and did some shopping and came back and one of them (or maybe a different one) was on a different ledge and I saw it fly off. When we were chatting to the people from the Wildlife Trust it was quite interesting as they weren’t familiar with this blog and didn’t even know Storm had been named! They were able to answer some questions I had – What did they do for a nest before the gravel tray was there? Apparently they laid the eggs on the ledge and they rolled off!! Then another time they rolled apart so that it was impossible to brood all of them at the same time so they weren’t successful. After that, a box was put there (so there was a roof) but they didn’t like it at all so the tray was put there and they seemed to like it. So in answer to many questions about a roof I don’t think it will happen as these particular falcons probably wouldn’t like it and would end up not using it and they won’t want to risk upsetting them.

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    • sue b says:

      Thank you so much for that input Belinda. I’ve been wondering for ages what happened before the peregrines had the nest box. I’ve also been wondering whether there’s any possibility of putting another nest box (with a roof) somewhere else on the ledge so that the peregrines could choose which to use. If they don’t use it, it would be available for the chicks as they get bigger to shelter from wind and rain. (Instead of sitting under the camera).

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    • SueAtt says:

      Thanks for the feedback Belinda. Looking at the information about the nest, it would seem that the best thing to do is ‘leave it be’. If it’s what the peregrins prefer, then it would be a shame to change it so that the birds went elsewhere to nest because they didn’t like the changes. Lets just hope for kinder weather next year during nesting time for all of our birds!

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  87. SW says:

    Visited Nottingham today, not to see the Queen, but we did see young Storm perched up high on the other side of the Newton Building!!

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  88. Jon (corvid) says:

    Hi All
    For Anyone suffering “empty nest syndrome” There is an excellent Osprey live webcam in wales
    as featured on Springwatch http://www.dyfiospreyproject.com/stream

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  89. dean says:

    hi all,you can allso go here to another Peregrine Falcon family,roughly a week old,http://www.ustream.tv/channel/7913349 or http://sportsmansparadiseonline.com/Peregrine_Nest_Box.html. in Red Deer, Alberta, Canada

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  90. Dina says:

    has anyone seen Storm or his parents today?

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  91. Pam Birley says:

    One of the adult Perrys on the ledge. Maybe a last glimpse or three :-))

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  92. SW says:

    Mrs P on the ledge – good to get a last look at her before the camera goes off!

    Will the 2012 gallery be updated?

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  93. SW says:

    Thanks for zooming – what a bird!

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  94. Pam Birley says:

    Thank you for the close-up coverage camera person :-))

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  95. Lynn Pope says:

    Is that Mum or Dad??? looking very pretty. Any news on our Storm It would be good to know if anyone has seen him recently,If so hows he doing?

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  96. SW says:

    Saw him when I was in Nottingham on Wednesday, perching on the other side of the building, but not seen him on the camera since.

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  97. Shirley Stirland says:

    Peregrine just at nest,can,t tell which one 🙂

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  98. SueAtt says:

    Just thought I’d have one more look round about 9.30am and peregrine flew in – think it was Mr P. He had a look around, went into nest box and scraped around a bit, then went onto ledge and looked around again and perched there for quite a while. Had to take a phone call at 10am, so missed him flying off! Maybe he’s suffering from empty nest syndrome! lol.

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  99. Pam Birley says:

    I added one or two pictures from yesterday when the camera person so kindly zoomed in on one of the adults visiting in the rain. Please view in detail or slideshow:

    Aawww !!!

    I have seen nothing today so far.

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    • SW says:

      Hi Pam, Thanks for the recent pics, and for posting the whole set. I grabbed a few screen shots when the adult was posing so beautifully last night, but none so good as your ‘wings raised’ image. Would it be ok if i put your link on the Norwich peregrine forum? Sally

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      • Pam Birley says:

        Sally, yes, please use the link. I’m just glad that the pics are being enjoyed. I notice that some videos for 2012 have now been added on the webcam page, including egg laying. All good stuff – thanks to NTU and NWT.

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    • Sal says:

      Thanks for your photos throughout the season..just looked at them all..fab..thank you!

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      • Pam Birley says:

        The nesting season is so relatively short – so it’s good to be able to look back over it with saved captures and also videos on this website. Let’s hear it for the internet !!

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      • SW says:

        Hi Pam,
        Thanks, I’ve put a link on the Norwich peregrine forum (Hawk and Owl Trust). Yes, very grateful for the internet, and all the charities and teams which make our viewing possible! Sally

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  100. Hetty says:

    One of the adults scraping around in the nest box again this morning at about 6.30 am. I can’t tell whether it’s Mr or Mrs unless I see them both together!

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  101. Hetty says:

    Haven’t seen Storm for a while

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  102. SW says:

    He’s there now!

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  103. Pam Birley says:

    Storm was back just now but has flown away again as I wrote this. Did get a couple of pics I hope.

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  104. Anita Zwiers says:

    Storm was in the nestbox a few minutes ago 🙂
    I make a litte movie for you

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  105. Dalton says:

    Tuned into the camera on the ledge at 17:08 pm to see I think Storm! He’s banded, are the Mr.& Mrs.? He got in the nest and seemed to be looking for a snack, then sat on the ledge as if waiting for someone to bring food for about 20 minutes then hopped out of camera view! Fun to still be able to see him and his grownup self!

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  106. dean says:

    mrp mrsp and storm at nest box at 17.20

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  107. andy says:

    excellent video,thanx very much for making the effort to show us Storm again,xxx

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  108. SueAtt says:

    Thanks Anita – that was excellent! Great to see Storm again. 🙂

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  109. bettyboo says:

    is that Storm at the far end of the runway/ledge fast asleep ..at 22.23. it looks like a bird to me did anyone else see it ..

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  110. Belinda says:

    Storm in the nest 10:45 am Tuesday 19th. First time in ages I have had a close look at him. Brilliant. He has more feathers on one leg than the other!

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    • Diane says:

      Is he just sleeping? Hope hes ok.

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      • SueAtt says:

        He still likes his corner! Probably just keeping out of the sun – he’s not really had much chance to get used to warm sunny weather with all the wind and rain we’ve had since the poor little chap was born!

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  111. Sally says:

    It’s wonderful to see Storm sleeping in the nestbox this morning. I was away last week in Alsace, France and so I missed the blog too. I did see several white storks nesting on chimney pots and on the tops of buildings while I was there though which was very interesting.

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  112. Mo says:

    Does anyone know whether his parents are still feeding him? Learning to fly is all well and good, it’s what he’s made for – but learning to kill and feed himself, that’s a real survival skill – how long does that take to master? Has anyone seen him feeding recently?

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  113. Dina says:

    Storm is in the nest box 8:00am EST (USA)…he has been there for awhile just resting..hope he is ok and not injured…he has grown into a beautiful boy..

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  114. Dina says:

    thank you for not shutting the site down and we are still able to view the nest and see Storm. Thank you for doing a wonderful job and still maintaining the cameras so we are able to see Storm and his parents return to the nest box…

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  115. saranoid says:

    Hello from Niagara Falls, Canada.

    I’ve been following Storm’s progress all along. Trent and Wildlife Trusts doing a great service and a great job, thank you so much for everything.

    I was pleasantly surprised to see him back in the nest this morning;
    but he’s now been there a couple of hours, and is calling for parents.

    A few entries above, ‘bettyboo’ comments on a dark object laying further up along the ledge.

    God knows I don’t wish to be morbid, or start rumours, but I’m beginning to uneasily wonder if that might be a sick, or, heaven forbid, deceased parent laying way down the ledge.

    Do the parents often leave a carcass that large on the ledge for that long?

    It has also already been observed Storm seems to have more feathers on one leg, than on the other; coupled with the above-mentioned, I am also concerned about injury?

    Surely he’s not able to hunt on his own yet?

    Sorry to be all doom and gloom. Hope I’m wrong, or at least premature in my worries.

    Thank You again.

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  116. Sally says:

    He looked very majestic sat on the edge of the ledge watching the world below and has now just flown off again.

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  117. saranoid says:

    As I wrote, Storm took off. Hoping all is well; apologize if I was a bit alarmist.

    (They don’t call me Saranoid for nothing).

    Thanks again.

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  118. Josette says:

    It’s wonderful to see Storm again ! He stayed there for about two hours : had a good nap in his favourite corner, then cleaned his beautiful feathers, watched up and down and flew away a few minutes ago…

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  119. SW says:

    And thanks!

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  120. saranoid says:

    Just came back and now see two falcons on ledge, and ‘carcass’ that was there, earlier, is now gone.

    🙂

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  121. Rosemarie says:

    Storm is now fast asleep on ledge and camera has very kindly zoomed in on him. Thank you for keeping the camera open for a little longer – almost like old times watching parents and Storm today.

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  122. barbara says:

    I only call in a couple of times a day, so rarely catch a glimpse of Storm or his parents, so imagine my surprise when I called in a few minutes ago, and found the camera zoomed in on a snoozing Storm!
    Thankyou everyone!

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  123. Claire says:

    Great to see Storm & Co today, lovely!!

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  124. Mo says:

    10.37 Wednesday 20th – suicidal wood pigeon standing right by the nest box (no Perrys, TG! :-D), gazing over the city, then casually potters off along the ledge- I wonder if it’s the same one that has been hanging around the Peregrines while Storm was growing up. Falcons catch their prey on the wing, don’t they? Would a woodie be safe around them if it was on foot? We are learning so much from the generosity of the team at the Uni by letting us share this marvellous experience.

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  125. bettyboo says:

    saw Storm in the nest today , he looked like he was looking for bits of old food but i could be wrong. Parent was on the far end of the ledge having a wash and brush up

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  126. Glynis says:

    Fantastic this afternoon, thanks for turning webcam around and zooming in to see one of falcons preening himself. I thought it might be Storm but bettyboo says above it was a parent. Thank you for keeping the webcam on a bit longer and for all your hard work.

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  127. Pam Birley says:

    I can see somebody is still operating the webcam. Just logged on to a zoomed view (thank you) of adult at end of ledge, feeding, then it flew off to chase another bird which approached from the air. Only got a couple of seconds in which to take pics. Hope they will be back 🙂

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  128. Pam Birley says:

    At about 11.32 am two birds on ledge. One at far end may have been Storm. I believe the other was the female adult. A third bird approached and chased off Storm and the female went into the box and was pecking around. She seemed to be eating some of the tiny white stones and at one point settled down in the nest bowl as if she were broody again.
    I added new pictures from today here:

    Aawww !!!

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  129. GW says:

    I’m so glad we’ve had these extra days to keep looking for a sighting. Made my day when I spotted a cheeky pigeon sauntering along the ledge pushing his luck! I’ve loved the superb close-ups this week. Thanks for all this extra time and I hope we get a few more peeks at the family before they move on.

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  130. Trevor says:

    8am – Looks like Mrs P in nest scratching to make hole bigger other bird at far end of ledge .Is she going to lay again and waste another load of my time ?

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  131. redtedng9 says:

    Storm and one of the parents at the site right now ! Fantastic to see them both whilst we have a break from the rain.

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  132. Well! First sighting for days and it looked very much like storm. Chuffed to bits. Missed his take-off though as I bent down for a fraction of a second. But delighted to see he’s still around.

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  133. redtedng9 says:

    Well, mum does appear to be shaping an indentation in the gravel, she is certainly going through the motions. Has anyone any thoughts on this behaviour?

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  134. K says:

    One of the parents is sat next to the nest box looks like Mrs P 🙂 Also saw Storm this morning at the end of the ledge. We are glad the camera is still on as we like to have a look to see if we have a visitor 🙂

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  135. Glynis says:

    Is that Storm on ledge ? Wonderful view of him and city in background.

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  136. Sal says:

    Storm has been preening himself on the ledge for the past hour. Thank you NTU for leaving the cameras on..I know I’m not the only one who still feels overjoyed when I sneak a peek and see a falcon. Or 2. Or 3 the other day! Will the cameras be left on until there have been no sightings for a good few days?

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  137. Van says:

    One of the adults has been sitting by the nest for over 2 hours!

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  138. betty_boo says:

    Saw Storm tonight about 8.45pm in his nest box playing just like a kitten, he had a bit of a bird and he was jumping about , he was very comical acting very silly it made me laugh, he then went under the camera to play, I could hear him. It was lovely to see him again

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  139. Trevor says:

    6.30 pm one bird sitting on ledge 8.40pm another flew in and scared it off
    and started pecking around nest and flapping its wings for about 10 mins before running under camera first bird had more white on front who’s who ?

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  140. Pam Birley says:

    Storm is easily recognizable because he has BROWN chest feathers nearly up to his neck area. The birds with the white chests are adults but it’s difficult to tell which is which unless they are together in which case the female is the largest.

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  141. Julie Mott says:

    Sunday 11.35am – Storm sitting in his old nest box 🙂

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  142. Mo says:

    11.30 am a sleepy little Storm tucked himself up in the box for a snooze. He is still very young and it must be so tiring catching prey and simply learning how to fend for himself. He is so gorgeous he takes my breath away – as do his elegant parents. I am so glad the cameras are still operating.

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  143. Van Tran says:

    Is Storm poorly? He seems to be lying flat out on the parapet.

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  144. Somebody is blotto on the ledge – a night on the tiles???? Storm????????

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  145. Very glad he has got up! Thank you to the camera person for moving the camera round to follow the bird! Thought I must have missed another flight.

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  146. Hetty says:

    He’s disappeared now – presumably flown off – so must be OK. Camera now facing other direction where one of the adults is sitting on the ledge by the “larder”.

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  147. Trevor says:

    Thanks Pam thought it was storm cos he is mad and likes it under the camera !! But he is very aggressive.

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  148. John S says:

    The parent pair are sat sunniny themselves this morning on the ledge (9:58 – 25/06/12)

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  149. Pam Birley says:

    Both adults there now. One contentedly perched, preening from time to time on the edge of the box and the other at the end of the ledge, hardly moving. No work being done again this morning – NTU you are totally responsible for dirty dishes in the sink !!

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  150. Pam Birley says:

    Well they look like they’re there for a long time. Have to leave….a few more pics here:

    Aawww !!!

    Thanks Dave 🙂

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  151. julie907 says:

    I thought that the cam had been turned off, just had a look and found it rather amusing that a pair of pigeons seem to be checking out the area. I’ve heard of home delivery but thats ridiculous lol

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  152. s dickins says:

    is that it now for another year? We have been totally gripped, watching this little fella grow. Missed his first flights due to a badly timed holiday !!! Such a shame about his siblings. That was such an awful weekend watching Mrs P do her best to shelter the 4 chicks. She looked like a wet mop. Can’t wait for next year. Thanks very much to all concerned

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  153. SW says:

    Good views of both adults in the nest, now just Mr P on the ledge – thanks for the zoom!

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  154. Pam Birley says:

    Adult bird sitting on ledge in the shade, feathers blowing in the breeze. Cam has zoomed in….thank you 🙂

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  155. Hetty says:

    So glad the camera is still switched on. This is the third time today I’ve had a quick look and there was one of the adults sitting close to the nest.

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  156. Caroline says:

    Storm relaxing on the edge of the nest. So pleased camera have been left on. We could do this all year if they keep returning.

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    • bettyboo says:

      Sorry Caroline i sure it was mum or dad as Storms not got his yellow beack yeat and the bird your saw did that means it must have been an adult ,, but storm did see the adult off and went in the nest for a short time before flying off , isnt it nice to see then back by the nest though

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      • Caroline says:

        I stand corrected. The bird was being blown about by the wind so had a fluffy, juvenile look about it. Still beautiful, whoever it was.

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  157. SW says:

    Parent, then Storm, and wonderful zoomed shots – thanks! Hope Pam is watching!

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  158. kay says:

    Storm visited the nest and looked hungry, searched around for food. 🙂

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  159. bettyboo says:

    Caroline i must defo agree the birds are just beautiful. we have all been so lucky to have seen these lovely birds. think we will all meet here agian next year. look forward to chatting to you again

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    • Caroline says:

      Bettyboo. I’ll most definitely be watching again next year. Look forward to catching up with everyone then. Lets hope for better weather at the crucial times next year.

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  160. Nicola says:

    Looks like Storm visiting the ledge just outside the nest, 6pm, Sunday 🙂

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  161. Pam Birley says:

    Sally: You can join Flickr for free in order to store 200 photos (you can delete some and add more when you like). If you need to store more than 200 then you have to pay an annual fee, unless your internet is through BTYahoo which gives you free Pro Flickr access. It would be nice to see your peregrine screenshots.
    Ledge and nest box empty as I write.

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    • SW says:

      Hi Pam, thanks, I’ll think about it! I have quite a few which are similar to yours, and I did put in a little request to Dave and the NWT that maybe the pleasing portrait of the other evening could be put on the gallery if it’s updated. Let’s hope for a few more glimpses – presume the camera will be turned off soon…. S

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  162. saranoid says:

    Sad news for anyone here who also followed the Decorah Bald Eagle nest, in Iowa, this year:

    The eldest of this year’s recent fledglings, D12,
    was found dead at the base of a hydro pole, early in the morning, on Sunday July 1st;
    had been electrocuted.

    The remaining two fledglings, D13 and D14, are alive and well.

    Details on the Raptor Resource facebook page.

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    • SW says:

      Thanks for the info, very sad, I enjoyed looking in on them – hope the other two will thrive.

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      • saranoid says:

        happily the power company is now modifying the tops of all the poles in the area…, this, as of course the American Bald Eagles are protected…and, being large birds are likely to perch on the poles themselves, rather than on the wires, like smaller species. We want to avoid further sad incidents like this one.

        Hard to follow the birds successfully all the way through fledge, only to see this occur, but the Decorah pair are excellent parents and the remaining two juvies are doing very well, rap wood.

        Thanks for letting me post.

        All the best to Storm, Mr & Mrs P, and all at Trent U & Wildlife Trusts!!

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    • Caroline says:

      I’ve watched the Decorah eagles this year for the first time and, like with the Peregrines, have become emotionally involved with them as well. Haven’t watched for a few days and now can’t believe one has met such a sad end, so young. I have my fingers crossed for the other two.

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  163. Kay says:

    Another sad news!

    For the past ten years, a couple of peregrine falcons remained at a water tower in Kristianstad in Sweden. In the spring of 2012 it has been possible to follow the successful breeding of four chicks via a webcam. The happy story did get a very dark ending on 20 June, when the male peregrine was found dead. Soon after two of the fledglings were found dead, and one day later, another fledgling. Probably no one in the family is alive any longer. The birds are sent to the National Veterinary Institute for analysis regarding investigation of food poisoning.

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  164. Pam Birley says:

    I look in from time to time but haven’t seen the peregrines on the webcam for a few days. I would love to know where they go. I know people have seen them round the other side of the NTU building but it would be interesting to see where they fly to when they are hunting for food. Do they use the whole of the Trent Valley area or beyond or do they stick around the town area where there are so many pigeons? Has anyone thought about using a satellite tag on one of these birds?

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    • Sally Tate says:

      My daughter lives in the Victoria Centre Flats and often sees the falcons hunting around the courtyard below her window.

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  165. SW says:

    She’s lucky!

    And (for Pam), I’ve put together some of my screen shots. Thanks NTU and NWT.
    http://s1072.photobucket.com/albums/w375/srosw/
    Hope the link works!

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    • Pam Birley says:

      Really enjoyed your photos Sally. I never noticed the extra head (of the prey) and I also liked the one where Storm was pecking at his bracelet. I tried to comment but it wouldn’t let me sign in with Facebook for some unknown reason. Thanks very much for uploading the photos.
      I usually look in a few times during the day when I am around but no luck in seeing anything for a few days.
      The Rutland Water ospreys are interesting to watch now as they are trying out their wings and making little lift-offs from the nest and for many years I have watched the happenings at Racerocks.com in Canada. Too many webcams, not enough time 🙂

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      • SW says:

        I’m glad you liked them! Don’t know why you weren’t able to comment.

        I haven’t seen any of the family lately either. I’ve been looking at the Dyfi osprey, which was on Springwatch, and at the Heligan barn owls, all doing well. I’ll check out the Rutland ospreys, thanks. S

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    • greencatkin says:

      Thank you for taking the time to get those screen-shots and set them up for us! 🙂

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  166. kay says:

    Wow, Mrs P and Mr P on the ledge 🙂

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  167. kay says:

    Mrs P and Storm in the nest, Storm looks hungry searching for food.

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  168. Diane says:

    Storm’s at the nest :o)

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  169. Pam Birley says:

    Thanks very much for the super photos Kay. I missed that visit. I personally don’t think that was Storm however. I believe that was two adult Peregrines. Storm will will have brown feathers up to his neck with the pattern being vertical. The two in your pictures both have white chests and the pattern of the feathers is horizontal. Storm will not be likely to moult his juvenile feathers until next Spring.

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  170. Pam Birley says:

    Adult bird there at 5pm today. It just sat looking at the street below, then flew off and returned to perch just beneath the main ledge we can see before it flew away again. You could just see its head in the corner of the cam picture.

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    • katkins says:

      There were two adults there this morning at 5.00am – one was in the scrape and the other on the ledge. Watched for about 10 minutes before one flew off…..such a treat!

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  171. Pam Birley says:

    Adult bird sitting on the grassy nest box at this time. Just preening occasionally and catching a bit of shut-eye.

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    • Diane says:

      is that not Storm Pam? Great too still see them 🙂

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      • Pam Birley says:

        No, not Storm at just after 12.50 pm when I was watching at least Diane. I went for lunch then so if you thought you saw Storm at around 2pm you may have been right.
        Storm has brown feathers on his chest with an upward pattern up to his neck. Parents have white feathers on their chest with black feathers in a horizontal pattern beneath that and that is what the bird at 12.50pm had. I will upload a couple of pics later.

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  172. SW says:

    Dinnertime at the far end of the ledge a few minutes ago: parent plucking a kill.

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  173. Sally says:

    One of the parents was on the ledge a minute ago but has now run down to the end and disappeared round the corner.

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  174. Belinda says:

    Gone already by 9.34. Fitted Pam’s description above. Lovely to see him as first time in ages. Legs still a bit fluffy. Still a bit of white on top/back of head. He looked well. Went in box for a bit then back on ledge and flew off.

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  175. Pam Birley says:

    Adult at at the far end of the ledge, plucking feathers from what looks like a pigeon.

    Glad you saw Storm Belinda !!! Missed him myself.

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  176. SW says:

    Missed Storm, but Mrs. P (I think) has just been tucking into a mid-afternoon snack half way down the ledge.

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  177. Lynn Pope says:

    Hello everyone, I’ve just got back from town and I thought I’d let you all know while I was there I passed by to see if I could see anything. Low and behold I saw one adult (possibly mum) and the young storm sitting on the ledge above the nest. Storm was just around the corner where he used to take himself so that we would wonder where he was!!!! and mum was about 10ft away from him on the main ledge. I didn’t take my camera with me so I don’t have a picture sorry! It was great to see them it looked like they were havind a nap. 🙂

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    • Pam Birley says:

      Lynn – great that you saw Storm and parent recently – exciting for you I feel sure. Next time you could give us a wave 🙂
      Nothing doing as I write ….

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  178. SW says:

    Sounds good!

    And I’m pleased to report that both adults were on the ledge when I attended my daughter’s graduation ceremony at NTU yesterday!

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    • Pam Birley says:

      Thanks for sharing your photo Sally. Different from how I thought the ledge would look from below. You did so well to manage a photo on your daughter’s special day !!

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  179. SW says:

    Thanks Pam. Think this is the ledge directly above the nest level, which probably explains why it doesn’t look as you imagined, but it is very similar. S

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  180. Pam Birley says:

    One of the adults sitting on the ledge now with its back to the road. I keep checking in but this is the first time I have seen one for a long while.

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  181. Pam Birley says:

    Thanks for the super view of one of the adults as I write !!! Just switched on after a day spent ..ugh…cleaning the house. Brought my coffee up to the computer and was rewarded with this beautiful zoomed view of the bird. I believe this is the female because she moved to the box and nestled into the egg bowl. She appeared to be eating grit from the box, which now has some lovely green grass growing in it. She then moved to the ledge where she is now. ….wonderful close-ups thank you. What a lift this has given me :-)) I will post link to pics later. Hope camera person has been videoing for the records. :-)) :-)) This is so exciting….

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  182. SW says:

    Thanks for the zoom!

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  183. SueAtt says:

    This is the first time I have logged in since seeing Storm on the ledge for a short time on 17th July, and what a lovely reward to see a wonderful close up of one of the adults on the ledge (yes Pam, I also thought it was probably Mrs P) and then nestling in the box – lovely bit of a garden they have growing there! lol. 🙂

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  184. Pam Birley says:

    Really glad others were looking in at the right time. I put some pictures on Flickr – The link is to page 7 and the pics from today are about two thirds down and labelled 2nd August and they are continued on the next page:
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/66339356@N00/sets/72157629524594786/detail/?page=7

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  185. Pam Birley says:

    Adult Perry on the ledge now – nearly dark…don’t know how long it has been there.

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  186. Julie Mott says:

    Parent bird (looks like Mrs P) sitting on ledge at the moment

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  187. barbara deane says:

    parent visiting – the first time I have seen a real close up for a month or so, even tho’ I visit regularly!

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  188. Came back on line after a month with dead PC and astonished to find bird at nest! Delighted! Might have been Storm?

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  189. greencatkin says:

    thank you for the zoom again today – I don’t know which falcon it was, but s/he was having a good old preen – their necks are so flexible! Are the birds still in the area?

    🙂

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  190. gertie says:

    falcon sitting on the ledge. it’s almost 5am here in the states. so nice to see.

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  191. Sarah says:

    Just seen two of the falcons flying past my office in wilford!

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    • Pam Birley says:

      Keep your camera ready Sarah !
      I saw one at the end of the ledge yesterday at 5.45 but only managed a very blurry capture. I would like to thank NTU for keeping the cam active because I think a lot of us still sneak a peek whenever we can and it always a thrill if there is a bird there….however distant 🙂

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  192. redtedng9 says:

    Two falcons at the site right now. Yesterday there were two pigeons inspecting the nest!

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  193. Pam Birley says:

    An adult was on the ledge and into the nestbox around midday today. I uploaded one or two photos here:
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/66339356@N00/sets/72157629524594786/detail/?page=8

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  194. Pam Birley says:

    What a joy to see Mrs P there this morning, nestling down briefly into her egg-laying spot. She had obviously caught prey some time earlier as she had blood on her claws. She seemed aware of the camera and was giving it some pretty hard looks. A lot of noisy police and ambulance sirens did not phase her. I suppose she is used to all the urban sounds. After scratching around for a while she sat on the edge of the box before flying straight off.
    One or two pictures here (scroll to end of page)
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/66339356@N00/sets/72157629524594786/detail/?page=8

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  195. Pam Birley says:

    Hope you were there to see the pair of them this morning Dave – the camera appeared to be unmanned at the time of this brief encounter but maybe you were filming. The pair were in the box together and they were very excited, chattering away and touching bills before the male flew off quite suddenly leaving the female looking a bit lost and bewildered. (Now for some breakfast for me!)

    Aawww !!!

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  196. SW says:

    Lovely series of shots, Pam! I looked in during the morning and saw the zoom on one adult on the ledge.

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    • Pam Birley says:

      Thanks Sally. I keep looking in from time to time and one of the adults is there right now, looking very bored – just another Saturday afternoon. I notice they sit with their backs to the street and wonder if they can actually see their reflection in a window facing them. We visited Attenborough nature reserve recently and saw the elusive Garganey but only because a keen birder pointed it out…looked like just another duck to me. There is supposed to be a Hobby around but didn’t see it. Wish Attenborough was just a bit nearer to Leicester because it is a great place to visit.

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  197. Sarah S. says:

    Blimey, you lot still about?
    I’ve been scared to check back in case there’s nothin’ but tumbleweeds and dust. Lovely to see y’all (and the birds of course…thanks Pam!)

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  198. SW says:

    Yes still here, check in every now and again to see what’s what! Adult on the ledge then the nest just now. Hi Pam, not been to Attenborough, but I understand it’s v good (and never seen a Garganey). S

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  199. Pam Birley says:

    Still worth looking in Sarah. One of the falcons has been around a lot lately.

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  200. SueAtt says:

    Look in every now and again, but haven’t seen our birds for ages. Thanks for that John, much appreciated. At least I now know they’re still around. Also thanks to Pam Birley for the photos – had a look through them all a couple of weeks ago – brilliant!

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  201. Trevor says:

    8.10 am Both in nest today mrs p sitting in hollow kicking stones out.

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  202. Pam Birley says:

    Very nice captures John S. I have only seen one lately (including this morning) and as there is not a lot of action apart from preening I don’t always take pictures but good to see from your recent pics they are both around. Maybe next year’s nesting season will be more successful. I believe I last saw Storm in June and wonder where his territory is now.

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  203. Van Tran says:

    Do they stay at NTU all year. Both were back this am.

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  204. Pam Birley says:

    Thanks for the nice close-up of one of the adults – November 8th 4.45pm

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    • lorraine.dunne@btinternet.com says:

      Are you going out to clean out the box before next season?

      Any news on the peregrine parents and/or Storm?

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  205. SW says:

    And again this morning – looks like there’s no shortage of food! Great to see both adults together.

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  206. Jayjay says:

    Just been watching the pair near the nesting ledge and the male was making noises to the female and briefly went into the nest area. The female has got herself a dead pigeopn and is currently pluming it for her tea. They may be satrting early in pairing up for the new year. Fingers crossed folks

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  207. Pam Birley says:

    Both Mr & Mrs were there this morning. Mr joined Mrs in the box after sitting on the ledge for a while. They were interacting by excitedly touching bills and pecking at the nest, all the while bobbing up and down. Eventually the male, on the right flew off and the female stayed to nestle in the bowl and do some tidying up. Great to see this – I watched them for nearly an hour.
    Picture : http://www.flickr.com/photos/66339356@N00/8184788808/in/photostream

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  208. SW says:

    I too watched that morning, Pam, and took some screenshots which I’ll put on Photobucket eventually. Some large prey on the ledge today.

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  209. redtedng9 says:

    Two falcons at the site right now-great to see them !

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  210. redtedng9 says:

    Once again two birds at the site-they look magnificent in the winter sunshine!

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  211. Jayjay says:

    There look like the beginning of a nest scrape appearing and the pair seem to be hanging around quite regularly. When is the box going to have that grass removed as its an eyesore and im sure Mrs P wont be too pleased about her home looking a mess.

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  212. Pam Birley says:

    I seem to have missed them lately but one adult was there yesterday, 28 Dec,, just for the record ! Also,
    ***************HAPPY NEW PERRY-WATCHING YEAR TO ONE AND ALL****************

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  213. andy says:

    just wondering if some sort of roof will be put over the scrape,surely we have a duty to protect these chicks from the elements as some sort of payback for the hours of pleasure they give the enormous amount of watchers that follow the day to day events at the nest-site

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  214. andy says:

    Sorry,forgot…..Happy New Year to the world!!

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  215. daniel99 says:

    Has someone taken out the grass? Must have been lightning fast!

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  216. SueAtt says:

    Happy New Year to everyone. 🙂 Just thought I’d have a look to see if anything was happening. No birds around, but nest looking nice and tidy! Not long now before the season starts all over again, so lets hope and pray for better weather this year for our peregrine pair and their chicks.

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  217. Pam Birley says:

    Anyone seen the birds lately? Nobody home when I have looked in. I see the grass has gone by the way.

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  218. Mike Metcalf (Worcester) says:

    Both adults were tidying up the nest on 13th January in the PM. It’s looking promising ,,,,

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  219. Pam Birley says:

    Footprints in the snow :-)) the clues are there !

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  220. Caroline says:

    Both adults there again this morning. A lovely sight with the snow along the ledge.

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  221. Belinda says:

    Both adults there at 12:48 on Monday 28th. Does anyone know where Storm will be now? Will he have gone off and got a mate somewhere?

    Belinda

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  222. katkins says:

    they were both round the backof the building this afternoon -feasting on pigeon

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  223. Been watching the last week or so and seen the pair a few times, not seen them together yet but its looking good for this year. How deep is that hole in the scrape? lol.. They gunna need steps in there!! Particular thanks to the cameraman whoever you are today for the fabulous close ups and also for panning the camera round the other end of the ledge. Can’t wait til the action starts 🙂

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  224. julie907 says:

    Anyone any idea what that strange head looking thing is in the nestbox right now?

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    • Dave says:

      It’s difficult to tell. Maybe it’s another ex-King of England making an appearance. That should quieten Leicester down for a bit.

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  225. Trevor says:

    Falcon on Bulwell housing estate today just flew down and picked up looked like a starling . Maybe Storm starting out ? The other bird made a hell of a noise.

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  226. S says:

    After the death from exposure of three out of four peregrine chicks at the Trent University nest,
    last year, following several days of severe weather,
    there was some talk of perhaps constructing at least a partial roof or open shelter over the nest box, for the benefit of the next brood of chicks.

    I personally closely monitored the nesting season here at Nott with great interest,
    however I also watched the peregrine nest-cam in Great Spirit Bluff, Minnesota, USA,
    where the man-made nest box is secured against the sheer cliff face,
    and features three walls, a roof, and an open front.

    The GSB chicks did not have the considerable advantage that Storm had,
    of a long ledge on which to run and practice
    (a disadvantage which manifested when two out of three of the GSB chicks took a steep fall
    from the nest box before being really ready to attempt flight)

    But it was my observation that the roof did MUCH to shelter the chicks,
    and I was sort of hoping some sort of similar provision might be adopted for the Nott nest,
    so as to hopefully avoid the sort of loss that occurred last year.

    I just wondered if there has been any further talk along the lines of building a partial roof or shelter over this next box at Trent?

    Thanks!

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    • grantntu says:

      Thanks for the comment.

      A nest box with a roof was trialled many years ago but the falcons didn’t take to it and chose to ignore it. Very early on when they first arrived – before we created a nest box for them – they also laid their eggs in the gutter and so consequently these were washed away, which is why we installed the tray style box we have today.

      Although last year was very disappointing it is worth remembering that this nest location is very successful with 16 chicks fledging within the last 5 years alone. 🙂

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  227. S says:

    PS….I completely forgot to mention that yesterday I watched two falcons in the nest box for about 15 minutes, doing a “bowing” ritual. 🙂

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  228. Sue dickins says:

    We watched with great interest last year from hatching, through the awful weekend, to the naming etc. When do you expect this years story to start with the new eggs?

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    • chrisntu says:

      Hi Sue,

      Thanks for your comment. The best thing to do is keep watching the cam! 🙂

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      • Sue dickins says:

        So could it be any time now? I haven’t time to sit and watch nothing for a month or two if it might be April !!!!!!!

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  229. Dora Yemm, NTU Student says:

    Are the falcons back on the Newton building yet? I think I saw one just now – either that or it was a big pigeon!

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  230. SW says:

    A link for Sue (above), to the blog entry from last year reporting the laying of the first egg.

    https://ntufalcons.wordpress.com/2012/03/16/first-peregrine-egg-laid-in-the-uk-this-year/

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    • SueAtt says:

      Thanks for the pics SW – never seems to be anyone there when I log in, although I’m sure Mr & Mrs P are never far away. Looking forward to a successful season this year and hope the weather is a bit kinder to all our feathered friends. 🙂

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  231. SW says:

    Mating, 9.30am, far end of the ledge.

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  232. Ann Norris says:

    So looking forward to the new chicks I hope the weather is better for them this year. Thank you SW for the pics

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  233. they are there right this minute!!!…one in the nest and one on the ledge 🙂

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  234. and now they’ve gone 😦

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  235. Pam Birley says:

    Thanks for the reports on the falcon activity. Missed both today Carol but saw them on 15th March. I added some pics:http://www.flickr.com/photos/66339356@N00/. http://www.flickr.com/photos/66339356@N00/sets/72157629524594786/ I keep hoping to see a mating as SW did but…alas no luck for me yet. At least we know they have mated. Thanks NTU for the coverage. Zoomed and rotated cam views have been much appreciated.

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  236. wow that was brilliant!!..I have just spent a good 40 minutes watching one of the Peregrines, lazing around on the ledge for most of the time, then briefly jumping in the nest before flying off. They are spectacular creatures. These webcams are just incredible!! 🙂

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  237. Josette says:

    Am I dreaming or is Mrs.P already sitting on an egg this morning ?

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  238. SueAtt says:

    Have we got our first egg? There’s a falcon sitting on the nest in the snow!

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  239. SW says:

    Poor Mrs P in the snow!

    Thanks for the photos, Pam.

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  240. Ann Norris says:

    Nest is empty-no eggs yet

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  241. Phoebe says:

    The falcon has come off the scrape – there is no egg to be seen. It’s a relief really as it is very early.

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  242. I’ve not seen any eggs either…nor has the bird sat on the nest for AGES!! If there is an egg, will it be ok having been left this length of time?

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    • M says:

      Last year they laid 3 eggs over 3 days and over that period they left the eggs unattended for many hours at a time. We all panicked then too. But the eggs are designed to cope. Seems to be by design, they only start to incubate once all the eggs are out, so they will all hatch around the same time to give all the chicks a decent chance. Ain’t nature great? 🙂
      But regardless of all that, it seems there are no eggs yet this year 🙂

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      • gillyntu says:

        Thanks for your comment M, you are right in saying that they do not normally incubate until all of the eggs are laid.

        In terms of eggs arriving, I think we got a little over-excited this morning.
        Looking back at the comments, we have a report of Mr and Mrs P mating on the 3rd March. Assuming this was the first time they mated, it takes approximately 1 month for the eggs to be laid so, all being well we should be expecting eggs to be laid some time next week, or even over the Easter weekend.
        This is, of course, just an estimate, so keep your eyes peeled for any unusual activity in the scrape!

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      • Nature surely is great!!!….and so are these lovely birds 🙂
        Eggs will come when they are ready I expect…maybe they will be ‘Easter eggs’ lol 🙂

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    • SW says:

      She doesn’t incubate continuously until all the eggs are laid.

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  243. SueAtt says:

    Oh – went off out this morning all excited – just come home to see empty nest! Maybe she was just practising ready for when the eggs arrive!
    Thanks gillyntu – I had searched the internet unsuccessfully trying to find out how long it was between mating and the eggs being laid – much appreciated.

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  244. Phoebe says:

    Falcon is in egg laying stance right now. Wow the egg is hatched 11:364am!

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  245. deano says:

    first egg at 11.34 am today

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  246. M says:

    Magic moment just then as the male came, they had a little squawk, and then he hoped on to incubate like a pro. (much less clumsy than last year 😀 )

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  247. Phoebe says:

    Oh was so excited I said hatched lol when I meant LAID! sorry

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  248. SW says:

    Brilliant!

    A new blog page soon, for the new season?

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  249. oh wow….how eggciting 🙂 x

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  250. Lynn says:

    aaawwwwwww this is great I just popped on and hey presto 1 egg XXX

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  251. S says:

    Dad just arrived. Mom took off….Dad hopped into deep snow of nest and nearly lost his balance and almost did a faceplant into the snow. But he settled right into mom’s niche in the snow, tucked his head in, and got comfortable. Very quick changeover!

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  252. S says:

    (disregard last post….meant to post on newer thread. Apologies!)

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