Falcon names go to the polls

Ringed chicks

Ringed chicks

After nearly 300 nominations and some deliberations, six potential names have been picked to go to the polls.

As you will notice from our poll (at the top of this page), the six names are all female. This is because – as you may have guessed – we’ve been able to ascertain during the ringing yesterday that the peregrine falcon chicks are made up of two females and a male.

The male chick, as you will be aware from previous blogs, will be named Ernest in tribute to a Falconcam follower who sadly passed away last year.

So, we need you all to now vote for your favourite female name and the top two will be given to the remaining chicks. The deadline is 5pm on 30 May.

The names have been chosen by our Environment Team and are mostly in reference to inspirational people:

Lady HayGrace Marguerite Hay Drummond-Hay was a British journalist who was the first woman to travel around the world by air

IsabellaIsabella Bird was a traveller, explorer and writer

Amelia  – Amelia Earhart, an aviation pioneer and author, was the first female to fly across the Atlantic on her own

Katiyana – In Inuit language means ‘Night Snow’

Cecily – A female character from Oscar Wilde’s play The Importance of Being Earnest

Gwendolen – Another female character from The Importance of Being Earnest

Whatever your favourites are, we’d love you to vote for them.

In the meantime, to update Falconcam viewers, we also thought we’d share an exchange of correspondence we’ve had with former television presenter Tony Soper, who is the co-founder of the BBC’s natural history unit. In an email Tony was kind enough to tell us: “I watched your saga through to the end last year – had it on the favourites bar!  Looks like a good start this year, I wish you all a successful season.”

We’d also like to let you know that the bird ringing this year was very successful. The three chicks were all ringed by professionals from Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust, causing minimal distress to the birds. If you’d like to read more about bird ringing, read Erin McDaid’s blog: The Importance of Bird Ringing.

And finally, we hope you enjoy the most recent video highlights from Falconcam.

Chris Birkle

Nottingham Trent University

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82 Responses to Falcon names go to the polls

  1. Chess says:

    Lady Hay and Amelia to join Earnest.

    If there had been another boy, I definitely would have picked Jim Shaw.

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  2. chris veltman says:

    I vote for Amelia – famous American and a flyer!

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  3. Pam Birley. says:

    Amelia and Katiyana

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  4. Alex Pearson says:

    Cecily and Gwendolyn

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  5. jim.willis1@btinternet.com says:

    KATIYANA – CECILY

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  6. Nick says:

    I like the idea of explorers/aviators… but I also think it’s nice to have a common theme… So, in keeping with the Oscar Wilde – “Importance of Being Earnest” theme, Cecily and Gwendolen will get my votes.

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  8. wollypark says:

    Hi
    Where do we vote? Thx

    Amelia and Cecily

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  9. Hetty says:

    I was correct. I only remarked to my sister first thing this morning that I thought there were two females and one male. I’ll be voting in the poll!

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  10. Naomi Yeomans says:

    So pleased there are 3 this year and i love the theme names! Thank you for the hard work you must have to do to let us watch these birds grow each year.

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  11. Lorraine Dunne says:

    Isabella and Amelia are my choices, inspirational women.

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  12. Hetty says:

    What are the rules of the poll? Can we vote as often as we like or only once, or once per day? I remember last year we could vote endlessly!

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    • gillyntu says:

      It should be the case that it’s only one vote this year.

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      • Alison says:

        It would be nice to be able to vote for two names – that way if we want to stick with the Importance of Being Ernest theme we can. Otherwise one of the names on its own won’t make much sense. Thanks for letting us share in this story, and for having a say in choosing their names 🙂

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      • grantntu says:

        Sorry Alison, you can only pick your favourite this year so choose wisely!

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  13. SueAtt says:

    Didn’t get much viewing time yesterday and only realised when I logged in just now that one of the chicks was wearing bling on it’s leg! Had a good idea that we have 2 females and 1 Ernest, and I love the names that have been shortlisted. I will now go away and consider my choices although it’s quite difficult as I like them all!

    Well done NTU and NWT. 🙂

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  14. barbara deane says:

    I have voted for Katiyana, and would vote for Cecily as the 2nd one if I was allowed!

    Just been watching 2 of them stretching and flapping their wings – not both at the same time I hasten to add!!

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  15. SW says:

    ‘Katiyana’ appears in the satirical list The ‘Eskimos’ Hundred Words for Snow’ by Phil James. Is it a genuine Inuit word?

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  16. Tricky says:

    It’s all very well naming them. But what do they call themselves – and each other?

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  17. Jan says:

    Will they post a video of the banding?

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  18. David Easley says:

    Katiyana and Amelia

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  19. I’ve voted but, with all due respect to Ernest, I shall always think of them as Roly, Poly & Pudding.

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  20. scoobydoo1 says:

    Question: Why do the Male and Female not sit with the chicks together?

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  21. S says:

    It is always nice to have a matching “set” of names, but it is not obligatory.

    I love Oscar Wilde,

    but I would hate to see the other names of more deserving (and real!) people,
    ….like the great women mentioned….
    overlooked, merely in favour of having the names “match”.

    (Especially since Ernest was not really chosen due to the Oscar Wilde play,
    but in honour of a former viewer. The play is not really the point).

    I would vote for Lady Hay and Isabella Bird (I would be sure to include the “Bird” in her name!)

    But if I may only vote for one female name, my money would be on “Isabella Bird”. 🙂

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  22. Nick says:

    There’s some bright pink plumage around the nest. Anyone see what bird it came from?

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  23. chris morley says:

    did anyone else notice pink feather 12.30 today ?? not good,not good at all

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  24. Claus says:

    One of them just jumped down from the nest-box, fortunately not up on the ledge. I hope It can make its way back.

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  25. S says:

    I don’t wish to be critical, god knows I wouldn’t know how to ring a falcon chick, but a fellow viewer pointed out to me that the chicks seem irritated by the rings, which I’ve never noticed in the past.

    Thought it was worth pointing out, if any experts want to observe this for signs of trouble.

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  26. Dee Ewing says:

    Cecily

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  27. Claus says:

    Now one was up on the ledge for a view of the city, returned to the nest quickly…

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  28. Claire says:

    Amelia & Cecily

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  29. Amelia says:

    My names in the pole!!! ( Amelia )

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  30. Sue Hall says:

    Amelia and Cecily

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  31. Julia says:

    7.11 pm Sunday all three have taken a trip out of the nest and walked off camera!

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  32. Tracy says:

    Eeeek they’re on the move, all 3 left the nest today……… And then the wanderers returned!😃🐣

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  33. aka says:

    pink feathers, is blood on white feathers from another racing pigeon

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  34. June Sutherland-Findler says:

    WHERE is the 3rd chick ??????

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  35. June Sutherland-Findler says:

    omg….its back…must have went for a wee walk round the parapet…will it be able to get back in the nest?

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  36. Alice says:

    I vote Amelia and Isabella. Love the boys name Ernest-was my great grandfathers name too 🙂 lovely to see them doing so well in this horrible summer!

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  37. barbara deane says:

    1 dozing outside the box; 1 dozing inside the box; 1 trying to ride him/herself of all his/her babygrow!

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  38. Audrey says:

    @AK no it was not blood on the feathers. The pink was a bright ‘Barbie-pink’. The prey looked like an exotic bird, nothing native to the UK.

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    • SW says:

      I agree Audrey, definitely not blood. I think it was a dyed pigeon – there are plenty of images online.

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  39. barbara deane says:

    18.10 Not a chick in sight!!!!!!!!Hope they have not gone over the edge!!!!!!!

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  40. SallyE says:

    One of the chicks has more darker feathers and looks a bit smaller, is that Ernest?

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  41. Ian says:

    anyone know where they are, they are not in the box, and from camera 1 there is no movement?

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  42. Ian says:

    OK they are back now 🙂

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  43. scoobydoo1 says:

    phew…whole office in a panic…we thought one of them had fell off the ledge.

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  44. Sue says:

    Great to see them preening and moving to their new feathers. In and out of the box …. soon they’ll be looking around to see where they’re going to fly to. Still very addictive – thanks everyone at ntu.

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  45. Claus says:

    Can we assume the small/brownish is the boy and the two fat/downish are the girls ? ( Do I see a left leg ring girls and right leg ring boys convention, too ?)

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  46. Lynn says:

    I agree with Audrey- it almost looked unreal.

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  47. S says:

    Parent just brought food to the nest, dropped it, and left.
    Parent sitting a ways down the ledge.

    Chicks struggling to strip feathers off, themselves.

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  48. S says:

    Parent just returned to check on their progress, but left again without helping.

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  49. S says:

    chick appears to be doing fairly well at picking apart the prey.

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  50. Sheena says:

    Just been watching one of the girls worry at the ring on her leg for ages. Is it worth checking to see if it’s okay? It would be awful if they flew and that ring causes problems down the line.

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  51. Lisa says:

    I’m having kittens watching these three! Its like having triplets who all want to start walking at the same time and I’m having palpitations in case one or more of them go over the ledge! Oh my goodness what compulsive viewing! 🙂

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  52. angie says:

    RE..pink feathers…its another craze that is springing up for the must have bride and groom…a whole new industry of having birds/pigeons/doves that are dyed with brightly coloured dye released at weddings….maybe it was one of those that the falcon had for lunch.

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  53. SueAtt says:

    One of the girls is being quite vocal – must be nearly teatime! Mrs P (?) seems unconcerned – just standing on the ledge against the window sheltering from the rain. Little Ernest has managed to get into the corner and snuggle up with his other sister. Bless – what a horrible wet day for them. 😦

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  54. Jenny Martin says:

    would it not be possible for another year to put a box in the nest so that they could go in and shelter from the rain as they have done on the CXH Peregrine nestbox?

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  55. San says:

    I logged on to see only one bedraggled chick struggling to find shelter. I was sure the other two had perished as there was no sign of them at all. However……eventully there was a glimpse of one and then thankfully, the remaining one. My heart literally sang such was the relief. The gully was full of water and it was pianful viewing watching them trying to keep dry. This poor family have endured so much and it must be so hard to resist intervention. But then we have to remember that they are wild and that they chose the site.

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  56. Claire says:

    Where is the poll for voting for the names? It was there at the side on the blog page yesterday but I can see no sign of it today.

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    • grantntu says:

      It has been up for a week so polling has now closed and we will announce the winners shortly!
      Thanks.

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      • Claire says:

        Oh, OK, sorry. It said that the deadline was 5pm today, so I thought I still had time to vote. Never mind, I’m looking forward to hearing which names are chosen anyway.

        It’s so lovely following the progress of the chicks. I can’t stop myself checking back every few mins when I’m on my computer!

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      • grantntu says:

        Yes, sorry about bringing the deadline forward. BBC radio Nott’m are keen to announce the winners live on air today at about 11:45am so we decided to bring it forward a little bit.
        Thanks.

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  57. Kelly says:

    So what names won in the end? be nice to put names to their cute faces!

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  58. Sheena says:

    I really hope it’s bad light or my eyes but I can only see two chicks. I’ve been checking in for a couple of hours now and I can still only see two 😦

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