Merry Christmas from the NTU Falcons team

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Merry Christmas to all our viewers from the NTU Falcons team. Here’s a photo of one of the Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust singing peregrine falcons sitting on our tree at home.

Click on the image for some seasonal sparkle.

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150 Responses to Merry Christmas from the NTU Falcons team

  1. And a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you and everyone connected with this website and to all who view……….xx

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  2. jill says:

    this is sooooooooooooooooooooo cool!! so glad you shared!! ::) Merry Christmas πŸ™‚

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  3. Lynn says:

    Happy Christmas and a great 2014!

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  4. Dr Barbara Underwood says:

    Merry Christmas – smashing seeing the falcons thank you all very much
    DrBarbie

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  5. Judith Lee says:

    Merry Christmas to everyone, and a Happy New Year. Thank you.

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  6. penny godfrey says:

    AHH HOW SWEET. HAVE SEEN A COUPLE OF FALCONS WHERE I LIVE AT BESTWOOD COUNTRY PARK. WONDER IF THEY ARE OUR BABIES.?????

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  7. Pam Birley says:

    Thank you all at NTU for all the wonderful coverage during the year. I was in Nottingham last week and stood across the road from the nest. I saw a falcon at the end of the ledge but had no binoculars with me. I saw a lot of what looked like remains of prey on the left hand side of the portico of the Theatre Royal, so guessed our Peregrines take their prey around there too. Really looking forward to them nesting again in 2014 and would like to wish you all a very happy Christmas and a very healthy and happy New Year.

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  8. One of the falcons just landed on the ledge…..I do love the way it hopped along toward the nest box πŸ™‚

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  9. Maurice says:

    Both peregrines on the ledge this morning:
    per7

    and some other recent captures:
    per3
    per5

    they always seem to be some activity there at around 9:30 each morning whilst I have a tea break! lol

    Merry Christmas everyone πŸ™‚

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  10. Both falcons in view… 1 in the nest box and the other on the ledge….looks sunny there at the moment but I bet its cold too πŸ™‚

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  11. Megrose says:

    Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all.

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  12. redtedng9 says:

    Thank you for providing such superb viewing of these birds.
    One falcon on the ledge at the moment viewing the sights of Nottingham.

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  13. Happy new year everyone………….hope 2014 will be good to you all πŸ™‚

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  14. SueAtt says:

    Happy New Year! Looking forward to the new nesting season.

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  15. Morning everyone……….Mr and Mrs PF are now in view with one on the nest box and the other just having a lazy time watching!

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  16. Beautiful close up of one of the falcons standing right at the far edge of the ledge…..turning in circles…clearly can’t decide which is the best view today!

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  17. Maurice says:

    Another close up view from yesterday..
    per10

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  18. Fiona says:

    birds doing an amazing display on the nest right now. male encouraging the female on to the nest, female playing hard to get! watch…its brill,

    Fiona

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  19. Had the adult pair on the ledge feeding and now just a lone bird sat watching the world go by….

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  20. First snow of the year but its not sticking….seems a bit sleety…..

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  21. Seems like the missis is playing hard to get again……..himself is in the nest box being vocal, wish we had sound, but she is on the ledge ignoring him, too busy looking up at something overhead….

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  22. Well, both birds are in the nest box this morning….just generally hanging around

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  23. Oh what a wonderful close up of one of the adults on the nestbox………..and I do mean close up! Such a stunning bird!

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  24. Pam Birley says:

    Melonie: I see you have been here on your own a lot recently so thanks for your observations. I can get sound on Cam 2 but not Cam 1. If I have both views open in separate windows then I can hear the sounds. Nobody home as I write.

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    • Hi Pam…….I tend to leave the webcam on all day on my laptop and nip in and out as I want, it keeps me entertained πŸ™‚ I have never been able to get sounds but I might just have to try your trick! The falcons were in and out early this morning (I have been watching the winter olympics since about 6.30 haha) and saw first a single bird on the nest, poss male, then both then single again….seems like there is a lt of nestbox activity over the last few days.

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  25. Mick Gretton says:

    Both birds on the ledge now…

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  26. Looks like the early bird is with us already…….oh, and Pam, I tried your trick of opening both views at once but still don’t get any sound so will have to settle for silent viewing πŸ™‚

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  27. Morning all……….both birds already with us this morning, male in next box scrabbling about and female on ledge watching him….or is she just ‘playing hard to get’…… πŸ™‚

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  28. Well, seems we survived the storm last night, hope you all did too without too much damage and so did our favourite birds as they are both already on the scene, hubby’s in the nest box trying to entice the mississ to join him but she’s more interested in whats going on around and above her…. πŸ™‚

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  29. Lovely close up of one of the birds on the nest box, prob the male, the other bird is on the ledge….and I wouldn’t want to feel his talons grab hold of me! They are certainly long and definitely mean business!

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  30. Oops…….looks like we have a problem Houston…..camera 1 says stream not found! Bet that storm clobbered it!

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  31. Well, not only have our birds been on view regularly since early this morning but I have just witnessed them mating on the ledge so I reckon its all systems go and get ready for another season of ups, downs and everything in between!

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  32. Wonder whether the bird on the ledge is laughing at all the folks struggling in the rush hour traffic as its sat there not far from the nest box…..I have noticed the birds have now started to show up in the early evening so maybe it won’t be long before we have the mississ on the nest proper……..I don’t know when that would be but if anyone else does I’d love to know please πŸ™‚

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  33. Nick says:

    Will someone be able to clean the smudges off the lens of camera 1 before the birds take residence?

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  34. Alison MacDonald says:

    It would be good to start a proper blog for 2014 progress where the latest replies come up on top rather than the end and people can record their comments as they observe.
    I have only seen one falcon this year – just sitting on the edge this morning and in the gravel box yesterday. Hopefully eggs soon! And no snow this year we hope.

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  35. 1 adult on ledge and the other in the nest box……you can often see them at this time of day now

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  36. Ann Norris says:

    Both birds are there just now. Female is fussing around the nest, male sitting on the ledge.

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  37. Its a beautiful sunny morning and one of the adults is sat on the ledge preening and just watching the world go by below. πŸ™‚

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  38. Love the way the female just ignores the male while he is trying to entice her into the nest box…then she flies off and leaves him sat staring after her!

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  39. Let us hope for a good season this year for the bird’s and that we don’t have snow like last year.

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    • Definitely no snow……its been a funny old winter…not really cold just wet!And today here in South Yorkshire we woke to a light frost and fog, and the fogs getting thicker and thicker…luckily its nice and clear on the nest site……Seems one of the birds has taken to spending long periods just sat on the ledge, a good hour or more yesterday, I’m wondering if its the female and she is getting ready to set the ball rolling for us… πŸ™‚

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  40. I thought I was early to start watching ,but as I see by the blogs lots of people have been watching. Lets hope for another successful year , Big thanks to all concerned.

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  41. Just sat and watched the female give the nest box a right good tidy up….she was busy there for quite some time, then the male appeared with a bird, which he started to snack on, before hopping along the edge toward the box. It looked as though he was going to offer it to the female but she hopped onto the ledge, stayed a few moments then flew off…….fingers crossed this is a sign of things to come !

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  42. Pam Birley says:

    I knitted a Peregrine. Not the correct shade of dark grey and I need to make some adjustments but thought you might find this interesting :http://www.flickr.com/photos/66339356@N00/12907039503/in/photostream/

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    • jaredntu says:

      Pam – That is completely amazing! Do you fancy knitting one for us here at Falcon HQ to keep by our desks and show off to others in the team? I will happily pay you for the costs of the wool and materials etc…

      My email is jared.wilson@ntu.ac.uk – get in touch if you’re interested.

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    • Alison MacDonald says:

      Absolutely brilliant, love it. i can’t do knitting at all but enjoy tapestry work so maybe I better think falcon for my next piece of work.

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    • That is so cool……….can I ask where you got the pattern from Pam, I’d loveto have a go at making my very own peregrine!

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    • chocolateeclaire says:

      Hi, everyone! I’ve been so snowed under with work I haven’t had time to check in here for ages but, as it’s getting to that time of year, I couldn’t stay away any longer. πŸ™‚

      Wow, Pam, your knitted peregrine is amazing…and so cute! What a brilliant likeness – you’ve captured the details superbly. Would you consider knitting a peregrine chick to celebrate the hatchings we’re all hoping for?

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  43. SueAtt says:

    That’s a lovely falcon Pam – have seen other things you’ve knitted in the past and they are really good. I do a bit of knitting but could never knit anything without a pattern to follow, and even then I sometimes manage to get lost! lol.

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  44. Well,one of the falcons is sat on a lower ledge and has been now for some time….a good hour I’d say, must be comfy!

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  45. Just witnessed the male fly in with a bird and give it to the female before he flew off again……….is this a good sign that things are progressing?

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  46. Neal says:

    Any chance of an HTML5 video feed? No iOS device supports Flash. I don’t even like Flash on my main PC or Mac.

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  47. Maurice says:

    Looks like the female is trying to lay an egg, is this early or about the right time?

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  48. saranoid says:

    falcon making a scrape right now!

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  49. Lynn says:

    No egg yet- but she certainly seems to be reviing up!

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  50. OH I do wish they would stop teasing us and get some eggs laid, the prmoise of seeing the first one is turning my hair 50 shades of grey, white and silver!

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  51. LM says:

    one of the birds on the ledge at 11.15am this morning then proceeded to try out the scrape for size before much calling to its mate and eventually flying off. Positive signs!!

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  52. Belinda says:

    Just checked live camera for first time in ages – looks like 2 small white things on ledge near falcon – hop they aren’t eggs!

    Belinda

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    • I see what you mean Belinda…….this is when we need the camera zooming in…..fingers crossed its not a couple of eggs…..but if it is and there are more to come I hope the female makes it to the nest box……I have wondered lately whether there has been some noise the other side of the window that has put the birds off actually using the box as they seem to have spent a lot of time lately staring hard at the window and tipping heads to one side as if listening to something

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    • Alison MacDonald says:

      I wouldn’t worry Belinda – falcon eggs are brown. But I do think we will see some action soon.

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  53. Belinda says:

    Nice camera person has now zoomed in and the white things appear to be feathers fluttering in the wind. I think the eggs had been laid by now? Is that right? Lovely view of the falcon right now – 13:47.

    Belinda

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  54. 6.30 in the morning……thick fog here on the edge of the peak district but nice and clear in Nottingham….already have a bird in the box so fingers crossed for eggs soon…..and thanks to Alison for letting us know the falcons eggs are brown…got a bit worried yesterday but I’m fine now, I think πŸ™‚

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    • Apologies people…..it is foggy in Nottingham, just not as bad as here! My eyes don’t always work well first thing in the morning….bet its a bit dodgy going using the Woodhead and Snake pass right now!

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  55. Ann Norris says:

    A lot of nest action just now-maybe getting near to egg laying time πŸ™‚

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  56. 6.25 am and already one of the falcons sat in the nest box…..looks a bit on the misty/foggy side in Nottingham this morning

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  57. Mike Metcalf says:

    I saw the pair mating yesterday afternoon (Wednesday), so egg laying could be very soon! Let’s hope we don’t get a spell of savage weather after they get started this year.

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    • …The weather is supposed to be good for a while..no odd bits of frost but no snow! Its now 9.40pm and there is a falcon on the ledge. They do seem to be spending more time around the nest box lately……….and I saw them mating the week before last so fingers crossed for a result soon πŸ™‚

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    • …The weather is supposed to be good for a while.. odd bits of frost but no snow! Its now 9.40pm and there is a falcon on the ledge. They do seem to be spending more time around the nest box lately……….and I saw them mating the week before last so fingers crossed for a result soon πŸ™‚

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  58. Pam Birley says:

    Mrs Perry has sat now for at least two hours to my knowledge – on the ledge by the nest. Looks to me as though she means business some time tonight or early tomorrow. She doesn’t seem to want to leave the box area it seems.

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  59. 8.50am and just had another mating….things are looking good πŸ™‚

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  60. SW says:

    Is today the day? Mrs P’s been sitting in the scrape for a while now.

    (PS A new blog page soon?)

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  61. Maurice says:

    Can’t be long now, getting excited. The first egg was laid on 14th March 2012 and 21st March last year, so hopefully should be any day now!

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  62. That ledge must be comfy……Falcons been sat on it for an hour now…..Dont think the mister was too chuffed earlier when he arrived with a bird for his tea and the missis pinched it and flew off….and the suspense of waiting for the first egg is driving me round the twist!

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  63. Nick says:

    Well, after what seemed an eternity with my finger poised over the “print screen” button, I managed to capture the first egg of 2014 just after it was laid at 00:30 this morning, 16th March.

    Well done Mrs P!!

    Nick

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    • Nick says:

      Another screenshot – taken a minute or so after the first egg was laid.

      Nick

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    • SW says:

      Thanks for the screenshot, and the time.

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    • Well done Nick….I did wonder if she would lay overnight when she came back late evening…but didn’t see it til the morning….my hubby thinks I am mad sending my time watching for her to lay….but do I care, NO, he goes off to work and I’m quite happy sat here watching heeheehee

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  64. annette says:

    mummy falcon just laid first egg at 0034 approx. amazing

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  65. Helen says:

    Just logged on to see if there were any eggs yet. Peregrine sitting in the nest fidgeting and moving, finally moved a little and appears to be an egg there. The bird moved it about then appeared to lie over it. It is about 245am in the UK

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  66. karen says:

    first egg for Mrs P this morning

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  67. jpy says:

    is that the 1st egg πŸ™‚

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  68. john says:

    We have our first egg πŸ™‚ now the journey begins

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  69. Claus says:

    First egg today !

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  70. Now this is a very hopeful sign when the falcon is actually lay in the nestbox and not wandering about…fingers crossed she has done the deed overnight and laid an egg!

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  71. Hetty says:

    Just switched on my computer and looked at the webcam – there’s an egg!

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  72. 8am……WE HAVE AN EGG!………….missis perry is stood up and there is an egg under her! Oh now the fun begins πŸ™‚

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  73. mart says:

    first egg of 2014 laid this morning

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  74. Dianne says:

    We have our first egg!

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  75. Owen says:

    Just logged on and there is an egg there !!

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  76. Alison MacDonald says:

    An egg at last! I wonder how many there will be this year.

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  77. terry davies says:

    Is that an egg I see before me.

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  78. Eileen H says:

    There’s an egg in the nest box! No adult with it at the moment.

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  79. Tricky says:

    Heck these birds are fast or what!
    It was only a couple of days ago that I saw them mating .
    And now Mrs P is hatching an egg!
    Gotta be a record.

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  80. Mike Metcalf says:

    first egg in the nest this morning. I didn’t see when it appeared. Did anyone else?

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    • Nick says:

      Yes – see my screenshots above. I looked in at about midnight and she was clearly about to lay. She made me wait half an hour with finger poised over the “print screen” button. Well worth it though to actually see it happen. The egg was laid withing a few seconds of 12:30 am.

      Nick

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    • annette says:

      yes I agree with nick I saw her lay ist egg and it is ist time I have seen it

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  81. Karen says:

    Well done Mrs P first egg early this morning.

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  82. Chris says:

    is that an egg i spot or a shadow?

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  83. Ann Norris says:

    I see one egg-yipee πŸ™‚

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  84. SW says:

    I believe the egg was laid between midnight and 1am. πŸ™‚

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  85. annette says:

    mum is quite happily sat next to egg in nestbox and being tormented by a fly keeps following it round with her head

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  86. Phoebe says:

    I see you have your first egg of 2014! Congratulations!!

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  87. Neal says:

    First egg laid and Mum’s really excited.

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  88. Dex says:

    Looks like an egg to me πŸ˜‰

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  89. Pam Birley says:

    Egg in the box !!!

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  90. LM says:

    egg visible 11.49am this morning certainly laid after 8.30am as nothing at that point not even a falcon.
    Thats it no work will be done now until about June!!!!

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  91. Neal says:

    Link to movie of her sat on the first egg

    https://www.dropbox.com/s/3rzlx1ter118yv7/Incubating%202.mov

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  92. Julie Mott says:

    First egg of 2014 has been laid :

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  93. Dave says:

    We have an EGG!

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  94. g2-cead2654541ac6f20da78f0d6a7c7d91 says:

    I notice an egg when I got up this morning.

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  95. g2-cead2654541ac6f20da78f0d6a7c7d91 says:

    Meant to say that there was also something pink by it at 7am.

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  96. Maureen says:

    It has happened! One brown egg, and I saw her laying it. She looked really uncomfortable, all puffed up and in fact appeared quite ill. But the egg is now there and the two parents have made no attemt to brood it, just been sitting on the ledge for a few hours. Is there a reason they don’t brood straightaway? Do they wait for the entire clutch before they start sitting? And … is it OUR Perrys? Does anyone know if it’s the same pair?

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  97. g2-cead2654541ac6f20da78f0d6a7c7d91 says:

    I see she is sitting on it now, bless her heart.

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  98. She is sorting out the stones again.

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  99. Oh bless her she is asleep on the nest, her little head keeps dropping down and her eyes are closed.

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  100. Mrs P got off the egg at 4.45pm to stretch her wings, went off for a quick fly round, came back and Mr P promptly mated with her….

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  101. MP says:

    First egg!

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  102. Anne says:

    Mrs P has been busy, just spotted the first egg.

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  103. David Graham says:

    Good, first egg at about 4pm today, lovely reddish brown, good luck, we will all be watching to see how things progress. Good experienced parents, so all should go well

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  104. emja says:

    Oh my gosh! We have our first egg! Either that, or Mama P, is sitting on a rock! ( My screen is not first rate.) πŸ˜‰

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  105. I think daddy is keeping an eye on ‘Egg’.

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  106. Poor lonely little egg…..Mrs P has gone off again and I’m wondering when we will get the second egg and how many will be laid in total this year……..

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  107. Am I the only one watching Egg???

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  108. Mum and dad are back now and mum has decided that Egg needs some warmth so she is sitting on it.

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    • SW says:

      Egg is fine to be left – she’ll wait until the 3rd or 4th before brooding continuously.

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      • Alison says:

        I do worry when they leave the egg unprotected – round our way our local crows and magpies nick other birds eggs for food. Or is one of the pair standing guard somewhere?

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  109. Nick says:

    Has anyone else noticed that the time stamp on camera 2 is about two and a half minutes behind camera 1(which has the correct time)? That means the first egg was actually laid at 00:27:30 not at 00:30.

    Yours pedantically

    Nick

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