Time to name our baby falcons

Name our falcons
It’s that time of year again where you get your chance to help name our latest flock of young falcons. A big thank you goes out to everyone who has helped put suggestions forward. After much deliberation at Falcon HQ we have come up with the following shortlist to name our three female birds.

1. Milly, Molly and Mandy
Suggested by Jenny Garrett. The names are taken from a series of children’s books written and illustrated by Joyce Lankester Brisley, staring the character Milly-Molly-Mandy. The books date back as far as 1928.

2. Georgie, Patricia and Andrea
Suggested by Jennifer Milward, Alison, Nick and Jen as a female twist on our patron saints George, Patrick and Andrew. Jen also requested ‘Patricia’ after her mother, an avid falcon cam watcher, who died recently.

3. Emily, Anne and Charlotte
Suggested by Ann and Trish. The names relate to the famous Bronte sisters Emily (who wrote Wuthering Heights), Anne (who wrote Agnes Grey) and Charlotte (who wrote Jane Eyre).

4. Mary, Jane and Florence
Suggested by SueAtt. These names all relate to female members of the Boot family, led by Boots The Chemist founder Jesse Boot.

5. Snap, Crackle and Pop
Suggested by Molly Spriggs. Names after the cartoon mascots of the popular breakfast cereal Rice Crispies.

The voting poll is now live on our website and this blog.

So, why are we not asking you to name the other bird you might ask? Well, we’ve been observing it regularly and are now fairly certain that it’s a male – judging by its size. Secondly, we were emailed a suggestion in-house which we really like. We’ve decided to call it Frank.

He’s named after Frank Jennings, a man who has worked for NTU in our Estates Department for 25 years and retires this summer. Among the many things Frank achieved in his time with the university, he was actually responsible for building the original nest box that the falcons first began to breed in. If it wasn’t for Frank’s actions in those early days then falcon cam and this blog would not exist.

We think it’s only fair that, in the year of his retirement our tiny male falcon is named ‘Frank’ after Mr Jennings . We salute you Frank Jennings. Have a happy retirement and enjoy following your namesake for the rest of this breeding season.

Jared Wilson
NTU Falcons Team

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180 Responses to Time to name our baby falcons

  1. geebee7 says:

    Horus is such a proud name for the little chick.

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    • steve says:

      There wild animals i have been told on more that 1 occasion when i have posted negative comments according to the followers and wildlife trust team, yet i read on ere your wanting to name these wild birds how sad and how sad i find it that so many ppl take time out and post suggestions re names…

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      • Bill says:

        I find it sad that ‘ppl’ make such silly comments themselves; I suspect somewhat of a ‘Joey Barton!’

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  2. andyuk says:

    terrible names. count me out

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    • Richard Shuttleworth says:

      I agree and yet what I don’t understand it that the chicks don’t hang out around the nest anymore and the adjacent ledge, they are on the opposite side of the building so why don’t they adjust the cameras so we can all watch them, they are going to fly soon and we don’t want to miss that.

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  3. Thanks Frank….without your expertise in building the nestbox we would not be watching the webcam now…..enjoy your retirement…….. 🙂

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  4. andyuk says:

    why not choose more exiting and imaginative names. those choices are so boring and arbitrary. there is nothing ‘peregrine’ about them at all.

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  5. laurence says:

    Milly, Georgie, Patricia…., anyway, today they’re just wet baby falcons !

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  6. Mary Davies says:

    Like the name Frank & the reason for it. Have a very happy retirement Frank (the man, not the chick).
    But the female choices are all very uninspiring this year. And you seem to have forgotten the Welsh patron saint too in that one set – David!!
    But I will vote anyway though (and choose the best of a bad bunch) as I have so enjoyed watching them this year, yet again. Thank you.

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  7. El D says:

    Got to agree the names are not inspiring and seem way too “human” and not birdlike for me. But have voted anyway to thank you for all the pleasure you have brought to us all so far this year. I’ve loved watching the progress of the birds. Many thanks.

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  8. Nicole Poirier says:

    Good luck to both Frank. One at the beginning of his life and the other at the beginning of a new life.

    Nicole from Québec

    envoyé du Ipad

    >

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  9. Jack D says:

    Enjoy your retirement Frank and thank you.

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  10. Jack D says:

    Another horrible drizzly day here in Nottingham – some very wet chicks – yet again. Thanks for the new camera angles.

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  11. Jim says:

    Massive thank you for naming the male chick Frank.
    He and his family will be thrilled to hear this.
    If I can take this opportunity to wish my brother Frank and his good wife Josie, a long and happy retirement. So proud of you.

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  12. Eileen says:

    3 girls Cinderella, Thumbelina and Esmerelda

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  13. Just watched one of the girls jump up in the air as she flapped her wings….looking like we could have a first bit of a flight soon

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    • Jack Dawson says:

      Ive just seen chef bring tea back alive!!!!!!!! think its a seagull..one of the little ones came running up the ledge to investigate…the chef is preparing/plucking it now for them

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  14. Oh my goodness they flap so close to the edge will be glad when i is time for them to fly,anyone know when that will be? Lost count of the days

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  15. geebee7 says:

    Pop is another word for granddad as well.

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  16. Loving Frank for the little one but have to agree with many others female choices are very uninspiring sure someone can come up with something better.

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  17. vicki says:

    Frank is a great choice, but the female names are a little ordinary. I think some of the unusual choices like Horus Hero and Pheonix were better

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  18. Excellent choice for Frank, and a huge thank-you to the human Frank for giving his time and energy to the birds – and our unadulterated delight in being able to watch them – for so many years 😀

    I like the name choices; it’s never easy to pick names even for pets, and for wild animals it must be even harder.

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  19. Mel says:

    Its been another fantastic season of compulsive viewing better than the BBC, Sky and all the rest including the new Notts TV channel. No wonder they are out of the nesting box it looks very very unwelcoming in there to say the least. What happens to those pigeon rings left in the nest are the deceased owners informed of their demise? Thanks for the entertainment and cheers Frank.
    Mel.

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  20. Dave. says:

    What a childish idea, naming wild animals for goodness sake. Grow up you lot.

    Dave.

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  21. Danny ellender says:

    Excited to see one of the chicks having practice flights early this morning . Won’t be long before she’s off now .

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  22. silverethers says:

    I like Frank and the reasons for it … Names are not the most awesome but I feel the same about my name thats why I don’t use it 😀 … I am going to miss this lot when they fly out into the big world …

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  23. geebee7 says:

    Wouldn’t it be fun if someone from Nottingham was to stand on the street below at a set time and wave to the camera?? 🙂

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  24. mazzy says:

    I think it is great that the little one is named after Frank. I thought the names were submitted by readers of this blog, so can’t understand why some people are being so dismissive of the choices. Did they offer suggestions? Milly, Molly Mandy was my favourite as a child, and at 68 I still have some books, so no guessing what I voted for.

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  25. Shepherd says:

    I have been calling them INQI (inki) for the most inquisitive, Minx, Shalom, and Tinker for the little stinker – so I dont really care for the 3 name choices you have picked.

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  26. 3 of the chicks lined up on the ledge and a pigeon scrabbling about in the mess at the end of the ledge….brave bird….or a bit dopey!

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  27. super idée de nommer le jeune faucon :FRANCK , c’est très gentil de penser à votre ancien collègue
    qui a été en partie à l’origine du projet “falcons” , il doit être très heureux de ce choix…
    encore merci de nous permettre de voir ces faucons en direct , même si les images sont parfois terribles quand la méteo est mauvaise . Mireille Vinot , from France ,I’ve been watching the falcons for years..

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    • laurence says:

      bonjour Mireille, pour moi la 2ème année avec Notthimgham depuis la France (second year watching Not falcons)

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  28. Jack D says:

    Très bon!

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  29. 2 chicks having some fun in the water…..1 drinking and bathing and then the second joined in! I always knew that rain water would come in handy 🙂

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  30. Ryewolf says:

    Are all four chicks still there? I saw 4 last night (29th May) at 18:51pm. Just seen 3 under the webcam housing.

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  31. Pam Kettles says:

    Have so enjoyed watching the falcons. However will now have to get down to gardening and housework! Many thanks to all the team at NTU and Notts Wildlife Trust.

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  32. Ryewolf says:

    Pretty sure all four chciks are still there, 3 are quite clear and I think you can just see the end of the tail of the 4th under the camera housing.

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  33. Ryewolf says:

    Just seen all four chicks quite clearly

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  34. barbara deane says:

    Missed all the goings on yesterday!

    When I came online today I thought there were only 3 of them there, but then the 4th head appeared! – 2 under the camera housing, one this side and one on the ledge! https://www.dropbox.com/s/ulj9i0j467iyf7y/Screenshot%202014-05-30%2014.33.39.png

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  35. Pam Birley says:

    Falcons have been calling to be fed for quite a while now, they seem very hungry and I haven’t seen a parent while I have been watching the last one and a half hours. Difficult for the camera operator to keep track of all four. One even disappeared around the end of the ledge at one point but I guess they will all come running when the food finally arrives, which I hope will be soon !

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  36. Pam Birley says:

    Parent dropped food and flew off at about 5.15pm. Big sister grabs and heads for corner of box. Other three follow attempting to get a share. Little Frank sneaks underneath between legs of others and successfully manages to feed himself (sneaky…reminds me of a little Osprey I once knew).. Not a very big catch however, just a small bird by the look of it and they may still be hungry after this.

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  37. Jack Dawson says:

    it was “self-service” at teatime…..wot about Scatty Fatty & Tatty?

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  38. barbara deane says:

    18.23 Only 3 chicks there for food – 2 fed, one on the ledge, but where is no4???

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  39. Cockney Nomad says:

    I agree that Frank is an excellent name for our only male falcon chick, and was especially pleased this had been chosen when I read that he was the man who made the nest. Thank you, Frank, not only from all of us avid falcon watchers on this site but also from the falcons themselves (if only they knew). Have a long and happy retirement – you’ll probably wonder how you found time to go to work!!

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  40. cas says:

    Just after 6am and there were four birds on the ledge. One by one they’ve flapped their wings furiously then disappeared out of shot under the camera. I wouldn’t be surprised if one or more took off today for their maiden flight. Hope I haven’t/don’t miss it!

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  41. vicki says:

    I can’t think of a better retirement gift for Frank, than to have one of theses amazing birds named after him. I saw one of the chicks feed little Frank a scrap of food yesterday, another wonderful moment captured

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  42. tricky says:

    The rate of growth of these chicks is truly phenomenal. Must be their high protein diet.

    If there was to be a mutation affecting the growth hormone of these birds resulting in continuous growth how long would it be before you got one plucking pedestrians off the streets of Nottingham?

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    • andyuk says:

      if they grew at the same rate, a few days. the thing is, in a relatively small number of doublings they would be bigger than the world (see ‘the impossible hamster’ youtube video). exponential (compound) growth is a powerful thing and not understood by many. its a scandal politicians dont understand it when they witter on about growth being good (or possible) and its a scandal university science departments dont hammer them everyday (or strike) for basing policy on a nonsense

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  43. MD says:

    Personally I think it is a mistake to refer to them by anything other than their ring numbers. These are wild birds and far too many people are reacting on this blog as if they are pets.

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  44. Pam Birley says:

    Parent feeding one chick near box. I haven’t seen the other three while I have been looking. Prey is quite a large bird.

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  45. Ryewolf says:

    Just saw one of the parent birds feeding the chicks (31st May 12:28), only 2 chicks though, I can’t see the other 2.

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  46. andyuk says:

    please get rid of at least one of those sets for the female birds (they are all very similar ‘human’ names, and very unimaginative and arbitrary) and replace it with interesting and memorable names; words that get closer to the essence of peregrines, and are worthy of them. i have given lots of good examples in the ealier comments sections. go on, give us a real choice. heres two random sets. threat, vigil, rune. or zelda, sapphire, and glare. but as theres a huge number of words in the english language, why limit it to boring names. i quite like horus too as it means something to do with falcons

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  47. Julie Kendall says:

    Have they gone?

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  48. Shepherd says:

    Saturday morning – 2 musta fledged – its now afternoon and I have only seen 2 all day.
    Evidently no one on cam to zoom around today. I LOVE your area tours by cam.
    All 4 were there Friday – I saw at least 2 asleep on the ledge at nite with parent nearby.
    Will you please blog oftener? (its a word now)

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  49. Eileen says:

    Its 5 oclockish on Saturday. Frank has been sitting alone on the runway all day waiting for some food….

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  50. laurence says:

    3 chiks with a prey

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  51. Pam Birley says:

    Frank tearing away at prey in the box, joined by big sister who also helps herself. Have not seen four chicks together for some time now, although they do spread out in both directions and also go around the corners of the building, so they may just be out of sight. I haven’t seen much flight practice when I have looked in i.e. long runs and hops along the ledge.
    Regarding names, I would say they are not important because we as viewers will not be able to identify the young ones when they return anyway. The only way I can immediately identify Frank (apart from no leg ring) right now is by the one or two fluffy white feathers remaining on his primaries. Soon they will be gone but don’t forget you can have your own little Peregrine to keep you company until next year. Just log on to etsy.com/shop/Loonville to buy one 🙂

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  52. Pam Birley says:

    Just seen parent arrive at far end of ledge with prey and all four chicks are now in view, so they are all still there !!!

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  53. Jim says:

    18:00, looks like they are all having a family meal together.

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  54. barbara deane says:

    Looks like a feeding frenzy along the ledge, cannot tell how many are there -pity nobody to zoom the camera in on them https://www.dropbox.com/s/d2861ookpzl34vw/Screenshot%202014-05-31%2018.16.15.png

    OK I know that you wonderful people need some time off!

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  55. barbara deane says:

    Thanks for the zoom in on the heap of feathers!!!!!! https://www.dropbox.com/s/ktwiwi0ord10b74/Screenshot%202014-05-31%2019.07.54.png

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  56. Rose says:

    It is after 11:00pm in Nottigham and all I can see is the Mum standing Gaurd and not a Peregrine Chich to be seen. Have they fledged? Just sleeping in another location on building?

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  57. Mo says:

    One parent sitting on the ledge in the usual babysitting place, but nest is empty and no sign of any other bird or creature. I too am wondering, have they gone? The parent bird seems somehow poignant, but that is probably my human feelings misinterpreting the scenario.

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  58. Pammy D says:

    I am really worried about little Frank. Has he been fed over the last couple of days? He just sits alone on the ledge crying.

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  59. Sid says:

    I think they hang around being fed even after they’ve flown. The Dutch ones are taking short flights but are still being fed.

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  60. Pam Birley says:

    Feathers fly in the sunshine…yes, sunshine….as adult feeds four chick on the ledge near the box.

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  61. andyuk says:

    i bet they will enjoy sitting up on the roof when they can fly up there (can they already). i hope they dont disappear from view all the time.

    i will miss seeing frank, rune, zelda and sapphire !! 🙂

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  62. A bright sunny Sunday morning….no sign of birds…..gone ??????

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  63. vicki says:

    Little Frank I fear has fooled us all, He may be the smallest but he’s never let that stop him pushing to the front and getting his share. And he’s certainly the loudest. I saw him very early this morning with something that looked to be the size of a small penguin, Greedy boy had a feast before the ladies arrived. He waddled off looking very smug

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  64. Jack Dawson says:

    2 oclock Sunday afternoon just seen 3 being fed on ledge in front of nest (frank included)

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  65. Jack Dawson says:

    5 mins later……FRANK came on the scene (I thought he was all ready there! all four together now being fed

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  66. All 4 chicks plus 1 adult on the ledge, lunchtime,,.but now can’t tell which chick is which any more 🙂

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  67. Ryewolf says:

    All 4 chicks being fed again by an adult.

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  68. Judith Lee says:

    Are you referring to little Ceulan, Pam.

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    • Pam Birley says:

      The little Osprey Judith? I was referring to Flag, who survived against all the odds on the Dennis Puleston Osprey nest in USA. Flag was our little hero. No longer a webcam there unfortunately but nest still being occupied. DPOF message board still going strong too.

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  69. susan herapath says:

    Hi, have the peregrine chicks now left the nest and fledged?  noticed from your picture of the 4 of them that the males is much smaller. do they have a 2nd clutch or just the one in the year? it has been a privilege to watch these birds, Sue Herapath

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  70. Rose says:

    Mo, I was thinking the very same thing as I was watching the Mum standing for hours near the empty nesting box, almost motionless in the night!! Watching from the U.S. and at the moment there is not a Peregrine in sight at the Nottingham Web Cam. Have the Chicks fledged?

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  71. barbara deane says:

    A distant view of I don’t know how many near the end of the ledge!

    First time I have seen any of them today! Does anyone know whether they are flying yet???????

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  72. Rose says:

    Thank you to whoever is moving the camera around to try and locate the Peregrines. Have spotted one on the ledge, but unable to spot the others at the present time.

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  73. There is a lot of running and flapping,do u think anyone has actually flown yet?

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  74. Jack D says:

    There are three and possibly all four at the far end of the ledge right now!

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  75. vicki says:

    Agree with andyuk, giving them human names seems ridiculous. They are wild birds not kids, its not like we’re going to stand and shout them. Thought vicki’s comment about her husband calling the girls the three degrees because its a university was funny though.

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  76. vicki says:

    the other Vicki not me

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  77. andyuk says:

    where are frank, rune, zelda and sapphire?

    it is all so quiet on the ledge now. 😦

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  78. andy says:

    try on camera one

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  79. Maggie May says:

    Have they flown? Haven’t seen them for a while?

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  80. andy says:

    two were on camera one and it moved

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  81. andyuk says:

    still no birds. be interesting to look at the building from the street and see what the birds are doing. maybe someone could film them from anoth vantage point.

    i expect now they are more mobile we will have to watch for ages to get a glimpse of them from the cameras.

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  82. Martyn says:

    Birds now use the ledges above where the camera is situated. I live in Nottingham and often go down to see the Chicks..Wil try to post some photos.

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  83. Dianne says:

    For anyone with peregrine withdrawal symptoms I suggest you take a peak at the Derby Cathedral Falcons. http://www.derby.gov.uk/apps/peregrines/webcam4.asp. They are a bit younger than ours, but beware to those of a nervous disposition – there is a very big drop at the edge of the nest!

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  84. barbara deane says:

    Just come on line, had a fleeting glimpse of one of the chicks before the camera moved!!!!!

    I am sure in previous years there has been someone to answer our questions, but this year it has been very rare! Would love to know whether they are flying yet, and is it possible to see a video of their first flights???

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  85. andy says:

    Dianne they seem at very stages some mostly white while one looks like it has a lot of juvilile plumage

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  86. Jack D says:

    Two being fed in the box now

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  87. Shepherd says:

    What a beauty!

    I sure wish they’d blog to us. I saw 2 on ledge today.
    Where are other 2?

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    • They have a tendency now to wander around the ledge and disappear round the corners….though there were 2 lay side by side sleeping on the window sill behind the box a bit earlier……..they are just exploring for now. before the first takes that big step and lifts off

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  88. Ellesse says:

    The birds hatched on the day on my mum’s birthday. She died at the end of November and 23rd April would have been her 90th birthday. Her name was Patricia, so you can guess which names I’ve voted for

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  89. Pam Birley says:

    Two young ones at the far end eating something. A whole unplucked (red-ringed) pigeon lies in the box, so there is no shortage of food.

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  90. Aw……….there’s at least 3 of the chicks huddled right at the end of the long ledge having a rest!

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  91. paul says:

    I agree with some of the comments, although I’m sorry you lost your mum, (lots of us have). But calling wild birds human names is just silly

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  92. Jack Dawson says:

    This afternoon one of the chicks must have gone for a quick fly about when he came back he misjudged his landing and missed the ledge and went out of sight just below it!!!!!!!!
    then parent bird came back with prey and chick came from behind the camera limping but I think hes okay because he felt well enough to get his fair share of the meal

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  93. Sid says:

    The Dutch birds are about a week older and are flying but still being fed, you can catch the occasional glimpse here http://www.beleefdelente.nl/vogel/slechtvalk The 01 jun 2014 on the right is a first flight. The tiny kestrel babies http://www.beleefdelente.nl/vogel/torenvalk are being fed WHOLE MICE!

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  94. Christine H says:

    Naming the chicks will not have any impact on their lives whatsoever so if some watchers want to call them Flippy, Floppy, Twinkle or whatever – let them have their fun – I’m just glad to see that they have all survived and they are looking well – let’s hope they all manage to survive for a long time

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    • cas says:

      That’s pretty much what I said in my post a few days ago. If you want to name them, then name them. If you don’t, then don’t. Not sure why anyone really cares what anyone else does. They are numbered on their rings for the scientific/record purposes. The rest is just fun.
      I agree with you Christine H – just happy to see them all fit and well. I’ve watched for a few years now and its not always been the case.

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  95. Guys guys guys why all this bitterness.We have watched two parent birds raise 4 strong healthy chicks who will soon fly off to pastures new oblivious whether they have names or not.Just be happy that we have had the privilege to witness it all.

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  96. laurence says:

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  97. Eileen says:

    So what names have been decided ntu ????

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  98. andyuk says:

    has anyone spotted frank, rune, zelda and sapphire together in one shot, to confirm they are all alive. i saw 3 at once yesterday. i watched for half an hour but the forth didnt show.

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  99. vicki says:

    I had a quick glance of four yesterday andyuk, but that was at feeding time in the afternoon. I can’t tell who’s who anymore.

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  100. Shepherd says:

    I so often see the males fledge first, regardless of hatch order,
    so I suspect Tinker Frank is off the f-ledge and his sisters still home bound.
    They clearly hear the call of the wild as they look out and bob their heads.

    I watch Inki, Minx, Shalom, and Tinker from around 10 am til dusk.
    I see 3. The last time I saw all 4 was Sunday. One likes to run around the corner behind the bldg.
    8 pm Monday – 3 on the ledge – it appears 1 is on a ledge just below
    A parent it going in and out there, and juvie, probably Frank, is looking at him.
    Logs and pics here
    http://www.peregrinefalcon-bcaw.net/viewtopic.php?f=363&t=1724&start=220

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    • Eileen says:

      Hi Shepherd. Thanks for a wonderful link. I guess we all have our own names for them in our heads.

      I am waiting patiently for the names NTU ;o)000000

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    • Jack D says:

      Thanks Shepherd – great grabs.

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    • andyuk says:

      great blog, shepherd.

      camera control person, can you turn camera two around so we can see the ledge in the other direction. they dont seem to use the next box anymore.

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      • EG says:

        Yes, please. It’s frustrating to know they’re ‘at the back’ and yet not be able to see what they’ve been up to, especially if they’ve started to fledge. Even for feeds, the parents have generally delivered the food to their preferred day hangout area. So please do turn the camera around!

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    • Lynn says:

      Hi Shepherd. These are brilliant! I have been away so it was lovely to see you superb photos. Thanks a heap.

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  101. vicki says:

    Great photos Shepherd

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  102. Pam Birley says:

    One very wet looking young one looking down into the street below. I suspect it might be Frank because here are still some light coloured feather patches on the back of the head. Doing a lot of head bobbing.

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  103. andyuk says:

    i was just watching. lovely close view looking down at one of the chicks (zelda i think it was lol), as she was looking down at the people and cars below. she seemed to fly, but probably just along the ledge, out of shot. funny thing; there was a man definitely looking up at the camera for a while. he was wearing a black suit so if it was you, i spotted you lol

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  104. Sid says:

    A clip of the Dutch peregrines still being fed after fledging http://www.beleefdelente.nl/clips/545

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  105. Shepherd says:

    FLEDGE(less) report – Only my own cam observations

    10.30 am I see youngster run from ledge behind cam down to the far corner, go around corner, then return to where nestbox is. He looks over the edge (snip) because evidently thats where sibling is.
    I clikt to nestbox cam which has sound. Judging by the screaming, the others are nearby!
    They may be on ledge a floor below – one is, dont know about others.
    The way one flapped standing on the edge I wouldnt be surprised if it slipped off to ledge below.

    Snip in window – He flew from ledge to that window – he could probly fly to the next building
    I think he wants to get inside

    Now he is on the ledge screaming like a banshee (I see his beek)

    I see a dead blackbird (no loss) and a dead pigeon. I hate to see prey go to waste.
    This juvie wants to be FED, he doesnt want to tear it himself.
    Even his sibling feeds him!

    1250 Suddenly I caught the flutter of wings and this f-ledgling appeared on ledge – snip
    I dont know from where

    Yes parents feed kids after fledging.
    Keep my link – I am still posting more pics there.

    How much is that birdie in the window?

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  106. 4.30 pm, 3rd June: you can almost hear the ‘Ride of the Valkyries’ in the background as this not-so-little-one flexes her wings 🙂

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  107. barbara deane says:

    Hope that someone can/will be able to answer this question!?

    How do you get a video of what the webcam is showing???

    In words of one syllable preferably!!!!!

    Many thanks

    ps have had NO close up views of the chicks today – they are always at the end of the ledge when I look in!!!!!!

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  108. David Bertram says:

    Has anyone any idea (been counting) how man individual birds it has taken to rear this nest , and what different families of birds they bring back to feed their youngsters .

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    • andyuk says:

      not sure if anyone has counted prey items on this nest but i’d bet other peregrine nests have been very well studied. from what ive seen its mostly rock doves (what all feral or captive pigeons really are) and a few starlings. i”ve only read ‘bolt from the blue'(observations about north american peregrines) and ‘the peregrine’ by ja baker (more artistic than scientific) but expect there are some very detailed books on peregrine behaviour that cover prey brought to nests.

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      • David Bertram says:

        You say that it is mostly rock doves , does the rspb ring them also, as most if not all have some type of ring or bangle on.

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    • SW says:

      Grantham peregrine project’s history, on this page, gives a breakdown of prey items if you scroll down. Not updated for this year: http://www.lincsbirdclub.co.uk/Articles/Grantham_Peregrine_project.html

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  109. Eileen says:

    Well i asked, and waited ages for the names but I want to say

    Falcon Farewell

    Blah blah blah and not forgetting Frank
    For this lovely Spring, I have you all to Thank
    For making me rise early, each and every morn
    To watch your progress daily since you were born

    Wonderful Falcons, one and all
    Soar through the air and the trees that are tall
    Be safe in this world and enjoy every day
    And God watch over you in every way.

    Eileen

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  110. Thistledo says:

    OK guys, can we wrap this name thread up now, please? Particularly as some posts are nothing to do with the naming. Ta!

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  111. Shepherd says:

    Someone please notify Notts thats its June and we want a f-ledge report! I have seen parent on ledge below nestbox and a f-ledgling peering over the edge at it.
    LQQK close you can see the parent on ledge below, juvie looking down at parent

    Martyn – did you ever get those pics?

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    • Martyn says:

      Sorry not had a chance to get down with my camera, weather is also bad in Notts at th moment but will try to get down next week one evening. 🙂

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  112. vicki says:

    I guess its not important what they’re called I bet not many of us would know who is who now anyway. I certainly can’t tell

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  113. Mike says:

    Lots of racing pigeon rings in the nest now considering they don’t really go for racing pigeons!
    Can you please post on here when you have reported these to the RPRA please so I can check that none of my birds are amongst the birds taken and eaten alive.

    As you can all see that these are now causing us pigeon flyers a persistent nuisance and it’s now time to start controlling there numbers to protect all birds not just racing pigeons.

    We are now lobbying to get the law changed so that these birds are no longer protected and can be controlled.
    More and more people are being made aware of what’s being allowed to go on and are signing our petition to get a motioned aired in parliament.
    Please visit the RPRA website and sign the petition.
    Remember what these birds for YOU and YOUR family during the war.

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  114. Shepherd says:

    June 4 Wednesday FLEDGE report Raining
    Only my own cam observations, or lack of observation! – NOT official
    1000 am Parent arrives on ledge with prey, waits awhile, flies off with prey.
    No screaming juvies. The parent must be taking prey to them – somewhere.
    1030 One juvie fly-hop-skips by cam, stops briefly to pose, continues on down to the end and around the corner.
    NOON – Parent drops off prey to ledge loner and flies off. After screaming a bit, loner tackles prey.
    I see a falcon on the blue building across the street. 3 kids are likely flying around from roof to roof.

    This may be the last I see of the kids.

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  115. barbara deane says:

    Just caught 2 of them as they exited stage left! No time to do full screen! ://www.dropbox.com/s/55fi5jvhvjaezck/Screenshot%202014-06-04%2015.54.38.png

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  116. barbara deane says:

    ………oh well, better eat it myself then!!!!!!!! https://www.dropbox.com/s/xd365b4ssxca8ms/Screenshot%202014-06-04%2016.14.27.png

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  117. EG says:

    A couple of shots of Frank
    – warming up, and
    – taking off 🙂
    https://www.dropbox.com/sh/phbst25fstvsys4/AAACeXYDwyDHOg9cqFq9j68_a

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    • Pam Birley says:

      Thanks for those pictures EG. Yes, that’s Frank with the light patches on his head. You did so well to grab this shot of him flying. Every year is different but I personally have not seen the number of practice runs up and down the ledge that we have seen in other years. It is difficult not to anthropomorphise when the creatures I watch on the web have such distinct personalities and behaviours. In fact I don’t even try, I do it all the time 🙂

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  118. All is quiet with not a bird to be seen………..I imagine the chicks are having a great time testing their capabilities……..
    Did anyone own up to be being the guy who appeared to make a point of standing looking up at the ledge the other day as one of the youngsters flapped like mad……or was it just someone passing by?

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  119. Shepherd says:

    Apparantly at the end of the day June 4 there is still one left. Glad you got a pic Barb.
    Yes they go around the corner. Fly high – fly free – fly safe – have babies!

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  120. Jack D says:

    Thanks everyone for your company this season – so happy all four survived to fledging. See you next year!

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  121. Jack Dawson says:

    Nice meeting you all, thanks to the camera people, good luck and happy hunting to the birds xx

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  122. barbara deane says:

    Just caught a parent on the ledge https://www.dropbox.com/s/6aym53kxqilmj9u/Screenshot%202014-06-05%2013.57.19.png

    Wonder what his thoughts are?????

    So sad that it is the end of the season – been wonderful to see all four fledge successfully after such a sad outcome last year.

    Really enjoyed meeting you all, and many, many thanks to all the uni camera crew for all their hard work over the last few months!

    Will still look in occasionally, just in case anything interesting is going on!

    Best wishes to you all

    Barbara

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  123. vicki says:

    I didn’t feel this sad when my children left home, Happy hunting you four, and what excellent parents mum and dad have been. Thanks to all the people at the University and especially ‘Frank have a long and happy retirement. Hope to hear from you all next year.

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