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.
NTU Falcons Team