Both peregrines seen at the cathedral over the weekend. Dad was guarding the nesting site from all-comers on a dull Saturday lunchtime and on Sunday in brilliant sunshine Mum was sunning herself on the west of the spire. What a way to spend the weekend!
Archive for January, 2011
Mum and dad have both been enjoying the sunshine of the last few days, yesterday afternoon both sitting on the south side of the cathedral, mum sheltered from the wind on a low ledge, and dad sitting higher up to keep a lookout.
Yesterday afternoon was grey and wet in Chichester. I glanced up to check on the peregrines as I was passing, and ended up watching for a while. Both were there, on the north side where it was slightly more sheltered, looking somewhat bedraggled from the rain. Mum was sitting on the low ledge below the turret, preening, and Dad was restless, moving from perch to perch above her. Around dusk, he got himself a quick meal from one of the larder turrets, and sat plucking and eating on the north blind window. He didn’t seem inclined to share – it didn’t look big enough anyway. I doubt if she’d have been impressed if he had!
I was watching both birds sunning themselves on the cathedral this afternoon, and quite a few people walked by, asking if they’re still around, is mum back yet, when will they have eggs, etc. Well, as far as I can tell, mum never left – I’ve seen her and dad together several times over the Autumn/Winter, usually just sitting comfortably – no doubt enjoying the peace and quiet before the next brood disturbs them!
We expect courtship behaviour (dad feeding mum etc) to start soon, in few weeks time, then mating/egg laying during March. All being well, eggs normally hatch towards the end of April.
Watch this space for updates…