Archive for March, 2012
We now have a link from our front page to the Carnyx webcam on our family. This year we have sound and as I write this I can still see a peregrine asleep on the nest. Well done Carnyx it is an excellent picture.
We arrived about midday to find Dad up on the top decoration of the south side of the spire from where he has an amazing view of the harbour. He soon came down to a position just above the nest where he stayed and posed for us and a gathering crowd for some considerable time. Then came the change over and Mum exited to the west side for a wash and brush-up before flying round to the east side of the spire to keep an eye on Dad and her eggs. An amazingly gorgeous day for peregrine watching.
There has just been a change over at the nest – Mum has returned and taken over from Dad. He’s probably getting too hot now the sun is getting higher.
There are definitely 4 eggs!!!
There were three eggs on Thursday – thank you to Mark and according to Luke ther are now 4 eggs. Hopefully Matthew and John are on our side and the webcam is up and running on our site soon!!!!
Thanks also to Paul for the email. You must have spent some time at the cathedral. Paul saw a buzzard soaring nearby, at lunchtime a sparrow hawk came close and our Dad did circuit to enforce his residency and later 2 kestrels were seen in the vicinity but did not alarm our family. All in all a quiet day at the spire!
We have been informed by the RSPB that the webcam should be live some time this week. We have to wait for ‘the man’ to come and set it all up but the camera is in place and it just needs connecting up to the internet.
We are hoping to have the camera live on our website too. We will keep you posted.
By the way if you spot anything interesting please email us so that we can post it on the blog (it is more difficult for us to get to Chichester at the moment because of the roadworks at Arundel). You can find our email address on the contact page.
Yesterday on a quick visit to the cloisters shop to deliver some merchandise with new pictures, Mum was sitting proudly in the lunchtime sunshine. As I walked around the cathedral there was a considerable amount of noise as Dad came in and hid around the back on the north side of the spire. I didn’t see but I’m guessing there was no food brought in by the amount of telling off he was getting!
Although we were unable to spend too much time at the cathedral this weekend we did manage to get there on Saturday and Sunday.
Saturday we arrived to find Mum and Dad relaxing after a substantial meal. Dad was on one of the ‘spire-lets’ and Mum hiding in the castellations of the nest turret. The calm was soon disturbed by an intruder in the form of a sparrow hawk, who although did not come very close was obviously an annoyance to Dad, as he set off like a rocket and then rose to a great height, where he proceeded to herd away several gulls that were patrolling the sky. Mum was less than impressed and kept closing one eye. Once Dad returned Mum went off to stretch her wings. We must have talked to nearly a hundred people who were interested in what we were doing and at one stage had 25 – 30 people surrounding us!!!
Sunday was less eventful for the peregrines – Mum was doing some tidying in the nest turret when we arrived with Dad watching from above. After joining her in the turret for a short while, Dad emerged and sat on a spire-let above the turret and Mum took her favourite position between the castellations of the nest turret. Once again there was a great deal of interest in what we were doing and because we take a telescope many people were able to see our famous pair.