Visitors and fights

Today we had exciting visitors – Red Kites!  A pair of them were flying very high in the thermals over the cathedral, along with a buzzard.  The peregrines didn’t take any notice because they were too high to be a threat.  However, the buzzard returned on his own later and got too close – one of the peregrines went for him and they had an aerial battle, grabbing at each other.  Our bird won and peace was restored.

After this, both parents have been out of the nest for a few hours – still either on or very close to the cathedral to keep an eye on the chicks.  This is perhaps a few days earlier than usual, but with the warm weather, and all threats seen off, it’s not surprising.  They brought a meal in mid-afternoon.  Since hatching just over a week ago, our chicks have doubled in size and are starting to move around a bit.  All four look strong and healthy.

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