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Bath Peregrine Lives Up To Her Name

GA Just after fledging in Bath (photo by Hamish Smith)
GA Just after fledging in Bath (photo by Hamish Smith)

Peregrine falcons have been seen in Bath since around the year 2000, and in 2005 the conservation charity, Hawk and Owl Trust, were kindly given permission to install a nest box on St Johns Roman Catholic Church, Bath. Peregrines have been successfully breeding there since 2006, and in early April this year the pair produced 4 eggs which they have been busy incubating since. The falcon (female) has done about 80% of the incubation with the tiercel (male) taking over for short periods. The eggs are expected to start hatching around 1-3 May. The incubation and hatching can all be viewed via the Hawk and Owl Trust website at www.upp.hawkandowl.org/ links can also be found there to the Norwich Peregrine webcam there too.

But have you ever wondered what happens to the chicks once they fledge? All the chicks that hatch at the St Johns Church, Bath site. And the nest platform at the trusts sister site on Norwich Cathedral are ringed by BTO registered ringers. Often the chicks are driven from the area before the start of the following breeding season, and we rarely see them again as they disperse. So imagine our surprise when a female falcon ‘GA’ (BTO ring number) that hatched at Bath St Johns Church on 8 May 2013 was spotted last week above the nest platform on Norwich Cathedral. The name ‘Peregrine Falcon’ literally means ‘Wandering Falcon’ so GA has certainly lived up to her name by wandering the 178 miles, although it is unlikely she did it ‘as the crow flies!’.

New Season Breeding Activity at Our Bath Urban Peregrine Project Site

The #bathperegrines have started off the 2015 breeding season with some early courtship rituals. We’ve been observing their behaviour on and around the church from ground level and on the Bath UPP camera since early in January. Now is a good time to make your way down to South Parade or the riverside walk as…Continue Reading

New Cameras Launched for Norwich Peregrines

Calling all #nrperegrines followers @nrw-cathedral. You will be pleased to know that the new cameras have been installed and we are now in the final testing phase. Youtube clips coming soon – in glorious HD – followed by live streaming to the HOT web site. Here is one of the first images. Hope you enjoy…Continue Reading

Work Commences on New Cameras for our Norwich Peregrine ‘Superstars’

Calling all followers of the Norwich Peregrines. Have you been wondering what’s happening with the upgrade of the nest cams? Then read on… Most of you will know that back in September we reported that the old cameras were going to be upgraded and therefore needed to be removed. This has been done and a…Continue Reading

New South West Community Owls Project Prepares for Launch!

Very special thanks to Teresa Day and Jan Osborne and a massive thanks to everyone else in the Give Two Hoots Group – Hoot! Hoot! that have raised funds to ensure we have nesting boxes ready to go for the Hawk and Owl Trust (South-West) “Community Owls project”. Picture shows Left to right Myself (Chris…Continue Reading

Latest News From North Somerset and Bristol Group

Yet again we were lucky with the weather for our walk through the reserves belonging to Backwell Environment Trust. The reserves were looking lovely and the sharp eyed amongst the group spotted a corncockle flower, a first for the reserve, and a Spotted Flycatcher and its nest in the top of a broken off tree.…Continue Reading

Vet Examination Confirms Norwich Peregrine Death a Collision Accident

Grove Veterinary Practise in Fakenham, having examined the body of YT, the fourth and final peregrine chick to fledge from the nest box at Norwich Cathedral and who was found dead in the Cathedral grounds. Grove have reported that there is a crack in one of the neck bones of the bird. This suggests, as…Continue Reading

Peregrine Chicks Due to Hatch Soon at St John’s Church Bath

The peregrine pair using the Hawk and Owl Trust nest platform at St John’s Church in Bath have been carefully brooding their eggs for the last few weeks. We are now getting to the time for the chicks to hatch and are predicting the first egg to hatch somewhere between 4 – 9 May. Here…Continue Reading