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18 May

Brief panic last night when I thought the camera was failing, but it was just the floodlights on the church programmed to turn blue. I did make enquiries today, but nobody at St James knew the reason.

We've just learned that the chicks will be ringed on the morning of the 30th.

17 May

With an average of 8 feeds each day, the chicks are growing fast. First feed is usually around 5am and the last 8pm. The adults are doing little more than covering the chicks now, which should be ringed towards the end of the month.

12 May

The male removes the unhatched egg at 13.30 and deposits it away from the nest, so we just have three chicks this season.

11 May

Third chick hatched around 00.30 this morning. Only noticable when we saw the female eating the shell.

10 May

The second chick hatched at 22.40 last night and the female ate the shell for a calcium boost.

9 May

First egg hatched at 04.20 this morning. In the image below, the hole in the shell can just be seen.

At 10.08, the male responds to an alarm as the female is seen flying around the tower with another male in tow. He leaves to investigate, giving good views of the chick.

The chick has its first feed at 20.20

4 May

The male takes over incubation duties at 13.15, but at 13.45, while settling over the eggs, he flicks one to the edge of the tray. He subsequently turns to face it, but makes no effort to retrieve it.

However, an hour later, the female returns and immediately bings the egg back with the others. Hopefully, with the warm weather, no harm will have been done. (No sound on the second video)
First chick on Tuesday?

3 May

The female takes over incubation for the night shift at 18.45 and will probably remain there until around 04.30 tomorrow. We expect the first egg to hatch sometime next week. Over all the years we have monitored the pair, all the hatchings have taken place when the female is in residence – we have never recorded the male on the eggs when the first chick emerges.

21 April

Ever vigilant, the male escorted a visiting peregrine 'off the premises' this afternoon. Another couple of weeks?

10 April

The pair share incubation duties, with the larger female usually spending the nights on the eggs as she can cover them better than the male. Changeovers tend to be infrequent, so spotting one on the website is a mattrer of luck. Fortunately, I'm able to scan through the recordings and download them, as below, from 17.53 today when the female took over.
Expect the first egg to hatch around 7 May.

5 April

Right on cue – 4th egg arrived 23.40 Friday night

3 April

Third egg at 13.01. The female is now incubating, so a 4th egg can be expected

1 April

Second egg at 05.10 this morning

On the same day, we had our first video from the new west walkway camera

29 March

The first egg appeared at 20.44

28 March

The female slept on the nest for most of the time from 01.00, until the male brought food at 10.30. This behaviour mirrors that of last year – hours on the nest on 28th March, followed by the first egg on the 31st March.

27 March

The female spent around 4 hours in and around the nest from late morning, then returned at 16.40 and slept on the nest for 45 minutes – a positive sign.

Yesterday, some interesting behaviour from our female peregrine in the morning (video below). She spent about an hour on the nest, and for 10-15 minutes, she appeared to be gulping air. She was possibly trying to clear a feather or small bone from her throat.

22 March

A busy day for our birds yesterday, with 11 visits to the nest, either together or individually. And as I write this at 07.57 this morning, the female is on the nest, deepening the scrape in the gravel and eating the odd piece that takes her fancy.
Will there be an Easter egg this year – every chance, we still have 9 days!

16 March

A bonding gift.

14 March

A noisy pre-dawn meeting of the pair (05.46). There were a number of vists by both birds during the day, and significantly, the female stayed on and around the nest for 40 minutes.

12 March

A view from the live-streaming camera – a better viewpoint than the others, showing the male working on the scrape at 13.00 today.

8 March

This short video shows the female on a pre-dawn visit to the nest. She is eating gravel – peregrines, like other raptors, swallow small bits of gravel/grit that act as 'teeth' in the gizzard, breaking down food and thus helping digestion. These stones are called gizzard stones or gastroliths and usually become round and smooth from the polishing action in the bird's stomach over time. When too smooth to do the required work, they may be excreted or regurgitated. The bird then finds and swallows some more rough grit.
so now you know!

6 March

There have been visits by both birds most days, but today, they were on and off the nest tray at regular intervals. The video below shows a brief visit by the female at 13.15, cut short as the male fles past. She dives through the castellations to join him.

The video below, recorded around 15.00 shows the pair engaged in their bonding ceremony. After the male leaves, the female remained for about 20 minutes.

27 February

The pair arrived at 07.15 and performed their courtship ritual, before the female left via the west walkway. The male remained for a further 10 minutes after this video ended.

25 February

Plenty of activity in and around the nest today by both birds.

24 February

Brief visits by the female this morning and the male this afternoon (pictured below). Both 'gravel surfing'.

20 February

Female visited the nest for 10 minutes this afternoon. Created a scrape in the gravel, then circled the church with the male.
Last year, first egg arrived on 31st March.

18 February

A brief aerial display by the pair around the church this afternoon at 2pm

14 February

Female visited the nest briefly at 09.10 this morning.

13 February

I spoke too soon! The male visited at 16.56 with the female arrivung a couple of minutes later. The usual bonding ritual – just. day too early for Valentines!

12 February

Video streaming is now live, but don't expect much activity yet, the birds are around but haven't visited the tower.
Last year, the first egg appeared on 31st March.

7 February

On this day last year, and in 2022 the peregrines made their first tentative inspection of the nest tray. Not so this year – both birds were on the tower, the male on the lower walkway east side and the female on the lower walkway south side. Perhaps they are confused with the pink floodlights that are illuminating the spire 24-hours a day!

6 February

Yesterday, after 8 solid hours work, up and down the tower staircase, Wildlife Windows have got 4 cameras monitoring the peregrine’s movements. North, west and east are covered, with 2 cameras on the north (nest) side. One will live-stream in a few days, the other will let me review footage and upload clips to this website.
Many thanks to Lincs Bird Club who have supported this project from the beginning in 2015 and have paid for 3 of the 4 cameras and the licence for the YouTube streaming.
Thanks also to those who have donated via this site, the contributions have gone towards the purchase of the extra camera.

1 February

The pair performed noisy courtship rituals on the lower walkway (south side) this afternoon.
Cameras to be installed next Wednesday (7th Feb).

29 January

Installation of the new webcams has been put back until w/c 5 February due to GRS installing new floodlights on the tower this week. Next week is our last chance to get onto the walkway as the birds are usually around the nest by the 11th

27 January

The nest tray was set up today and the camera sending images to the coffee shop is in place, though still to be tested. The webcam monitoring the nest was also installed. It worked while I was on the tower, but had failed by the time I got home! Just hoping our visit from Wildlife Windows with the new cameras will happen very soon.

3 January

The adults around the church again today, calling loudly.

1 January

The pair together on the east side of the tower mid-afternoon.

28 December

Loud calling from the male at 5pm today, welcoming the female as she flew in

22 December

Revised website uploaded

7 December

New cameras being installed in January, providing 24-hour YouTube streaming. Paid for by Lincs Bird Club

18 November

At dusk, the male was calling from the spire, as the female circled the church.

10 November

The pair returned to the church this afternoon. She plucked prey above the bell chamber on the south side, while he watched from a nearby buttress gable.