The eyasses are growing up fast and will probably fledge the eyrie in less than two weeks. Their adult plumage has really come through now. It is amazing how much their plumage has developed in just the last week. They are walking up and down the cliff ledge and wing flapping frequently. They are also becoming a lot more vocal and calling to the adults when they are hungry.
The falcon has started to leave prey remains on the ledge for the eyasses to slowly start feeding themselves. She is only leaving small bits of prey to start with but eventually she will leave a whole starling for the eyasses to feed themselves.
Two new prey items were brought back to the eyrie in the last week, a thrush and a collared dove. The predominant prey item is juvenile starling at the moment, with the falcon bringing in the bulk of pigeon due to her bigger size.
Tom Hall – Species Protection Officer