Tiercel Feeds Falcon on Nest

In the area around the peregrines site we have swallows and martins catching insects, willow warblers and blackcaps in full song and common sandpipers on the river. So the migratory birds have arrived but seemed to have failed to bring the warm temperatures with them! The volunteers and I found this out after standing at the site for a number of hours today!

The falcon was on the nest for almost all of today again. The tiercel was quite persistent at trying to get on the eyrie as we got to late morning. He was turned away once, but came back after half an hour and this time he was allowed onto the eggs. His turn was up after half an hour and the female was back incubating.

Tiercel on his favourite perch, showing his beautiful blue feathers © Chas Moonie

As I write the falcon has just been giving a begging call from the eyrie. I thought this might be more in hope than expectation, as she gave the same call a couple of evenings ago to no avail. This time though she was more persistant and he brought her some leftovers of what seemed to be of a small bird (possibly a starling). Maybe she has sensed something and really does not want to leave the nest this evening. Hopefully she will begin to give more signs that the eggs are very close to hatching over the next few days!

Exciting times at the falls of clyde peregrine watchpoint

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In the area around the peregrines site we have swallows and martins catching insects, willow warblers and blackcaps in full song and common sandpipers on the river. So the migratory …

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