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Saturday 8 June 2024

Parliament Latest - Chicks!


Great news in that pair of Peregrines, have bred at Parliament this year on Victoria Tower, and we have a very healthy brood of 4 chicks.

I was unable to attend, but Paul visited the balcony on May 28th and ringed all of the chicks, on size/weight we are looking at 2 males and 2 females.

Having previously watched activity and the nest balcony comings and goings, on behaviour, I had thought they were in the Tray. If you recall in earlier updates, we gave them the option of using either the Tray or the old Nest Box.

However, being smarter than me, they opted for the old nest box(now sitting on the floor) which obviously provided all round weather protection for adults/chicks alike, especially needed these days with our totally unstable weather.

Sadly, I am hearing that many pairs have failed this year on the West Country coastlines, solely down to the unstable weather, with climate change, no doubt a sign of things to come.

                                                                     Photos by Paul

The 4 chicks have all been BTO metal ringed on one leg, with a new white colour placed on the other leg, it’s a new scheme, Paul, Shaun and myself started last year.

The ring numbers are AAZ - AAY - ABA - ABB.




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