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Good news the new webcam for Norwich Falcons is up and running with  much improved visuals but unfortunately it wont open on our NBN website link. To open you need to go to the old link,click onto the link for their home page and then click onto the Norwich webcam link. Perhaps Alan can replace the old link on our webpage to the new one for 2018



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Having checked the Facebook page it sounds as if there is one egg been laid at Bath. 

As for Norwich there is the following statement.

Peregrine nest boxes and depth of gravel

Posted on 12 March 2018 by Su Gough  1 Comment

At this time of year, we regularly see the same questions raised about our Peregrine nest boxes. This year has been no exception.

Whilst we accept that these questions/comments/suggestions are generally well-intentioned and we welcome positive dialogue on our projects, we ask that people bear in mind that our conservation officers all have many years of experience in using artificial nest boxes in urban locations.

In many cases nest box design, placing and access to them is heavily influenced by where they are. In the case of Norwich cathedral, for instance, the nest box design was carefully considered to fit within regulations dictated by the Cathedral Fabric Committee. Access is very difficult and has to be carefully scheduled.

Our nest boxes give these wild birds an option for nesting, they are free to choose elsewhere if they wish and they could certainly attempt to nest elsewhere on the building. The boxes are chosen because the conditions are right for the birds.

It is well documented that wild Peregrines nest on grassy or earthen cliff ledges or quarry rock faces, occasionally they will nest on bare rock or even bare metal pylons. The nests are, at best, slight scrapes.

The gravel depth at the Norwich nest box is monitored closely. The nest box has a lip at the front, preventing eggs or chicks from falling out. Increasing the gravel depth, especially as not necessary, will increase the danger of eggs or chicks being knocked off.

This nest box has been extremely successful in previous years although we recognise that in the last two years there has only been one chick successfully fledged. This, however, has resulted entirely due to the arrival of an inexperienced young female who took over the nest site in an aggressive way, a sad but not uncommon occurrence in wild birds. In no way has the structure or dimensions of the nest box, or the depth of the gravel, affected this outcome.

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So the first egg has been laid at Norwich but this morning there isn't a falcon sitting on it. While I was watching the webcam a bird arrived but sat on the ledge not on the egg. A few minutes later it wandered around a bit and eventually settled down but I can't see whether it's on the egg or has just nosed it around a bit. The picture's not great but hopefully you can see enough.


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Same situation this afternoon but I found this information out - meantime there are reports of a third egg having been laid at Bath.

Question: After the mother peregrine has laid an egg, why doesn’t she sit on it all the time?

Answer: Peregrines usually lay 3-5 eggs per clutch but they don’t begin incubation (to raise the eggs’ temperature) until they’ve laid their next-to-last egg.

The mother bird shelters the eggs to make sure they don’t get wet or freeze and if it's very hot she shades them.  But she prevents early development of the first eggs by not incubating them until her clutch is nearly complete.

The result is that all the eggs reach maturity at the same time and hatch on the same day.  (The last egg may hatch a day later because it was laid after incubation began.)  Thus the chicks are all the same size as they start life together.

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On 18/02/2018 at 16:35, SwanR said:

I am already enjoying keeping an eye on the webcam. Snapped this photo earlier.



I've a pigeon that looks at me like that :default_biggrin: basically its the naff off look :15_yum:

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Taken from the Trust's Facebook page.

It does appear that there are now only 3 eggs at the Norwich Peregrine nest. Trawling back through the camera footage, it seems that on 29 March the female ('GA') stood on an egg and possibly punctured it at 14.07. Once an egg is cracked, or damaged in some way, it is almost certain that the female will consume that egg to regain some of the large amount of nutrients and energy she expended to produce it. For those who have been following this pair, you will know that this is only the second breeding season for this very young and inexperienced bird. A similar thing happened last year and she has yet to learn that she needs to be very careful with her talons whilst near her eggs.

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