Wednesday 6th May 2020
08.30 Morning all. Opening up, with the female brooding. 08.46 Early morning preening. 08.54 Preening all done, time for her morning stretching exercises. 09.00 Female changes position, now facing outwards. 09.05 Female starts calling out, then leaves, leaving the chicks all alone.
09.08 Female comes back and starts feeding her young. 09.15 After her chicks have had a good feed, she leaves with the remains of the carcass. Once again leaving the chicks home alone. 09.17 Male comes in, hoping to have his turn brooding his young. NO CHANCE! she in immediately, he's off with his tail between his legs.
10.03 Female preening herself, making sure she looks nice for Andrew Gorton when he starts his shift. 10.12 Snooze time. 10.35 All quiet on the western front, think she's enjoying the Cromer sun on her back. 10.44 Change of position, making sure her chicks gets some of the Cromer sunshine. 11.00 Female brooding chicks - resting on wings with chicks visible.
11.00 One chick defecated.
11.08 Adult preening
11.18 Adult shuffling chicks
11.28 Adult seems relaxed with eye shut
11.31 Adult settling chicks
11.48 Adult preening
11.52 Adult settling chicks
12.15 One of the chicks picking at gravel
12.17 Adult having a stretch
12.23 - 12.26 adult left and came back with prey. Couldn’t get good look at prey. Feeding chicks.
12.36 adult leaves with prey.
12.36 Both adults in nest box. Male flies off. Female settles on chicks.
12.42 chick defecates
13.00 - 13.54 Falcon awake but little movement
13.55 Change of position, some movement with glimpse of chicks
14.15 Adult pecking around at gravel
14.22 Adult Standing up with view of chicks
14.24 Adult settles down
14.35 Adult standing up again with view of chicks
14.39 Adult preening
14.41 Falcon facing forward, chicks visible
14.51 Falcon turns away from camera. Chicks covered
15.39 Female feeding chicks, prey had some feathers, but unidentifiable.
16.15 Female brooding chicks, gently pushing them under her with bill
16.22 Female asleep
16.32 Standing over chicks
16.50 Female to edge of nestbox
17.02 Left nest
17.03 Female back with kill, no feathers on kill so unidentifiable,
female feeding chicks
17.15 female eating remains of kill
Thanks to Graham Long, Andrew Gorton, Ann Cleall and Julian Thomas for todays blog