For the third year running, young Peregrines have fledged from the nesting platform at the Aylesbury Vale Council Offices. Two of the tree young birds successfully fledged around the 14th June. Sadly the third youngster was found dead on 12th June at the bottom of the building. It is possible it flew into a window. Before that, on 9th June one of the youngsters was rescued from the road and returned to the relative safety of the building.
The images below tell the story of the 2015 breeding success.
Click on the images below to enlarge.
This photos shows the difference in size and colouration between the male and female. This is not always obvious when just one is sat on the nest.
Please post any sightings of Peregrines on the sightings website.
3rd April – Still three eggs in the nest scrape.
29th April 2015 – Two chicks hatched and another on it’s way!!!!
7th May – Three chicks looking rather small!
11th May – Being fed by both adults and looking noticeably larger.
13th May – Lots of feathers of prey items in the nest area. An adult can just be seen keeping watch.
18th May – The youngsters are growing fast. Here being fed by the male before the female came in and took over!
19th May – One of the rings can just be seen if you click on the image to enlarge.
21st May – The three young birds were huddled together for some time waiting for the next meal to arrive. The platform now resembles a butchers shop!!!
25th May - Clear signs of the feathers showing through the down.
29th May – A much bigger heap than on 13th!!
Club Chairman John Gearing helping out at the Peregrine watch event in Aylesbury.
1st June – The three youngsters looking larger and with more feathers appearing.
4th June – The youngsters are getting adventurous and two have wandered out of the nest platform. They later returned. It won’t be too long before they fly.
8th June – One of the youngsters seemingly ready to fly!
9th June – Only two youngsters present, showing very little down.
Although the majority of bird records are submitted by members of the Buckinghamshire Bird Club, we are always pleased to receive records from other birders. We ask that only records that are reliable are submitted. Please indicate if there is any doubt over the identification or origin of an unusual species. For certain scarce species within the county, you may be asked to supply written “field notes” before the record can be accepted as part of the official county records. Forms to use for the submission of scarce and rare species can be downloaded on the Reporting Scarce and Rare Birds page.
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Alternatively records may be submitted in spreadsheet format (Excel or compatible format).
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The Birds of Buckinghamshire – Published October 2012
The book is a 400 page full colour hard cover quality production and contains the data compiled through the efforts of many county birders while recording for the BTO Atlas project. Each species includes maps comparing the last survey carried out in 1980 with the present status plus a photograph taken within the county by a local birder. In addition there are great articles on Bucks bird sites & habitat, migration and charts showing arrival & departure dates as well as others showing changes in species distribution and gains & losses.
This book is an excellent production and a must for anyone interested in any aspect of Buckinghamshire birdlife.
The new Birds of Buckinghamshire is now available at £10 to non-members and free to members (postage and packing extra).
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