20190421 Cromer Parish Church of St Peter & St Paul, Museum and North Norfolk's first Peregrine Falcon eyrie...?
Shot from proposed site for the local bird clubs viewing and interpretation area.
Cafe in the church has live CCTV of the nest atop the tower, see below.
The grand recovery of the Peregrine Falcon in the British Isles over the last few decades is a conservation success story of resilience and adaptability. Its position as supreme apex predator and an 'ecological barometer ' is undisputed. Pairs now set up breeding sites within our major towns and cities on tall manmade structures.
A pair have finally taken to Cromer Church of St Peter and St Paul in the centre of town and three if not four eggs have now been laid. It is well worth a visit as the local bird club have provided the birds with an ideal eyrie scrape, also with cctv watching every event within the box. The monitor to view the live footage is in the church lounge and there is soon to be a WiFi feed for the video. Activity about the eyrie will reach fever pitch when the young hatch but at present the female is peacefully incubating the eggs. Peregrine Falcons frequenting this area of coast line and the Cley Reserve are in the main immature birds but adults are seen on occasions. A large immature bird, probably therefore a female, has overwintered and is still present on the Cley Reserve. The Cromer pair are not thought to hunt here as there is no need to fly the 17Kms as prey is plentiful in and around the Cromer territory.
On April 26th the tercel was observed repeatedly still-hunting from the tower, launching after prey over the sea and town. A supreme demonstration of avian hunting skills.
20190413 Peregrine & Feral Pigeon.
Atop Cromer Church Spires against early morning light.
The top of the eyrie box can be seen between the railings.
Tercel surveying Cromer for pray items.
About 30 Feral Pigeon still about the tower??
The pair have been reported on site 17th March after going missing for a couple of weeks.
Male atop church tower. Pair have returned hopefully to nest.
Olympus 75-300mm MKII from RAW, cf f4 prime above.
Tercel grooming on North side of tower. Hopefully the falcon is on the nest.
Only 5 Feral Pigeons sitting on East side of tower.
20181231 Peregrine Falcon
1st winter bird seen hunting about the Cley reserve this winter.
Adult birds not frequently seen in this area which is 16km from Cromer.
20190421 Tercel circling early morning from North Lodge Park.
Also seen plucking food cashed Feral Pigeon on SW spire.
2 eggs have now been laid.
20190421 Song Thrush Carcass.
During search for plucked feathers at the base of the tower I came across this Song Thrush eaten through from the back to its flight muscles.
This mornings plucked feathers were from a Feral Pigeon previously cashed.
20190426 Peregrine pair
Both birds hunting this morning, the male launching from the tower and once from a holding circuit over the pier.
The female hunted by soaring high to the west but was mobbed by 4 Herring Gull.
20190426 Peregrine in eyrie nest box.
A nest monitor is set up in the Church lounge courtesy of the local bird club.
20190426 Peregrine Falcon
Tercel poised for the next prey target to enter his kill zone.
20130506 Peregrine Falcon
Using an old Ravens nest in a disused quarry, Plym Bridge, Devon.
Discarded carcass at base of tower with only tail and rump feathers removed....
20190603 Peregrine Falcon
Female with 3 downy young at a week old...!!
Shots from in Church monitor.
20190603 Peregrine Falcon
20190618 Jackdaw right wing?
Left wing still at the eyrie above.
Found here at the base of the tower with minimal body parts attached.
20190618 Magpie primary feathers.
Several in grass today, as corvids are added to the diet...
|20190618 Woodpigeon P9.|
20190701 By the 1st of July the three chicks have left the eyrie box and were sitting on the tiled roof of the tower.
Note Black headed Gull feathers and 3 colour rings with feet of racing pigeons.
The variety of prey increases with each visit..
20190710 By the 10th of July 2 juveniles, the larger female and one male, were about the outer ledges of the tower.
Flying and perching practice underway.
|20190710 Large female 'orange 45' performing most of the calling and leaping about the tower.|
|20190710 Tercel and young watch as big 45 demonstrates landing skills.|
20190710 Big45 attempts to perch on vertical face of tower.
3rd sibling cowers on ledge just above.