Friday, 12 June 2009

peregrine leaflet about Avon Gorge peregrines

Ed Drewitt and Mandy Leivers (Avon Gorge and Down Wildlife Project) have just produced a new colour leaflet all about the peregrine livings in the Avon Gorge:

Bath peregrine chick fledges

On Thursday 11th June the peregrine chick in Bath fledged. However, being large and heavy she didn't get very far. She is now resting on a nearby building in earshot of her parents and will hopefully be flying properly very soon.
When peregrine chicks first fledge they are often heavier than their parents. The extra weight enables the young birds to continue growing while exploring the world around them. During this period they may not get fed less often than when they were in their nest as their parents encourage them to begin feeding by themselves - often they will bring in prey that is still alive. They will release the prey close to the chicks to encourage them to catch and kill it themselves. Gradually over time they will perfect the art of hunting and become independent.

Peregrine chick ringed in Avon Gorge

In mid-May, we ringed one peregrine chick was in the Avon Gorge, Bristol. It has a blue colour ring with black letters AX. Like many peregrine families this year only one chick has survived. Two chicks were in the nest on an earlier visit a week earlier. The windy weather and perhaps a reduced food supply may have contributed to just the one chick surviving.
Photos: Hannah Rose