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I returned to Victoria square at 2.45~ the Peregrine was still up on the  high ledge with the gargoyles.  I was watching the Town Hall from near Sports Direct

At 2.50 it flew off returning at 3.15 to the same ledge near the conductor strip. It was showing quite well but soon walked round the ledge to face Barclays Bank. And eventually settled.

 

 

 



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An adult Peregrine seen near the top of Bolton Town Hall clock tower,

at 1pm today.

A fellow watcher who kindly lent me his bins, told me he had seen two

Peregrine chicks up there very recently.



-- Edited by Keith Mills on Wednesday 4th of July 2018 01:57:31 PM

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Large Peregrine perched atop the Town Hall clock tower at 1pm today.

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09:10 - Peregrine circling over St Peter's way Bolton before landing on Parish Church tower



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Two peregrines on the Town Hall clock tower today at 4:30pm, just as the clock was striking.



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The Peregrines mated yesterday.

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I heard and saw a single bird around the Parish Church tower at 16:20 this afternoon.  There may have been a second bird but when I heard the call and turned, I was a fair distance away and just caught a fleeting glimpse of another bird but couldn't swear as to it's identity.



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A pair putting on a great display in the airspace between Queens Park and the Town Hall, 2.30pm today

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Peregrine in sky above parish church at 2.30 p.m. today.
Cheers Ian

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This morning 10.30ish:

2 peregrine on top of town hall tower, calling and having an argument with a Raven

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Very good views of the two youngsters and adult female on the church tower this afternoon. The juveniles were on the top of the tower (one on the north and one on the west sides) and the adult was lower down on the north side between the topmost windows.

Brood patch very apparent on the adult female.

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This afternoon, both adult Peregrines and the two recently fledged juveniles flying between the Parish Church and the Town Hall.

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Assembling at 6.15 this evening for the Mayor's annual bike ride 60 cyclists were entertained by a very
noisy Peregrine making short fluttering flights round the Town Hall Clock Tower, with another Peregrine
looking on from near the top.
No bins, but probably I think a fledgling.



-- Edited by keith mills on Wednesday 18th of June 2014 10:09:36 PM

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Birds mating on town hall at 1.30 today

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A nice display from both birds this dinner time followed by a mating on the parish church tower.

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2 birds on the Parish church this morning 8am.

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Single bird on parish church this a.m.
Cheers Ian

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wen 3 april 1900 Bolton Parish Church watched until dark

-- Edited by mr b on Friday 5th of April 2013 09:19:32 PM

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Peregrine currently perched (rather appropriately) on Falcon Mill, Handel Street in Halliwell

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A large looking Peregrine perched very high on the Town Hall Clock Tower at 3.40pm today.
The Peregrine was on a ledge just a few feet down from the top Lightening Spike.
It was showing really well against a blue sky.

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Raven pair seen heading North over Chorley New Road area Thursday afternoon.

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Peregrine on usual ledge on the ''Big Chimney'' (Moss Bank Park ), facing NE , at 9am today

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Two visits this morning at 9 and 10.15 am either side of my( nearby) dental appointment.
Peregrine seen circling the tower at 10.15 before cruising off south.
Also...
Mistle Thrush...7 (6 in the tree nearest Samuel Crompton's grave)
Redwing....1 In same tree.
Greenfinch...6
Chaffinch...2
Blue Tits... 3
Carrion Crow....3
Robin
Magpies..5
Blackbirds...6
In view of this being a ''Peregrine Thread'' I shall start a Parish church thread for these other sightings as it appears very worthwhile!

-- Edited by Ian McKerchar on Wednesday 14th of November 2012 06:58:33 PM

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10.35am to 11.05am at Bolton Parish Church. An expected quick visit soon turned into a proper look around.

2 Peregrines on the front of the church.
2 Feral Pigeons
1 Wren
2 Dunnocks
2 Robins
12 Blackbirds
2 Song Thrushes
2 Mistle Thrushes
A flock of Long-tailed Tits
3 Blue Tits
2 Magpies
10 Chaffinches
50+ Goldfinches
4 Greenfinches




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10.15am to 10.35am at Bolton Parish Church. As usual I was waiting for my pastie from 'Ye Old Pastie Shop' to cool down.

No sign of Peregrines but a Raven was seen from here low over the town.

During my mooch in the mist and rain most of the birds flew into one tree by the car park. As there were hardly any leaves on this tree, and it stopped raining for five minutes, I managed to see :-
5 Redwings
1 Fieldfare
1 Mistle Thrush
1 Blackbird (at least three others were nearby)
23 Goldfinches (another 7 nearby with Chaffinches & Greenfinches)

Other birds present :-
Robin
Dunnock
Long-tailed Tits
Blue Tits
Magpies

The Fieldfare takes this year's list here to 34 species. Don't worry Ian I have them all recorded for the annual reports !




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10.15am Parish Church.

2 Peregrines on the front of the church.

Also present in the church grounds :-
2 Dunnocks, 3 Robins, 1 Blackbird, 4 Blue Tits, 1 Great Tit, 5 Magpies, 1 Chaffinch.

2 Pied Wagtails on Marks & Spencer.


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Thought I'd give the Parish church 10 minutes before an appointment with my (nearby) dentist.
Peregrine Falcon flew in at 1.35 pm to perch on the North side of the tower.


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Peregrine on the back of the Parish Church at lunchtime

Someone else watching it said another was on the Town Hall

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9.45am to 10am. Bolton Parish Church.

No sign of a Peregrine at first, until one called loudly from the back of the church while I was checking the other birds. There were in fact two on the back end overlooking St Peter's Way. They were shelterd there from the wind and rain. I was on the way to booking a train ticket to Aviemore for an upcoming wildlife tour to Cairngorm and Outer Hebrides, so it
was a little reminder that I will soon be looking for shelter also, and not to forget waterproofs and a sturdy hat.




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Peregrine on Parish Church, this time enjoying the sunny car park side at 9.15am.

Basking in the sun in Bolton only happens every Preston Guild as they say. We are now in the middle of one, and only another 20 years to the next one.


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Peregrine today at lunchtime, perched in usual place, high above the main door of Parish Church


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Checked the Parish Church late morning. No sign of Peregrines, but a church employee said they are still visiting. My last sighting was a couple of weeks ago.
As usual I took the time to check the grounds for other birds, seeing :-

2 Feral Pigeons
1 Woodpigeon
2 Collared Doves
2 Dunnocks
2 Robins
1 Blackbird
Long-tailed Tits, Blue Tits, and Great Tits,
5 Magpies
1 Chaffinch
2 Goldfinches



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Not quite on topic but I spotted a Common Tern flying west over the town centre this morning carrying a fish. Perhaps it was confused by all the rain around.

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Female over town centre; also single Oystercatcher NE - SW 12.30 ish.

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Adult Raven feeding three noisy young on top of former Barclays Bank building between Town Hall and multi storey car park ay c 12.30.

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Two Ravens over the town centre this morning at 7.30, as I was rescuing a Roe deer from a fence outside the travel lodge hotel



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Yes indeed great news. I quessed from the the persistence of the calling that this was the reason but I did not want to presume.
It certainly got many members of the public, including me, on their toes!

-- Edited by keith mills on Monday 21st of May 2012 04:34:04 PM

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Fantastic news

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The chicks were ringed today, hence the commotion from the parent. There are 3 young at Bolton, 2 males, 1 female

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Around 2pm. this afternoon.
Peregrine flying, in wide circles round the Town Hall Clock.
Continually calling, and attracting attention from many people in the Square.
In my view for 20 minutes as I walked to the bus station etc.
A large bird.


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To be fair, he was a decent chap and explained it was politically correct rules that he had to abide to. Then spent 10 mins looking through my scope at the Peregrines and Ravens

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If you were on private property and asked to leave then that's fair enough but regretable. It is good to know that car park attendants have the front to confront a potential terrorist and the stupidity not to call the police...assuming the belief that you might be a terrorist was real.

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Car park attendant. I was on the market place car park roof.

-- Edited by Dean Macdonald on Saturday 19th of May 2012 05:01:54 PM

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Female sitting much higher up in the tray this afternoon, head and shoulders clearly visible above the tray. Still not seen any chicks yet. Male flew in but not with food. The Raven chicks were very active and look ready to fledge soon.
Would've stayed longer but i was told politely to leave as i might be a terrorist





Told by whom?

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Female sitting much higher up in the tray this afternoon, head and shoulders clearly visible above the tray. Still not seen any chicks yet. Male flew in but not with food. The Raven chicks were very active and look ready to fledge soon.
Would've stayed longer but i was told politely to leave as i might be a terrorist

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Unable to confirm if the Peregrines have young. Female sat constantly on the tray. Male flew in a couple of times but not with food.
However, i can confirm the Ravens have 4 large chicks. They came in to feed landing on the opposite side of the tower and walked around the ledge to the nest. As if sneaking in while the Peregrines weren't looking

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Both birds at the tray this morning. It looked like one could have been feeding chicks. If there are young they are very small and not visible above the side of the tray. Male bird took off and soared high above the car park roof where it had a brief altercation with a third Peregrine. Female stayed on the tray.
No sign of any activity at the Raven nest.

Cheers Dean.




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Female Peregrine is now sitting on the town hall tray. Surprisingly the Ravens are also nesting 20ft above the tray. Raven sat on the nest then appeared to pick up a couple of fecal sacs then flew off. Couldn't see any young but if there's sacs there must be young.
The Peregrine is just visible when she lifts her head up and appeared to turn eggs.

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Single Peregrine tonight enjoying the wind and flying round Bolton clocktower

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Single bird on the clock tower this afternoon. No sign of any Raven.

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