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RE: Rochdale Town Hall Peregrines


I took a trip to see the peregrines this afternoon, wasn't sure what the situation was & on my arrival the female was just dropping off some food to 2 juveniles. whilst they tucked in to there meal I had a wonder around & found a third juvenile, looks like they have been ringed also so somebody does know something. is there 3 or 4 juveniles ?

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At the beginning of July all six birds were in the sky together over the Town Hall Square. Quite a sight.

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just 1 of the juveniles was seen today between 12.30-1pm hmm

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At least 3 fledged juveniles this morning, looking fairly confident so may have fledged in the week smile

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Definitely hearing sounds of young birds from the clock tower this week; does anyone have any information?

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I work in Rochdale occasionally, virtually every day I do, I have no trouble seeing one or both of the pair on either the Town Hall or on the lift shaft side of the "black box". Easy if you know where to look.

Unfortunately, the "black box" is due to be demolished early in 2014 and the peregrines will lose one of their favourite perches, as well as it being one of the easiest places to get a good view of them.

I find it somewhat surprising that there's not more publicity about the Rochdale pair because of the ease of viewing and relative reliability of seeing, but I'm quite happy that they're relatively unknown and therefore left alone.

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Robin Parker wrote:

Has anyone any information about breeding this year? The birds are still around but no-one has put any info on here yet.

Bill, please check private message (long overdue - reason explained in that message).





Hi Robin,

Your private message has been received and read - thanks very much.

The information I've received from third parties and from a few of my own observations is that the pair appear to have failed this year and if eggs were laid at all, then the exact reasons for failure are unknown at present. From observations made it has been suggested that the pair might not have laid on the provided nest tray but possibly elsewhere on the clock tower? Both likely locations were checked in early June but sadly neither eggs nor nestlings were visible. So it's fingers crossed for next year now.

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Has anyone any information about breeding this year? The birds are still around but no-one has put any info on here yet.

Bill, please check private message (long overdue - reason explained in that message).

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Hi there,
Popped down last week to see what was happening as the breeding season is upon us once again. Saw one bird round the clock tower. Does anyone know what the status is this year? Would be good to follow the birds. So many high profile nestcams nowadays but its nice to see them in the flesh. I manage to get down most weeks to view them.

Is there any blog available for the birds?
Cheers Julie

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Hi Robin,

I shall send you a private message.

Regards,

Bill.

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Whereabouts was the other one seen? I too am having regular sitings of both on the tower.

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27th January.

Around 9.30 am, the female was sat on the edge of the nest tray, with the male perched 20 feet or so almost directly overhead.

Only 5 minutes earlier a Peregrine Falcon had been seen in another part of town and I wondered if this may have been a different bird from this pair?

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Bill.

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Have they fledged yet? I have seen both adults from my side (College Bank) and saw an adult in flight in the town centre yesterday evening, but yet to see either of the young.

Are the RSPB doing a Friday viewing venue as last year?

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Both juvs doing well tonight. Managed 6 shots in the sun and then the heavens opened one of the juvs was preening in the heavy rain and freshening his feathers. Gald he enjoyed the deluge- I didn't.

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Just zoomed in on the photo I took earlier and spotted the nest. Yeah!

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Peregrine on the town hall at 7.45am

-- Edited by Hollingworth Lake Visitor Centre on Wednesday 30th of May 2012 07:55:51 AM

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went up yesterday for an hour, armed with cam, bins etc... saw the parents, one on the council buildings a couple of times and around the tower. Best bit tho, we saw 2 little white heads popping up frequently :) Made my day

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Sorry, I remembered incorrectly (you do at my age )

Females have thicker legs not bigger feet!

Steve

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Females have bigger feet - or so I've been told

Steve

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How do you sex Peregrine chicks - is the male/female size difference already obvious or does it require an anatomical check

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Cool, gonna head over on sunday to see if we can spot white heads in the nest box.. Fab news, Thank you Adrian

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Be interesting to know how that is actually done.


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Two chicks ringed today ...one male and one female.

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Ivan Ellison wrote:

. He said he would take action and kill the birds. I told him that he would be committing a serious offence and he may get 6 months in prison if he did in fact kill a protected sch 1 bird.
I then produced my warrant card and identified myself as a police officer explaining that I used to be a wildlife liaison officer.

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Is threatening to kill the birds not grounds for arresting him ?
at least a caution might keep him quiet for a while.

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I visited yesterday as I have done most sundays for a few weeks, Dad was on the tower overlooking the nest, mums head was clearly visible in the nest box. About 4pm dad went off for food and fetched it back to mum who appeared to be feeding chicks.

I love these birds and would love if somebody could confirm there are chicks and if so how many

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Any news on chicks?

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Both birds present today. I saw 1 mating effort take place. A request for all Rochdale birders to be vigilant( and other GM birders). Whilst taking sdome pics of the birds a middle aged male came up to me. His opening gambit was "these things ate one of my racers yesterday." I tried to explain that they not only eat racers but a whole host of other birds. He said he would take action and kill the birds. I told him that he would be committing a serious offence and he may get 6 months in prison if he did in fact kill a protected sch 1 bird. His wife was with him and he tried to enter into a pissing competion with me. He puffed up his chest- like one of his pigeons and said he would be watching them carefully.As though it may mean something to someone from Rochdale he then said " I'm Jacko". I asked for his first name but he didn't answer. He repeated his threat to harm the birds. I then produced my warrant card and identified myself as a police officer explaining that I used to be a wildlife liaison officer. I made sure he understood the serious nature of what he was threatening and his pissing comp can to an abrupt dribble. He wandered off muttering that if there was a war on they would be killed anyway!. I didn't have the heart to tell him we now use more secure ways of sending messages to our fighting troops half way around the world. Anyway, keep your eyes and ears open and any more info on" Jacko" can be passed to me just in case any harm befalls the birds.
A magpie just escaped by the skin of his beak. He had the audacity to fly onto the top of the tower only to be attacked x the female. Good flying skills and keeping close to the building saved him

-- Edited by Ivan Ellison on Tuesday 6th of March 2012 08:57:21 PM

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Both birds looking fit and well on Thursday a/noon. Would say they are the same birds as last year. Both unringed and head patterns seem the same from the pics I took. Very hopeful for another sucess this year.

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Sightings are intermittent now from College Bank but one was feeding on a ledge this morning. Couldn't be sure of sex because no size comparison and viewing sideways on, but may have been male. Last sighting two weeks ago was definitely female.

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Was in our Rochdale office today, there's at least one bird around as it flew between the town hall and the "black box" a couple of times. Presumably both birds are there but I didn't get a chance to see that.

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One day last week, both sitting together on top shelf right (from College Bank) facing me. Looked later and one had turned its back. Later again both had turned their backs. Must have been something I said!!

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both adults showing well on the town hall, female above the clock between 4.15-4.45pm then flew off, circled then back on ledge below clock & 5 mins later male flew in on ledge above female

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spent an hour here 4.45- 5.45pm
just 3 peregrines about all juvenilles, 2 on the town hall & 1 on the bus station building. no signs off the others.

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From my side (College Bank) they are much more frequent as they tend to use the back shelf of the clock tower to pluck and dissect the kills. There is one in sight now.

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They are spending less time on the town hall now, but I still see them in the evening coming in to feed and roost. I would say very early in the morn or after 6pm.

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Went this afternoon after going to Dovestone. I did get brief views of them over drake st, but they didn't land on the town hall. Does anyone know when'd be the best time to see them on or around the town hall?

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went to see these peregrines for the first time today,been told you get really good views and now i know what i have been missing out on excellent views and some good pics too. both adults came in with kills (never seen that before) female with 2 juveniles and male with 1 juvenile whilst they were feeding for themselves, not sure where the fourth was at the time sure it was there somewhere. really good views off them flying overhead,awesome be back soon. thank you to roy, jill & ella.

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4 birds flying and calling tonight causing a bit of a raucous with the local pigeons, chased a few around but did not seem to be trying too hard, they seem to fly for fun, also chasing eachother round a bit tonight,

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Sorry ignore original typos caused by fat fingers on small keypad on the phone, cant edit from phone and fat fingers and predictive text keep catching me out

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4 bird's happily perch up at present Thursday night after 3 having a fly about and 1 sat in the evening sun happy for the last few hours.

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The bird in question is a juvenile and fortunately was only concussed. The bird was re released on the town hall roof 10am today. So far so good. Many thanks to Judith for her great work.

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It must have been a chick. Two adult birds are together as I write (9.00am) dissecting a kill.

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There was a peregrine found by the public in Rochdale town centre at about 9pm last night. The bird may have had a broken neck but was taken to Pet Medics. I've spoken to them who inform me that the bird was taken by a Barbara Royle who treats birds of prey. Pet medics could not tell me if it was a young bird or whether it was ringed. I'll try and find out more.!!

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Between 11 and about 5. I'm a volunteer and am on holiday the next 2 Fridays - but there will be friendly staff there anyway. The adults perched quite a bit on a shelf of the grey middle bit of the black box yesterday, and were there today as I came home from a day with the Manchester peregrines Date with Nature!

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5.00 pm saturday
saw 1 parent plucking kill on one side of tower , then flying round carpark with plucked bird ,then taking it to the chicks.
also saw chicks flapping wings before adult arrived.
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That's good news. What time are you there and I'll come and introduce myself? My scope is sighted from College Bank on to the rear of the tower, behind the nest, on what we call 'the larder'. This is where the kills are brought and dissected, presumably prior to being fed to the young.

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For the next few Fridays, the RSPB are doing a Date with Nature on The Butts. There was quite a bit of interest yesterday, and of course with the telescope, great views.

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Just for info, the chicks were ringed last week, there are 4. They are a bit small at present but they have been put down as all males.

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Wrong, I've now seen three chicks. I'll try and see if there's a fourth when mum & dad come back to the nest - presumably with some grub.

I hope this lot don't try and get out of the box like the Manchester chicks, bit of a slide/drop and no easy way back in.

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Feeding time at the zoo smile.gif

The chicks must have grown significantly from 2 days ago as they're now clearly visible when being fed. There are definitely 2 chicks, I don't think there's a 3rd but it is possible with all the movement going on during breakfast (or is this brunch).

2nd time I've seen mum with a white pigeon - maybe they're easier to target than grey ones.

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