just been watching my kestrels here - chick flew in and perched on telegraph pole followed by mummy who kindly deposited food in the nest for him/her and then sat on cliff face. Chick sat on pole calling loudly and then flew off - dopey!! could have taken some wonderful pics - was looking at kestrel photos taken by Nigel somebody?? who mentioned the camera he was using - looked it up, was only £2500 to £4000 - I'll have two!!! ha ha
My photos here (eventually)
Lol Wendy! My hubby keeps looking at a lense which is £8000! Like you say - we'll have two! Might actually be able to get down to Arne in a couple of weeks, been given some endurance exercises from physio so might be able to walk further than 100m soon! Yay! Hope the young ones are still hanging around.
Hi JoT - good news about your possible visit to Arne - I was told today about Ospreys at Arlington Reservoir in Sussex - that's accessible for me, probably be a good day out if decent weather. Keep on doing the exercises, I'm sure you'll get there - no kind of fun though is it? Had to laugh about the camera prices - either that, or cry!! Saw my kestrels today - only one chick this year and one parent too, apparently the other one died in my neighbours garden but he didn't tell me for two weeks (he's not an enthusiast). The weather was really against them - first time in about 10 years there were not 4 fledglings from that nest. Was quite surprised to read that kestrels are not all that long-lived. Still have much to learn. Was too late to log on for bedtime at Arne tonight but no postings as to whether they came into box - hope it's not all over yet!! goodnight
Still faithful to Arne - remembered to log on tonight before it was quite dark - one in the nest!
Thanks Wendy, pleased to hear at least one still around. Just turned on but of course too late as pitch dark.
Just before dark, 9.50pm, certainly heard one very near the box.
I checked tonight hoping for one last look at an adorable kestrel fledgling and heard one calling very loudly at 9.51pm so hung on in case. At 9.58pm it was almost totally dark when one came into the box and I captured this!
Not exactly star quality but great to see something and hear it having a good scratch and root around!
was too late tonight pudweena - been out sewing - saw my kestrel chick in nest hole this morning waiting for mum to bring food - and she did - lovely sight! Hope you are well - do you watch any other birds??
they certainly like making a noise don't they birdsong!
Hello WB - I saw you on LG site and realised you were also watching the Arne kestrels. When all four were in the box, they often made me laugh out loud when all four heads were following something outside the box. Having been away for 2 weeks I thought I wouldn't see any of them again so it was good to almost see one tonight - couldn't miss hearing it! You're lucky to have your own kestrel chick to watch.
Brilliant capture birdsong - lovely to see, wasn't long after I'd looked in.
Hope to get to Arne at the weekend. Just not able to spend so much time on computer recently, do hope to get back to normal before too long, not even been on the main forum for weeks, must have missed so much. No Wendy, just been watching the Kestrel chicks this year - nice hearing about yours.
Hi all - Am watching an empty nest tonight and getting very dark now - heard them shouting outside though but no-one ready for bed yet!! Saw mine again today - chick in nest hole early & then on telegraph pole rung (favourite perch) and mum on cliff but so windy here today as it seemed to be everywhere!
There he/she is - didn't let us down!!
Hi Wendy - chick made such a racket at 21:17 so I thought it might come in earlier, see you made the capture! Here are a couple I snapped
I'm assuming this lone fledgling is the youngest. I wonder why it feels the need to return and how long it will do it for.
Checked in too late again. Brilliant Wendy & birdsong. Wonder if any of the others pop in a bit later to roost but too dark for us to see on the webcam, we won't know but just a nice thought :-)