Last week all three Peregrine chicks took to the air over Wrexham - and there were no crash landings in the magistrates' car park this year! Already this week, Mum and Dad have been encouraging the youngsters to follow them when they bring in prey, and several kills have been plucked and shared out on the police station roof.
Just before they fledged they could be seen on the webcam being fed:
After the great spotted woodpecker chicks fledged early at The Lodge, the team were relieved to find that a pair of spotted flycatchers had set up home in the nest box. The eggs hatched last week and the team went in to the nest box on Tuesday to ring the chicks. Check out The Lodge blog to find out how they got on.
The golden eagle chick at our Uist golden eagle nest watch event has made a bid for freedom. The six week old chick has climbed 20 metres out of the nest and has set up home in the shadow of a large rock. Normally, the chicks raised at this spot aren't able to wander off like this due to the big crag and small ledge at the nest site, but this year's nest is on a very gentle slope so the chick is able to hop about on the side of the hill! Despite the chick's new found independence the parents are still feeding it and will be for the next month at least.
Here's the chick before it decided to venture out on its own...
It looks like there's a new resident ta our Mull date with nature, with the barn owl box finding itself occupied. From the nest camera, we can see there's a female incubating two eggs so fingers crossed there'll be baby barn owls soon! To keep up to date with all the comings and goings on the island check out the latest post on the Mull blog.
After proving last month that the hunter can easily become the hunted, our Edinburgh sparrowhawks event is back up and running. We've successfully managed to move the camera to a second nest in the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh and there's already plenty going on.
Visitors over the weekend were treated to images of the newly hatched sparrowhawk chicks and since all appeared well, the team decided to go in and ring the youngsters yesterday. However, the team got more than they'd bargained for. They'd been expecting to ring five chicks, but when they arrived at nest they found that there was an extra chick that had been hidden from view by its bigger siblings. So that's a whopping six chicks (five males and one female!) and even better, all six seem to be doing really well! All fingers and toes crossed that things work out better for these little ones.
No update on chicks is complete without a cute photo and this one comes with thanks to Martyn Dickson (RGBE).