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  • Blog Post: Symonds Yat - Love Is in the Air

    In the words of 70s disco don John Paul Young, love is in the air at Symonds Yat mid-spring and not just with the Peregrines. The current breeding roll-call includes not only our peregrinatory stars, but also Canada Goose, Nuthatch, Kingfisher and Mallard. More on the supporting cast later. Our Peregrine...
  • Blog Post: The name's Striata, Muscicapa striata...

    As our Peregrines enter their final week of incubation at Symonds Yat we have little more to report of their behaviour. They have been particularly elusive the past week, with just a couple of sightings some days. Intruders continue to come and go. We had four Peregrines in the air the other day –...
  • Blog Post: Raptors around the Rock

    There really isn't a great deal to say about our Peregrines this week, as we've hardly seen anything of them! However, I thought this would be a good opportunity to tell you a bit more about the other raptors we see up at the Symonds Yat rock. Buzzards are seen every day and they are now the...
  • Blog Post: Milvus Milvus - such a fantastic bird, they named it twice...

    After the excitements of our hunting Peregrine pair last Saturday at the rock , my pulse had only just returned to normal on Monday, when a flying visit sent it rocketing skyward once again. Standing on the viewpoint at Monday lunchtime, something caught my eye circling high above the rock – a...
  • Blog Post: A raptor roll

    The young Loch Garten ospreys seem to be pretty settled for the moment, but that doesn't mean things are all quiet back on the reserve. Enjoying an autumn stroll, Richard found himself on a raptor roll on Sunday, but just how many birds of prey can one man see in a day? To find out, check out the...
  • Blog Post: Mr P the Bath peregrine IV

    Hello. Good news. I've got two little chicky P's. P junior has finally started getting his own dinner and even sharing it with the family. Now there's the difference a week makes. He's making his old man proud. It's not often a peregrine like me gets a babysitter. Just goes...
  • Blog Post: And they're off

    World record holder Usain Bolt may have broken all records when he ran the 100m in 9.58 seconds. But, he's got nothing on the peregrine falcon . At their fastest, these aerial masters of the sky have been recorded flying at a breathtaking 100m a second. That's 10 times faster than the fastest...
  • Blog Post: Mr P the Bath peregrine IX

    Hello Hello Its me Mr P. Who wants to see a picture of my 11 week old chicky P? Here we go then. She's taking after her mum and has already out grown me. She's been making a name for herself amongst the local gulls as I can't tell you how many times I've seen her being sent packing...
  • Blog Post: One, two, three...Four?!

    Honestly, you go off for a fortnight’s holiday, in the belief that your Peregrines have three chicks and then you come back to four! Four?! How on earth did that happen? Well, many theories are circulating and I’m not going to go into them all. What we believe is the most likely cause, is...
  • Blog Post: Raptor Enrapture at Symonds Yat

    After a flurry of Bank Holidays and regal nuptials, it’s time to bring the tales of Symonds Yat up to date. Our Peregrines are almost certainly on eggs, as the traffic to and from the nest hole will testify. The female is doing the majority of the incubation as expected and the male spends lots...
  • Blog Post: Mr P the Bath peregrine X

    Hello all. Welcome to my tenth and final blog post this year. I'd like to thank everyone who came down to see me sitting high up on st. johns this year and for you guys that enjoyed following on my blog posts. If any of you have't been down yet I'll look forward to seeing you some time. Don't...
  • Blog Post: Phantoms of the New Forest

    Our date in the New Forest came to an end on the August Bank Holiday weekend. And it rounding off our busiest year since the project began in 2007, with a fantastic 22,000 visitors watching the goshawk and hobby nestcams at the Forestry Commission's New Forest Reptile Centre. The non-stop action...
  • Blog Post: Peregrine progeny perhaps?

    Well another Bank Holiday weekend is upon us and it’s high time I brought you up-to-date with the goings-on of Symonds Yat . Our young Nuthatches have flown and the viewpoint has become markedly quieter in their absence. We’re going to miss them. Nevertheless, I’m delighted to report...
  • Blog Post: Going, going...gone!

    May I take you back to my blog on the 5 th May – “ If my arithmetic hasn’t failed me for the first time in my life, I conclude that our young Peregrines will then fly 39 days later close to the 24 th June .” Well, I was a day out. The first of our young Peregrines fledged yesterday...
  • Blog Post: Peregrine Pursuit at Symonds Yat

    Well, they had us fooled. Due to a limited amount of hunting witnessed and very little food seen going into the nest, all of us observing on top of Symonds Yat rock were under the distinct impression that we had one, maybe two, young Peregrines in the nest. Oh ye of little faith. We were wrong. Last...
  • Blog Post: Crash, bang, wallop

    Amidst thunder storms and torrential rain, the first goshawk chick at Cwmcarn Forest hatched just after 4.30pm on Saturday. We'll keep you posted on when the other eggs hatch... The goshawks in the New Forest are also proud parents to some white balls of fluff! You can see how that family are...