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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: 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: 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...