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Monthly Archive for May, 2011

Manchester peregrines return again for 2011 …

 
 

The peregrine pair, who have nested in Manchester since 2005, have returned to the city to raise a family once again.  The two birds have decided to use the original nest box built for them in 2008, at a secret (but tall) building right in the heart of the city centre.  This chosen box luckily has a new video camera pointing right at the nest. It’s a joint operation between Manchester Digital Development Agency and the RSPB and allows live streaming of the nest for anyone who has internet access. The adult female laid the first egg on 22 March 2011, one soon became four and they all safely hatched on 30 April 2011.  Two male and two female.

Since then the little chicks have gained confidence, weight and endured the full range of Manchester weather from heatwave to downpours to gales.  All chicks are still growing and they have had rings fitted for safe tracking by trained RSPB handlers.

I have watched the live stream on the webcam when I can and I do seem to always see the same (yes, the smallest) chick timidly staying at the back of the bunch.  I do hope this wee thing discovers that it is survival of the fittest; it MUST become more assertive or maybe Mum and Dad give it a sneaky extra snack.  I hope so.

Estimates for possible fledging are around mid-June 2011.

Friendly RSPB staff and volunteers have a viewing telescope set up every day during the nesting, the team can be found outside the Triangle Shopping Centre in Exchange Square, Manchester from 11am to 6pm.  To be 100% sure the RSPB team will be there;  you can give them a call on 01484 861148.

The One Show did a short feature in 2008 which is available via YouTube, on the Manchester Peregrines with urban birder David Lindo, it is around 5 minutes long and well worth a watch.

Oh and I nearly forgot, the birds are on Twitter too: @mcrperegrines

Flickr photostream here with photos and video footage.

For my previous blog post and comments from 2010 nesting please click here.

LATEST: Wed 25th May 2011.  Just looking on the live stream and three of the birds are off on a walkabout out of the nest and onto the rooftop surrounding the box.  Hope they come back to be fed!

LATEST: Fri 17th June 2011.  All birds successfully fledged, high chance of spotting them if you look into the Manchester skies.  Popular perch spots on the Arndale and also the Premier Inn.  RSPB and telescopes are there in Exchange Square for closer viewing opportunities of the birds.