As 2016 draws to a close and with this year’s juveniles long gone, to fend for themselves and hopefully establish nests of their own, our resident breeding pair, take stock, tidy up and prepare for the winter.
In fact, this is not as arduous as it sounds, food is as plentiful as ever, with the winter weather drawing thousands of migrating birds to the local wetlands. Our Peregrines also have the advantage of a relatively sheltered nest site, certainly when compared to common natural sites on coastal cliffs and mountains.
Our male is the primary homemaker. He is often captured by the webcam, pottering around the nest working on the nest scrapes; it is essential that he gets them just right or he will lose the girl. Once happy with the nest, he will begin display flights to attract the female’s attention taking gifts of prey to the nest box to entice her in.
I wonder if he will bring any of her favourite white doves?
Looking at the data, we know they also regularly dine on: Starlings, Feral Pigeons, Little Grebe, & Teal . For seasonal variety, they usually like to mix it up often with: Fieldfares, Golden Plover, Redwing and Snipe.
I wonder what they will find to eat this winter…
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