Marlow Peregrines


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UPDATE: 04/07/21 We held a very successful peregrine falcom event, all 5 were visible to please the visitors dropping by

UPDATE: 02/07/21 All three young are flying well and the parents are encouraging them to learn to handle prey

UPDATE: 01/07/21 The young still reply on the parent for food, but mostly feed themselves now - a few sibling squables!

UPDATE: 29/06/21 All three young taking short practice flights around the spire

UPDATE: 27/06/21 Two of the young are taking small flights around the spire, the third is being a little more cautious

UPDATE: 24/06/21 All three young can be seen on the parapet ledge, one trying out their flying skills with very short flights on the spire

UPDATE: 22/06/21 A big milestone today, all three chicks made it up to the parapet ledge - they drew quite a crowd in the churchyard!

UPDATE: 21/06/21 Much less time spent on the nest cam now, as the chicks start the fledging stage.

UPDATE: 20/06/21 Two of the chicks were seen up on the parapet ledge. Hopefully the third will join them soon.

UPDATE: 19/06/21 Some funny antics going on today, check out the camera footage!

UPDATE: 18/06/21 A very wet day so not much activity from three soggy fed up checks.

UPDATE: 17/06/21 All three chicks can now fly on to the top of the nesting platform.

UPDATE: 15/06/21 The chicks are now due to start feldging and we saw the largest chick make their first small flight onto the top of the nesting platform.

UPDATE: 14/06/21 The flight feathers are really growing well now, not much down left.

UPDATE: 12/06/21 The chicks follow the sunbeams around the parapet now, so we don't see as much of them on the camera.

UPDATE: 10/06/21 Chicks are going from strength to strength, lots of wing flaping exercising their muscles.

UPDTAE: 08/06/21 All chicks are off the nesting platform now, waddling about.

UPDATE: 05/06/21 First chicked ventured off the nesting platform today. Twice. Took a while to get back on but managed it.

UPDATE 04/06/21 The growth rate is incredible, all three chicks are getting visibly stronger every day too.

UPDATE: 03/06/21 The flight and tail feathers are really quite visible now, showing as dark coloured tips to the fluffy white down.

UPDATE: 02/06/21 Big day for the chicks as they were ringed, so their data will contribute to the National studies of these amazing birds in the UK.

UPDATE: 31/05/21 The three chicks are feeding very well - Mum and Dad are really busy bringing in prey items for them all

UPDATE: 29/05/21 Mum has stopped brooding the chicks now. They are only seen during feeding, but one always stays close by for protection

UPDATE: 26/05/21 The change in the weather will hopefully mean this little family are able to thrive

UPDATE: 24/05/21 All chicks doing well, one chick made their first steps and tried to feed themself, under the watchful eye of Mum

UPDATE: 23/05/21 Three remaining chicks are doing well

UPDATE: 22/05/21 Sadly one chick did not make it through the night, other three chicks appear ok

UPDATE: 21/05/21 All four chicks appear bigger and stronger

UPDATE: 20/5/21 Chicks are looking stronger and doing well

UPDATE: 18/05/21 Mum and Dad doing a geat job caring for the four chicks

UPDATE: 16/05/21 Chicks all doing well and being fed regularly

UPDATE: 14/05/21 All four chicks seen having breakfast

UPDATE: 13/05/21 A pretty cold and wet day but both parents did a great job keeping them warm and fed

UPDATE: 13/05/21 All four chicks seen doing well tucking into breakfast

UPDATE: 12/05/21 10.00pm Amazingly the fourth chick hatched - full house!

UPDATE: 12/05/21 5.21am All three chicks doing well seen having breakfast

UPDATE: 11/05/21 11.34pm Third chick hatches

UPDATE: 11/05/21 2.55pm Beautiful moment of Dad bringing in the food for the chicks' first meal fed to them by Mum

UPDATE: 11/05/21 11.06am Second chick has hatched

UPDATE: 11/05/21 7.40am First chick starts to hatch

UPDATE: 03/05/21 We are expecting to see signs of hatching this week so will be keeping our eyes peeled 

UPDATE: 26/04/21 Both birds doing a great job taking care of the eggs and each other

UPDATE: 20/04/21 The birds have been named - Marley and Roy were selected from the children's naming competition submissions. Congratulations Brooke Prowse (aged 11) for your clever suggestion to name them after Marlow's twinned town Marly-le-Roi

UPDATE: 19/05/21 The pair take it in turns for incubation duty

UPDATE: 12/04/21 Some surprising snow this morning, but the female did an excellent job keeping the eggs warm

UPDATE: 11/04/21 Full time incubation

UPDATE: 09/04/21 Egg number 4 arrived at 8.40am

UPDATE: 08/04/21 Female spending all her time on the eggs incubating, except to feed

UPDATE: 07/04/21 Egg number 3 arrived just after midnight

UPDATE: 06/04/21 Female on eggs the majority of the time

UPDATE: 05/04/21 Female on eggs the majority of the time

UPDATE: 04/04/21 Egg number 2 arrived at about 3pm

UPDATE: 03/04/21 Lots of time sitting on the egg. Sometimes leaving to hunt/feed but not for long before returning. One of the birds will be keeping close to protect the egg.

UPDATE: 02/04/21 We have our first egg! A Good Friday indeed.

UPDATE: 01/04/21 Lots of feeding and scrape making activity

UPDATE: 31/03/21 Both birds seen feeding

UPDATE: 30/03/21 Both birds calling and feeding

UPDATE: 29/03/21 Pair seen feeding

UPDATE: 28/03/21 Both birds on spire

UPDATE: 27/03/21 Both birds seen feeding and calling

UPDATE:  26/03/21 Both birds seen feeding and very vocal

UPDATE: 25/03/21 Both birds seen feeding on the spire

UPDATE: 23/03/21 Both birds seen feeding sending feathers down like confetti

UPDATE: 22/03/21 Both birds on the Church spire, mating behaviour witnessed

UPDATE: 21/03/21 Both birds spotted on the Church spire

UPDATE : 20/03/21 Both birds on the Church spire, mating behaviour and eating witnessed

UPDTAE: 19/03/21 Both birds on the Church spire, mating behaviour witnessed

UPDATE: 17/03/21 After a brief spell of no sightings, the male was seen on the Church spire

Wild Marlow has installed a new nesting platform for the pair of peregrine falcons living high up on the spire at All Saints' Church. On Saturday, 20th February, Verity West from Wild Marlow, Martin Teague from Blue Chip Security Ltd and Andrew Carter, All Saints' Church Steeple Keeper, climbed approx 25m (82 ft) to the place where the birds have been living since 2019. This is a new pair in a new territory, and Wild Marlow is hoping that they will successfully breed.

Peregrine falcons can take three years to breed successfully as a new pair in a new territory. We hope we’ve given this pair a helping hand with their new specially-designed nesting platform. We’ve also installed a camera system so that we can study the birds and make sure they thrive.
All Saints' Church has been hugely supportive of Wild Marlow and our wish to help and monitor these fantastic birds. We’d also like to thank Bob Keene at Bisham Nest Box Group, who built and donated the box.

Peregrine falcons are super-speedy. Among the fastest animals on the planet, they can reach speeds of up to 200 miles per hour when 'stooping' — diving down on prey from a great height. They usually capture their prey mid-air, taking birds like feral pigeons and collared doves. The peregrine falcon is a Schedule 1 protected species of The Wildlife and Countryside Act and is the UK’s biggest falcon. 
 
The camera monitoring system at the church has been generously donated by Blue Chip Security Ltd: 
https://www.bluechipsecurity.co.uk/
 
Bisham Nest Box Group can be found here: 
https://www.bnbg.org.uk/
 
For more information on peregrine falcons go to:

https://www.rspb.org.uk/birds-and-wildlife/wildlife-guides/bird-a-z/peregrine/