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Welcome to NarVOS’s webpage dedicated to nesting Peregrines at British Sugar’s factory at Wissington. Back in March 2014 NarVOS installed a nestbox on top of the factory’s 200ft silos, at the request of British Sugar. We at NarVOS were asked for help because of our experience with nesting Peregrines at King’s Lynn docks (KL Peregrines).
This year, 2018, is the fifth year that a pair of Peregrines (not necessarily the same pair) have laid eggs in our nestbox at Wissington. In 2014 and 2016 there were infertile eggs. In 2015 one young Peregrine successfully fledged. In 2017 one Peregrine chick hatched out, but died a day or two later, probably from exposure in bitterly cold conditions.
We were delighted when Farmwatch Ltd www.farmwatchltd.co.uk readily agreed to install some video cameras in the nestbox for us. This could not have happened without the considerable co-operation and support from British Sugar www.britishsugar.co.uk Also, local companies, RG’s Produce and Rural Broadband, have provided lots of help. This combined effort meant everything was rigged up in time for the 2017 breeding season. All this work allowed us to stream video, but only to a very few users. Unfortunately, we have not yet got the bandwidth to get live video on to our NarVOS website. Meanwhile, however, we will put still photos on our website from time to time to keep you updated. It’s amazing to think that Peregrine falcons, once rare breeding birds in remote mountainous regions, are now taking to urban and industrial structures in lowland Norfolk.
Please keep a look-out on the NarVOS website because, by around the end of April, we hope some young Peregrines will have hatched out at Wissington.
|Egg Laying 26th March 2018 28th March 2018 30th March 2018
|Incubation 31st March PM.|
British Sugar made an observation last week from a pic I sent to you and to them that one Peregrine (a male) had apparently only one foot. I have gone through lots of video footage and I have come to the conclusion that that he had lost his left foot sometime on 1st April. That's because I have a pic (attached) of a male and a female - with 4 feet between them on 31st March!
Then British Sugar told me there are three birds on site. That in itself is not altogether unusual. But it would be most unusual for two males to bring food to the nest. It seems amazing that an adult Peregrine can strike, capture, carry and kill prey in mid air with only one foot. But you will see in the following pics (one pic per email) that it is doing just that. Also, we can now confirm that 4 eggs were laid (not 3 as first thought). The remaining eggs will not hatch now.
Stretch of the legs
Stretch of the legs
First Chick arrives 7th May 2018 at about 16:00 - 16:30
chick on 29th May