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    Kestrel Update 27-05-2020

    Chicks are developing fast and lots of stomping about in the nest
    Kestrel 2020-147 by tblake2007, on Flickr

    And feathers are more and more evident though some way to go. Doesn't stop lots of wing flapping though
    Kestrel 2020-148 by tblake2007, on Flickr

    Adults are working hard to provide enough food
    Kestrel 2020-146 by tblake2007, on Flickr

    Chicks are starting to get the idea of how to feed themselves
    Kestrel 2020-149 by tblake2007, on Flickr

    Now this was a big surprise. On a window ledge close to the nest was this pigeon. As you can see its had its head removed. Now this would be a exceptional prey item for a kestrel. A feral pigeon would be easily as big and heavy as the female and somewhat bigger then the male.

    My own idea is this bird flew into the window and the kestrel decapitated it, maybe. Went this morning and the head is still there but no sign of the carcase. Can't imagine a kestrel being able to carry it.
    Pigeon by tblake2007, on Flickr
    Last edited by antoeknee; 30-05-2020, 07:55.
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    #2
    Interesting pigeon theory/mystery about the demise of it!

    The youngsters look to be well fed, thanks for the update Ant
    Peter

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      #3
      Feathers forming , starting to walk around. Wonderful. Watching them learn to fly will be interesting.

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        #4
        Thank you Anthony.

        As for the pigeon, I expect the Police arrested it for sunbathing.
        John Liddle

        Backwell, North Somerset - "Where the cider apples grow"

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          #5
          Good update, lovely stuff

          Paul

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            #6
            Another fantastic update. The chicks are growing very fast. Very strange situation regarding the pigeon. Lets hope it wasn't raising young.
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              #7
              Thanks for comments. We do have other birds of prey in the area, sparrowhawk and tawny owl which nests somewhere else in the building. Can't really see them being that close to the kestrel site but I suppose nothing is impossible.
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                #8
                Thanks for a great update
                Gary Cantwell LSINWP. ASINWP.

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                  #9
                  Great update Ant.

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                    #10
                    As above , thanks for keeping us in the picture ….so to speak .

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                      #11
                      Great Update Ant nice to see the chicks are doing well
                      Alex

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                        #12
                        Another great up-date Ant
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                          #13
                          Thanks for the great update.
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