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Tuesday 27th April 2021

Will any of our fantastic volunteers, Sarah, Jennie or Keith be lucky enough to witness a hatching live today?


Read today's blog to find out.


09.00 A mild morning in Norwich with the temperature at 11 degrees. As we start the day it is the Tiercel on the box incubating. 09.06 A change of position, the Tiercel is now facing directly away from the camera Several loose feathers can be seen just clinging on to his tail gently blowing in the breeze. 09.09 He moves off the eggs enabling a good inspection. No sign of pipping or any movement within the eggs that I can see just yet. He wanders over to the far corner of the box and continues gravel pecking, he looks as if he may settle there for a moment as he starts to sit, however he only stays for a minute before walking back to the eggs chatting to them as he does so. He settles back on the eggs in a camera facing position again. 09.15 Another move. He turns 45 degrees to face the back of the box this time. 09.28 Back to face the camera. 09.35 Once again the Tiercel adjusts his position in the box, he turns back to face the spire. He is alert and raises his head as if listening to something in the distance, this behaviour (head raised high, tilting upwards) lasts a couple of minutes before he decides to turn again. He is now facing out of the box perhaps for a better view of whatever has been catching his attention. 09.41 Still facing outwards and covering the eggs the Tiercel protrudes his neck to full stretch allowing him to peck at the gravel in front of him. In doing so he lifts his bottom up into the air revealing the eggs once again. I grab the opportunity to zoom in and inspect the eggs closely. Still no obvious sign that hatching is imminent. One of the the loose white feathers that had been blowing around on the end of the Tiercel’s tail drops off and settles within the clutch of eggs. He takes another wander, this time to the far corner of the box where there is a pile of feather debris from a recent meal, has a quick peck around before returning to the eggs. He carefully settles ensuring all four eggs are completely covered. 09.50 All is quiet. Apart from the faint sound of traffic in the distance there are no other audible noises and the Tiercel takes a chance to relax. Positioned facing the back of the box, he lowers his head and closes his eyes for a few moments. 10.23 Changeover time! GA arrives in fine voice! A gentle vocal exchange between the two adults occurs before the Tiercel departs. GA waddles over to take up position on the eggs. She settles facing the camera. 10.29 Change of position and after a period of shuffling and adjusting GA turns to face the spire occasionally pecking at the back of the box. 10.32 GA’s turn to partake in some gravel pecking. 10.36 GA alert and head fully upright eyes fixed on the sky above her. She remains quiet but staring at the spire above her. I’m wondering if the Tiercel may have returned to keep watch from one of his favourite crockets. 10.46 GA carefully removes herself from the eggs, she makes her way to the back corner of the box closest to the spire exposing the eggs. In a very unlady like manner she raises her tail and with bottom directly facing the camera she begins gravel pecking. Another opportunity to get a close look at the eggs rather disappointingly reveals all four are still very much intact. 10.54 Having briefly returned to cover the eggs she once again goes off for a bit of gravel inspection. 10.57 GA back on the eggs, using her beak to carefully tuck all four gently underneath her.

11.15 GA remains incubating. 11.40 GA looks agitated, she suddenly begins to call loudly , she exits the box at speed flying East. A Peregrine (presumably GA) can be heard alarm calling close by. Eggs exposed. 11.42 GA returns and covers the eggs immediately. She remains upright and alert to whatever threat she seems to have seen off. 11.45. A large amount of gulls screeching and a crow can be heard calling loudly. GA remains on high alert. 11.48 GA is still precariously watching all around the spire as the avian commotion continues. 12.00 Things have calmed down and GA has returned to pecking at the gravel and the plastic at the back of the box. 12.21 GA lowers her head and starts calling; she appears to watch something scanning from Bishopgate right the way around. 12.22 Changeover! GA continues to call and exits the box, just moments later the Tiercel arrives. He is also calling and continues to vocalise as he heads towards the eggs to take over the incubating position. 12.32 The Tiercel momentarily makes a deep calling sound. 12.34 He repeats this sound. 12.37 Looking relaxed, the Tiercel shuts his eyes and enjoys some down time. 12.56 The tiercel is sitting on eggs facing the camera appears quite alert but all is quiet apart from background noise of children playing and some traffic 13.35 small amounts of ‘jiggling’ over the eggs and then started pecking at the gravel in front of him. Lifted up briefly to expose two intact eggs 13.53 started clucking to the eggs lifted up and shifted around to face cathedral exposing 3 intact eggs in the process 14.07 shifts to face the camera 14.22 the tiercel is looking up and becoming quite vocal 14.25 CHANGE OVER- GA appears on the ledge Tiercel stands up and takes off - 4 intact eggs seen - although sharper eyes than mine comment that one of the eggs appears to have a bit of white on it ... GA settles down quickly facing the camera 14.40 the wind is getting up a bit GA’s feathers are getting quite ruffled. 15:00 - Shift starts with GA settled on the eggs, facing the camera. Rather breezy, her feathers are blowing. 15:15 - She shuffles around and moves the eggs a little, pecks at a few pebbles then resettles. 16:00 - An hour into what's, so far, a peaceful shift, with occasional pecking at pebbles from GA. 16:55 - Tercel arrives and there's much loud calling between them. GA flies off, Tercel moves to the eggs, chattering to them (as usual) then settles down facing into the corner. 17:00 - And that's how the shift ends. Still 4 eggs.








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