Monday, 22 April 2013
What a morning, wall to wall sunshine from dawn so out early as per usual heading up town before they started lane closing for the London Marathon on Sunday.
First port of call was Battersea Power Station, where I am at last able to say we have a new female and furthermore she is incubating 4 eggs. The old female has, for a number of years become too old to breed and was infertile, they would go through the motions, pair bonding, ledge display, copulation and even incubation but unfortunately the end project was always negative sadly.
Given this and the Tiercel’s tendency to ‘flirt’ with other passing females I was surprised that the replacing of the female did not happen far earlier. I have observed enough intruding females to know that she was still too strong a bird and the pair bond despite the Tiercel’s roving eye was still very active.
Battersea Power Station Development Company have moved heaven and earth to accommodate the birds at great expense, and I will be working alongside them in keeping the peregrines on site throughout the construction period.
The latest arrival is a singing male Black Redstart, they are regular breeders, sometimes 2 broods, 2 separate foraging areas have been set aside for them by BPSDC,glad to say one is already in use.
From the Power Station, I then checked the Parliament pair, they are incubating as well, albeit on the same building but in a different area. Moving further east I checked on another pair, I observed the Falcon on this site incubating very early (see March 10th). As I observed her from distance it was quite obvious that she was sitting high with breast feathers fluffed out so there is every possibility that she may already have hatched an egg or 2.
Of the Hybrids there is no sign whatsoever; Crows have taken up residence of the area they occupied so it looks as if they have moved on as I can’t see either bird putting up with the presence of the Corvids.
Hopefully next weekend I will be able to confirm that the March 10th pairing do indeed already have young.