The nest box has recently been cleaned out & fresh gravel added, and the camera lenses cleaned. Some peregrine activity has been observed around the nest box during early February. Usually the pair show increasing interest in the nest box as we approach the breeding season. This can be a tense time since there can be competition for nest sites, sometimes involving fights.
Interestingly, an injured adult female peregrine was picked up by a member of the public in Pavilion Gardens on 10th February. She was taken to a vet and appeared to have a sprained wing, perhaps damaged by flying into something in the recent strong winds. She is now being looked after at Brent Lodge Bird Hospital and will hopefully make a full recovery. We don’t, as yet, know whether this is our Sussex Heights breeding female.
Egg-laying normally commences from mid-March to early April. We will have to watch the live nest cams to see what unfolds.
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