Archive for December, 2010

The Peregrine by J. A. Baker

Thursday, December 23rd, 2010

Walking past Foyles bookshop on Charing Cross Road yesterday I noticed an eye-catching window display promoting The Peregrine by J. A. Baker, a much-praised work of prose and essential reading for Peregrine fanatics with an interest in literature. The work was republished this year along with Baker’s diaries.

Class of 2010

Sunday, December 12th, 2010

This year’s juveniles are facing their first winter fending for themselves. One of the advantages of living in an urban environment is an abundance of food and a good number of tall structures to roost on.

Juvenile Peregrine Falcon
Immature Peregrine Falcon © LPP

Last month a report of a Peregrine on a church in West London caught our attention. We went along to investigate, expecting to find a wintering adult. To our delight, the bird in question turned out to be an immature first winter bird, as evidenced by its lightly streaked plumage. On closer inspection we saw an orange band on its left leg, making this our first confirmed sighting of one of the young from the BT/RSPB webcam since they dispersed from Westminster at the end of summer.

We can also report that, like London’s other Peregrine Falcons, this immature bird has learned to take advantage of the wide range of prey species London has to offer, including Woodcock, which pass over the city by night.

Fellow Peregrine enthusiast Nathalie Mahieu has more images of this immature bird, a tiercel (male) we think, on her Flickr stream.

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