These Peregrines have been nesting on the spire of St Michael's Church, Exeter for about ten years now. The webcam was
installed by www.eco-watch.com. Here's a pictorial diary of the 2005 nest. All the pictures on this page were from the
eco-watch webcam unless otherwise stated.
Click here to see pictures of the 2006 nest.
Live webcam of Peregrines nesting at St Michael's Church, Exeter
Click on the photo for the latest images.
Saturday 26th March
Sunday 27th March
- p260305a.jpg (352x288) 26/3/05 7:14pm. The first egg was laid on Good
Friday, 25 March 05. I wasn't sure if it was an egg at first. I assumed it would be incubated all the
- p260305b.jpg (352x288) 26/3/05 7:18pm. I seem to remember that some
birds will lay eggs over a few days and the start incubating them all at the same time so they hatch
together. Is this what happens with Peregrines?
Monday 28th March
- p270305a.jpg (352x288) 27/3/05 7:04pm. Ok, it must be an egg. But how
many have been laid now?
Tuesday 29th March
- p280305a.jpg (352x288) 28/3/05 2:18am. Hurrah, two eggs. But don't they
get cold at night?
- p280305b.jpg (352x288) 28/3/05 10:13am. That's better.
- p280305c.jpg (352x288) 28/3/05 10:23am. Still two eggs.
- p280305d.jpg (352x288) 28/3/05 6.30pm. Is it just the camera, or is
this bird smaller? Do male Peregrines (tiercels) incubate the eggs?
Saturday 2nd April
- p290305a.jpg (352x288) 29/3/05 12:35pm. Wings don't make very good
- p020405a.jpg (352x288) 2/4/05 2:08pm. I think this is the tiercel.
Monday 4th April
Friday 8th April Still three eggs.
- p020405b.jpg (352x288) 2/4/05 2:38pm. Hurrah, three eggs. I'm not sure
when it was laid. The eggs seem to be moved when there's been another one laid. Something to look out for.
- p020405c.jpg (352x288) 2/4/05 2:39pm. Back at the nest. Is this bird
larger? Have I just seen the change-over of incubation duties? I was hoping that they would occasionally be
at the nest at the same time so I could get a framegrab of the pair of them. It looks like they might signal each
other before a change-over. I'll have to go down to Exeter sometime.
- p020405d.jpg (352x288) 2/4/05 2:41pm. Is this the falcon?
- p020405e.jpg (352x288) 2/4/05 2:45pm. It must be difficult for the
fastest bird in the world to sit on a nest for a month.
Wednesday 27th April
Thursday 28th April
- p270405a.jpg (352x288) 27/4/05 4:45pm. Signs of different movements
from the incubating birds - is this almost hatching? Hatching is meant to take place after 28-32 days of
incubation, so if they started incubating on the 28th March, the first two eggs should hatch any day now.
May Bank Holiday weekend 30/4/05 - 2/5/05. The chicks hatched. I was on holiday and away from my internet
- p280405a.jpg (352x288) 28/4/05 6:29pm. I still can't see if there has
been a hatching.
- p280405b.jpg (352x288) 28/4/05 8:00pm. You could almost picture this
as feeding. But then again, how are hatchlings feed? Fresh meat? Or regurgitated meat? If it is fresh meat
there would probably be a carcass at the nest.
Sunday 8th May
Monday 9th May
Tuesday 10th May
Friday 13th May
Sunday 15th May Saturday was a day of heavy rain in Exeter. There now only appear to be two chicks.
Monday 23rd May These two images were sent to me by James Stark of Exeter. If anyone else has any favourite
pictures, feel free to e-mail them to me: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- p090505f.jpg (352x288) 9/5/05 6:19pm. The new camera has got a zoom.
Wednesday 25th May
Sunday 29th May
James Stark has sent in some more images:
The chicks have been moving around the steeple. I didn't see them for a couple of days. Here are a few images:
- js_23-05_1843.jpg (357x290) 25/5/05 6:43pm 'The chicks gaze on intently
as the parent prepares its prey'
Sunday 5th June
Monday 6th June
Tuesday 7th June
Wednesday 8th June