Tuesday, 10 April 2012

Peregrines and Bats in Winchester

A pair of Peregrine Falcons made their home on the Police HQ in Winchester a couple of years ago and have been in residence ever since. Unfortunately, despite watching them mate, they have so far failed to rear any young. Today as I was leaving the office I heard their distinctive call, and looking up saw the two birds perched fairly close together on the top. The male bird was busy preening, whilst the female was tucking into one of the local feral pigeons....feathers were flying everywhere and it almost looked like it was snowing at one point.

Peregrine Falcons

I was not able to watch them for too long as was on my way to carry out a bat training session along the River Itchen. The weather was not ideal, and by the time we were about to start the temperature had dropped to 4 Celsius, although it was slightly warmed by a pair of Barn Swallows, that were circling overhead. The bat walk itself was fairly uneventful with only 4 bat registrations recorded, two single Soprano Pipistrelles and two single Daubenton's Bats...not bad I suppose given the cold weather conditions!

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