Exciting visitor to Bath Peregrine Nest Box!

On 5 December there was an interloper to the Bath Peregrines nest box. A Tawny Owl drops in to finish off the remains of the resident birds’ meal.

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7 Responses to Exciting visitor to Bath Peregrine Nest Box!

  1. Yes, Hamish, I posted a photo of it landing with the pigeon – lovely to watch it guarding it!! I was thrilled to catch it too! πŸ™‚

    • I have checked the recording for 18 Jan at 08:30. The falcon had just landed with a feral pigeon and was catching her breath before preparing her meal. I have also checked the timing of Jenny’s sighting and can confirm that there was a tawny in the box from 21:45 to about 21:54 on the night of 18 Jan.

  2. I have a strong belief that the peregrine has killed and eaten the tawny owl that he attacked yesterday. I logged on this morning at about 8-30 to see the peregrine tearing out feathers of a carcass and he turned it and I saw the eyes of a tawny owl.It took him about an hour to feather it and start to extract the meat. He first pulled out a long length of gut and dropped it over the side of the nest area and then continued tearing at the flesh. He then after an hour stashed the remains at the back of the nesting box.

  3. The tawny owl made several visits to the peregrine nest box on 7, 8 and 9 Dec, after its initial visit on 5 Dec. The attraction I believe is that the peregrines are using the nest box, and particularly its roof, to cache food. This is a change in their behaviour seen this year and we believe it is as a result of the ‘patio’ making the box generally more accessible. The remains we saw the owl scavenging on 5 Dec was a cached kill that AA had earlier pulled from the back of the box and failed to return when he’d finished with it. When I visited the box on 6 Dec to check some of the camera electronics there were three fresh carcasses stored on the roof.

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