Welcome to the St James' Peregrine Webcam.
This page is updated with the latest news from St James's. For LIVE images click from the nest tray click here.
For news from our other Peregrine webcam at St Wulfram's click here.
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25th June 2021
We've turned off the live streaming for this season as there has been little activity of late (the juveniles are now all on the spire and off camera). The cameras are still recording and we will post anything of interest. A successful season with the birds’ behaviour being of particular interest. The male has been making regular night time visits to the nest and creating a delve in the gravel. Perhaps getting ready for next season!
24th June 2021
We’ve confirmed that all four juveniles are now in the air and flying well. No casualties, no grounded birds needing catching - a good season (though not if you are a feral pigeon). The live camera will be switched off in the coming week, but the recordings will continue, with anything of interest being posted.
23rd July 2021
Sometimes it's just too hot to fly...
21st June 2021
At least three birds are on the wing... but return to the tower on a regular basis.
17th June 2021
It will not be long until these birds are on the wing!
15th June 2021
9th June 2021
A video from 04.40am
6th June 2021
First sighting of a juvenile on the south walkway from ground level. The juveniles are still being fed in the west side.
4th June 2021
A rare sight, but birds sometime show with the four juveniles still being fed by the adults....
3rd June 2021
All gone - the birds are now mobile and walking around the tower, so may not be visable at all times...
1st June 2021
The first to leave the nest tray... PLEASE NOTE as the birds wander around the tower, they may or may not be in view!
30th May 2021
29th May 2021
A morning feed... The young male chick is on the right and is easier to distinguish now...
28th May 2021
The nest tray is starting to look very small....
Feeding time, and trouble with a leg...
26th May 2021
Today the birds were ringed (thanks to Alan Ball), we have three females and a male. All birds were fitted with colour rings. You get a full sense of scale when the two week old birds are in the hand!
Finally, thanks to Alan Ball for ringing the birds today, here is one of his images of the whole brood...
25th May 2021
When it's time to go!
22nd May 2021
Feeding time on the 22nd May 2021
21st May 2021
Two weeks old and big enough to be left alone!
17th May 2021
Notice how the female broods the chicks with dropped wings in order to give maximum cover.
16th May 2021
One week old and both parents needed to feed the chicks.
12th May 2021
An intruder interrupts a feed mid-afternoon! Could this be one of last years birds?
11th May 2021
A mystery bird! As the male leaves, another bird appears briefly at the far opening (it looks like a very bold feral pigeon!).
10th May 2021
9th May 2021
The final egg hatched today, we now have FOUR chicks. The video shows the female eating the egg shell.
8th May 2021
Feeding time for the three chicks recorded at 12.28hrs. Still another egg to hatch, but it’s getting late for it now? The three chicks are doing well. The following video is nature in the raw....
7th May 2021
The first chick hatched at 05.25hrs (see video below), followed by the 2nd at 10.57hrs and the third by 17.23hrs.
3rd/4th May 2021
Bad weather disrupted the video feed for about 24 hours BUT all fixed now - Phew!
1st May 2021
The male responding to an alarm call from the female. Together, they chased a visiting peregrine away north. The female returned to the nest 5 minutes later.
29th April 2021
The female appears very greatful for the cover over the nest tray - today at 10.00am.
26th April 2021
Midday today. Do peregrines get bored? She’s been sitting for 4 hours. A changeover occurred a few minutes later....
22nd April 2021
The female becomes aware of the visiting falcon flying around the church. Eventually, it all becomes too much, and she leaves to escort it from the premises. The male came in to replace her 10 minutes later. From 14.50hrs 22nd April 2021.
19th April 2021
Changeover at 17.43 today. The male replaces his mate, but notice how his smaller size makes it difficult for him to cover the eggs. That’s why the female will return for the chilly night-shift.
18th April 2021
We lost contact with the webcam today, but all was resolved by 20.00hrs.... Sorry for the technical hiccup!
14th April 2021
Changeover at 17.43. Easy to see the difference in size between the female and the male, who is a third smaller.
13th April 2021
The night-shift begins. The female sat from 21.10 until 05.42. She uses her ‘brood patches’ two bare patches either side of her sternum that are engorged with blood, to keep the eggs warm.
11th April 2021
Another day and another change over.... The female had been incubating since 13.13, so she was quick to depart when the male arrived at 17.47. He’s likely to stay until around 20.30, when the female will take over for the night shift.
9th April 2021
The male relieves the female on the nest around 14.00 today. She has incubated for four hours then returned at 16.30. It will be quiet for the next few weeks with just quick changeovers to be spotted, until we see the first chick around the 4th/5th or 6th May
8th April 2021
The sums have been done... All being well the eggs should hatch around 4th May.
7th April 2021
A quiet day....The male incubated the eggs for an amazing 20 hours after the female had sat for 17 hours before that!
6th April 2021
At approx. 5pm a DRONE was flown close to the peregrine nest site and made contact with the NW pinnacle of the church. Peregrine Falcon's are Schedule 1 species and flying a drone near the nest site is considered wilful disturbance. The incident has been reported to the police.
5th April 2021
Don't panic! There are still four eggs there....
4th April 2021
During the day a common buzzard flew a little too close to the church and was quickly seen off by both birds!
3rd April 2021
The fourth egg arrived a 23.25hrs
2nd April 2021
A nice food pass between the two birds recorded earlier today.
1st April 2021
The third egg arrived this morning around 10.49hrs
30th March 2021
We have a second egg! Watch this amazing video taken at 01.22hrs....
An image taken moments after the second egg was laid...
27th March 2021
We have our first egg, laid 27th March 2021
26th March 2021
The female spent much of the time on the nest. The pair mated on the gargoyle in the afternoon and the male brought prey for the female.
24th March 2021
The female slept for a couple of hours on the nest last night, and this morning the pair went through an extended courtship sequence, with over an hour on the nest from around 07.40. She then returned and spent 1 hour 20 mins on the nest from midday.
23rd March 2021
The female bird spent the evening roosting in the nest tray for the first time.
14th March 2021
The birds have been in the nest tray at least four times today, with even a pre-dawn visit.
Then later in the day the birds were having a walk around...
12th March 2021
If you look carefully through the wall on the right, you can see the pair briefly mating. It won't be long until they lay their first egg....
11th March 2021
The pair were in the nest tray three times today.
8th March 2021
The birds were recorded copulating high on the spire today (off camera).
4th March 2021
The pair returned to the tray today. After the female left the male remained for 10 minutes.
3rd March 2021
For the first time since the cameras were installed, there were no visits tody. The male was perched on the spire, but no sign of the female all day.
1st March 2021
The pair were again in the nest tray at 11.35am today.
27th Feb 2021
Visits to the nest tray are getting more regular with both birds present a couple of times each day.... and as you will now hear we have sorted out the sound!
22nd Feb 2021
Early morning courtship with both birds in the nest tray at 07.30am after a very brief visit at 06.35am. Note the differerence in size between the two birds.
21st Feb 2021
An early morning visit (08.00am) to the tray this morning and then again at 11.50am.
20th Feb 2021
The female was back at the nest tray at 11.30am and was present for about 7 minutes....
17th Feb 2021
On the 17th February 2021 the birds visited to the nest tray on at least two occasions. Click the image below to see a short 2 minute YouTube video.
The image shows the female (?) in the tray creating a scrape on 17.02.2021 using her chest and legs - this is where the female will lay the eggs.
11th Feb 2021
One the 11th Feb both male and female birds spent some time in the nest tray, the full video is share below;
30th January 2021
A long 10-hour slog by the Wildlife Windows lads has given us our first webcam! This will supplement the video to the TV in the coffee shop. We have two cameras, a fixed focus one pointing along the east walkway (useful when the juveniles leave the nest) and a zoom camera aimed at the nest tray. There is also the ability to have a split screen, where both cameras are viewable.
We are still waiting to get the streaming up and running – there is a cost involved, but there is plenty of time, the birds didn't visit the nest tray until March last year.
Images below are photos of the two cameras, plus the split screen – all infra-red night views.