Incubated eggs can be left uncovered even in cool weather for 2 hours, and even up to six hours in one case, with a brood being successfully reared, so it seems that the disruptions last week have not had a major impact.
Two chicks have been hatched overnight. Both appear to be healthy, although the second seemed to lack feathers, but I think it was just a bit wet.
Diamond was obviously very distressed, dithering between the need to keep the chicks warm (it is quite cold and windy here today) and the need to fetch food.
Finally at half past one, she left for a proper hunt and was successful after an hour (probably a pigeon, very pink legs). And the chicks have received a feed (at least one has, by the blood on the beak; not sure about the other as she had her back to the camera).
No sign of Bula or alternative male, but she more she shows herself, the more likely she will be seen by a prospective mate. I am fairly certain this nest box is a prized site, so would be well known to visiting peregrines (as well as past offspring, of course).
Apologies for no photos. It’s the website, not the software, I think, so I’ll see if Scott can fix it. If not, I’ll think of another solution…FAcebook perhaps.