Over the last week, I’ve noticed a distinct decrease in the time that the box is empty and the birds are changing places much more regularly, with a lot of courtship behaviour (alas, no copulation, but I’m assuming this has already taken place elsewhere).
Some prey is being brought (mostly starlings, I think, with the occasional pigeon), and Xavier is still reluctant to give up his prey, but usually does with some arm twisting.
Both birds have been busy preparing the scrapes, which are now really deep.
VIDEO 20170809 X digs in
And then Diamond tries it out for size:
And the good news is that I now have direct access to this site again, so will be able to provide more regular updates once we get busy with produce!