No pere pawn visuals today, alas, but we caught them in flagrente at the top of the tower on Saturday. Sue helped out by finding a youtube of visuals with audio, so we are pretty confident that mating has happened…and it’s probably not the first time. Expect eggs in about three weeks. Enjoy.
We’ve also noticed that Diamond is getting distinctly fussy about accepting starling as an ‘offering’. I know she’ll eat starlings when hungry, or with a brood to feed, but it’s interesting that she’s rejecting most of them at this stage. Of course, he’s much smaller than she is, so it’s harder for him to tackle the larger, plumper birds such as pigeons and parrots, but my guess is that he needs to try and that’s the message she’s trying to give. He did bring in a magpie-lark the other day, which I’m guess would be a lot tastier than a starling, so he’s trying!