Friday, 17 June 2011

Exeter's Urban Peregrines - Request for Information

Appeal to DBWPS Members for information
I have been studying the diet and prey selection of the Peregrine falcons at St. Michael’s Church in Exeter, since they first bred in 1997 together with Ed Drewitt who identifies the prey species from feathers, collected by me on a weekly basis throughout the year, and from the annual gutter clearances.  We have had articles published in the DBR 2001 (Prey selection by Urban Peregrine Falcons in 2001) and British Birds, Feb 2008, volume 101 (Diet and Prey Selection of Urban –Dwelling Peregrine Falcons in Southwest England).
We are currently working on a paper for submission to Devon Birds in 2012, which will include all prey items recorded over the last 14 years, and document productivity and the site history. We would be pleased to hear from anyone who also has a specific interest in this site and may have recorded any observations over this period that may add to this paper, and especially any information regarding behaviour, hunting and interaction with other species, both during their tenure and in the early years of site occupation prior to 1997.
Please contact Nick Dixon (via email recorder@devonbirds.org subject line: N Dixon)
 or call 01647 281681 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting            01647 281681      end_of_the_skype_highlighting.