/ Kestrels Nesting at Hobson Moor Quarry
Came across a kestrel nest today whilst climbing at Hobson Moor. The nest is on Gideon so this part of the crag is best avoided until the chicks have fledged.
Amazing! They must be pretty tolerant of climbers!
I saw it flittering about yesterday whilst bouldering, a magical sight in the beautiful afternoon light. Even better knowing it's nesting!
Hope they don't abandon the site as it's not the quietest of spots. We bailed as soon as we saw the nest.
Looks like folk have been on Gideon over weekend, I wonder what they found!
I saw them last week and noticed someone has (lightly) scratched "owl" on the rock at the bottom of Gideon, obviously not a bird watcher.
A pair successfully nested on Monsoon about 15 years ago, it was great to look down on the nest from the top of Parkers.
Kestrels are still in Gideon today. I saw a female feeding chick/s. Clearly not bothered by climbers or the locals????
...and plenty of people still seem to have climbed that route (somewhat disappointingly). Hope they make it to fledge!
They are surprisingly adaptable, fair enough when they started nesting it had been wet for a long time so far less climbers as the crag.
Turned out to be a good blessing today there being climbers at the crag. I just popped in to boulder and see if they were still there and one of the chicks fell from the nest. A couple of climbers had just turned up too.
After a brief chat they were more than happy for me to borrow a rope and harness to pop the chick back in the nest (just had bouldering kit). Pair of gloves and a camera bag to store the chick it was soon back in the nest.
Cheers guys for letting me borrow your gear. Quick snap on the way past, 3 chicks and parents were soon back to the nest.
Please still avoid Gideon, it's not an owl as written below the climb, but still great to see that climbing and wildlife are cohabiting a crag without too many issues.
Thanks for sharing the picture. It was great to see the chicks that have hatched from the eggs I came across a few weeks ago. It's also good to know they are currently thriving. Well done on the rescue job.
edit - picture doesn’t seem to be working
It's a poor photo as it was just a snap in passing, this link work better?
It’s working again now for some reason.. cute!
What a shame. Thanks for letting me know
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