Death of a Peregrine, (Warton Quarry), Silverdale Lancashire – Resident Male Killed by Car.

[singlepic id=237 w=250 h=152 float=left]Because of the local interest there has been over the last decade in the nesting pair of Peregrines at Warton Crag Quarry we are sad to report the loss of the resident adult male which was found dead today by the side of the Silverdale Road between Warton and Leighton Moss.

The male falcon had been chasing a teal across the road moments before the falcon and teal both collided with a car; the peregrine was killed instantly falling into the road still grasping the teal in one talon.

The Warton Crag Quarry peregrines came to the notice of local conservationists in the Carnforth/Silverdale area in 2002, when prior to this date all breeding attempts by the pair had failed when either their eggs and or young had been illegally removed from the eyrie.

In 2003 the first 24 hour peregrine watch was initiated at the site by a dedicated team of peregrine enthusiasts, who have kept a full time watch below the site throughout each of the last 8 seasons. In this period the same pair have now successfully reared no less than 15 fledged chicks.

Although the loss of the resident male peregrine at Warton Quarry is a tragic and disappointing loss for everyone involved in the protection initiative, we are quite confident that a replacement male partner for the resident female will arrive well before the beginning of the 2011 breeding season.

22 comments to Death of a Peregrine, (Warton Quarry), Silverdale Lancashire – Resident Male Killed by Car.

  • john

    Having been involved and shown a great interest in these birds over the years, it is saddening end for the male and a rare occurrence in that neck of the woods for this to have happened. A sad loss to all of the people involved. Lets hope it will not be long before a new male moves in.

  • paul williams

    A very sad loss of a fantastic peregrine falcon at warton crag, he was a great provider for his mate and the family of falcons they reared each year

  • Yes a tragic end to a magnificent creature and there will be no one more saddened by hearing of this birds demise than me.

    Interesting that the story carries with it the confidence that this bird is indeed the Warton Crag male Peregrine Falcon….so it was ringed then?

  • Che of Bowland

    you don’t need to ring a peregrine to identify it after watching it closely for 7 years, like leopards they all have their individual different markings as you should know.

  • john

    I personally do not know if the male/tiercel was rung or not, but i do know that from last mon 11/10 i have personally not seen the male bird in the area nor its roosting areas, interesting thou to see seven birdwatchers on sat 16/10 in the quarry car park, usually very quiet at this time of year?

  • Hi John and thanks for the response to my comment re this sad event of the loss of a Peregrine Falcon.

    Six days down the line and your note that you have not seen a male bird in the area during this period obviously makes the claim it was ‘the’ Warton Crag bird more substantial as opposed to the one made one the same day of the death.

    The ‘Che of Bowland’ claim that the entire population of Peregrine Falcons can be individually identified is obviously open to question bearing in mind the claim ‘like leopards’ was also made.

  • Ivan Lynas

    My wife and I are very sorry to hear the news that the resident male Peregrine at Warton Crag has died,incidently we called him Ralph. Ralph came into the quarry in February 2002 and he wasn’t ringed, he quickly paired up with the resident Falcon,who had been on her own for some time. Notably, their breeding attempts in 2002 and 2003 ended in failure. In the spring of 2004 an organised watch was put into place and they raised 3 young. In October the resident Falcon went missing and on the 11th November 2004 my wife and I saw the new Falcon fly in, both birds undertook a bowing ritual which lasted for over 10 minutes and this was on the very ledge barring 1 year that they’ve used to succesfully breed, on one year they raised young near the Ravens nest. My wife and I take solace from the great pleasure he gave to us over the years and we’ll sorely miss him.

    • Ivan Lynas

      I forgot to state that the leading articule needs amending slightly.In 2001 there was breeding success,2 youngsters fledged and the 24 hour watch came into being in 2004. My wife Nat and I participated in 2005.

  • thomas carroll

    PETE WOODRUFF. Everything living on this planet has its own identity, unique to only itself, peregrines, zebras, whales tigers, leopards and human beings all have an individual difference and is not open to question however your sarcasm IS.

  • john

    Been again everyday at different times of the day since 17/10 to present, and only seen a female peregrine and one immature male, loads of jackdaws. On another birding site a female and male bird have been seen at this quarry recently and fingers crossed hope she accepts him and vice versa or maybe he was just passing thru? local bird??

  • Ivan Lynas

    Hi john,I’m very confident that it won’t be to long before the resident female finds a new partner.I can tell the loss of the resident male as affected you, its also affected me and many,many others. Fortunately Warton Crag is situated in a strong catchment area for Peregrine and its only a matter of time before you see Her and her new partner gracing the skies over the Crag and beyond.

    Regards Ivan.

  • member of watch scheme

    JOHN,thank you for having the time to let us all know about the situation at Warton Crag,it sounds to me very promising,and as you say “fingers crossed”.

  • john

    Been again today and saw a male peregrine (adult) and also the resident female, both were at opposite ends in the quarry, NOTE Male bird not perched on usual places (new male)????
    immature male not seen today.

  • Ivan Lynas

    John,I was at the crag today between 5.30 and 6.20pm, during such time I was observing a mature male Peregrine who was situated right of centre of the face,he was perched in a small crevice near the top,he was very vocal because the resident female was soaring high above.Infact,the female was still soaring when I had to leave and the light was fading fast.This leads me to beleive at the moment shes playing hard to get but over a period of time she will accept him,I’ve seen this behaviour many times before at other locations.

  • paul williams

    Ivan, thank you for your,e updates, I am too busy working at the moment so any news is good news, again thank you.

  • john

    Been for last two days @ periodic times and to me it is a different male bird, seems unsettled @ times,(not used to cars coming in and barking dogs) nice to see other interested parties there as well.

  • Ivan Lynas

    I visited the Crag again on Tuesday at 5.40pm,visibility was very poor,I Decided to focus my scope on the far right hand corner of the Crag,there,I could just make out the Falcon and one of her off spring barely 1 metre apart on the same ledge.This now leads me to think that she won’t be in any rush to find a new partner.Notably in 2005 the resident Falcon at Middlebarrow quarry went missing in late August,she and her partner raised 1 male eyass who just so happened to remain in the quarry until late January the following year and during such time the adult male never paired up.

  • JonS

    So what are the actual identifying features of the dead bird which actually marks it out as being the missing Warton male?
    Its all very well for someone to say “like leopards they all have their individual different markings”, but just what are the specific markings in this case which prove the identity?
    Are there any comparative photos which prove the case?

  • Ged

    We visited Warton Crag on Monday 25th October at around 4.30pm and were told the sad news by one of the watchers. While we were there, there was one bird flying around the face of the crag looking very agitated. Moments later we spotted a separate pair of Peregrines soaring above. Not every day you see three Peregrines. We look forward to hearing developments on the female and her search for a new mate.

  • I note once again NO REPLY to ‘JonS’ question re identity.

    Its really hard work all this you know, for some strange and inexplicable reason there’s just nobody prepared to address the perfectly legitimate and interesting query ‘why was it the Warton male’ both on this and other websites I personally – and others – have tried….I don’t understand why.

    • admin

      It has been concluded that this debate is now becoming petty and pointless, therefore there will be no more additions to this posting. Raptor Politics is completely satisfied that the Warton Crag male was the bird killed by the car. Frankly we have no interested if one feather is longer or a different colour or shape to another. As the project leaders together with a number of individuals involved over the past 7 years with protecting the Warton Crag peregrines have confirmed what we already know, any additional debate would serve no purpose. Thank you for being so mature and understanding why we are unable to accept any more comments.

  • paul williams

    Hi everyone,i visited warton crag for a couple of hours on sunday,the female came in to roost with a full crop,at which point the new male peregrine that i had been observing then decided to fly out.I did not see the 2 falcons that fledged this season.