Sexing peregrines by moult---as cut and dried as all that?

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Sexing peregrines by moult---as cut and dried as all that?

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Afternoon everyone, I'll keep this short as I've no 'rich text' options so this will just be one block of text... Saw a peregrine yesterday with obvious moult starting where the primaries and secondaries meet. Consulted Dick Forsman's book and, based on his observation that females moult at laying time, males later, wondered if it was a female. But is sexing based on moult this straightforward? Wondering if anyone out there has experience of this... All the best - Dave
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  • Hello Dave

    I am no expert and cannot confirm your observation. Though from years of watching have seen more feathers in Nests at laying time,

    but purely personal,I feel, Mum does not need so much Down, as Chicks hatch and Grow.

    Here is a good identification from Hawk and owl Copyright

    Enjoy

  • Thanks for the link, SunnyKate2. Will read that today.

    More information: peregrines arrived back in the neighbourhood in the last 4 to 5 weeks.