With much less fuss than last year so far, the news from Saturday 7th June is that HeCtor, the young male, has fledged and flown, and returned to the church tower. The young females have been flapping their wings on the edge of the trefoil opening, but not yet left the nest box.
Nick Dixon and local residents saw the young male down on an area of church roof this morning being fed by an adult. Later photographers here saw him back up on the decorated ledge at the base of the spire and then taking a brief flight mid-afternoon with one of the adults.
So we’re all set for an enthralling talk by Nick Dixon on the history and habits of our Peregrine family at St Michael’s, plus video clips from this season’s nest box camera bringing us right up-to-date.
Sunday 8th June, 7.30pm Heritage Lecture. Nick Dixon (Raptor expert) on 20 years with Exeter’s Peregrine Falcons.
The Mount Dinham Festival continues this coming week with 2 Concerts by local choirs and the interesting and surprising history of Mount Dinham itself from our resident historian. We also hope to see you on the 16th to be entertained by one of the world’s foremost organists playing our new pipe organ.
Wednesday 11th June, 7.30pm Charity Concert. Exeter Rotary presents Torbay Police Male Voice Choir in a programme of Gilbert & Sullivan and popular songs. (Admission £6.50 on the door.)
Friday 13th June, 7.30pm St Michael’s Recital. Exeter Chorale, conducted by Dr Nigel Browne and accompanied by Dr Paul Evans & Alex West (piano duet), return with a summer programme of Madrigals, Partsongs & Glees. (Admission £7.50/£4 on the door, children free.)
Sunday 15th June, 7.30pm Heritage Lecture. Richard W Parker (our own Architectural Historian) on the long History of Mount Dinham and St Michael’s.
Monday 16th June, 7.30pm Inaugural Organ Recital. David Briggs (International Organ Virtuoso) will perform a varied programme on our newly installed, restored pipe organ. Don’t miss this exciting Concert; see organrecitals.com for details. (Admission £10/£8 on the door.) David’s Finale will be an improvised Symphony, from themes suggested by the audience!