The two juveniles were ringed under license in the nest at about 20 days old on the 24th of May. Both were confirmed as females and along with the metal BTO ring, they also had a colour ring put on. We use a blue ring with black letters for identifying them out in the wild. This years rings were VF and VG.
VF fledged on the 20th June at 47 days after hatching and VG fledged on the 22nd (48 days). Both juveniles required rescuing after leaving the nest. On her first flight, VF ended up in a back garden in Haldon road, was caught and put on a roof in Dinham road. After sitting on the ridge for a few hours, she then flew straight back up to the church. VG disappeared shortly after leaving the nest, and I heard her calling the following day from a hidden sloping roof gulley above the chancel where she was trapped. With some help and a long ladder, we rescued her and took her to St. Davids vets as it was a hot day, she was dehydrated and hungry and unable to fly properly. The RSPCA took her to West Hatch at Taunton, and after 10 days of good food and care, she was returned to the church. She flew well on release and made it up to the lower edge of the roof, before then disappearing around the tower and off towards St. Davids hill.
It took 48 hours before I heard that both juveniles were seen together, and they are now spending quite a bit of time on Exeter Cathedral as well as the church.