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Norwich Peregrines Hatch First Chick of 2014 at Hawk and Owl Trust Urban Peregrine Watch Point

First view of the first chick for Norwich Cathedral Peregrines
First view of the first chick for Norwich Cathedral Peregrines

The first egg hatched on Saturday night (26th April). It was first seen at 19:37 still wet and in its half-shell so the actual separation of the shell would not have been much before that. The female was incubating at the time but the male came in and almost pushed her off the nest, continuing to take his paternal duties very seriously. He settled on the eggs/chick right away and the female flew off. She returned at 20:17 and took over incubation/brooding for the night shift.

Incubation from the laying of the 3rd egg (when incubation proper starts) was 34.19 days (39 days since the egg was laid). Last year the second egg hatched about 6 hours later.

First feed was at 0617 Sunday morning with the female bird bringing in a ready plucked meal that the adults had placed in one of their food storage area ready for this moment. The male left the nest and the female fed the single chick for about four minutes before settling on the nest again.

The chick seems fit and well as far as we can see.

We are expecting another hatching Sunday afternoon/eve. Here are some key dates from 2013.

Eggs laying dates : March 21st, 24th, 26th, 29th
Hatching dates; 30th April, 1st May, 1st May, 2nd May
Average incubation: 33.5 days from 3th egg lay
Fledging dates: 6th June, 7th June, 7th June, 9th June

The Watch Point at Norwich Cathedral is open seven days a week.

Links to video clips of the hatching and first feed:

Hatching (19:37 on 26th) http://youtu.be/-LFSTCl4TUQ
1st Feed (0617 on 27th): http://youtu.be/yf7x8WFVEsM

Bumblebee Conservation Trust Lend Their Support to Shapwick Moor

The recently established margins will provide valuable areas for bumblebees (including the nationally scarce Shrill Carder bee which was recorded in the area for the first time in a decade in a field on the border of our reserve last year)to forage and locate nectar sources together with providing cover for small mammals to feed…Continue Reading

Donation of New Visitors’ Seat for Shapwick Moor from North Somerset Group

The North Somerset Group of the Hawk and Owl Trust has financed a new seat for visitors to Shapwick Moor The seat will be in memory of former Chairman Barbara Handley who was actively involved with the group until her sad death last year, and it will be positioned to look out over some of…Continue Reading

Busy times at Shapwick Moor Continue

Following the successful tree planting in March by the Family Group, the ‘oldies’ took on the challenge of completing our half kilometre of new hedging in 2014. The extra hedging will act as a screen between visitors to our major hide and birds visiting the ponds and scrapes excavated in the autumn. The enthusiasm of…Continue Reading

Avalon Marshes Family Group Plant 600 Trees on Shapwick Moor

Members of the Avalon Marshes Youth group gathered recently on a cold and windy morning for 3 hours of intensive hedge planting. After some initial instructions, the children, aged between 4 and 10 yrs old, quickly set about the task of planting over 600 trees along the trackside. They quickly made short work of the…Continue Reading

Shapwick Moor Receives Saplings From Garden Centre

THE Hawk and Owl Trust’s 55 hectare nature reserve, near Glastonbury, has this spring (2014) been presented with 50 young trees thanks to a Somerset Garden Centre. Monkton Elm Garden & Pet Centre donated the saplings to the Trust for use on it’s Shapwick Moor Nature Reserve near Glastonbury. Philip Holms, Somerset Trustee for the…Continue Reading

Visit our Stand At the Chew Valley Optics and Bird Fair – 11/12 April 2014

This event takes place on the lawns outside of the London Camera Exchange Lakeside Optics shop, next door to Chew Valley Lake tea shop, giving visitors the chance to view, get expert advice and buy, while testing out the equipment against this spectacular backdrop. There is also the opportunity to trade in old equipment in…Continue Reading