Grove Veterinary Practise in Fakenham, having examined the body of YT, the fourth and final peregrine chick to fledge from the nest box at Norwich Cathedral and who was found dead in the Cathedral grounds.
Grove have reported that there is a crack in one of the neck bones of the bird. This suggests, as happens with many young peregrines during the early days after leaving the nest, that YT has suffered a collision with an object.
These birds travel at high speed during flight and as inexperienced youngsters, there is just not room for mistakes while they are learning to fly. The average survival rate for a brood is two so unfortunately fatalities are a natural occurrence and to be expected.
Here is a lovely clip of YT a couple of days previously playing with the unringed sibling:
The good news is that the surviving three chicks are very active and their hunting and flying training with the parents birds is proving quite spectacular. Now is an excellent time to visit the Cathedral to watch them.
You can also see the images of this year’s peregrine season that is part of the fantastic ‘Wonder of Birds’ Exhibition now running at Norwich Castle. The exhibition runs daily until September 14 and we highly recommend it!