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Norwich Cathedral Peregrine Season Continues with the Successful Hatching of all 4 Eggs

The story of this years Norwich Cathedral Peregrine season continues with the successful hatching of all four eggs into healthy chicks.  After between 35 to 36 days of incubation, which was taken in turns by the male and female, the chicks showed their first signs of hatching on Thursday 28 April.  Within 48 hours all four had hatched meaning that they were all of a similar strength to compete for food when it came to the feeding times.  The cold weather in April seemed to have had an impact on the incubation time with the hatching occurring two days after it was expected, however it meant that they all hatched in a shorter time scale.  Following 2015’s sad demise of the last hatched chick within the first five days, we are hoping that history will not repeat itself and it is showing no signs of doing so after the first successful week.  All four chicks are developing quickly and growing in size nearly everyday with up to 6 or more feeds by their amazing parents, who have now reared their fifth successful clutch at Norwich Cathedral since 2012.  To follow the story in photos taken from our webcam please see below, along with a sample YouTube video taken from our webcam.

For further information on the exact timings of laying, hatching and fledging from 2012 – 2016 then please visit our data page on our Urban Peregrine Project website by Clicking Here.  

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We hope you enjoy this video of the first feeding of the 3 chicks that hatched on the 29 April with mum and dad in attendance.  Please visit our YouTube page to follow their development throughout the season.  

 

1. The first signs of hatching on 28 April 2016
1. The first signs of hatching on 28 April 2016

 

2. By the following day on 29 April, 3 chicks had fully hatched with the fourth one starting to show signs
2. By the following day on 29 April, 3 chicks had fully hatched with the fourth one starting to show signs

 

3. Three chicks being fed by mum whilst dad flies off after delivering the food
3. Three chicks being fed by mum whilst dad flies off after delivering the food

 

4. On the morning of 30 April, it was clear that the fourth chick had hatched and they were all doing well.
4. On the morning of 30 April, it was clear that the fourth chick had hatched and they were all doing well

 

5. Within 5 days, our chicks were all showing good signs of being healthy for the 2016 season
5. Within 5 days, our chicks were all showing good signs of being healthy for the 2016 season

 

6. For the first few weeks, mum and dad will continue to sit on the chicks to protect them until they become to big to do so.
6. For the first few weeks, mum and dad will continue to sit on the chicks to protect them until they become to big to do so

 

7. Mum and dad will continue to hunt for food together to gather as much as they can between them to feed their hungry chicks. They will continue to develop quickly until fledging in June.
7. Mum and dad will continue to hunt for food together to gather as much as they can between them to feed their hungry chicks. They will continue to develop quickly until fledging in June

 

 

Sculthorpe Moor Nature Reserve has a fantastic start to spring 2016

Here at Sculthorpe Moor Community Nature Reserve in Norfolk, spring is certainly buzzing! The weather is getting milder and the summer migratory bird sightings as well as other wildlife are starting to increase.  These have included frogs spawning, water rail, marsh harrier displaying, buzzards, kestrels, red kites, redpoll, siskins, kingfishers, goldfinch, nesting tree creepers, nuthatches, lapwings, swallows, sand martins, house martins… Continue Reading

Norwich Cathedral Peregrine Season 2016 Kicks Off with the Laying of 4 eggs

The Hawk and Owl Trust Urban Peregrine Project at Norwich Cathedral is off to a flying start this season with the laying of four eggs starting on Friday 18th through to Saturday 26th March.  Please see below for specific timings and dates.     (Timings are approximate to the nearest 5 minutes) 1st Egg: Friday… Continue Reading

Hawk and Owl Trust Install a New Peregrine Nest Box on Wymondham Abbey

On Saturday 13th February, a volunteer team of intrepid explorers climbed to the top of the tower at Wymondham Abbey in Norfolk to install a brand new peregrine nest box on the roof. For the past few years peregrine activity and remains of their meals have been found around the Abbeys grounds. So the team… Continue Reading

Volunteering Opportunities Still Available for the 2016 Norwich Cathedral Peregrine Watch Point

If you would like to meet like minded people who love birds as much as you do then we are looking for people to come and help volunteer with us at the Norwich Cathedral Peregrines Watch Point for the 2016 season.   The watch point will be opening on Wednesday 23rd March 2016 and will run… Continue Reading

Norwich Cathedral Peregrine Watch Point Set to Open on Wednesday 23 March

For all those people out there who just love to watch our wonderful peregrines at Norwich Cathedral‬ in Norfolk, we would like to announce that our Watch Point, set up near the refectory in the Cathedral Close, will be opening to the public at 10.00am on Wednesday 23 March, just in time for the Easter Weekend!  It will be… Continue Reading

The Hawk and Owl Trust Kestrel Highways News Update

Kestrel Highways Project News Update An update as we approach the 2016 kestrel breeding season, provided by Barry Gray The box at Backwell has been replaced and the Congresbury one patched up. We wait to see what will happen with the nearby proposed housing development. There are ongoing discussions with the National Autistic Society at… Continue Reading

Great Success for the Hawk and Owl Trusts East Midlands Group

This news post update has been supplied by Simon Dudhill of the East Midlands Group of the Hawk and Owl Trust As reported on 7 November 2015, the Hawk & Owl Trust East Midlands Group successfully secured funding from the Cory Conservation Grant scheme to supply and erect barn owl boxes for farmers and landowners within… Continue Reading

Norwich Cathedral Nest Box Gets a Spring Clean for 2016

On Sunday 17 January, six intrepid volunteers climbed up the Norwich Cathedral spire to clean out the Peregrines nest box home, to get it ready for the coming, new and exciting 2016 season.  The day is told in a series of photos taken by Martin Lippiatt and screen grabs captured from the peregrines webcam.  Here was… Continue Reading