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Vet Examination Confirms Norwich Peregrine Death a Collision Accident

Aerial acrobats as parent bird teaches the youngster hunting skills at Norwich Cathedral nest box

Aerial acrobats as parent bird teaches the youngster hunting skills at Norwich Cathedral nest box

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!

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

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, continuingContinue Reading

Fourth Peregrine Chick Hatches at Norwich Cathedral Nest Platform

The 4th peregrine falcon egg at Norwich Cathedral has hatched! The peregrine falcons using the Norwich Cathedral nesting platform, installed by wild bird of prey conservation charity the Hawk and Owl Trust, have hatched their fourth and final egg of 2013! At 20:26 last night, 27 hours after the hatching of the third egg, theContinue Reading

Definitely a Good Friday as Norwich Cathedral Peregrines Lay Fourth egg of 2013

The peregrine falcons using the Norwich Cathedral nesting platform, installed by wild bird of prey conservation charity the Hawk and Owl Trust, have laid their fourth egg on 29 March, Good Friday morning, around 6.35am. The third egg appeared at about 17.00 on afternoon of Tuesday 26th March. Their first egg of 2013 arrived atContinue Reading

Gallant Norwich Cathedral Peregrines Lay Third Egg

The peregrine falcons using the Norwich Cathedral nesting platform, installed by wild bird of prey conservation charity the Hawk and Owl Trust, have laid their third egg. It appeared at about 17.00 on afternoon of Tuesday 26th March. Their first egg of 2013 arrived at about 4.30pm on Thursday 21st March 2013, the 2nd aboutContinue Reading

Peregrines at Norwich Cathedral lay Second Egg of 2013

Press Release – Norwich Cathedral Peregrine update Despite snow and howling winds Norwich Cathedral Peregrines lay second egg of 2013 The peregrine falcons using the Norwich Cathedral nesting platform, installed by wild bird of prey conservation charity the Hawk and Owl Trust, have laid their second egg. It appeared at about 04.55 on morning ofContinue Reading

Grant Makes an Appearance at Strumpshaw Fen

2012 Norwich Cathedral Peregrine chick ‘Grant’ spotted at Strumpshaw Fen. 2012 Norwich Cathedral Peregrine chick ‘Grant’ was spotted at Strumpshaw Fen by one of  Norwich Cathedral Peregrine Project Observation Point volunteers. They called HOT to let us know that they had spotted ‘Grant’ – the male of the two successfully fledged chicks hunting over StrumpshawContinue Reading

Norwich Cathedral Site Readied for Spring

Cathedral Site Readied for Spring Stuart Horth of Norfolk’s Fire Fighters volunteered to help former High Sheriff of Norfolk Georgina Holloway and volunteers from the Hawk and Owl Trust to scale the ladders inside the spire of Norwich Cathedral last week. The Hawk and Owl Trust volunteers were carrying out maintenance and cleaning the peregrineContinue Reading

Meet Grant and Bobber

Norwich Peregrine Chicks are Named Norwich’s celebrity peregrine falcon chicks, which flew for the first time this week, have been named. The names were announced on Radio Norfolk, following hundreds of suggestions submitted by the public; the female is called Bobber and the male Grant. A third chick, which failed to survive, was also named,Continue Reading

Norwich Peregrine Chicks Ringed

ID for Youngsters on Cathedral Spire Nest Platform 21 May 2012 | The three peregrine chicks at the Hawk and Owl Trust’s nest platform on Norwich Cathedral spire have had unique rings fitted so the individuals can be identified in future when they are free flying. Two, one female and one male, were also fittedContinue Reading