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Youngest of Norwich Peregrine Chicks Dies

The death of the smallest peregrine chick at Norwich Cathedral yesterday came as a sad surprise to all of us, even though we know that life for young peregrines is tenuous at this stage of their development.

We have gone through the recorded footage for clues as to why it died but can still only speculate. All 4 looked fit and well the previous evening and we know that they have good, capable parents.

The fact that the chick was youngest by 2 full days would have made it tough for it, but not impossible. Natural ‘pecking order’ means it would not get priority at feeding time, although it seemed to be getting adequate. The tipping point would probably have been the poor weather overnight. Although the chick appeared reasonably dry in the morning, the wind was strong and would have chilled it unless it was well covered. The others, being stronger, would have been more able to ensure they got the warmest spots under their mother, at the expense of the little one.

This is all speculation of course and in truth we will never know for sure. It does not take much to tip the balance from life to death in the first few days of their lives. Painful as it is for us to watch this is the way it is for all wild creatures.

We know that the female initially tried in vain to revive the little chick by keeping it warm with the others, but finally removed it from the nest around 8.00am yesterday morning.

The three remaining chicks all looked fit and well this morning at 05:15am when the male came in to take over brooding.

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The male Peregrine arrives to look after the 3 surviving chicks early this morning

Bath Peregrine Lives Up To Her Name

Peregrine falcons have been seen in Bath since around the year 2000, and in 2005 the conservation charity, Hawk and Owl Trust, were kindly given permission to install a nest box on St Johns Roman Catholic Church, Bath. Peregrines have been successfully breeding there since 2006, and in early April this year the pair produced… Continue Reading

First egg of 2015 is laid by the Norwich Cathedral Urban Peregrines

The egg arrived at 0617 yesterday morning (19 March 2015). All is well, and historically the next egg is due in two days later. The parent birds will wait until all eggs are laid before they will start to incubate the clutch fully. They keep the first eggs warm and viable. Once the entire clutch… Continue Reading

Love is in the air at our Norwich Cathedral Peregrine Nest Box!

The pair of peregrines that have taken up residence in our Norwich Cathedral nesting platform for the breeding season are back together. The following video clip from our fantastic new cameras reveals exciting bonding behaviour. This pair has already been seen mating this year… all is on schedule so far for another successful season at… Continue Reading

Major Webcam Updates for 2015 Season

The Hawk and Owl trust has today launched its new webcam service for 2015. Much behind-the-scenes work has been undertaken by our Tech Partners (www.icode.co.uk) and our Volunteers over the winter ‘off-season’ to comprehensively upgrade the webcam streaming feed and the stills camera feed from the nest box on the spire of Norwich Cathedral. We… Continue Reading

New Cameras Launched for Norwich Peregrines

Calling all #nrperegrines followers @nrw-cathedral. You will be pleased to know that the new cameras have been installed and we are now in the final testing phase. Youtube clips coming soon – in glorious HD – followed by live streaming to the HOT web site. Here is one of the first images. Hope you enjoy… Continue Reading

New post – seasonal peregrine project officer

Norwich Cathedral Peregrines Watch Point Project Officer We need an enthusiastic, friendly and organised person with a good working knowledge of Peregrines and birds of prey although background information will be given. You must be able to manage a large team of volunteers of all ages and abilities. Full time: 18-week contract from March 16… Continue Reading

Work Commences on New Cameras for our Norwich Peregrine ‘Superstars’

Calling all followers of the Norwich Peregrines. Have you been wondering what’s happening with the upgrade of the nest cams? Then read on… Most of you will know that back in September we reported that the old cameras were going to be upgraded and therefore needed to be removed. This has been done and a… Continue Reading

Vet Examination Confirms Norwich Peregrine Death a Collision Accident

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… Continue Reading