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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

New Season Breeding Activity at Our Bath Urban Peregrine Project Site

The #bathperegrines have started off the 2015 breeding season with some early courtship rituals. We’ve been observing their behaviour on and around the church from ground level and on the Bath UPP camera since early in January. Now is a good time to make your way down to South Parade or the riverside walk as… 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

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

New South West Community Owls Project Prepares for Launch!

Very special thanks to Teresa Day and Jan Osborne and a massive thanks to everyone else in the Give Two Hoots Group – Hoot! Hoot! that have raised funds to ensure we have nesting boxes ready to go for the Hawk and Owl Trust (South-West) “Community Owls project”. Picture shows Left to right Myself (Chris… Continue Reading

Latest News From North Somerset and Bristol Group

Yet again we were lucky with the weather for our walk through the reserves belonging to Backwell Environment Trust. The reserves were looking lovely and the sharp eyed amongst the group spotted a corncockle flower, a first for the reserve, and a Spotted Flycatcher and its nest in the top of a broken off tree.… 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