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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 18th at 4.50pm  

2nd Egg: Monday 21st at 4.55am  (Time difference between 1st to 2nd egg – 60 hours)

3rd Egg: Wednesday 23rd at 6.25pm  (Time difference between 2nd to 3rd egg – 61.5 hours)

4th Egg: Saturday 26th at 11.00am  (Time difference between 3rd and 4th egg – 64.5 hours)

 

The build up to this years season has been very exciting with lots of bonding behaviour, where the male has been proudly showing the female the scrape he had made in the gravel of the nesting platform.  For a while the the male and female were making different scrapes at either end of the nesting platform and there was a guessing game as to which one she was going to lay in, however in the end she choose to lay in the males scrape.  Food transfers and ledge courtship displays along with other classic behaviours were seen in the build up to breeding and the laying of the eggs and the Hawk and Owl Trust have been following their developments regularly.  Further activity will be posted online when it happens until the hatching phase which we anticipate will be happening around the end of April / beginning of May.

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The Peregrines discussing home improvements
The Peregrines discussing home improvements
Food Transfer from the Male to the Female
Food Transfer from the Male to the Female
Laying of the first egg, an exciting day
Laying of the first egg, an exciting day
Then there were 2 eggs
Then there were 2 eggs
Mating was seen, presumably to make the third and forth eggs ;-)
Mating was seen, presumably to make the third and forth eggs ;-)
And then a third and forth were laid in quick succession.
And then a third and forth were laid in quick succession.
Full time incubation has now begun!!!
Full time incubation has now begun!!!
Male and female at a changeover of incubation with a food pass from the male to the female as well. The male is on the left and the female on the right.
Male and female at a changeover of incubation with a food pass from the male to the female as well. The male is on the left and the female on the right.

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 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

Hawk and Owl Trust Visit Norwich Schools to Teach Children about the Norwich Cathedral Peregrines

The Hawk and Owl Trust are delighted to announce the exciting new development of an educational Peregrine Outreach Programme to teach school children in local primary schools throughout Norwich about the Norwich Cathedral Peregrines.  This project has been made possible by generous funding from the Norwich Town Close Estate Charity.   Norwich Cathedral is a world renowned heritage site… Continue Reading

Volunteering Opportunities Now Available for the 2016 Norwich Cathedral Peregrines 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

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

Is love in the air at our St John’s Church Peregrine Nest Platform in Bath?

The following video clip highlights the shenanigans between the falcon and the tiercel at St John’s Church in Bath during a large number of visits to the nest box.  They’ve been indulging in courtship behaviour, but will this pair ever get it together this year or continue to fight over food?! Continue Reading