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 at about 4.30pm on Thursday 21st March 2013, the 2nd about 04.55 on Sunday 24th March. Last year they laid four eggs and everybody is wondering if there are more to come this year.

Hawk and Owl Trust Conservation Officer Nigel Middleton says|

’People are concerned that the weather will affect the eggs. Traditionally peregrines are sea cliff nesting birds and are used to harsh weather. We have positioned the nesting platform so that the Spire deflects most of the North/North-easterly winds. Both parents are taking it in turns to incubate the eggs allowing regular breaks from the weather but ensuring the eggs are always kept warm.’

Video clip of the moment the fourth egg was revealed|


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

  1. Hello,
    Nice to read about the nesting peregrines. Curious to learn what happened to last year’s young, and the previous years? Where do they go? Do they also nest in cities? I live in a suburb in Mumbai, India and have been watching, what we call the Shaheen Falcons, F. p. peregrinator, for the last two years from my balcony on the 17th floor. I have seen them mating in March & April but they disappear out of sight thereafter. Sightings are sporadic. Perhaps, they have found a more suitable ledge on another high rise building to nest! There is another pair in a more densely populated area in the city. Cheers!

    • Hi Kiran

      We have reports of last years young within a few miles of the Cathedral nest box. But the same pair are using the Norwich Cathedral nest box. Happy viewing!