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First Egg for Norwich Peregrines

“Easter” Egg for Easter Sunday 2011

Peregrine with 'Easter' egg

Peregrine with ‘Easter’ egg

A pair of peregrines nesting on the Hawk and Owl Trust’s new platform on Norwich Cathedral celebrated Easter with their first egg on Easter Sunday. View the webcam here.

The female peregrine laid the beautiful russet coloured ‘Easter’ egg on this morning whilst the congregation celebrated Easter Sunday in the cathedral below.

Everyone from the Hawk and Owl Trust and Norwich Cathedral is delighted with the success that came only nine weeks after the nesting platform was installed high up on the Cathedral spire.

The egg is a wonderful surprise because the female peregrine is very young and still in her juvenile plumage so it was by no means certain that she would be old enough to breed this year. The platform, installed by the Hawk and Owl Trust in February, is obviously to their liking and now that she has laid one egg there is the possibility of up to three more.

“The eggs are usually laid two or three days apart so we are watching with bated breath to see what happens next” said Nigel Middleton, Hawk and Owl Trust Conservation Officer for the Eastern Region “The female will do most of the incubating whilst the male catches food for her. Once all the eggs are laid, incubation should take about four weeks, so we will be hoping for chicks at the beginning of June.”

Follow the unfolding events on the platform via webcam on the Hawk and Owl Trust and Cathedral websites. Visitors are also welcome to the Cathedral where the Hawk and Owl Trust is running a watchpoint on Bank Holiday Monday 25th April from 10am until 2.30pm.

Please Note | There is no parking for visitors at the Cathedral so please use Bishopgate car park or other city parking.

These magnificent birds, the largest falcon resident in the UK, are making a comeback after the effects of organochlorine pesticide poisoning in the 1960s. There are now thought to be 1500 pairs in the UK and although their natural habitat is cliff ledges, over the last decade several have started to breed on human structures in our cities.

This project is being generously supported in 2011 by: ArchantContiTech UKiCode Systems, LVAS-Imas Ltd, M A PartnersOpticronSIMM Conveyor Services LtdWildSoundsWiSpire by FreeClix and in memory of the late Mr Ray Rogers of Norwich.

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