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Norwich cathedral falcon chick found dead in nest

13:25 06 June 2011

A chick hatched by two peregrine falcons at Norwich Cathedral has died

A chick hatched by two peregrine falcons at Norwich Cathedral has died

© ARCHANT NORFOLK 2011

A chick hatched by peregrines on the spire of Norwich Cathedral has died, it emerged today.

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The birds of prey have been given a special nesting platform on Norwich Cathedral after they were spotted flying near the landmark last year.

Secured on the cathedral’s spire, 250ft above the city streets, the platform provides a perfect spot where the pair can breed and 
hunt.

Members of the Hawk and Owl Trust, who worked with Norwich Cathedral to create the platform, set up cameras above the site so people can watch the birds on TV screens in the visitors’ centre.

But the latest images showed that the egg had disappeared overnight. Researchers reviewing webcam footage found that the egg opened just before 1am, but the chick was not fully developed. The falcon tried to revive the chick without success.

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  • This is so sad but unfortunately that is nature. I have watched (via EDP and EEN) Cathedral Camera every day hoping to see the first chick from these magnificent pair of falcons, no luck, but a very big thank you to all that made this wonderful experience possible. Just a thought, I wonder if the falcons have eaten one or more of the many diseased (flying rats) pigeons that are numerous around Norwich.

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    Paul Platten

    Tuesday, June 7, 2011

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