Second peregrine falcon chick has hatched at Norwich Cathedral

PUBLISHED: 08:24 03 May 2012

The first peregrine falcon chick hatched on the spire of Norwich Cathedral at about 7.30am on Wednesday (May 2).

The first peregrine falcon chick hatched on the spire of Norwich Cathedral at about 7.30am on Wednesday (May 2).


The second peregrine falcon chick has now hatched at Norwich Cathedral.

The on-going saga of the historic city landmark’s resident falcons is being watched by nature enthusiasts via a webcam, and this morning just after 8am the two hatched chicks could be clearly seen.

The growing family are living on a nesting platform installed by the Hawk and Owl Trust on the cathedral spire.

In March the mother falcon laid four eggs - two of them are now hatched and the other two are expected to hatch very soon.

Leanne Thomas, the trust’s education manager, said it was likely all the eggs would hatch within 48 hours of each other.

She said: “It is fantastic that these amazing birds have bred on such a historic building in the city and it will be wonderful to be able to watch the chicks growing thanks to the technology of the webcams.”

Once hatched it will be five to six weeks until the chicks begin to fly.

The Hawk and Owl Trust is running a watch point at the cathedral where people can view the birds through telescopes. This will run each day in May when the weather is fine from 10am until 5pm.

• The falcon webcam can be viewed by clicking on the link on the top right-hand corner of this story.

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  • After daily clicking onto see falcon moving slightly position to get benefit of any sun warmth, we get the wonderful news and views of now two hatched chicks, so two more to complete the family . I am very grateful and really do appreciate everyone concerned with this whole project, thank you.

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    Paul Platten

    Thursday, May 3, 2012

  • Brilliant news prepegrine's can't read. Maybe the EDP would like to enhance public health by campaigning to have these two chicks settled around the Norwich Market watchtower, to disperse the pest of pidgeons. Norwich market must be feeding close to 1000 people each day, pidgeons are present all day long and the habits of eaters towards this flying vermin, effectively feeding them, does not make the market appealing to tourists and local alike.

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Thursday, May 3, 2012

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