Update: Peregrine falcon lays second egg at Norwich Cathedral
09:35 21 March 2014
Norwich’s peregrine falcon laid her second egg at the cathedral nest box today.
It happened today at 12.07am.
The recent warm weather means the Norwich Cathedral peregrines have been well into their pre-nesting season rituals and the birds had prepared two nest “scrapes” in the gravel of their nest box 80m up the spire of the cathedral.
On Tuesday, just after 3pm, the peregrine laid her first egg.
The Hawk and Owl Trust said the pair had been visiting the nest box more frequently, calling loudly to one another while the male “swaggers” at the female.
They have also been seen mating, even on camera, and the male has been bringing his mate prey offerings, demonstrating to her that he is both willing and able to provide for her and any chicks that might come along.
The trust is expecting the female to lay around three to four eggs in total, laying one every 48 hours.
The chicks will then hatch in about 30 to 33 days’ time.