First peregrine falcon chick takes flight at Norwich Cathedral

The first peregrine chick to fledge the platform at Norwich Cathedral in 2014 took the plunge at 4.42am on Friday, June 6.  The first peregrine chick to fledge the platform at Norwich Cathedral in 2014 took the plunge at 4.42am on Friday, June 6.

Friday, June 6, 2014
10:00 AM

The first of four peregrine falcon chicks nesting at Norwich Cathedral has taken its first flight.

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The first peregrine chick to fledge the platform at Norwich Cathedral in 2014 took the plunge at 4.42am on Friday, June 6.  The first peregrine chick to fledge the platform at Norwich Cathedral in 2014 took the plunge at 4.42am on Friday, June 6.

It fledged its nest on the Hawk and Owl Trust platform at 4.42am today - exactly the same day of the month as last year’s first fledgling.

The fledging dates for 2013 were June 6, two on on June 7 and the final chick on June 9.

David Gittens, Hawk and Owl Trust webcam coordinator, said: “After a period of exuberance and running round the box flapping its wings like crazy, our chick jumps up on to the ledge and tips off, turns in the air and flies off strongly I am delighted to report.

“We anticipate that the other birds will not be far behind.

The first peregrine chick to fledge the platform at Norwich Cathedral in 2014 took the plunge at 4.42am on Friday, June 6.  The first peregrine chick to fledge the platform at Norwich Cathedral in 2014 took the plunge at 4.42am on Friday, June 6.

“They have remained in the nest for a few days longer this year so are a bit more advanced and prepared for first flight.”

The fledgling headed for the safety of a perch on the bell tower of the cathedral and is expected to await the arrival of the parent birds with breakfast.

The watch point at Norwich Cathedral is open seven days a week from 10am and now that the young birds are starting to fly organisers say it is a really exciting time to go to see them.

It is possible that all six birds - four chicks and two parents - could be seen in the sky at the same time as the parent birds teach their offspring flying skills and how to catch prey.

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