By EMMA KNIGHTS
Tuesday, April 3, 2012
The peregrine falcons on the spire of Norwich Cathedral have now laid a clutch of four eggs on the nesting platform installed by the Hawk and Owl Trust.
Leanne Thomas, the trust’s education manager, said “We are delighted that the peregrines have laid a full clutch of eggs this year.
“We are all keeping our fingers crossed that the eggs will hatch successfully at the end of this month.”
The first egg was laid on March 22, the second on March 24, the third on March 27, on the fourth last Friday.
The female peregrine did not start to incubate the eggs fully until after the third egg had been laid so the eggs should hatch at about the same time.
The trust said incubation usually takes between 29 and 32 days, and that the female peregrine would do most of the incubating while the male peregrine hunts for both of them.
The Hawk and Owl Trust is running a watch point at the cathedral where people can view the birds through telescopes.
The watch point is running daily, from 10am until 5pm, until Sunday, April 15 and after this date it will be open at weekends.
Anybody who would like to volunteer to help at the watch point should contact the Hawk and Owl Trust on 01328 856788 or sign up via the website www.hawkandowl.org
• The falcon webcam can be viewed by visiting www.edp24.co.uk/home/webcam/falcon-cam or clicking on the link on the top right-hand corner of this story.
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