Second Norwich cathedral peregrine falcon chick found dead

Another of the peregrine falcon chicks at Norwich Cathedral has died. Picture: The Hawk And Owl Trust. Another of the peregrine falcon chicks at Norwich Cathedral has died. Picture: The Hawk And Owl Trust.

Sunday, July 13, 2014
1:20 PM

Another of the peregrine falcon chicks, which hatched at Norwich Cathedral earlier this year, has been found dead.

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The peregrine, known as Unringed, was found with a suspected broken neck.

The adult pair of peregrine falcons, in a nesting platform on the spire of the cathedral, had successfully hatched four chicks, two males and two females, at the end of April.

But one of the chicks, known as YT, was found dead in a garden at the cathedral last month with a post mortem examination showing it had broken its neck, probably due to a collision.

And now Unringed is the second of the chicks to perish, having been discovered in the grounds of the Norwich School on Friday.

The Hawk and Owl Trust posted a message on Facebook breaking the bad news. They said: “Fledging is a very dangerous time for young peregrines. The average survival rate for a brood is two chicks. Nature is tough.”

The chick’s body has been sent to a vet for a post-mortem examination, but it is suspected the bird was in a high-speed collision and broke its neck.

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