Update: Peregrine falcon lays second egg at Norwich Cathedral

Norwich’s female peregrine falcon has laid her second egg at the cathedral nest box.; Photo credit Hawk and Owl Trust. Norwich’s female peregrine falcon has laid her second egg at the cathedral nest box.; Photo credit Hawk and Owl Trust.

Friday, March 21, 2014
9:35 AM

Norwich’s peregrine falcon laid her second egg at the cathedral nest box today.

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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.

Click here to read about it.

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.

7 comments

  • This would be a real scoop if the title was "Male peregrine falcon lays second egg…"

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    NorwichSceptic

    Friday, March 21, 2014

  • Donna-Lou - it's refreshing to actually see a response from a reporter, and a correction to a story. Thank you for showing that you do look and care about how people react!

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    So_Many_Haters!

    Friday, March 21, 2014

  • Thank you for the "Normal for Norfolk" headline. I wouldn't ever have imagined that it was the female that had laid the eggs. Next week shock headline for Bernard Matthews "all his turkeys were hatched from eggs laid by female turkeys"

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    Robert Caldwell

    Friday, March 21, 2014

  • I'm obviously overdue for my "birds and bees" conversation with my mum! Glad I made a few of you smile though...

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    Reporter Donna-Lou

    Friday, March 21, 2014

  • Well, thank goodness they clarified that, otherwise I might have thought that the MALE peregrine falcon had laid the egg.

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    So_Many_Haters!

    Friday, March 21, 2014

  • Thank you for the "Normal for Norfolk" headline. I wouldn't ever have imagined that it was the female that had laid the eggs. Next week shock headline for Bernard Matthews "all his turkeys were hatched from eggs laid by female turkeys"

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    Robert Caldwell

    Friday, March 21, 2014

  • Thank you for the "Normal for Norfolk" headline. I wouldn't ever have imagined that it was the female that had laid the eggs. Next week shock headline for Bernard Matthews "all his turkeys were hatched from eggs laid by female turkeys"

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    Robert Caldwell

    Friday, March 21, 2014

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