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Fourth peregrine falcon chick hatches at Norwich Cathedral Spire

PUBLISHED: 09:18 30 April 2020 | UPDATED: 09:18 30 April 2020

Four peregrine falcon chicks have hatched at Norwich Cathedral. Picture: Hawk and Owl Trust

Four peregrine falcon chicks have hatched at Norwich Cathedral. Picture: Hawk and Owl Trust

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A pair peregrine falcon nesting on the spire of Norwich Cathedral have welcomed a fourth chick into the world.

Four peregrine falcon chicks have hatched at Norwich Cathedral. Picture: Hawk and Owl TrustFour peregrine falcon chicks have hatched at Norwich Cathedral. Picture: Hawk and Owl Trust

The first three chicks hatched on Sunday April 26, and were followed by a fourth on Tuesday.

Peregrines usually lay a clutch of four eggs, which the parents start to fully incubate from the moment the last egg is laid.

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The incubation period normally lasts around 34-days.

This year, the female bird nesting on the cathedral spire, who is known as GA, laid her last egg on March 23.

Since the eggs were laid volunteers, on behalf of the Hawk and Owl Trust, have been keeping a close eye on the birds via webcams fixed to the nest.

Due to coronavirus, the Hawk and Owl Trust’s usual peregrine falcon watchpoint in the Cathedral Close has had to be postponed, instead, people are being encouraged to follow the birds’ progress via the nest’s webcam and blog.


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