Update: Peregrine chick back at Norwich cathedral after roof-hopping to Tombland

Missing peregrine chick. Picture credit: Andy Thompson

Missing peregrine chick. Picture credit: Andy Thompson - Credit: Archant

A weeks-old peregrine chick which left its home at Norwich cathedral and roof-hopped to nearby Tombland is now back home.

Missing peregrine chick. Picture credit: Andy Thompson

Missing peregrine chick. Picture credit: Andy Thompson - Credit: Archant

A team of eight people from the Hawk and Old Trust went looking for the chick yesterday, after it went missing.

The bird's parents, which have been feeding it, were also looking for it.

Lin Murray, of the wildlife charity, Hawk and Owl Trust, feared that the chick might be on the ground, where it could be quite vulnerable, and appealed for the public's help in finding it.

She said today: 'He came back. He went to Tombland and I think he scared himself a bit. A member of the public spotted him on a ledge and told our watch point at the Cathedral Close. But he flew back to the cathedral, at about 5.30pm, before we could go and get him.


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'The fourth chick has also now fledged from the nest box, so the four chicks and the parents are now all flying round various turrets at the cathedral, which makes quite a sight.'

The alert was sounded because the young birds were all expected to remain in the cathedral grounds for the next month.

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The nesting platform at the cathedral was set up by the Hawk and Owl Trust in 2011 and was last year used by the peregrines to hatch two chicks – the first in Norwich for 200 years.

More than a million people watched the development of the peregrines on the live webcam or Hawk and Owl Trust viewing point in the cathedral grounds.

watch the live webcam at www.edp24.co.uk/home/webcam/falcon-cam

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