We have four chicks!

It has been an exciting few days for the peregrine pair, with all four chicks hatching over the weekend.

It has been an exciting few days for the peregrine pair, with all four chicks hatching over the weekend. The first two chicks hatched on Friday morning; the second had arrived by Saturday morning, and finally, on Sunday, the forth chick arrived leaving the adult peregrines with a full brood of four! For the next few days all four chicks will be brooded mainly by the female, though the male will take over now and again while the female stretches her wings and grabs a bite to eat.

Peregrine chicks are fed on a diet of mainly birds (though bats and other mammals have been known to be a rare delicacy!); it is typically the male who will be out hunting during this early stage of nesting. He will bring in the food for the female to feed the young, and feeds will increase as the chicks grow. The chicks grow extremely fast on this diet, and in a couple of weeks will be unrecognisable.

Now the parents are starting to bring in more food to the nest, we can use the thermal camera to see if the food they are bringing in is freshly killed or not. Already over the last couple of days I have spotted one cold and one warm prey, so it seems that they are certainly storing some for later. When the adults swap brooding duties we can also see just how warm the chicks get under there! I would also like to take this opportunity to thank the Alumni Fund for making this part of the research happen – they very kindly funded the camera, and without them it would not be possible!

 

We have four chicks!

Published on 26 April 2016
  • Category: Environment

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