First two chicks hatch on St George's Day

NTU's resident peregrine falcons have had a busy weekend, with two of their four eggs hatching on Sunday 23 April – St George's Day.

Peregrine Falcon chicks
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Two peregrine chicks hatched on 23 April, 2017 (stock image)

NTU's resident peregrine falcons have had a busy weekend, with two of their four eggs hatching on Sunday 23 April. The first chick hatched at around lunchtime and the second in the evening, at about 8 pm. Our dedicated falcon watchers have already agreed that the first chick should be named George or Georgina as a reminder that it hatched on St George's Day. Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust will attempt to establish the sex of the chicks when they are ringed in a few week's time.

All being well, the final two chicks should hatch in the next day or two, then the real show begins. With four hungry mouths to feed and colder weather predicted over the coming week, the parents will be bringing regular meals of feral pigeon and working together to keep the chicks warm between meal times.

As the eggs hatch at different times, there is often one chick smaller than the rest and it will have to fight to get its fair share of food. However, the female has proved to be a very diligent mother over the years we have been watching and it has been very rare for a chick to be lost through underfeeding.

Now that the chicks are here, we expect to see plenty of action with our live cameras showing the ups and downs of rearing a family of wild peregrines. Please remember that the peregrines are wild and carnivorous birds and some footage may be disturbing, especially for younger viewers. That said, we welcome interest from schools and other groups.

If you have any questions about the Nottingham peregrines please contact the Environment Team or Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust.

Gill Moczarski

NTU Environment Team

First two chicks hatch on St George's Day

Published on 24 April 2017
  • Category: Environment

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