Third egg for Norwich Cathedral peregrine falcons

A third egg has been laid int the Norwich Cathedral peregrine falcon nest box. A third egg has been laid int the Norwich Cathedral peregrine falcon nest box.

Sunday, March 23, 2014
5:27 PM

Norwich’s peregrine falcons have made it a hat-trick, with a third egg laid in the nest box at Norwich Cathedral.

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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 this week, just after 3pm, the peregrine laid her first egg. The second followed just after midnight on Friday and the third came just after midday today.

The Hawk and Owl Trust posted this photograph on their Facebook page with the comment: “Here it is at last! The moment all 3 eggs are revealed.

“The female, perching on the ledge is about to hand over to the male (left). They will start to properly incubate the eggs from now on, ensuring that they hatch at closer intervals than they were laid. One more egg to come.... maybe.”

The chicks will hatch in about 30 to 33 days’ time.

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