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Saturday, June 7, 2014
Falcon watchers at Norwich Cathedral were celebrating today after the second of four peregrine chicks made its maiden flight.
Officials from the Hawk and Owl Trust said the chick fledged this morning at 8.06am, just after it had stopped raining. It comes after the first peregrine chick fledged at 4.42am yesterday.
David Gittens, who has been monitoring the falcon camera CCTV at the top of the cathedral, said that visitors to the trust’s watch point at the cathedral could get good views of the chicks now and for the next couple of months as they learn to fly properly and hunt for themselves.
“The chick flew down to one of the four pinnacles on the corners of the tower. Like the first chick which hatched yesterday, it will now be looked after by the parents and will develop its flying skills. The first peregrine chick has been seen flying in short hops - and gaining altitude to land higher on the cathedral,” he said.
The adult peregrines have successfully raised offspring at the cathedral for the last three years.
The chicks are currently on course to fledge on exactly the same day of the month as last year’s brood.
The watch point at Norwich Cathedral is open seven days a week from 10am.
The falcon camera can be viewed at http://www.edp24.co.uk/home/webcam_2_4623/falcon-cam