Good morning everyone
Dawn brings a new day for the four peregrine chicks. They were being fed at 7.00am this morning and all looked well. The image below shows them clustered together, heads up and beaks agape, trying to attract the attention of the parent and encourage her to fill its mouth with food in preference to that of its siblings. The Competition has started already.
That’s a bit of a problem for the youngest chick who hatched almost 2 days after the first and is therefore that much smaller and weaker. Or at least it would be if food was in short supply as inevitably he/she would find it difficult to compete with its siblings for the attentions of the parent. Its not a problem at the Cathedral though, as you may have noticed when you have been to the Watch Point and seen parcels of high protein sustenance flying around masquerading as pigeons.
All being well these chicks should grow at a remarkable rate and will gain several hundred grams in weight in just a few weeks. In less than 3 weeks time they will look something like this below (taken 23rd May 2013):
At the present stage of their development we have no idea of the sex of the chicks and
we wont know the answer to that question for about 3 weeks when the chicks will be ringed. In fact, until they start to develop feathers and get colour markings it is near impossible to reliably tell which from other as individuals.
Note that we are planning to embed these video clips directly onto a dedicated page on the Hawk and Owl Trust web site soon. This should make it more convenient for our viewers to watch them and the live video stream on http://upp.hawkandowl.org/live/ Watch this space.
Please note that unless there is a special development I don’t plan to issue another update until Monday morning.
Wishing you all a happy Bank Holiday weekend
David Gittens | Volunteer – Wildlife CCTV,
Hawk and Owl Trust – Sculthorpe Moor
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