Latest update on Peregrine Falcon chick 43 at Norwich Cathedral – Friday 10 June
It is with regret that at 5.30pm on the evening of Thursday 9th June, we at the Hawk and Owl Trust were informed by the cathedral authorities that a dead peregrine chick had been found in the cathedral grounds. On investigation we are sad to confirm that it was Peregrine chick 43 who had fledged earlier that day. When chick 43 fledged on the morning of the 9th, she ended up landing on the wall of the Deanery in the Cathedral Close, but being that low to the ground and unable to make her way back up to the nest box, Nigel Middleton from the Hawk and Owl Trust intervened by taking the chick back up to the roof of the bell tower and the base of the spire. At that height she was more likely to be fed by the male than nearer ground level. When she was returned to the tower by Nigel, she received a brief health check and was found to be in perfect condition. She had been well fed in the nest and was a strong chick with condition perfect feathers.
Within a short while after being returned to the bell tower, she was seen to be harassed by the now dominant female (GA) who would have taken her to be an intruding peregrine. Once chick 43 had left the safety of the nesting platform, GA would no longer see them as fledglings and would have felt threatened in what she now preserves as her territory in the absence of our missing female. Chick 43 has now been sent to have a post mortem so that we can establish the exact cause of her death. With our future fledglings, the Hawk and Owl Trust stands by the policy that in the event of an injury to any of the remaining chicks, the Trust will intervene, working with a local bird of prey rehabilitation group, to assist and treat them, however if any of the chicks were to die as part of an accident then sadly that is nature.
We will be posting further press releases and information over the coming days as our remaining chicks fledge the nest. Thank you