Norwich Cathedral Peregrine Season Continues with the Successful Hatching of all 4 Eggs

The story of this years Norwich Cathedral Peregrine season continues with the successful hatching of all four eggs into healthy chicks.  After between 35 to 36 days of incubation, which was taken in turns by the male and female, the chicks showed their first signs of hatching on Thursday 28 April.  Within 48 hours all four had hatched meaning that they were all of a similar strength to compete for food when it came to the feeding times.  The cold weather in April seemed to have had an impact on the incubation time with the hatching occurring two days after it was expected, however it meant that they all hatched in a shorter time scale.  Following 2015’s sad demise of the last hatched chick within the first five days, we are hoping that history will not repeat itself and it is showing no signs of doing so after the first successful week.  All four chicks are developing quickly and growing in size nearly everyday with up to 6 or more feeds by their amazing parents, who have now reared their fifth successful clutch at Norwich Cathedral since 2012.  To follow the story in photos taken from our webcam please see below, along with a sample YouTube video taken from our webcam.

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We hope you enjoy this video of the first feeding of the 3 chicks that hatched on the 29 April with mum and dad in attendance.  Please visit our YouTube page to follow their development throughout the season.  

 

The first signs of hatching on 28th April 2016
1. The first signs of hatching on 28 April 2016

 

2. By the following day on 29 April, 3 chicks had fully hatched with the 4th one starting show signs
2. By the following day on 29 April, 3 chicks had fully hatched with the fourth one starting to show signs

 

3. Three chicks being fed by mum whilst dad flies off after delivering the food
3. Three chicks being fed by mum whilst dad flies off after delivering the food

 

4. On the morning of 30 April, it was clear that the fourth chick had hatched and they were all doing well.
4. On the morning of 30 April, it was clear that the fourth chick had hatched and they were all doing well.

 

5. Within 5 days, our chicks were all showing good signs of being healthy for the 2016 season
5. Within 5 days, our chicks were all showing good signs of being healthy for the 2016 season

 

6. For the first few weeks, mum and dad will continue to sit on the chicks to protect them until they become to big to do so.
6. For the first few weeks, mum and dad will continue to sit on the chicks to protect them until they become to big to do so.

 

7. Mum and dad will continue to hunt for food together to gather as much as they can between them to feed their hungry chicks. They will continue to develop quickly until fledging in June.
7. Mum and dad will continue to hunt for food together to gather as much as they can between them to feed their hungry chicks. They will continue to develop quickly until fledging in June.

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