Norwich Cathedral Peregrines – Chick 43’s Post Mortem Results

Following what has been an eventful season for the Peregrines at Norwich Cathedral, we now have available to publish the results from the death of Chick 43, the first chick that sadly died on Thursday 9 June.

She was found in the grounds of the Bishops Garden around 5.00pm on that day, following fledging from the nesting platform at 6.44am.

The post mortem took place at The Grove Vet Group in Fakenham, with the test results provided by Finn Pathologists.

To view the full clinical results, please download the report by Clicking Here

For a simplified version of this report, which is now available to view, please do so by Clicking Here  (The overview can be found at the start of the report)

Also in answer to many questions (with information provided by The Grove Veterinary Group) please review this statement The laceration involving the right upper eyelid was combined with marked bruising on the other side of the skull consistent with a ‘sharp’ hold on this individuals skull.  There was no skull or neck fracture and no brain injury. The head injuries alone were insufficient to cause death.”

Chick 43 just about to take the leap and fledge the nest
Chick 43 just about to take the leap and fledge the nest
Chick 43 captured by Andy Thompson on the day she fledged
Chick 43 captured by Andy Thompson on the day she fledged
Chick 43 taken by Andy Thompson
Chick 43 taken by Andy Thompson
Capture by Kevin Fulcher, a lovely photo to remember Chick 43
Capture by Kevin Fulcher, a lovely photo to remember Chick 43

13 Responses to Norwich Cathedral Peregrines – Chick 43’s Post Mortem Results

  1. Just having a catch up. Stunning pics of 43, thanks for sharing. What a privilege for us to see these wonderful birds so closely and share in their lives. A big thank you to all concerned, and here’s to next year.

  2. Thanks Martin. The PM does not address the likelihood of the falcon being killed by a predator. I guess this partly explains why the publication was delayed. Unless I am reading it wrong the falcon had medical issues but the cause of death is not proven?

  3. So altho she might have had a brush with GA it looks like health issues had a major impact on the poor things demise.

  4. I have a picture of her showing a very nasty eye wound said to have been inflicted by the falcon known as GA. Did this attack contribute to chick 43’s death ?

  5. You do amazing work, thank you for the great photos. This year was tragic, but already looking forward to next year and seeing what life brings. Hopefully Wymondham Abbey might get some interest, it would be great to have two breeding platforms.

  6. Although obviously sad, I found that all very interesting. Having some answers helps give closure and understanding. Costs permitting, might it be a good idea to give chicks an antibiotic routinely while they are being ringed? At least until we have good numbers then it would be back to survival of the fittest. Thank you very, very much for everything you have all done and sharing it with all who are interested.

  7. Hi Bill

    I’ve checked on multiple browsers on Mac & Windows along with mobile devices – all work fine. It may be a problem with your specific setup. Have you tried a different browser and/or checked with a friend to see if they can view/download the PM Report?

    • It was chick 42 that was treated by the vet when we rung the chicks on 16th May. That was the one sadly killed by GA on the 13th June. Chick 43 was the first one to fledge.

  8. Not read the pathology report yet but just wanted to show appreciation of how beautiful chick 43 looks in these photos. Thank you

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