Norwich Cathedral Urban Peregrines Ringed on 16 May

With thanks to the BBC for producing this video of our chicks at Norwich Cathedral being ringed on 16th May.  

Once they fledge, the rings will enable us to track their whereabouts and progress in and around Norwich and possibly further afield.  The details found on the orange rings on their legs are YY, 41, 42 and 43.  Each bird has its own number or initials and this allows us to identify each chick individually.  Also DNA swabbing completed on the day showed that we have four females in the nesting platform this year.  


18 Responses to Norwich Cathedral Urban Peregrines Ringed on 16 May

  1. Looking forward to hearing from Hawk and Owl trust as to what happened to need them to remove the 1st fledged chick in a box today

  2. 1 of the hawks at norwich as gone will it still be getting fed by the parent and still close by sad to c um go enjoyed watching

    • Doreen

      The Bath juveniles are spending time exploring the St John’s church architecture but are returning regularly to the nest box. Currently (14:15 on 12 June) there are two resting inside the box and one on its roof. This is a normal situation at Bath where the juveniles appear to consider the cave-like box as a place of safety….. and a source of food. I would encourage you to keep one eye on the webcam as in previous years we have seen some interesting interaction between the juveniles and the adults at this stage.

  3. Dear Doreen,
    The Hawk and Owl Trust will next be visiting the nest box in the autumn to clean it out for the 2017 season. We do not approach it to clean it until we are certain that the fledged chicks or adults are no longer using it for this year. Many thanks for asking.


    • Please can the volunteers at the cathedral give us regular updates through the day on how our chicks are getting on once they fledge? Thank you.

  4. I do so hope, when the Norwich young are fully fledged that someone quickly goes up the spire and cleans all the debris from the nesting platform.

  5. One of the young Peregrines at St Johns Church fledged today, the remaining two young are often perched on the top of the box out of camera range, they should fledge in the next few days.
    The Tircel (male ) and the Falcon (female) are bringing in food .

  6. Dear David and Pete,

    There have been rings seen in the nest box this season and found around the cathedral. When the Hawk and Owl Trust visit the nest box a couple of times a year for cleaning it and ringing the birds, we collect what rings we can find and then work with a member of the pigeon racing community to offer them the ring numbers. These Peregrines are wild animals and with the birds they catch to eat, the Hawk and Owl Trust have no involvement or intervention in. Unfortunately racing pigeons will undoubtedly form part of their diet, and there is nothing we can do about that, but as I say at Norwich Cathedral, we aim to work with the racing pigeon community.

  7. if the male cannot feed them enough, surely the owl trust would not want to see four valuable female falcons die, and would supplement food for them. jan thrower

  8. Racing pigeons ????

    Are you sure . There will be trouble if they are . Are they not the property of the owner ( the rings that is ) . I’ve heard the local fanciers are not a happy bunch .

  9. What’s that silvery /grey looking thing in the middle of the nest . Looks like a leg with a ring on ? Is it ? Thought I had seen some other coloured things in there before . What has happened to them . And what are they ???

  10. No way can that male peregrine bring in enough food for those . They must be having a helping hand . I thought it was a non intervention policy

  11. Dear Doreen,
    There are currently 4 chicks in our Norwich nest box and our male peregrine seems to be bringing in enough food at the moment to keep them all going. If all goes well they should be fledging by 12th June at the latest.

  12. I know the female at Norwich has disappeared but just how many chicks are there, the nest platform is so messy it is impossible to count them. The male, from the reports, seems not to be bringing in enough food and I’m concerned they my perish through starvation.
    The Bath bread female interloper is a great problem.

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