All is well with the single Norwich chick to have made it to fledging age this year. Having left the box at 18:52 yesterday evening the chick flew to the top of the bell tower on the southern face where it is still sitting contently as I type this release. It is therefore worth remembering that with the chick having settled on the southern face excellent views are on offer from the watch point currently. Reports from the early rising photographer Alan Hyde suggest the chick has been hopping onto the bell tower roof where copious amounts of food are stored and back up to its perch sporadically through the morning.he attached photographs are courtesy of Chris Skipper’s excursion yesterday evening.
We will release any developments as they happen, here on the website and on our Facebook (Hawk and Owl Trust) and Twitter (@Hawkandowluk) accounts. We appreciate that many people are on tenterhooks, waiting to hear how the fledging goes for the chick but please be aware that we are unable to respond to the numerous individual requests for information/updates either through social media, or directly to members of the Norwich Peregrine team.
Fledging is a critical time for young birds, and untried wings can make the process seem, at best, inelegant and at worst seriously worrying but be assured that in most cases the birds quickly learn and improve their skills. Seeing a young bird hit buildings, crash land into trees or even land on the ground is not necessarily a cause for concern. If you do find a bird in imminent danger – on the ground on a busy road, for instance, then please let us know – but otherwise it is best to let nature take its course and allow the bird to learn about its environment at its own pace.
Our team is keeping an eye on the bird, as far as is possible. The parents will continue to feed the youngster and it may even return to the nest on occasion.
Chick and GA
Chick in residence at its chosen resting point.