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10 Years of Cathedral Peregrines (posted September 2010)

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Ten Years of Cathedral Peregrines...

Picture: Peregrine Chicks 2010 - Graham Roberts
Peregrine Chicks 2010 - Graham Roberts

On April 24 the RSPB started beaming live footage from the Peregrine nest onto a screen in the Cathedral's CafĂ© garden below.  This was the 10th year the pair of peregrines bred on top of the Cathedral.

The pair laid four eggs which all hatched successfully, bringing the total number of young raised by the pair to an incredible 34.

The chicks were ringed by The Sussex Ornithological Society's Graham Roberts when they were about 20 days old.  This revealed an even clutch of two boys and two girls.  The largest, a female, weighed an impressive 800g, while the smallest male weighed only 560g.

In early June, the juveniles made their first tentative flights.  Gradually they ventured further and further afield learning to hunt for themselves.

People will still be able to see the Peregrines perched on top of the Cathedral in the evenings when they return from their feeding forays.  The juveniles will then branch out on their own come December time.

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