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Cathedral Is Home to Another Successful Peregrine Family (posted 19 July 2012)

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Cathedral is Home to Another Successful Peregrine Family...

Picture: Ringing of Peregrine Chicks 2012 by Graham Roberts
Ringing of Peregrine Chicks 2012 by Graham Roberts

This is the 12th year that the peregrine pair has bred on top of the Cathedral, in a nestbox provided by the Sussex Ornithological Society.  The safe arrival of this year's four chicks brings the total that this pair have raised together to 42!  They are one of the most successful monitored nests in the UK.

Molly Dailide, project officer for the RSPB said: "We have had thousands of people visit this year and considering the weather of the past couple of months to get such a huge turnout has been overwhelming and shows the affection people have for these amazing birds"

The weather added its own drama this year.  When the chicks hatched during the storms at the end of April, there was a worry the parents might not be able to hunt for food or keep the new arrivals warm.  But these experienced parents succeeded where some other parings around the UK sadly failed.

The family will probably stay together until late autumn.  In the evenings, you may be able to see them all perched up on the Cathedral like one big happy family, watching the town below.

Molly Dailide continued: "The juveniles are not likely to start their own wanderings until December.  At this point, Dad will return to his batchelor life on top of the Cathedral and Mum will spend a bit of time on her own - she'll need it after all this.

"In winter she'll pop back occasionally, just to check he's still around.  Then next February or March she'll return, and they'll start the whole process again."

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