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New Addition to the Family

by Michael Ford last modified 09 Apr, 2019 04:36 PM

In the small hours of Monday 8 April, the first of a new batch of peregrine eggs was laid on the top of the Cathedral Tower in Salisbury.

This is the first time there have been peregrine eggs laid in the nestbox since 2017.

The new arrival was laid by a new unringed female peregrine who, along with her unringed mate, arrived at the nesting box some weeks ago.

The last recorded sighting of Sally, the single female bird who had been nesting there, was showing her somewhere between Harnham and Coombe Bissett.

Falcons normally lay around three to four eggs in a clutch, and incubation does not start until the last egg is laid, however only one egg is visible.

Eggs are incubated for 29 to 32 days which means, if all goes well, we should be seeing the chick in early May.

In 2014 a mated pair nested, producing four chicks. Since then, peregrines have hatched and fledged from the Tower every year until last year.

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