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New peregrine pairing delivers success on St Georges Day

Monday 24th April

New peregrine pairing delivers success on St Georges Day

A successful nest, now home to a new pairing of protected peregrine falcons, following the arrival of a new male bird last year, has two day old chicks. The chicks, unofficially named George and Georgina as they both hatched on St Georges Day, are the latest to be hatched in the nest which is protected by high definition cameras which stream live footage from Nottingham Trent University’s Newton Building in Nottingham to avid viewers across the globe.

It is understood that the 1st chick to hatch emerged sometime after noon on Sunday 23rd April with a second chick hatching at around 7pm.  Representatives of Nottingham Trent University which owns the building and operates the cameras and Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust which monitors the nest and advises the University are now eagerly awaiting the hatching of two further eggs – as are regular viewers, many of whom will be glued to their phones, tablet and computer screens from now until the summer when the chicks are due to fledge.

The nest is usually amongst the first of those monitored by live camera in the UK to hatch and as far as the Wildlife Trust is aware, the chicks may be the earliest to hatch again this year.  

Speaking about the weekend’s events Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust’s Head of Communications Erin McDaid said: “We’ve been eagerly anticipating when the chicks would finally hatch and a few people were getting a little nervous as they’d been expected a little earlier. It’s great news that it seems that this new pairing has got off to a successful start but there’s a long way to go before the chicks fledge so we’ve all got our fingers crossed that we’ll have a successful year this year.

This is the first season for the current pairing after a new male was spotted by camera watchers in May last year.

The new male had an identification ring on his leg and after some investigation and an enquiry to the British Trust for Ornithology it was established that the interloper was a four year old bird originally ringed as a chick in London.  Despite camera watchers keeping a look out, the male that had fathered the 2016 brood wasn’t seen again.

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