We are waiting with anticipation at the peregrine site for the last egg to hatch. It has been a week now since the last egg hatched in the early hours of Sunday morning. If it does hatch I’m not sure about its chances of survival. The other two chicks will be so much bigger and when feeding comes will push the other chick out the way and get most of the food.
The other two chicks are growing quickly on their pure protein diet of mainly starling and pigeon. They are being fed up to six or seven times daily by the falcon with the tiercel still doing all the hunting.
On Thursday morning a squirrel was on the dead branch of the oak tree just above the plucking post, suddenly the tiercel came out of knowhere and sped down quickly, just missing the squirrel. It was an impressive sight, so swift and agile and that wasn’t even at full speed.
Tom – Species Protection Officer