Difficult Decision….

This has been a very strange year with the weather being a major factor in the events. First not choosing the normal turret and going to a turret off camera. It was possible to tell from the behaviour in and around the turret that they had eggs for about three weeks. Then a violent storm which washed out the nest. Some two weeks later an egg was laid on camera and looked after by both birds. We were hopeful of a successful outcome. Then mum left it for three hours, returned, left it for an hour, only to then leave it for an eight hour shift in the night and it was cold. The egg can’t survive that. Dad has not given up but mum has and Mums know best. We have taken the difficult decision to cancel the rest of the open days as there is very little to show the public.
As a project there is still much to celebrate as over the 23 year period of the nest they have fledged 76 chicks. We will return with all our enthusiasm for the 2025 season.

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Sad News….!!

Dad taking breakfast today ….good views again today but sad news I’m afraid ….. yesterday the egg was unattended for 3 hours and last night for 8 hours ….!!! The resilience of the pair is incredible given what they have been through this year ….but at 19 days old for the egg Mum has given up with it but you can see the lament as she sits nearby or visits the egg without sitting. Dad has not accepted the situation quite yet and is still taking his turn and is perplexed that she does not . We have to accept now that the egg is no longer viable .
When you think of the success rate of this site you can only celebrate the 76 chicks fledged in the 22 years before . I am now looking forward with a positive mind to the 2025 season …..!!!!

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Egg Watch….!!

Mum today at the Cathedral both birds were on view for a fair time at the Cathedral today we would have love to of seen a little bit more time spent on the nest …,there was a time the egg was left unattended for longer than we would of liked …..time will tell ….open days continue tomorrow….!!

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Open Days….!!

Shot this am on the second day of our five weeks of open days at the Cathedral and boy is it busy as the flower festival is on as well .The peregrines were featured on Good Morning Britain yesterday and I spoke to Sky News today so we will see what happens with that. It’s a joy to talk to so many supporters of the Peregrines in person we are all really enjoying it. Mum has been sitting on her egg for 16 days now and we are growing in hope and confidence that it will hatch….!!

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Open Days Begin….!!

Open days start on Wednesday 5th June and we are very excited to be doing it all over again. Mum and Dad are incubating their one egg and although it may not be viable as it’s more than 40 days later than we’ve ever had an egg ,they seem to still think it’s all systems go.Time will tell . For us with open days it’s completely different to normal as we will have live views onto the nest of Mum or Dad sitting on their egg .We very much look forward to seeing you at the Cathedral if you can possibly make it….we will have the new pin badges available as well. See you there….!!!

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First Egg …..!!

Well who would have thought it some 40 days later than the latest ever egg we have an egg it was laid at 10.53 …..the pigmentation looked a little odd and maybe a little small so we will wait and see what happens….its still very feasible that its game on. Last night was the fire exercise at the Cathedral involving all emergency services and the Peregrines watched with interest and were not disturbed by it. Interesting times it remains to be seen what will happen…..the next few days will show whether we get a full clutch or not it is possible the egg is not viable. We are sure they have already laid eggs in the north east turret and were flooded out in the storm three weeks ago. So it is unprecedented times but also very interesting the next few days should give us some answers….!!

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Worth a look at the webcam….!!

Extraordinary stuff well worth a look at the webcam…..!!

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Another update….!!

The horrendous storm of Wednesday night Thursday morning, has put an end to any chance they had of raising a family in the north east turret. I am sure they had eggs but they have been off them too long now….I guess they got completely flooded out. It was never a good idea. Both birds are now showing a lot of interest in the south east turret. We will continue to watch and keep you informed…..with fingers crossed and toes…… never say never!!! The drama continues ..an old naturalist friend of mine once said to me after several unexpected turns in a seasons events, “This is wildlife it’s not a zoo “
Never could his words have rung a truer note…..!!!

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Peregrines Nest Update….!!

For the first time in the 23 year history of the peregrine nest at Chichester Cathrdral, the birds have decided to nest off camera. They have chosen the north east turret. We do not really know why and can only surmise that maybe weather and water lying in the south east turret influenced them. This would be their normal site.

They are wild birds and as such will make their own decisions as to what is best. It has taken a lot of watching and time to ascertain what is actually happening as regard to nesting this year.  We think they are two to two and a half weeks behind their normal schedule. We are as certain as we can be that they now have eggs, behaviour patterns strongly suggest this.

The decision to shut down the cameras has been taken as this year unfortunately they show us nothing.

We will be monitoring and keeping you informed as best we can on the progress of this new nest site from the ground . Please bear in mind this will all be observations from the ground with no help from nest cams.

Open days will go ahead as they have a good chance of raising the family in this new site. We look forward to welcoming this new peregrine family to the Cathedral and showing the visitors who come to see them during the open day season of June and July.

Open days run each day from 5th June until the 7th July inclusive but not Mondays and Tuesdays.

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Update on nesting situation….!!!

So just for info …..with good information from our spotters on the ground they appear to be using N/E turret…no idea why but it still could be very much on ….This is the turret below the old ravens nest which they appear to be using as a food larder whether they can raise a family without a proper scrape with this odd weather and all the rain remains to be seen ….meanwhile we will leave both cameras running as it still could be early days as they have been seen mating over the last four days .
Will update if anything appears to change.
Photo courtesy of Ian Dunlin .Thank you Ian .

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