Following hundreds of initial suggestions – and thousands of votes via our online poll – we are pleased to introduce you to Storm, the newest member of our peregrine family. It is a fitting name, as not only was it the most popular entry when we initially appealed for people to send us their suggestions, but it also serves as a reminder of the enormous struggle that he has endured to get this far.
That said, I have to admit that at the time of writing he doesn’t look much like a Storm, with his belly flopped down on the ledge while having a little morning snooze.
The name amassed an impressive 57% of the total votes cast – and was pushed to the very end by Ernest, with 33%. Then came Darwin, Noah, Chick.I.Am and Unity, picking up just 10% of the votes between them.
One person who initially selected Storm will now be selected at random to receive a peregrine falcon toy, and we hope to be able to update the blog with details of the winner in due course.
Should the adult peregrines return again next year – and should they have a successful brood – we thought it might be a nice tribute to reserve the name Ernest for one of their offspring. Not only was it a close second, but as many of you will know the name was put forward by a follower whose grandfather of that name was an avid viewer of our falcon family and sadly recently passed away.
Storm joins an ever-growing peregrine falcon family, becoming the 17th chick in just six years to be reared by these prolific parents at this successful nest site. Long may it continue.
Nottingham Trent University