First peregrine egg laid in the UK this year!

The first peregrine egg to be laid egg in a monitored nest in the UK this year.As regular vistors to our webcam will know, our falcons are currently incubating two eggs, one of which is believed to be the first peregrine egg to be laid egg in a monitored nest in the UK this year.

The first egg was laid at 8.18 am on Wednesday 14 March and was spotted by viewers watching the nest via our live webcam. The second one was laid earlier today at 11.47 am. Video footage of the both eggs being laid is now available, alongside some other highlights from the year so far, on the ‘2012 footage’ section of www.ntu.ac.uk/falcons.

Speaking about the new arrivals, Erin McDaid of Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust commented: “We have been watching the peregrines around the nest for some weeks now and we had been speculating whether we might get an egg earlier than in previous years. However, we did not expect the first egg to arrive nine days earlier than in 2011! Having been in touch with a number of other peregrine projects across the UK our birds appear to have laid the 1st recorded egg in the country.

Whilst we have no way of knowing if peregrine’s elsewhere on nests without camera have laid eggs yet, this is very early record and it’s exciting to have the 1st egg that people can see round the clock 24hrs a day. Depending upon how many eggs the female lays we could well get the 1st chick of the year too, due in about a month.”

The new HD cameras, situated 40m up on Nottingham Trent University’s Newton building, have proved to be a big success since their launch in February. The arrival of the first egg saw a dramatic rise in numbers viewing the camera taking the number of views in the month since launch to a staggering 82,000.

Mr McDaid continued: “Now that we have an egg in the nest we are expecting even more people to view the camera on a regular basis and we look forward to sharing the trials and tribulations of our city centre pair with hundreds of thousands of wildlife lovers over the coming months.”

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32 Responses to First peregrine egg laid in the UK this year!

  1. Never saw the falcons last year but i am now hooked on this years events its wonderful to watch such beautiful birds close up .

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  2. Keith Fullard says:

    Bought my first computer last November in the hope I would be able to see such wonders as this.Absolute magic.Looking forward to watching the chicks hatch and grow.

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  3. Caroline says:

    She leaves the next during the night never knew this before thought only owls flew are night ..she left nest at 21.53 and now 22 20 and she still off the nest and it’s a cold night tonight in Nottingham interesting.

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  4. Caroline says:

    Well I’m off to bed she still isn’t back on the nest yet and it’s 10.32pm, if anyone notices what time she come back let me know ..thanks

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  5. Reblogged this on The Lady in Waiting and commented:
    Some great news on the protected peregrine nest in Nottingham, England.

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  6. Penny says:

    Not sure what time she laid it, but there is a third egg in the nest at 11.20 a.m. today! She’s doing well!

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  7. Kerri McMichan says:

    Am I right in thinking that there are 3 eggs now?

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  8. Sean Wylie says:

    Yep,… There are indeed 3 eggs. I spotted the third one at around 5am today. Watched hours of the footage last year, and intend to spend as much time as I can this year too. Working at NTU also gives me the opportunity to often see these beautuful birds soaring around the sky too 🙂

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  9. JayJay says:

    The cameras are really good quality. I watch on webcams 3 pairs of peregrine falcons that have nests in Rome and they normally lay earlier than their British Counterpart. Last year they laid on the 28th February and this year it was on the 29th. If you want to look at them the site is ‘Birdcams, Italian peregrines’

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  10. JayJay says:

    Ive just noticed on the camera at 15.39 there is 2 yellow coloured rings to the left of the sitting female. Are these off Racing Pigeons that the pair have caught ?

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  11. Stephanie Fowler says:

    What beautiful creatures for Nottingham to host. We have a pair near me at Charing Cross Hospital in London and it is interesting to see the wide variety of prey. My husband doesn’t believe me when I say how fast the peregrine is .. I will have to drag him to the computer to show him the speed in print!

    I just wish with our birds of prey making a come back that Scotland wasn’t the death zone it is for them.

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  12. Sarah Glover says:

    There’s a fourth egg now (10.44 on 21st).

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    • jaredleftlion says:

      Yes there is. We’ll bring you confirmation of the time of it being laid (and potentially a video or some photos) asap.

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  13. Just seen the swap over 4 eggs well done Mr and Mrs P .

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  14. Kazi says:

    Well done to Mr and Mrs P on the production of the 4th egg… Thought we might be sticking on 3 this year. Absolutely hooked on the web cam have it on all day ;o)

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  15. Kazi says:

    PS. any chance that the newest posts can be at the top rather than the botton so that we dont have to scroll through.. not too bad at the moment but it will be a ngihtmare when the chicks start to arrive.. Just a thought!!!!

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  16. Alan says:

    brill site also hooked

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  17. Aron62 says:

    Hi falcon fans from Nottingham trent Univeristy!

    Peregine from Poland:
    http://webcam.peregrinus.pl/pl/warszawa-pkin-podglad-z-warszawy
    ( In Warsaw falco peregrinus don’t have eggs yet. )

    P.S every day we watch falcons from Nottingham 🙂

    Link to Poland forum about falcon from Nottingham Trent University
    http://peregrinus.pl/pl/peregrinus-forum/6-sokole-gniazda-na-swiecie/16248-sokol-wedrowny-nottingham

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    • jaredleftlion says:

      Great to hear you’re enjoying the cam Aron. Thanks for the link to your forum too. Nice to hear we have followers in your country.

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  18. JayJay says:

    Just a quick question. How many kills is the male bringing to the nest on average a day ?

    Im currently working at Kingsnorth Power Station in Kent and we have a resident pair here, however apparently their not prolific egglayers such as your pair. Only 1 egg/chick last year and there is also a pair at Grain Power Station too and from a good source there not brilliant egglayers either. I wonder why ?? I worked at the Tate Modern for 4 years on their Substation and the Tate chimney had a pair that nested on either the House of Commons or St Pauls Cathedral. The adult pair then used to bring the youngsters, normally 3/4 onto the Tate chimney and teach them to hunt the pigeons and local seabirds on the Thames. I did an article, albeit a short one for my company on these as im the Health, Safety and Environmental Advisor for Alstom Grid.

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    • jaredleftlion says:

      Hi JayJay

      Fascinating to hear about your past with peregrines. And yes, our pair do seem to be quite prolific egg layers.

      We don’t have any stats for how many kills the male is bringing per day at this time. Maybe our followers can keep track over the next few days?

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  19. @JayJay:
    Could it be that the falcons you mention do not have a proper nesting site? We know of PeFa’s laying eggs on ledges, bare roofs or in gutters (the ones on roofs I mean 😉 ) and those clutches usually fail or at least a number of eggs are lost.
    Maybe a simple box with gravel, just like this one in Nottingham, is all they need to be more successful.

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    • JayJay says:

      Ingrid,

      Both pairs have the best views and nest sites going as there high up on the chimney stacks in man made voids. However i dont know what they are having to lay their eggs on as there is no CCTV unfortunately. The good thing is that egg poachers will have a very hard time getting up there as 1) you’d have to be crackers as its probably 60 mtrs up or so and 2) the security here is top notch, all ex Ghurkas.

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