So, after what seemed like an eternity – although only a shade over 30 days in reality – our long-awaited peregrine chicks finally started to make an appearance over the weekend. We were treated to some really fabulous footage of three hatching on Saturday and Sunday and lots of great shots of the parents bringing them regular feasts, pulling off tiny mouthfuls and feeding them directly to the fluffy chicks in the nest box. It’s just after 8.30am on Monday morning at the time of writing, and they’ve just finished breakfast!
The first chick arrived early on Saturday morning, followed by the second shortly afterwards and a third yesterday lunchtime – there is still a fourth egg remaining.
Thank you for all of your lovely comments which have been coming thick and fast to this blog – and via social media – we’ve been really overwhelmed by the level of interest. Comments included ‘First chick, whoop, whoop’, ‘I feel honoured to be able to watch these beautiful creatures’, ‘Wow, this is amazing’, ‘Amazing picture quality’ and ‘Am glued to my laptop here in Corfu’. Viewers were also sharing records of exactly what they were seeing and when, and some even took the time to send us some quality images of their own which they had taken directly from their computers.
Here at Falcon HQ, we can’t wait to watch these wonderful birds continue to develop. As Erin said in his previous blog, in a few weeks their fluffy white down will start to be replaced with feathers and they will also begin to move around a lot more in the nest – and at five to six weeks they will attempt their first tentative flights from the top of the Newton building.
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