Worcester's beloved peregrine falcon chicks can now be tracked - The Malvern Observer

Worcester's beloved peregrine falcon chicks can now be tracked

Malvern Editorial 14th May, 2024 Updated: 14th May, 2024   0

WORCESTER Cathedrals clutch of peregines chicks have been ringed and now need naming.

They have been ringed by the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) – they are now recorded on the national database and can be identified.

More than 350,000 viewers have watched the chicks hatch and grow in the nest on the YouTube livestream.

On Monday, ringers from the BTO rung the chicks, measured their wing spans, weighed and recorded them.

Each colour ring has a unique letter code so the birds can be identified when seen in the future.

This year, one of the 2022 chicks was spotted in Boston Lancashire and Mr Lazy from last years chicks was spotted at Alexandra Palace.

Peter and Peggy’s chicks are expected to fledge later this month or in early June.

Chris Dobbs, biodiversity advisor for the Cathedral, said: “Although peregrines are still quite rare, they are recovering well in the UK, largely due to the new habitats they take up in cities, of which Worcester is a great example.

“It’s wonderful news that two of our peregrine chicks have been sighted recently and are thriving and hopefully introducing another generation of these magnificent birds in the not too distant future.”

Name suggestions for the chicks can be sent to [email protected] and the team will announce the winners in June.

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