Sex of peregrine chicks is revealed

The three peregrine chicks
The three peregrine chicks

THE gender of the three peregrine chicks born to the pair in Chichester Cathedral has been revealed.

The RSPB revealed on Thursday, May 24, there were three females in the nest.

The nestcam at the cathedral was temporarily turned off while the trio were ringed and the fourth failed egg removed.

A spokesman confirmed the egg will be sent off for analysis, to help with information such as identifying pesticides in the food chain.

Out of the 42 chicks previously raised at the nest site there has been an even split of 21 female and 21 male.

This is the 13th year the female has bred at the cathedral in the nest box provided by the Sussex Ornithological Society. If all four eggs hatch and the young fledge successfully, this will bring the total to 46, almost three times more than the average peregrine nest site.

The RSPB will be based at the cathedral until July 12, offering people the rare chance to watch these birds at a close range without disturbing them.

Entrance to the cathedral and use of the viewing equipment are free of charge.

Currently, the project team is based at the cathedral‘s Cloisters Café. Then from the beginning of June, when the young are starting to learn to fly, the RSPB will move out onto the Cathedral Lawn.

Live footage from the nest camera can be seen on our website

Online viewers can also read updates and see new photos and footage at the project’s Facebook page: facebook.com/chi.peregrines.