First peregrine chick leaves the nest


One of Chichester’s newest residents has taken to the skies for the first time.

The first of the four chicks which hatched six weeks ago at Chichester Cathedral took its first flight from the nest today (Tuesday, June 7).

It was a sight to behold for all those involved with the famous birds, who hailed it as the most exciting part of the RSPB project.

The male, which is one of two, was spotted in several locations when the volunteers arrived, and in the days preceding was sighted hopping tentatively near the edge of the nesting area.

The volunteers are at the Cloisters Cafe at the Cathedral from 10am-5pm everyday but Sunday when it is 10am-4pm.

To view the birds on a live nestcam visit the Observer’s website and click on the Peregrines 2011 link in the News section.