Peregrine drama at Salisbury Cathedral

Peregrine drama at Salisbury Cathedral

Published by The Spire FM News Team at 8:24am 14th May 2019.

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A fight between the falcons took place on Friday evening (10th May), disrupting the egg incubation.

Sally, who has been the resident peregrine in The Close for the past few years, was spotted having a tussle.

The female falcon had chicks in the nest on the tower in 2017.

Salisbury Cathedral Peregrines 2017 1 (credit James Fisher)
One of Sally's chicks

She's been usurped by two other peregrines this year - with the female laying four eggs.

A spokesperson for Salisbury Cathedral described the incident:

"Just before 17.30 (on Friday 10th May) Sally the peregrine returned to the Tower, disrupting the incubation of four eggs that has hitherto gone smoothly.

"Staff were alerted when the deputy head guide, Tricia Glass, spotted Sally on the nest via the Cathedral webcam. Both peregrine parents were absent but there was a huge amount of noise.

"Sally commanded the nest for over an hour but the course of the evening a fight appeared to take place in the trees behind the Chapter House and by 19.30 the eggs were being incubated again by one of the parent peregrines."

Peregrine fight Salisbury Cathedral Sally (SC)
Sally has fought with the pair before


The eggs are thought to be close to hatching.

Peregrine 2019 3rd egg Salis Cathedral JPG
Three of the four eggs

It's hoped that due to the weather being warmer over the weekend they may be ok.

Salisbury Cathedral said:

"So close to hatching, if the weather is fine the eggs can be left uncovered for a while without damage.

"We shall just have to wait and see."

You can watch a live stream of the nest and the peregrines here.

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