Peregrine Falcons return to Salisbury Cathedral

Peregrine Falcons return to Salisbury Cathedral

Published by Jack Deery at 5:52am 6th February 2020. (Updated at 6:14am 6th February 2020)

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One of the birds has been spotted checking out a new nesting box on the famous spire.

Salisbury Cathedral has welcomed its first peregrine falcon of 2020

The birds were expected to return some time this month and one was captured on camera yesterday afternoon (Wednesday 5th February).

Peregrine Falcon Salisbury Catheral 2020
One falcon returned yesterday and took a look  around the nest

The live streaming cameras have once again been set up by the Cathedral so that we can watch their progress

NEW HOME

Towards the end of January, the Clerk of Works, Gary Price, had installed a new nest box for when they return. 

 

BUT WHICH BIRD HAS RETURNED? 

Last year saw a bit of drama for the Cathedral peregrines

Resident female Sally was involved in a battle with two others who forced her away from her nest

The new couple then laid four eggs, which all hatched successfully. 

Peregrine Falcon Salisbury Catheral 2020
The bird was seen checking out the new nest

We don't have confirmation yet whether the new arrival is one of last year's visitors.

HISTORY:

Peregrine Falcons were reintroduced at Salisbury Cathedral in 2014 after almost sixty years.

Since then the birds have hatched and fledged from the Tower every year except for 2018, when a territorial battle between two females prevented laying. 

 

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