Two in one day! A second peregrine falcon chick hatches at Salisbury Cathedral

Two in one day! A second peregrine falcon chick hatches at Salisbury Cathedral

Published by Jack Deery at 5:22pm 29th April 2020. (Updated at 5:24pm 29th April 2020)

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This morning (Wednesday 29th April) the first of four eggs hatched and just a few hours later another one is out.

The second peregrine falcon egg hatched earlier today, just one day after the Cathedral celebrated it's 800th anniversary of the first foundation stones being laid.

It's a long process, normally taking around 72 hours from the start of the shell cracking to the full hatching.

Incubation of the peregrine falcon eggs lasts for around 32 days after the final egg is laid - with this hatching a couple of days ahead of schedule. 

We can expect the other two to appear over the next week or so. 

Second peregrine falcon chick hatches at Salisbury cathedral 2020
Both chicks are up and feeding!

HOW BIG ARE THE CHICKS? 

Newly hatched peregrines weigh an average of just one and a half ounces, but that will double within a week, and they grow to 10 times heavier in just three weeks!

That means the falcon mum will be very busy with finding food for the chicks!

The babies are born with white fluffy down, developing feathers after about three weeks, and fledging (starting to fly) at around eight weeks.

We can keep any eye on the peregrines, big and small, through the webcams set up by Salisbury Cathedral.

They've been very popular in recent weeks, with more than 120,000 views on the feeds since the first egg was laid there.

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