LOOK! Salisbury Cathedral's peregrine chicks are growing so fast!

LOOK! Salisbury Cathedral's peregrine chicks are growing so fast!

Published by Faye Tryhorn at 12:00pm 23rd May 2020.

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The four (not so) little ones are quickly learning how to get in and out of their nesting box.

The four chicks at Salisbury Cathedral are just over three weeks old now, and they're getting bigger all the time.

We've been given a video of what could have been a bit of drama for a couple of the baby peregrines this week: 

The chicks rolled out of the nesting box while they were sleeping and had to figure out how to get back in.

Luckily for them, Salisbury Cathedral's Clerk of the Works, Gary Price had built them a little stone step to help get themselves back in.

The peregrines' big feet and little legs have made it difficult for them to manoeuvre around their surroundings at the base of the spire.

It's a problem the Cathedral staff have noticed for a few years, so the step was put in this spring to give them a leg up!

Salisbury Cathedral Peregrine Chicks 3 weeks old May 2020
A brave chick uses the step to get back to the safety of the nest

The chicks are expected to stay in the nest for another month or so, before they start to fledge at around 8 weeks old.

You can also see in the video that they are starting to lose their fluffy feathers and developed the stronger ones needed for flying.

WATCH THE PEREGRINES

We can keep an eye on the chicks while they grow through the Salisbury Cathedral webcam at any time. 

The nesting box is also featuring on the BBC Springwatch feeds via their Facebook page and the iPlayer too.

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