LIFT OFF! Salisbury Cathedral peregrine chick takes to the skies

LIFT OFF! Salisbury Cathedral peregrine chick takes to the skies

Published by Henrietta Creasey at 12:33pm 10th June 2020.

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Osmund has made his first flight and the big moment was captured on camera!

The male fledgling, named after the second Bishop of Salisbury, spent some time on the balcony ledge above his nest box high up on the spire before finally taking the plunge.

Osmund's three sisters Honor, Ela and Katherine are expected to follow suit.

Osmund ( blue ring YK) on pinnacle - photo by Tricia Glass
Sitting pretty! Oswald takes a rest from his new talent.

It doesn't seem that long ago since the fluffy chicks were ringed.

All four have blue ID rings on them so they can be identified.

The letters on them corresponding to their names: 

  • YG - Honor
  • YF - Ela  
  • YJ - Katherine 
  • YK - Osmund 
Peregrine Falcon chicks ringed at Salisbury Cathedral May 2020
The chicks have grown considerably since they were ringed in May.

Salisbury Cathedral has an historic bond with the birds with records dating back to the mid 1800s before a long period of absence caused by persecution and the use of certain pesticides.

The first pair to breed in modern times arrived in 2014. 

The birds have hatched their eggs at the tower every year, except for 2018.


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