Winchester Cathedral’s resident Peregrines have become the proud parents of four chicks!
Recently named Winnie and Chester in a public vote, the Peregrine pair returned to the Cathedral in February for the third year in a row. The first egg was laid on 16th March, followed by three more eggs with the final egg being laid on 23rd March.
The pair had become increasingly restless since Easter Sunday, an indication that the chicks might be ready to hatch, and the first chick arrived at 6.40am on Thursday 25th April with the final chick arriving on the morning of Friday 26th April.
Winnie and Chester successfully raised three healthy chicks in 2018 and it is hoped that this success will be repeated again in 2019.
You can follow the progress of the Peregrine family on the Cathedral website via a live web cam, which has been viewed over 70,000 times since it was launched at the end of January 2019.
The web-cam will also help the Hampshire Ornithological Society track the behaviour of the Peregrines and enable the public to engage with the Peregrines without interfering with their vital breeding process.
You can view the web-cam at www.winchester-cathedral.org.uk/peregrine-falcons-at-winchester-cathedral, where there is more information and a selection of images from last year.