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Region’s first urban falcon chicks hatch

Peregrine falcon chicks hatch on side of St George's Lecture Theatre in Sheffield.

Peregrine falcon chicks hatch on side of St George's Lecture Theatre in Sheffield.

Eagle-eyed birdwatchers were delighted when the first chicks from a pair of Sheffield University peregrine falcons hatched.

The love-birds of prey had become Yorkshire’s first urban breeding pair in 2012 after efforts by the university and the Sheffield Bird Study Group.

A nest platform was placed atop St George’s Church in 2010 but breeding did not succeed until two years later.

Yesterday the pair’s first three chicks hatched from the eggs, which was broadcast live on a webcam, with a fourth expected at any time.

Sheffield University – perhaps aptly – tweeted: “Check out our peregrine falcon webcam and you might just spot the three chicks that hatched yesterday. Lovely news.”

 

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