Two chicks born to Sheffield’s popular peregrine falcons

Two peregrine chicks born in Sheffield
Two peregrine chicks born in Sheffield
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Two chicks have been hatched by a popular pair of peregrine falcons whose Sheffield nest has become an internet smash hit.

Four eggs were laid in the nest at Sheffield University’s St George’s Church, with two chicks arriving so far.

More than one million people have viewed the birds online since a webcam of their nest at a Sheffield church was started in 2012.

A second webcam offering a more panoramic view of their nest platform on Sheffield University’s St George’s Church has been set up this year.

Professor David Wood, of the university’s Hispanic studies department and chairman of the Sheffield Bird Study Group, said: “The new camera hasn’t caused any bother or upset them.

“It has been providing lot of interesting new views. Lots of people have been commenting on how they are enjoying seeing the birds with the new views across the city in the background.”

He said no detailed viewing figures for this year are available yet, but his blog on the peregrines has been getting up to 2,000 views per day in recent weeks.

The birds typically live for 10 to 15 years, with their chicks normally settling around 30 to 50 miles away after leaving the nest.

It has become more common in recent years for peregrine falcons to live in cities, nesting on tall buildings similar to the cliff tops.

n Visit http://peregrine.group.shef.ac.uk/peregrines. Read the blog at https://sheffieldperegrines.wordpress.com.