As hoped, today was the day that the fourth NTU peregrine falcon chick hatched out of its egg. I checked the live stream at 13:15 after my sister messaged me about them… and there it was, it had hatched just before 1pm! The male was feeding the larger chicks a feral pigeon as chick number four (being less than half an hour old) was getting used to the world and its siblings.
The newly hatched chick and its siblings waiting for food.
After a few minutes, Mrs P returned to the scrape and I just managed to save a still image of the whole family together! WARNING: Some may find the below image disturbing.
All four chicks (eyases) are being kept warm and fed and are looking healthy and ‘wide-beaked’ this evening. Peregrine falcon chicks eat a tremendous amount of food and if all goes well, this time next week they will have doubled their weight and in three weeks, will be ten times their birth size! I am very much looking forward to following their progress over the next six weeks or so as they rapidly get bigger, grow juvenile feathers and eventually fledge the nest. Once they start to fly they will depend on their parents for a few further weeks to learn how to hunt, so Archie and Mrs P still have a lot of work to do… and we still have a lot of great things to watch!
All stills taken from camera two of the NTU live stream.