– Councillor David Thompson, Aylesbury
It is wonderful that Aylesbury’s peregrine falcons have successfully bred again this year. It is so exciting for people walking through the town centre to look up and get a sight of the birds.”
The first peregrine falcon chick of the year for Aylesbury appeared this week after several days of anticipation amongst fans.
A family of peregrine falcons — a protected species — are currently residing on a nesting platform at the top of Buckinghamshire County Council’s County Hall.
The female falcon laid two eggs between 25 March and 5 April, and this week the first egg hatched. It will be five to six weeks until the chick begins to fly.
Unfortunately, it is unlikely there will be a second falcon chick this spring as the hatching should have occurred by now.
The peregrines are being monitored by Aylesbury Vale District Council’s biodiversity team via web cameras at the nesting platform. Since the birds of prey returned to Aylesbury earlier this year, more than 10,000 hits have been recorded on the council’s website.
Anyone can view the live footage of images from the platform here and the council is hoping to arrange some watch point events to help people get the best possible view of the peregrine family.
Three of the four eggs laid by the peregrines at Chichester Cathedral have now hatched and people can watch the parents tending to their young, live on camera. The first two chicks hatched during last Friday after 32 days of incubation, with the third chick hatching the following day.
Peregrine falcons are the fastest animal in the world, reaching speeds of around 180 mph. The fastest peregrine was recorded in the Guinness Book of Records reaching 217mph.