As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Friday 11 April 2014

Norwich Cathedral peregrine falcon eggs face intruder threat

A rogue bird has threatened to destroy the clutch of four peregrine falcon eggs being nurtured on the spire of Norwich Cathedral.

A female peregrine flushed the father from the nest and then indicated it was "toying with the idea of breaking them," said the Hawk and Owl Trust.

It eventually withdrew from the nest when the adult male made "high speed low passes over her head".

The intruder, wearing a ring marked DP, came from a nest site in London.

The clutch of four eggs is the third successful year of laying for Norwich's breeding pair. They are now 12 days into what is expected to be a 34-day incubation period, said experts.

The DP peregrine, ringed in 2012, first showed an interest in the Norwich nest some weeks ago.

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