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.

Sunday, 17 May 2015

Birdwatchers keep a beady eye on Minster’s nesting peregrine falcons

First published Saturday 16 May 2015 in News

A pair of peregrine falcons are now sitting on eggs in York Minster.

The news that these protected species are incubating eggs in York’s medieval cathedral comes after months of speculation.

Wildlife experts have been eagerly looking for signs that the pair might have finally laid after noticing them mating there throughout the spring.

But wildlife artist Robert Fuller noticed the male and female engage in what he described as a ‘nest change over’, and said there was definitely a clutch of eggs in the bell tower.

“I saw the male hunting over the main tower of the Minster. He caught a pigeon, partially plucked it ready to present to the female and then circled the tower calling until the female came out. He passed the pigeon to her and then flew into the nest in order to take over incubating,” he said.

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