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 13 June 2014

Drama as peregrine chicks take to the skies above Sutton

Four rare peregrine falcon chicks raised by a pair of the birds nesting on the top of a Sutton office block have taken to the skies.

But the young chicks' first flights have not been without drama with one of the babies surving a scare.

Peregrine pair Perry and Gwynn have nested on top of Quadrant House near Sutton train station for several years and have reared a number of chicks - despite the attentions of a predatory kite, a rare bird in Sutton.

Last year the pair failed to nest but this year they have managed to raise four healthy chicks.

The young birds of prey have been due to fledge - when their wings and feathers become strong enough for them to take their first flights - over the last week and a team of volunteers have been on hand to watch them and make sure they do not end up coming to harm.

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