There has been much excitement in 2021 about the peregrines nesting at Wakefield Cathedral.
Thanks to the support of The Wakefield Peregrine Project we are able to watch the peregrines on a 24/7 livestream from atop our bell tower.
This year, the peregrines have laid four eggs, with the first hatching expected to be between Wednesday 28th April and Friday 30th April (33 to 35 days after the laying of the penultimate egg).
Peregrine falcons have nested on Wakefield Cathedral since 2015 and have since been the subject of much interest, not just locally but across the UK and indeed internationally too!
RSPB introduction to Peregrines:
The peregrine is a large and powerful falcon. It has long, broad, pointed wings and a relatively short tail. It is blue-grey above, with a blackish top of the head and an obvious black 'moustache' that contrasts with its white face. Its breast is finely spotted. It is swift and agile in flight, chasing prey. The strongholds of the breeding birds in the UK are the uplands of the north and west and rocky seacoasts. Peregrines have suffered illegal killing from gamekeepers and landowners, and been a target for egg collectors, but better legal protection and control of pesticides (which indirectly poisoned birds) have helped the population to recover considerably from a low in the 1960s. Some birds, particularly females and juveniles, move away from the uplands in autumn.
Source: RSPB website