Joy as Wakefield's peregrine falcons welcome two chicks

Wakefield's peregrine falcons have welcomed their first two chicks of the year, to the joy of bird watchers around the world.

Thursday, 29th April 2021, 6:07 pm
Wakefield's peregrine falcons have welcomed their first two chicks of the year, to the joy of bird watchers around the world.

The pair have been nesting in the Wakefield Cathedral spire for almost a decade, and have now welcomed their first two chicks of the season.

The first chick was spotted shortly before 9pm yesterday (Wednesday) and a second chick arrived early this morning.

A further two eggs remain, and are expected to hatch in the coming days.

The birds have attracted a global audience of followers, thanks to a livestream of their nest, which is broadcast continually on YouTube.

Last year, nearly a million people in 57 countries around the world spent a total of 4.6 million minutes watching the falcons.

The Wakefield Peregrine Project began in 2012, when a group from the city's naturalists' society approached officials at Wakefield Cathedral about putting up a nesting box on the spire, following several sightings of the rare falcons.

To view the livestream, or find out more, click here.