Early Easter egg for Yorkshire's first urban breeding pair of Peregrine Falcons
The pair of Peregrine Falcons who have set up home on a special nesting platform at St George's Church in Sheffield have laid their first egg of the breeding season.
The exciting arrival was captured live on web cam which was launched by the University of Sheffield's Department of Estates and Facilities Management to monitor Yorkshire's first urban breeding pair of Peregrines.
The pair successfully reared two chicks last year despite harsh weather conditions and it is hoped they will lay three or four eggs in total over the coming days.
Professor David Wood, from the University's Department of Hispanic Studies and Chair of the Sheffield Bird Study Group, said: "It's really exciting to see that the Peregrines have laid their first egg, within a few days of what we'd anticipated as a likely date.
"They clearly find the nest platform erected and maintained by the University to their liking, and all being well will lay a total of 3-4 eggs over the coming days.
"They're a few days later than some other pairs with webcams, but given the weather that's no bad thing, as late snow is seriously bad news for birds that have got the breeding season under way early.
"It's a rare treat to be able to watch the activities and behaviour of the Peregrines so well, and they're proving hugely popular: the Peregrine blog we're running on the Sheffield Bird Study Group website is getting hundreds of visits, there are almost 600 followers of the Twitter feed, and the webcam is experiencing so much traffic that it is regularly reaching its capacity.
"If there are problems getting onto the webcam, keep trying: fingers crossed there will be a good couple of months of excellent viewing ahead."
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