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Peregrine Falcon Eggs Found In Aylesbury

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10:52am 13th April 2016

Aylesbury's close to having at least four new Peregrine Falcons.

AVDC's webcams are watching two falcons nesting on top of County Hall and are sitting on four new eggs which were laid over Easter.

Ecologists at Aylesbury Vale District Council have enjoyed a series of springtime surprises in the past few weeks, as biodiversity expert Paul Holton explains:

"For the last seven years, together with Bucks Bird Club, we've been monitoring several families of peregrine falcons, one of which has made a nest on top of the highest tower block in Aylesbury.

"Last year, we installed new webcams which have been broadcasting live footage of these wonderful birds to 'twitchers' all around the world.

"To everyone's great delight, the peregrines recently laid not just one, but four new eggs - just in time for Easter!

"Webcam viewers everywhere have since been able to join us in watching the proud parents as they get ready to nurture their new arrivals."

They should be hatching around the end of the month.

Although live pictures of Aylesbury's peregrine falcons have been captured on webcams since 2011, the newly installed system provides footage which is of significantly higher quality, allowing the council's ecologists and fellow wildlife enthusiasts from as far afield as Japan and Australia to study the birds' behaviour in much greater detail than ever before.

During the Easter holidays, live pictures from the upgraded webcams allowed the team to record the exact dates that each egg was laid, with the first one appearing in the early hours of Good Friday, 25 March.

The next one was produced on Easter Sunday, with a further two eggs completing the clutch on Wednesday 30 March and Friday 1 April.

Local birdwatcher Mike Wallen, who's been involved in monitoring the peregrine falcons since the start of the project and who helped to set up the weblinks, said:

"This is the largest clutch of eggs which these breeding pairs have ever produced, and we're all really thrilled to be able to observe their progress.

"It's always an absolute privilege to watch these magnificent birds, and it'll be heart-warming to see their chicks take flight when they're fully fledged."

To see photographs and live webcam footage of the peregrine falcons, please visit: www.aylesburyperegrine.org.uk

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