We certainly hope it is as you join us at Neumann's Flash for some superb views of the three newly-hatched black-winged stilt chicks.
With the Manchester peregrine chicks seemingly growing bigger by the hour, have you ever wondered what they are eating?
Well, we have been monitoring what the parents are bringing their growing chicks, and it appears to be mostly feral pigeons. However, we have also seen black-headed gulls, and on one occasion what looked like a starling, being bought to the nest.
Interestingly, some of our urban peregrines are known to hunt at night - the artificial light allowing them to easily catch prey as their eyesight is so much better than ours - and the remains of black-necked grebes and snipe have been found. Both of these are nocturnal migrating species that could only have been caught at night.
Although our peregrines have so far been conventional in their choice of prey, from studies of just a few peregrine nests, it has been shown that they will take a huge range of species from goldcrests to mallards, and even a number of escaped cage birds, including the remains of cockatiels, budgerigars, parakeets and a Canary. We will be sure to let you know if anything interesting does turn up on the menu!
First contact with the Chichester peregrine chicks reveals three boys and a girl.
Sexing the four was done by measuring the size of each chick’s wingspan and weight. They were also fitted with unique rings to enable us to identify them in the future.
Keep an eye on the family with our webcam, or join us at our viewpoint as the youngsters become increasingly mobile - learning to fly and hunt.