Sutton's peregrine chicks flying freely after week of drama

Sutton Guardian: One of the chicks (Picture: Phil Wallace) One of the chicks (Picture: Phil Wallace)

The young peregrine falcons living on the top of one of Sutton's tallest buildings are now flying with confidence.

A nesting pair of peregrines on the roof of Quadrant House have successfully reared four chicks this year.

Last week there was drama as the chicks took their maiden flights with one of the birds struggling to stay in flight and getting stranded on a window ledge for a night during torrential rain.

The chick survived the night and now it and its siblings are flying freely.

The birds are monitored by a team of volunteers. Among them is Sue Chester, she said: "The juveniles are all flying well now and regularly go out with their parents learning new skills.

"They are learning to hunt for themselves and eventually will leave their Sutton home to venture out on their own elsewhere.

"The volunteer fledge watch has wound down now as we know all four are flying well and progressing.

"However, there will still be fantastic aerial displays for Sutton enthusiasts to enjoy around the Quadrant House skies.

"Anyone wishing to see these, are advised to visit early morning or at dusk, when they are more active."

Perry and Gwynn, the breeding pair, nest on Quadrant House annually but failed to raise any raise any chicks last year. Peregrines are among the rarest birds in the UK and are protected by law.

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