12 MAY 2010NEWS RELEASE No: 13578
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Staff and volunteers at Huntly Peregrine Wild Watch are “thrilled to bits” with the arrival of new chicks at the award winning viewing centre.
The new chicks have kept staff very amused with their eating and sleeping antics after their very first feed. Unique footage http://huntlyperegrines.blogspot.com
shows the first two chicks keeling over like logs, contented and asleep after full feed.
Gibby Kirwan of Forestry Commission Scotland said:
“We are thrilled to bits that as of today (Wed 12th) we now have three peregrine chicks on the nest. Already, the chicks are providing some very memorable moments and to have this captured on camera is brilliant. The chicks appear to be healthy and very well fed!
“There is still one egg remaining so we are keeping our fingers crossed that it hatches in the next day or two.”
The Peregrine Wild Watch centre is located in Bin Quarry, three miles north-west of Huntly. As well as peregrines, the centre is a hotspot for watching red squirrel and pinemarten, as well as other small birds found at the location.
The centre is open from 0930-1700 every day from now until the end of September and is free for all the family.
Regular diary up-dates and live footage of the birds can be found at www.forestry.gov.uk/huntlyperegrines.
Notes to news editors
1. Forestry Commission Scotland serves as the Scottish Government’s forestry directorate www.forestry.gov.uk/scotland.
2. The footage supplied of the two chicks was taken the day before the third egg hatched.
3. Media enquiries to Steve Williams, forestry Commission Scotland press office 0131 314 6508.