Special Easter Egg arrives at Huntly.

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1 APRIL 2010NEWS RELEASE No: 13483

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Staff at Huntly Peregrine Wild Watch are celebrating after the resident peregrines produced their first egg of the season – in the midst of a howling snow storm.

The pair are now in their third breeding season in the old quarry and have established a good track record, successfully raising three chicks in the last two years.

Wildlife Warden at the Centre, Gibby Kirwan, said:

“I knew there was something up as soon as I got in on Wednesday morning and saw the falcon sitting tight on the scrape. We'd had about 2 feet of snow in the previous 18 hours & she laid an egg that morning. Talk about timing!

“The Tiercel (male) came and did a 20 minute slot to let the falcon off to feed, but she was straight back on again. The ledge where the pair have their scrape (nest) is gradually filling with snow and the wind keeps covering the falcon with snow but she just shakes it off and sits there protecting the egg.

“I think they’re going to provide us with another incredible season this year. Let’s hope this egg makes it – and that there are more on the way!”

The female of the current resident pair is ringed but the male isn’t so not much is known about the birds. They can be seen daily at the Peregrine Wild Watch Centre, which is open from 9:30 am to 5:30 pm.

At the centre you can find out more about peregrines raising chicks in their natural habitat.  Speak to one of the experts about the birds and other local wildlife, visit the quarry hide or go to the interpretative cabin and watch the live images and sound from the quarry on the monitors.

The Huntly Peregrines blog is the place to keep up to date with the breeding season. We post regular updates and you can add any comments or questions.

The Centre is 3 miles northwest of Huntly, Aberdeenshire, on the A96, at the Bin Forest.

For more information visit www.forestry.gov.uk/huntlyperegrines

The attached image is courtesy of Alan J Sinclair

e-mail: paul.munro@forestry.gsi.gov.uk