One of the two chicks didn't survive
The fact that the male and female Peregrine in the cathedral are nesting for the first time this spring, and therefore are inexperienced, was mentioned in the previous blog. The female, in particular, feeds her chicks little compared to what would normally be. Of course, we all still remember the exceptional female that nested in the cathedral between 2006 and 2018 raising a total of 43 chicks. The comparison is therefore striking.
The fact is that one of the new couple's chicks died last night. Because he was undernourished? Perhaps. It’s obviously sad, but in fact not abnormal. We observe Nature, without manipulation. We are not in a zoo. These Peregrines are not captive animals. They live in Nature, they learn, discover, adapt. This is extraordinary! But they also fail. Some die. In the spring of 2006, during her first nesting, the latter exceptional female laid 3 eggs to finally raise only one chick.
Today, very obviously, the chick died of natural causes. So don't worry about Peregrines. In the past week, at least two other clutches did hatch in Brussels. And that's what counts!
The Peregrine Falcon Monitoring Program implemented since 1994 by the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences has the objective of monitoring the health of the population of these falcons. The goal? Sound the alarm in case a structural problem threatens the population. We are watching them!
In the meantime, the male Peregrine of the cathedral takes carefully care of the remaining chick, as illustrated in the video of this blog.
Video 1: The male Peregrine feeds his chick a town pigeon