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Thursday, 24 July 2014

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Peregrine falcons nest on Barrow town hall’s tower

POWERFUL and fast-flying, the peregrine falcon hunts medium-sized birds, dropping down on them from high above in a spectacular stoop.

They tend to mainly live on cliffs but are now setting up home in towns and cities – with a pair nesting on Barrow’s very own town hall.

Bird lover Michael Skillen said he was very excited to spot two of the birds of prey on Sunday.

The 68-year-old, of Thwaite Street, Barrow, explained: “I was on my way to the Red River Club and was walking by the town hall when I heard a bird call I recognised. I looked up and saw it was a peregrine falcon.

“I looked up and then saw the nest. I could see the male flying around and then the female. It was a fantastic sight.

“You can see the nest with the naked eye, it’s just under the clockface facing the police station, under the number six and about three metres to the left in a crevice. I have seen both sexes. They will have a good food supply. It’s not unusual for them to come into a town and you will often see them on a cathedral.

“I’m sure the local population will be interested to see such birds living in the town.

“I was very excited to see them. I have heard that peregrines have nested on the slag banks before.

“They are flesh eaters and will eat pigeons and are not scared to go after bigger things to eat. They can descend about 200 miles per hour.

“I think its wonderful that we have them here.”

Chris Collett from the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds said it wasn’t unusual for such birds to nest in cities and towns. He said two were currently living on the outside of the Arndale shopping centre in Manchester.

He said: “Traditionally they live on the edge of cliffs but they have begun to move into more populated areas.

“They normally nest high up and it’s not unusual for them to live in areas where they feed on the pigeons.

“It is breeding season now so it’s highly likely the female will be preparing to lay eggs or is already sat on them.”

Have your say

Have seen one on walney eating a seagull.Somebody told me they use one to keep the airfield clear,I wonder if they're connected?

Posted by damien repton on 12 May 2014 at 10:28

They won't eat seagulls.
If anything it'll be the other way round. The seagulls will raid their nests.

Posted by Martin on 26 April 2014 at 21:13

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