Chance to get a close-up view of town’s peregrine falcons

One of Scarborough's peregrine falcons. By Adrian Ewart.
One of Scarborough's peregrine falcons. By Adrian Ewart.
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Birdwatchers are being offered a fantastic opportunity to get a close-up view of a family of peregrine falcons, thanks to the RSPB and Scarborough Council.

Birdwatchers are being offered a fantastic opportunity to get a close-up view of a family of peregrine falcons, thanks to the RSPB and Scarborough Council.

Peregrine Watch Scarborough aims to give nature lovers an unrivalled view of a pair of resident peregrines living on the cliffs at Marine Drive.

RSPB volunteer, Adrian Ewart, is currently spending his days on Marine Drive, monitoring the peregrine falcons as they raise their chicks on the cliffs.

Adrian said: “I live in Scarborough and have been photographing the Scarborough peregrines for over nine years. The male is eight to nine years old, while the female – who is ringed and has been tracked from Lancashire – is now in her third year at the Scarborough site.

“After three failed breeding seasons, the pair had three chicks last year which all fledged successfully, and we’re hoping to see similar success this year.”

Adrian will be on hand two to three days a week (weather dependent) with telescopes and information about the peregrines. The RSPB will also be joining Adrian on Marine Drive on June 10 and 14, between 10.30am and 3pm.

The peregrine falcon is a large, crow-sized bird, with a blue-grey back, barred white underparts, and a black head and “moustache”.

It can fly more than 322 km/h (200 mph), which means it is the fastest creature in the world. As with other bird-eating raptors, the female is bigger than the male.

Scarborough Council has supported the peregrine watch for a number of years, allowing the RSPB to park on Marine Drive to enable them to show visitors and residents of Scarborough these fantastic birds.

Andrew Williams, from Scarborough Council, said: “We are pleased to be working with the RSPB to provide the opportunity for local people and visitors alike to view these fantastic birds high on the cliffs above Marine Drive.”

To keep up to date or find out more about the birds, go to www.facebook.com/peregrinewatch