The probable long term resident female peregrine laid her first egg of 2019 overnight. This pair are typically early breeders as she can get into breeding condition early with a plentiful supply of food on their doorstep. The Cumbria peregrines are usually a minimum of a week but often two weeks later in their laying dates from the Bath pair. The Bath female will not start incubating until she has laid the second or third egg. She regularly lays four eggs thus the later two chicks are smaller than their siblings which hatch earlier.
We will be starting our peregrine monitoring in the next month as any disturbance during the egg laying and early incubation stages can be detrimental.
We can provide expert advice about reducing potential development disturbance and produce mitigation measures.