Peregrine Falcons of York Minster

What can you see at York Minster besides the cathedral itself? If you look up at the minster you can see the gargoyles and grotesques, but you may also see a nesting pair of peregrine falcons.

Since around 2015 there has been a nesting pair of Peregrine falcons at York Minster. During the 2018 they were reported to have raised four young. Two of the three times I visited York I was able to spy some falcons flying around the minster, landing on grotesques and the towers.

I saw this one in July 2017. It was resting next to a nearby building’s chimney pot. A birdwatcher told me this was a young one on its first day of flight.

If you are going to try to catch these birds of prey, bring a powerful pair of binoculars or a zoom lens. They land pretty high up on the minster. Whether you are a birder or not, they are enjoyable to see in flight.

For more information check out a Twitter page devoted to the York Minster Falcons:

Or this website:

13 thoughts on “Peregrine Falcons of York Minster”

  1. This is fantastic! I donate to the Peregrine Fund in the US. They support all birds of prey as well as the peregrine. Also my father’s name was Peregrine and my son is also Peregrine. i will look up more info via the links in this post.

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      1. The first Peregrine in my family was born in the Netherlands while his mother was fleeing religious persecution in England ( Tudors Protestants vs Catholics). Peregrinus means traveller hence his name . He died in 1601.

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    1. I was lucky enough to be there when birders were with binoculars and long lens. I asked what they were watching. You really need good binoculars or a good zoom lens to fully appreciate them. I have seen them flying around in July more than one year. It seems that is when the babies are active flying.

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