A THIRD and fourth egg has been laid by Salisbury's new resident Peregrine Falcon.

The first was discovered over the weekend, whilst the newest was seen on Monday.

Last Monday the new, unringed female peregrine made itself at home during the early hours of the morning before laying its first egg.

This marked an end to the reign of resident female Sally.

The eggs are expected to hatch in early May.

Peregrines generally lay around three to four eggs in a clutch.

Last week, RSPB conservation officer Phil Sheldrake, who has been closely involved with the peregrines, said: “After all the trials and tribulations of last year, it is exciting to see we now have a new nesting pair.

"It is, however, tinged with some sadness that it is not Sally, our much-loved GPS tracked female, whose story was watched by thousands on Springwatch last year, and the year before when she raised an orphaned chick along with her own chick.

“Whilst we will obviously be watching developments on the tower very closely, it will also be interesting to see Sally’s reaction as her GPS tracker is still working.

"The last record we have of her was at 16.15 yesterday when she was near Coombe Bissett just a few miles from Salisbury. Will she interfere with the nest? Will she be content to remain on her own or will she move away? We’ll be watching.”

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