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    Saints Michel cathedral falcons take to air for first time

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    Following the lead of the first young falcon on Wednesday, the other 3 youngsters in the nest at the Saints-Michel-et-Gudule cathedral should take to the air “in the next few days,” according to a press release by the Natural Science Museum on Thursday. Members of the public can watch them take flight until this Sunday thanks to an observatory that has been erected in the Brussels cathedral grounds on Rue du Bois Sauvage, and which will remain open until Sunday May 24th. The press release says naturalists will be on site to talk to the public from noon to 6:00pm.

    The first young falcon of the brood took to the air on Wednesday at 5.41pm. “The young falcons (…)have had itchy feet for a couple of days now. They keep positioning themselves between the pillars of the railings, then retreating back to the balcony. Sometimes they even go for a walk, balancing on the small ledge around the tower to the far left of the balcony,” according to the dedicated website.

    “The three sisters are sure to follow very soon. It will be a great show, seeing the falcons flying around the cathedral next weekend.” The peregrine falcon eggs hatched at the cathedral at the beginning of April.

    Oscar Schneider (Source: Belga)