Birdy McBirdface? Have your say over names for Salisbury Cathedral peregrine chicks

SURPRISINGLY, Birdy McBirdface is not on the list.

However, people in Salisbury are being urged to have their say over the names of some of the city’s newest residents.

The cathedral has launched a public poll to name three peregrine falcon chicks, ahead of them being ringed next week.

Volunteers came up with a shortlist of names, themed around the coronation and royalty.

The names put to the public vote are; Rose, Carl, Albert, Abbey, Charles, Longespee, Rex, Camilla, Ela, Regina, Sceptre and Lily.

Rose was picked by the cathedral’s volunteer gardeners, who said roses are budding in May and The Rt Rev Rose Hudson Wilkin, Bishop of Dover, played a significant part in the crowning of the Queen.

Education volunteers put forward Albert, as in Prince Albert, who used his influence for humanitarianism and moderate reform.

They also suggested Abbey, as in Westminster Abbey, the location of last Saturday’s crowning, a reminder that 39 monarchs have been crowned in Westminster Abbey.

Video of peregrine falcon chicks feeding at Salisbury Cathedral

Meanwhile, the Cathedral flower arrangers went with Sceptre as a male name, a symbol of sovereign authority, with the Tuesday Morning Guiding team offering Rex – a kingly name but with something of a canine association.

People can now vote for the favourite at

The deadline for voting is May 16, the day before ringing.

The cathedral peregrines have been doing well this year, despite the weather.

When the birds are ringed next week, the ID and Darvic rings will be registered with the British Trust for Ornithology, so that they can monitor and track the chicks in years to come.

Ringing will take place in the early morning of May 17 and live feeds will be switched off during the process.

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