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Osprey over the Merrimack River

The Merrimack River continues to show signs of the lingering drought with many areas of uncovered rocks on the river bed.  Walked the shore line a bit this morning on the east side of Rt. 495.  Among the many gulls and Great Blue Herons was an Osprey perched on the south side of the river. […]
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Lawrence Peregrines: male and female on Clock Tower

With less than 30 minutes before sunset, under blue skies and light winds, had nice looks at male and female peregrines while they perched near one another on a NW ledge of the Clock Tower.  Finally, the banded male burst into flight in a SW direction in hot pursuit while the female remained and started […]
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Peregrine Falcon: Woburn – fall colors

The male peregrine falcon was perched this morning on one of the regular perch locations near the top of the quarry. The perch is a vertical rocky outcropping above and just to the right of the nest ledge.  It is normally covered with whitewash and easy to locate.  A beautiful sunny morning bursting with fall […]
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Lawrence Peregrines: male stretching winds before takeoff!

Another late day visit to watch the Lawrence Peregrines!  Stopped by again under beautiful late day light with little time before sunset.  The lighting from the honey-colored setting sun was excellent!  This time it was the unbanded female stretching and getting ready to takeoff in flight.  Nice views of wing stretching just before liftoff!
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Lawrence Peregrines: male perched at nest box

One of the great joys is stopping the Ayer Mill Clock Tower to search and find at least one of the peregrine falcons.  It’s always a treasure hunt and a delight when locating one of the falcons.  Tonight the search was easy as the banded male falcon was sitting on the wooden perch pole at […]
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Bald Eagle: Merrimack River, No. Andover

The Bald Eagles have returned again this fall to favorite perch locations along the Merrimack River along the Lawrence and North Andover line.  At least one Bald Eagle is usually seen in the morning hours quietly perching on a snag overhanging the river bed below.  The Eagle will keep a close eye on all passing […]
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Peregrine Falcon: Woburn leg stretching!

Another bright sunny morning with light winds from the west, and temps in low 60’s.  Stopped by for a look at the Woburn Peregrines and had very nice looks at the unbanded male while he stretched his wings and both his legs!
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Lawrence Peregrines: Male perched in nest box!

With terrific late afternoon sunlight, made a pass by the Clock Tower in Lawrence for a look at the peregrines.  The adult peregrine was perched on the outside rim of the nest box window with beautiful westward views in the late day light.  For no clear reason, the female was nearby on an upper ledge […]
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4 thoughts on “The Blog

  1. Kate Oliver says:

    Hi, Craig! This site is spectacular! I am working with the 21 st Century program at the Wetherbee School doing a river study of the Merrimack. We took our students on their first barge ride yesterday up river and saw a red tail chasing a great blue heron, many hawks, geese, mallards, and other birds. A rainbow on the way back. I had no idea there were kestrels in the area, nor did I know of the peregrines. My brother ( Craig, also!) has a live video feed of a nest at the top of the Marriott in Boston. I’m wondering if you had time to come share your knowledge with our 3 rd and
    4 th graders at the Wetherbee some day after school? If not, I’ll have them blog you on this site. Btw. I live in a lake in Tyngsboro and witnesses a pair if swans harassing some Canada geese this morning. Can they move! I could go on and on about our wildlife, but that’s for another day. Can’t wait to visit the rookery in NA. Thanks again for your site. Kate Oliver

  2. Jimmy Diaz says:

    I love this site..

  3. betsy says:

    I have added this page to my favorites and will check regularly

  4. Linda Gardner says:

    Such a pleasure talking with you and seeing your incredible photos here! I will save this page to my favorites and check it every day !
    Have a great day….

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