Peregrine pair!

February 28, 2013 in On the Clock Tower

Another late afternoon visit to the Clock Tower and upon arrival was able to observe both Peregrines atop the weathervane with one on the bow and the other on the stern of the weathervane viking ship.  Alwyas nice to see them hanging out together.  After a bit the female moved to the perch on the nest box and then to the top of a nearby utility pole.  The utility pole provided a much closer view in very late afternoon light.  Thanks to the proximity, the V/5 leg bands were visible with the “5” very clear.  These close up moments are truly special!

Photos posted:  Click “next” in upper right to advance frames……enjoy!

Common Mergansers

February 25, 2013 in Nearby Waterbirds

While making another morning visit to the Merrimack River at the Bashara Boathouse, observed a group of Common Mergansers.  These Mergansers are very regular visitos on the river in the winter months.  They are diving ducks and are real beauties!

Peregrine on perch

February 21, 2013 in Near the Clock Tower

A late afternoon visit by the Clock Tower provided an unexpected moment to see and enjoy the male Peregrine resting on a protruding beam above the Ideal Box Co located at 200 Merrimack St.  This beam is a more frequent morning perch but today was the late afternoon perch in beautiful soft late in the day light!

Bald Eagles: adult and subadult

February 21, 2013 in Nearby Landbirds

On a whim, stopped by the Abe Bashara Boathouse along the Merrimack River in Lawrence.  It was quite and just before 10AM.  To my surprise, looked across to the north side of river bank and observed an adult Bald Eagle perched on a branch overhanging the river.  Moved around a bit with camera to capture photos from a few different angles….all taken from the car.  While backing up, heard the Adult make a series of calls, looked up and noticed a subadult flying along the river.  A few crows joined in pursuit until the eagle laned in a tree nearby the adult.  A few images include partial leg band readings.  Tom French from MassWildlife provided further information:

Banded:  0679-04016, and N/3 burnt orange  (Banding Permit # 21963)

Banding date and location:  05-10-11   Banded as a chick (4.5 lbs) at Great Pond, Connecticut River, Hadley, Hampshire Co., MA

Siblings:  Two other siblings – K/8 (7.6 lb), K/9 (6.08 lb)

Additional photos posted:  Click “next” in upper right to advance frames!  Enjoy!

Bald Eagle

February 20, 2013 in Near the Clock Tower

While scanning the Merrimack River on an overcast morning just before 10 AM, a large soaring bird caught my attention.  Turns out to be a subadult Bald Eagle.  Quite a treat to watch this beautiful eagle make a few lops and then proceed to fly in easterly direction down the river!  A few exrea photos posted:  Click “next” in upper right corner to advance frames!

Peregrine Falcon pair!

February 4, 2013 in Near the Clock Tower

The Peregrine pair have been seen together much more aften lately as breeding season approaches.  They are seen in many of the regular perch locations but seem to be in more close proximity to each other.  This was a beautiful blue sky, bright sun morning and they were easy to view from the New Balance parking lot opposite from thr main entrance.  Was able to ID both male and female with help from leg bands.

5 photos posted:


Bald Eagle: adult and subadult

February 1, 2013 in Nearby Landbirds

Another morning alongside the Merrimack scanning for Bald Eagles when suddenly an adult Bald Eagle comes cruisng along heading west.  I fumble quickly to grab the camera and fire away as it flies right overhead.  A few minutes later it is joined by a subadult.  The subadult circles, then preapres to land on a nearby branch.  In landing mode, the subadult stretches out its legs and feet and later the discovery is made of a leg band on the subadult.  The leg band was not able to be identified other than in a general way.  According to Tom French at MassWildlife “this is probably one of the adults from the nest in Methuen just upstream of Lawrence, but it could also be one of the adults from the Haverhill nest a short distance downstream.” 

More photos of adult and subadult posted: