Peregrine female on nearby utility pole

September 27, 2013 in Near the Clock Tower

What a treat to have close up views of these peregrines!  It provides a nice opportunity to observe their underside barring, facial features, and possibly to confirm leg band numbers.

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Peregrine female atop rooftop perch

September 26, 2013 in Near the Clock Tower

The peregrines perch in a variety of locations around the entire New Balance building complex at the corner of Merrimack and Union Streets.  Frequently they can be observed on the peaks of the triangular rooftop  pediments.  They have excellent views and can launch quickly as needed!

Peregrine in flight mode

September 19, 2013 in Near the Clock Tower

Always a treat to watch these peregrines gliding in flight mode around the Clock Tower, especially in pristine late afternoon light!

Peregrine female squawking at male…..

September 18, 2013 in Near the Clock Tower

The female will land from time to time atop nearby utility poles.  These landings provide excellent up close looks at both peregrines.  The female will usually call out to the male to alert him to her position!

Coopers Hawk in the neighborhood!

September 18, 2013 in Nearby Landbirds

While making way northbound over the Duck Bridge on Union St., observed a Coopers Hawk glide by in pursuit of prey.  The Coopers landed on a rooftop at the north end of the Duck Bridge and rested for just a few minutes.  It then departed in northerly direction and out of sight.  Minutes later the Coopers was found on a rooftop peak basking in the bright morning sun!


Peregrine pair….so happy together!

September 18, 2013 in On the Clock Tower

The peregrines are now both seen in tandem atop the weathervane…back to the old perch and so happy together!!

Peregrines active on the Clock Tower

September 17, 2013 in On the Clock Tower

The peregrines are seen with greater frequency around the Ayer Mill Clock Tower.  Although they have and occupy numerous perch locations, the primary location atop the weathervane which provides the best vantage point for the surrounding area.  They will move from here in pursuit of prey and will always move to the perch outside of the nest box to protect their territory.  These images are from a late afternoon visit under excellent lighting conditions and include 2 beautiful close up views!

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