March 31, 2015 in In the Nest Box
March 31, 2015 in Near the Clock Tower
Fascinating to watch the peregrines on the Clock Tower this morning as finally the male was attempting to get more attention from the female. He made a number of flights passing by the female and looking to gain her attention. For these last few weeks, he has seemed to show little interest compared to her showing interest. The tables and turned and that may mean eggs very soon!!
March 30, 2015 in On the Clock Tower
The female peregrine continues to perch in or near the Clock Tower nestbox. Late this afternoon as the clouds were starting to clear, she perched on the iron work above the west face of the Clock Tower. This location is unusual and a close look shows she has a tight grip on the railing to keep balance!
March 30, 2015 in Verizon Cell Tower
On of the peregrines was seen this morning in light snow atop the Verizon Cell Tower on Hampshire Street. This is late in the season for this perch to be active! A short while later, the other peregrine was found perched on the north side of the Clock Tower on the upper right ledge just above the clock face!
March 19, 2015 in Verizon Cell Tower
The Peregrines are keeping it very interesting this breeding season! The male lost his long time mate as she was sent to Tufts Wildlife and then retired from going back into the wild. Our long time male with a distinguished breeding legacy attracted a new female friend. She is unbounded so we are unable to know any history. They have been spending time together and appear to be ready for the breeding season. They have been seen with some regularity around the Clock Tower and even poking around inside the nestbox. In an odd twist, they have recently spent time perched on the Verizon Cell Tower which has never been part of the pattern this time in the breeding cycle. They have also been spotted near the alternate nest site around 250 Canal Street. So given that eggs should be laid any day, it will be fascinating to see if that happens and where that happens. Had a chance to see them both perched on adjacent ledges some 25 feet apart late Thursday afternoon. The female seemed to make every effort to get the male’s attention. She called and called with no response. She took off, made a loop right in front of him to get his fuller attention, and returned to her nearby perch. The male continued with his clear indifference! Fascinating to watch and can’t wait to see where this goes! Stay tuned!
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March 19, 2015 in Great Horned Owl
Looks like all systems may be in the go position for the peregrines at the Clock Tower in Lawrence. The long standing female was injured and was placed under the care of the staff at Tufts Wildlife Clinic. The male falcon has attracted a new female friend. Based on many recent observations, it is increasingly likely that this pair will become a pair and proceed into the breeding season together. They have been seen around the nest box with greater frequency. Stay tuned!