Lawrence Peregrines: female on west ledge!

October 12, 2016 in On the Clock Tower

_w7i9842-001Always a treat to check on the Lawrence Peregrines on the way home in the golden-colored late day sun.  They were both perched and just hanging out at the end of the day.  This is the female on a west-facing ledge below the clock face.  The male was nearby on an upper ledge!

Lawrence Peregrine: male w/ leg band (6/4)

October 12, 2016 in On the Clock Tower

_w7i9594-001Another beautiful morning in Lawrence with bright sun and blue skies. Discovered the male (leg band 6/4) perched atop the roof pediment in the SE corner of the New Balance building. Had nice, clear looks at leg bands! The male remained perched for some time just turning its head from time to time!

Osprey over the Merrimack River

October 12, 2016 in Nearby Landbirds

_w7i9511-001The 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.  It looked like a possible first year juvenile and was clearly foraging for fish in the shallow waters!

Lawrence Peregrines: male and female on Clock Tower

October 11, 2016 in On the Clock Tower

_w7i9435-001With 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 a bit of cacking!

Peregrine Falcon: Woburn – fall colors

October 11, 2016 in Peregrine Falcon Woburn

_w7i9329-001The 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 foliage all around!

Lawrence Peregrines: male stretching winds before takeoff!

October 7, 2016 in Near the Clock Tower

_w7i7251-001Another 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!

Lawrence Peregrines: male perched at nest box

October 4, 2016 in In the Nest Box

_w7i6982-001One 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 the nest box in beautiful late day light less that an hour before sunset!

Bald Eagle: Merrimack River, No. Andover

October 4, 2016 in Bald Eagle

_w7i6842-001The 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 activities.  Had nice looks this morning from the ball field by the Essex County Correctional Center in Lawrence.  The skies were heavily overcast with winds from the north at 9-10 MPH and temps in the high 50’s.  The Eagle remained perched during observation.


Peregrine Falcon: Woburn leg stretching!

October 3, 2016 in Peregrine Falcon Woburn

_w7i6718-001Another 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!