October 4, 2016 in In the 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 the nest box in beautiful late day light less that an hour before sunset!
September 29, 2016 in In the 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 squawking away. The male showed no interest or reaction and neither of them moved!
September 15, 2016 in In the Nest Box
Both adult peregrines are being seen around the Clock Tower in Lawrence. It was nice to get late afternoon looks at the adult male this afternoon as he quietly perched int he late day sun on the outer edge of the nest box. The view angle provided just enough of a vantage point to observe and photo capture his left leg bi-colored bands showing 6/4. This falcon is now just over 15 years old and continues his long standing residence in Lawrence with yet another very productive breeding season behind him!
September 13, 2016 in In the Nest Box
During a short visit to the Clock Tower this morning, discovered the female inside the nest box. She has been seen a bit more often on the nest box perch and inside the nest box. She will move the gravel lining on the floor of the nest box at times, and other times she just sits and gazes out to the west and enjoys the views!
August 31, 2016 in In the Nest Box
Made a short visit mid-afternoon to find the unbanded female in the midst of a balancing act on the perch pole outside of the nest box!
August 23, 2016 in In the Nest Box
Had beautiful looks at the adult female peregrine falcon early this evening under clear skies, low humidity, SW winds at 13 MPH, and temp around 77 degrees. It was about an hour before sunset under stunning light conditions! The adult female was perched at the rim of the nestbox and then moved out onto the wooden perch. The adult male was making aerial loops way overhead and that prompted a series of cacking replies from the female!
June 7, 2016 in In the Nest Box
And then there were three! The remaining peregrine falcons remain in the nest box and will likely fledge over next few days!
June 6, 2016 in In the Nest Box
As the peregrine chicks prepare to fledge, they spend much of their day flapping their wings, which both strengthens their flight muscles and shakes loose some of the few remaining down feathers. It’s time for the first one to launch! Perhaps early this evening!!
June 6, 2016 in In the Nest Box
What a sight seeing these young 2016 peregrines lining up to take flight out in the world! This may well be the last group photo for this year’s graduating class!
June 5, 2016 in In the Nest Box
The 4 Lawrence Peregrine chicks are so ready to fledge! At close to 40 days old, aside from perhaps a tuft of down feathers remaining on the crown, these 4 peregrine chicks are fully developed and ready to take flight. Their next major change in appearance will be around one year of age, when they begin to molt and acquire their adult plumage as their feathers are replaced. Stay tuned!!