Bald Eagle nest #2: incubation!

March 13, 2017 in Near the Clock Tower

Once incubation begins, the male and female take turns sitting on the eggs, but the female does most of the work. Typically the incubation period runs about 34 – 36 days.  While one sits on the nest, the other is hunting for food or perching nearby to protect the nest. Incubation begins after the first egg is laid, meaning that in a nest with more than one egg there will be an oldest sibling, a youngest sibling, and occasionally a middle sibling. _W7I3611-001Both the male and the female have brood patches, though the female has a much more developed brood patch.

Lawrence Peregrines: late afternoon snack

March 13, 2017 in Near the Clock Tower

_W7I3539-001Made a late afternoon visit and was unable to spot the peregrines anywhere around the Clock Tower…..when just a bit of movement caught my eye.  It was one of the peregrines, on an upper ledge on the south side of the main building on Merrimack Street.  It was clearly feasting on a late day snack but doing so solo and enjoying each moment!

Lawrence Peregrines: female on steel beam

February 14, 2017 in Near the Clock Tower

_W7I0733-001Spent a bit more time searching for the female and finally found her perched in the sun on the south side of the New Balance building.  She was atop a steel beam perch just below the roof line near the intersection of Merrimack and Union Streets.  She is getting ready for courtship activities to commence over next few weeks.  These peregrines spend a considerable amount of time not flying, but rather in the boring, but no doubt important task of perching near the nest site. It’s their way of maintaining claim to their local territory, and letting others know that there’s no room at the inn. They’ve even been seen escorting other Peregrines out of the area without hesitation!

Lawrence Peregrine: male with leg band

December 28, 2016 in Near the Clock Tower

_w7i5917-001Nice looks this morning of the male peregrine falcon under overcast skies as it feasted on pray.  The falcon was perched on the base of one of the triangular pediments.  It took a moment to lift its left leg, showing a silver federal band, suggesting it is the male!  No ability to see what it was tearing apart and feeding upon!

Lawrence Peregrines: male leg band 6/4

December 8, 2016 in Near the Clock Tower

_w7i2259-001While stopping by for a look at the Lawrence Peregrines, under cloudy skies, located the male peregrine on a triangular roof pediment at the NE corner of the New Balance building on Union Street above the south end of the Duck Bridge.  The male was facing north and taking in the view over the Merrimack River.  Then it turned, pooped, and took off in a SE direction over my head.  The change in posture provided a nice look at the leg bands with ability to see from photos the black over green 6/4 bands on the left leg.  Always nice to confirm positive ID!

Peregrine Falcon: Woburn male perched in sun!

November 22, 2016 in Near the Clock Tower

_w7i8856-001Had a nice visit this morning with terrific looks at the male peregrine while perched just below nest ledge and looking off to the south under clear skies with sparkling sunshine and endless visibility.  The female not around last few days.

Lawrence Peregrines: male on rooftop!

November 15, 2016 in Near the Clock Tower

_w7i6788-001After spotting the juvenile Bald Eagle, made a pass by the ayer Mill Clock Tower for a possible look at the Lawrence Peregrines.  Discovered by male and female perched near the nest box.  The male peregrine was perched on a west facing rooftop edge on the main building above the entrance at 200 Merrimack Street.  The unbanded female was on an upper ledge and then flew off and landed on one of the struts on the weathervane.  All under overcast skies!

Lawrence Peregrines: another liftoff next day!

November 1, 2016 in Near the Clock Tower

_w7i4294-001Tuesday morning, Nov. 1, another stunning morning with blues skies and bright sun, same thing; approached the new Balance building complex in search of peregrines, and located the male again (6/4), this time perched at the far west end of the west wing of the complex, and perched on the SW rooftop of the building.  Again, a little bit of patience, and then the joy of observing and photo documenting another grace-filled liftoff…..always a treat to watch!

For those with an interest, a few more liftoff photos: http://www.pbase.com/birdshots/image/164473515              Click “next” in upper right to advance frames!

Lawrence Peregrines: male in liftoff mode!

October 31, 2016 in Near the Clock Tower

_w7i4188-001A Monday morning visit looking for the Lawrence Peregrines, and a joy to discover the banded (6/4) male perched atop one of the triangular pediments on the SE corner of the New Balance building.  the lighting was extraordinary and terrific views of the male.  After a while, something caught its attention, and he launched into flight.  It always requires so much patience to wait for one of those exciting “takeoff in flight’ moments…..but so worth the wait!

For those with an interest, a few more photos posted: http://www.pbase.com/birdshots/image/164473512            Click “next” in upper right corner to advance frames!

Lawrence Peregrines: male SE corner of NB bldg

October 31, 2016 in Near the Clock Tower

_w7i4147-001One of those beautiful mornings with bright sun and cobalt blue skies. Discovered the male peregrine perched on one of the triangular pediments located at the SE corner of the New Balance building just above the intersection of Union and Merrimack Streets.  It is always nice to have such nice looks under excellent lighting conditions.  A further bonus to be able to document a clear view of the 6/4 leg bands of this long-time resident and king of the roost!  This peregrine was a 2001 hatch year falcon from Manchester, NH and is still going strong!