April 5, 2017 in Near the Clock Tower
Mating starts as many as four weeks, or more, before egg laying and continues through the process, up to several times an hour. The male will mount the female, typically no longer then ten seconds, then he will disengage and fly off. Fertilization of an egg happens every 48 hours. After being fertilized, it takes an egg 24 hours to develop and be laid… resulting in a new egg being laid every 48 hours! We are likely a day or two away from the first egg being laid, if it hasn’t happened all ready!
March 29, 2017 in Near the Clock Tower
Lots of pair bonding continues with the male and female. they are frequently seen in very close proximity to each other with the breeding cycle in full swing. This morning the female was seen eating prey on one of the triangle pediment ledges above the entry to one of the New Balance buildings located at 200 Merrimack Street under dark overcast sky conditions. The male was just to the east on one of the short steel beams just below the roof line.
March 28, 2017 in Near the Clock Tower
While passing by the New Balance building complex, just happened to notice a possible Peregrine on the peak of one of the triangular roof pediments on the south side of the building. Turns out to be the female enjoying a mid-morning snack. It was an overcast morning with low light conditions. The male flew by for just a moment and then out of sight!
March 23, 2017 in Near the Clock Tower
A late afternoon visit by the Clock Tower with both peregrines in sight. The male was seen on a window ledge along the very west wing of the New Balance Building. These ledges are more regularly used by fledglings after first flights. From time to time the adults will be perched on these granite ledges to be near the nest or just to be out of the wind and to soak up the warmth of the late day sun!
March 21, 2017 in Near the Clock Tower, On the Clock Tower
The Lawrence Peregrines continue to be very active around the Clock Tower! They perch in and near the nest box, make all kinds of aerial flight patterns, and continue with copulation activities. Late this afternoon, discovered the female perched on a NW ledge just below the clock face, the male circling in flight, and then finally, the male landed on the outer edge of the next box. He was good enough to provide a look at his alphanumeric leg bands for positive ID!
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. Both the male and the female have brood patches, though the female has a much more developed brood patch.
March 13, 2017 in Near the Clock Tower
Made 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!
February 14, 2017 in Near the Clock Tower
Spent 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!
December 28, 2016 in Near the Clock Tower
Nice 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!
December 8, 2016 in Near the Clock Tower
While 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!