Peregrine Falcons: Watertown

October 8, 2017 in Peregrine Falcons Eastern Massachusetts, Peregrine Falcons Massachusetts

While heading home, had a nice opportunity to check on the Peregrine Falcons in Watertown.  This is a known nesting pair that have been in residence the last few years.  It was mostly sunny, with east winds  at 10MPH, and temp at 60F.

_W7I8759-001The adult male was seen on the front of the building in great light.  It was  stretching and preening.  Adults commonly stretch single leg or wing laterally; stand on one leg and stretch opposite leg back to side, simultaneously stretching wing from same side across extended leg. Peregrines also double-wing stretch (warble), bird bends forward and down raising both wings over back, sometimes fully extending wings at wrist; seen more in fledglings; may be followed by wing-flapping.

_W7I8953-001The larger female was seen nearby at a higher elevation near the nest box.  She then departed, made two aerial loops, and landed near the male at same elevation 8-10 feet away.  She proceeded to communicate with the male with head bowing and other movements.  In this display, her approach was entirely horizontal (head, body, and tail all in one plane) with a slight lowering of her head.  Her bill was pointed at the male and not towards the ledge. She paused to look at the male infrequently.  Fascinating to watch!

Peregrine Falcon: Woburn chase scene!

September 28, 2017 in Peregrine Falcon Woburn, Peregrine Falcons Eastern Massachusetts, Peregrine Falcons Massachusetts

_W7I7913-001After arrival in the general quarry area, it took a while to locate the male.  He was well hidden behind a small clump of weeds growing out of the rocks.  A number of local pigeons were active flying around the quarry.  It was partly sunny, with winds from the north at 15MPH and the temp was 73F.  Without much warning, the male launched into flight in a springboard takeoff in pursuit of the pigeons.

 

 

_W7I8040-001He made a half-hearted chase and then looped back around to land at the nest ledge!  He remained vigilant in watching the continuing pigeon flight activity!

Peregrine Falcon: Woburn adult male

August 28, 2017 in Peregrine Falcon Woburn, Peregrine Falcons Eastern Massachusetts, Peregrine Falcons Massachusetts

_W7I4790-001Monday morning visit to quarry with sighting of perched adult male nestled on a ledge, in the shade, with no activity.  As always, many pigeons in flight nearby, but no other birds or hawks that might  have prompted falcon into flight.  Mostly sunny conditions with little wind and temps in low 60’s.

Peregrine Falcon: Woburn adult male

August 7, 2017 in Peregrine Falcon Woburn, Peregrine Falcons Eastern Massachusetts, Peregrine Falcons Massachusetts

_W7I3824-001During a short brief visit to the Woburn Peregrines this morning, discovered the male well hidden behind one of the rocky outcroppings. On some visits, it takes some added time to find one of the adults as they tend to blend in so well with little movement!  Here he was just barely visible!

Peregrine Falcon: Woburn female

August 3, 2017 in Peregrine Falcon Woburn, Peregrine Falcons Eastern Massachusetts, Peregrine Falcons Massachusetts

_W7I3796-001A nice mid-afternoon visit to the Woburn Peregrines with nice looks at the female in the midst of a right leg stretch!  The sun had ducked behind the west quarry wall but the overall lighting was till fairly good.  she was perched on one of her favorite tree branch perch locations with no other activity going on in the general area.  She appears to have a full crop after a likely recent meal.

Peregrine Falcons: East Cambridge pair

June 14, 2017 in Peregrine Falcons Eastern Massachusetts, Peregrine Falcons Massachusetts

_W7I0151-001Here is a look at the female on watch at the nest box with the male nearby.  From a distance, only one chick has been visible and is close to fledge time!

Peregrine Falcons: Watertown

June 13, 2017 in Peregrine Falcons Eastern Massachusetts, Peregrine Falcons Massachusetts

_W7I0116-001Made a visit to look at the Peregrine Falcons in Watertown.  It was just as a heat wave was subsiding and the late temp was moving down into the high 70’s.  One of the adults was seen on a ledge, on the SW corner of the building.  It was still panting from the heat and keeping it’s wings a bit spread and lifted up to keep cool.  Another adult was nearby and one chick, had fledged and was on a lower ledge beneath the nest box.

Peregrine Falcons: East Cambridge

June 7, 2017 in Peregrine Falcons Eastern Massachusetts, Peregrine Falcons Massachusetts

_W7I9161-001Had nice looks at both Peregrine Falcon adults while making a short stop in East Cambridge.  Both were seen in normal perch locations on upper floor railings looking out in a SSW direction.

 

 

 

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Peregrine Falcons: Boston University

June 7, 2017 in Peregrine Falcons Eastern Massachusetts, Peregrine Falcons Massachusetts

_W7I9206-001At least 2 chicks were seen playing around and wing flapping atop one of the high rise towers at Boston University.  The 2 chicks were seen near the nest box with both adults perched nearby and keeping a close eye on the chicks!

Peregrine Falcons: Huntington Ave., Boston

June 7, 2017 in Peregrine Falcons Eastern Massachusetts, Peregrine Falcons Massachusetts

_W7I9389-001Four fledgling peregrine falcons in Boston were tagged Wednesday, May 24th by researchers hoping to track the young birds after they leave the nest. The chicks, known as eyeases, were born on May 11 to one of only 30 pairs of nesting peregrine falcons in Massachusetts. Their rooftop nest is located at 177 Huntington Avenue, near the Prudential Center.

Small silver tags were placed on the eyeases left feet by members of Mass Audubon and the Mass Department of Fisheries and Wildlife. Green and black tags were secured to the right feet.