Lawrence Peregrines: smokestack perch!

September 29, 2016 in Peregrines at 250 Canal St.

_w7i5846-001Stopped by the Clock Tower for a morning look at the Lawrence Peregrines.  One was perched on a ledge just above the west facing clock face.  Scanned to see if the other peregrine was nearby.  Noticed a hawk-like silhouette atop the distance smokestack almost a 1/4 of a mile away on the north side of the Merrimack River in the 250 Canal Street complex!  Sure enough, turned out to be the other peregrine falcon!

Lawrence Peregrines: fledglings flapping away!

June 15, 2016 in Peregrines at 250 Canal St.

CF2C5647-001After fledging the young peregrine falcons continue to work at strengthening their flight muscles.  They are frequently seen near the natal site flapping their wings and preparing for increasingly longer flights around the local area.  This young fledgling was seen with two other siblings on the corner of a rooftop of an abandoned building in the late day sun!  Notice the leg bands, black over green, 85/BS.

5 photos of the flapping fledgling: http://www.pbase.com/birdshots/image/163475007

Lawrence Peregrines: 250 Canal St.

January 28, 2016 in Peregrines at 250 Canal St.

CF2C5951-001The Peregrines continue to be seen daily around the extended Clock Tower building and nearby.  They tend to stay in fairly close proximity to one another.  This morning, the female was on lower, east facing ledge with some prey in its grip.  the male was nearby atop one of the triangular rooftop pediments.  What fun to watch them both move around a few times!  This photo shows the unbounded female making a graceful landing with wings  fully outstretched!

Peregrine Falcon, male: presenting his lag bands!

March 2, 2015 in Peregrines at 250 Canal St.

The male peregrine was seen this morning in beautiful light as he perched on an upper ledge inside of the 250 Canal Street complex.  This location has served as an alternative nest site for the pair of breeding peregrine falcons.  They elected this location 2 years ago and were then had to be moved to a makeshift rooftop location due to space limitations around original nest site.  at the moment, no way of knowing whic=h nest site will be selected for the 2015 nesting season as the male has a new mate this year!

4 photos posted:   http://www.pbase.com/birdshots/image/159376989

Peregrine fledgling

June 17, 2014 in Peregrines at 250 Canal St.

The peregrine fledglings have been seen on many of the local warehouse building rooftops.  This late afternoon sighting was at the 250 Canal St. warehouse complex on one of the west facing roofs.  The young falcon was solo looking west!

Peregrine fledglings experience the joy of flight!

July 9, 2013 in Peregrines at 250 Canal St.

The fledglings are having a blast learning how to fly.  They have abundant nearby rooftops to practice short hop flights, glides and landings.  You can almosy sense their joy as they make endless short hop flights.  What a pure delight to watch!

5 photos posted:  http://www.pbase.com/birdshots/image/151582749

Peregrine adult female protecting fledglings near nestbox

July 9, 2013 in Peregrines at 250 Canal St.

The mother peregrine continues to keep a vigilant watch over her offspring.  On this overcast afternoon in just after July 4th, she remains on a regular roof corner and then chases off a nearby passing predator threat.

6 action photos posted:  http://www.pbase.com/birdshots/image/151582743   Click “next” in upper right to advance frames!  Enjoy

Peregrine Falcon chicks

June 19, 2013 in Peregrines at 250 Canal St.

The Peregrine chicks continue to be seen all around the area rooftops, sometimes perching and sometimes tsaking off on a new flight patterns!  This chick was twisting and turning around a very tall smokestack and then landed on top and enjoyed the view!

Peregrine fledglings loafing around!

June 13, 2013 in Peregrines at 250 Canal St.

The Peregrine fledlings continue to be very active around the area and spend lots of time executing new flight patterns as well as lots of time loafing around in between meals.  They were observed under heavy overcast skies on the rooftop of a nearby brick building!

Peregrines: last chick (93/AD) fledges on Sunday!!

June 9, 2013 in Peregrines at 250 Canal St.

Sunday was an amazing day with the blessing of being able to watch the fledglings just after sunrise and just prior to sunset in brilliant sunlight.  The Sunday night watch provided some of the most exciting and breath taking action I’ve ever seen in the bird world!  After tracking this 12 year old pair since September 2011, they have become quite familiar.  At the last moment this year, they changed nest locations to the north side of the Merrimack River and moved into a tiny studio apartment to lay eggs.  After hatching, Mass Wildlife alertly assessed living condtions and moved the 4 chicks to an open air rooftop nest box with terrific success.  Tonight was the golden moment that comes every once in while….a moutaintop experience…..one of those moments which glowed, which filled me with overwhelming feelings of unity with creation!  Tonight also included the treat of seeing the first flight of the last fledgling!!

37 photos posted of the peregrine chicks, post fledge, and still trying out their new wings while on rooftop perches, perching with Mom, soaring in flight and loving it, and finally just basking in the late day sunlight and continuing to stretch the beautiful new wings……WOW….. so worth a look to marvel at the beauty of it all!

http://www.pbase.com/birdshots/image/150728631   Click “next” in upper right corner to advance frames….enjoy every moment!!!