Lawrence Peregrines: ready to drop eggs!

March 16, 2017 in Verizon Cell Tower

_W7I4804-001The sun was shining bright this morning with clear skies and moderate winds.  After a quick look around the Clock Tower, and in light of cold temps in the twenties, and lower with wind chill, made a run over to the Verizon Cell Tower.  Sure enough, up on the sixth floor ledge along the hot air exhaust vents, were both peregrines.  The female seemed to be trying to get the attention of the male, but he displayed a clear indifference. So after ten minutes of walking back and forth along the ledge, she took a powder and flew around to the east side of the building to an awning over a pair of larger vents, and perched herself in the sun and out of the wind!  Nice seeing them somewhat close together….

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Lawrence Peregrines: Verizon Tower!

February 16, 2017 in Verizon Cell Tower

_W7I0908-001It was another cloudy cold winterish morning with both of the Lawrence Peregrines tucked away on the hot air exhaust ledges at the Verizon Cell Tower.  The wind was strong out of the NW and the peregrines tucked in tight to stay warm!

 

 

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Lawrence Peregrine male: Verizon Tower

February 14, 2017 in Verizon Cell Tower

_W7I0576-001Another beautiful sunny morning with blue skies and light winds.  In these waning days of winter the peregrines still find comfort and warmth perched on the ledges at The Verizon Cell Tower.  The hot air exhaust vents provide lots of warm air from an elevated perch location overlooking the Merrimack River!

Lawrence Peregrines: female 5th floor Verizon

February 9, 2017 in Verizon Cell Tower

_W7I0500-001Out looking for the falcons this morning under overcast skies, light snow, NE winds at 20MPH and temps in mid-20’s.  They were both perched on ledges astride the hot air exhaust vents at the Verizon Cell Tower.  The larger female was perched and walking around a bit on the 5th floor and the male was scrunched into a corner one ledge over to the west and on the 6th floor!

Lawrence Peregrines at Verizon Tower

February 6, 2017 in Verizon Cell Tower

_W7I0328-001Took some time to look for the Lawrence Peregrines….no where to be found around the Clock Tower.  Crossed over the Merrimack River for a closer look at the hot air exhaust vents on the Verizon Cell Tower….sure enough, both falcons were on the same ledge enjoying the warm air outflow from the exhaust vents.  Very normal this time of year, especially when temps are well below freezing overnight.

With falcons on the same ledge, it provided a nice moment to appreciate the visible size difference between the male and the female!  The annual courtship process should begin in the next week or two!  Stay tuned!

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Lawrence Peregrines: male at Verizon Tower

January 5, 2017 in Verizon Cell Tower

_W7I6536-001Another beautiful sunny morning with the male Peregrine Falcon basking in the sun on the 5th floor ledge on the south side of the Verizon Cell Tower, taking full advantage of the hot air exhaust vents…..warm air, warm sun…a nice combo in the deep part of winter!

Lawrence Peregrines: male at Verizon Tower

January 5, 2017 in Verizon Cell Tower

_W7I6536-001Found the male peregrine this morning perched on the 6th floor ledge on the south side of the Verizon Cell tower on Canal Street in Lawrence.  With temps in the 20’s, this is a favored perch this time of year due to hot air exhaust vents from the cell tower.  It was a sunny morning with light winds….and no sign of female peregrine nearby.

Lawrence Peregrines: male on Verizon ledge!

December 20, 2016 in Verizon Cell Tower

_w7i4255-001Another cold morning with the male Peregrine resting on a ledge at the Verizon Cell Tower on Canal Street in Lawrence.  The female was not seen this morning.  As temps push below 30 degrees, and often with wind chill making it feel colder, the peregrines are often found on one of these ledges, taking advantage of the warm air exhaust vents at the cell tower!  The photo provides a clear view of the black over green left leg band with the 6/4 numeric code.

Lawrence Peregrines: unbanded female

December 16, 2016 in Verizon Cell Tower

_w7i3238-001Made a pass by the Ayer Mill Clock Tower this afternoon about an hour before sunset in search of the peregrine falcons.  The wind was light, out of the west with the temp about 17 degrees and a wind chill making it feel about 8 degrees.  At these temperature levels, the peregrines will shift over to the hot air vents on the south side of the Verizon Communications Tower on Canal St. between Hampshire and Franklin Streets. Sure enough, found the female perched on one of the upper vent ledges.  Just happened to catch the peregrine take off in flight into the fading late day sun, with less than an hour of sunlight left in the day.  It circled four times and landed on the NW corner of the roof and then flew off and landed again with a closer look!  The male arrived and perched on a nearby hot air vent ledge.

For those with an interest, four photos posted:

http://www.pbase.com/birdshots/image/164709980

Lawrence Peregrines: male and female on Verizon Cell Tower

August 11, 2016 in Verizon Cell Tower

_W7I0510-001The Verizon Cell Tower has been a very regular perch locations for the Lawrence Peregrines these past two months.  Both the adults and two of the hatch year chicks have been seen with some frequency.  This sighting was  just the two adults.  It was nice to zero in on the alpha numeric bi-color  leg band (6/4) in the photograph and to confirm yet another sighting of this long-time male peregrine.

According to Christian Martin at NH Audubon, the male (6/4) in Lawrence was born in Manchester, NH in 2001 to a first year nesting pair. There were four chicks in the brood and he was the runt of the brood. The big question at that time, was, will this runt of the brood make it to adult life?

As of February 2012, the runt of the 2001 brood is the only one to survive from the original group. This Peregrine Falcon has a very healthy breeding history with a history starting in 2003 at this site in Lawrence.

His leg bands are 6*/4* black over green. The “*” indicates that the numbers are not vertical, but are laid over on their sides on the band. The service number on his other leg band is 2206-59866.  As of August 2016, the champion breeder has just turned 15 years old!

The second photo shows his new number one girl and the mother of the 2016 hatch year brood of 4 chicks!

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