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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Lawrence Peregrines: male perched Verizon Cell Tower

August 8, 2016 in Verizon Cell Tower

_W7I0414-001A number of the Lawrence peregrine falcons have been seen with regularity in perch mode on the Verizon Cell Tower in Lawrence.  Both the adults and the 2016 hatch year fledglings have used this as a recent perch location. The cell tower is located at the corner of Hampshire st. and Canal st. in Lawrence.  The lighting was a challenge for this image.  The temp was 87 degrees with clear skies and winds from NW at 9 miles per hour.

Lawrence Peregrines: adult on Verizon Cell Tower

July 28, 2016 in Verizon Cell Tower

_W7I8296-001The Lawrence Peregrines continue to be seen in a variety of perch locations over last few weeks.  Both adults and at least two of the 2016 hatch year fledglings have been seen on the Verizon Cell Tower on Hampshire St.  This has typically been a cold weather perch location so it was a bit of a surprise to find the falcons here!

Lawrence Peregrine: fledgling perched on Verizon Cell Tower

July 18, 2016 in Verizon Cell Tower

Stopped by the Clock Tower late afternoon and scanned for peregrine falcons.  After scanning for over 15 minutes, finally made a sighting of a distant peregrine perched on the Verizon Cell Tower located about 1/2 mile away in NW direction.  After getting closer, was able to get good enough looks to determine it was on the of the 2016 hatch year fledglings!_W7I5144-001

Lawrence Peregrines: male in the sun!

February 18, 2016 in Verizon Cell Tower

CF2C0173-001The male continues his daily routine of staying close to the hot air exhaust vents at the Verizon Cell Tower.  This week the female has been seen very little.  With courtship time ready to happen, we should them together more often and the center of activities back to the Clock Tower!

Lawrence Peregrines: male basking in sun!

February 17, 2016 in Verizon Cell Tower

CF2C9872-001The male Peregrine Falcon was perched atop the Verizon Cell Tower mid-morning and then moved back to one of the south facing ledges with the hot air exhaust vents.  It seemed to enjoy basking in the bright sun, under clear skies, and temps in the mid-thirties.  Courtship season is ready to happen!

Lawrence Peregrines: late afternoon meal!

February 11, 2016 in Verizon Cell Tower

CF2C8967-001Minutes after sunset, stopped by the Verizon Cell Tower to find the banded male Peregrine (6/4) in the midst of a late afternoon meal.  Looks like it may have been ripping apart a freshly caught Bluejay.  Just able to capture some low light images!

Lawrence Peregrines: staying warm at Verizon Tower

February 11, 2016 in Verizon Cell Tower

CF2C8946-001The Lawrence Peregrines go to, or remain, at the Verizon Cell Tower on cold days to enjoy the warm air exhaust vents on the south side of the building.  This morning they both sat on the same sixth floor ledge, in the sun and enjoying the warm air!