Lawrence Peregrines: Day 14

May 27, 2018 in In the Nest Box, lawrence peregrines, Peregrine Falcons Eastern Massachusetts, Peregrine Falcons Massachusetts

This morning started out under heavy overcast skies with fog and mist; winds from the northeast at 12MPH, and the temp at 56F.  The forecast calls for a chance of rain. Cloudy, with a temperature falling to around 52 by 4pm. Northeast wind around 9 mph, with gusts as high as 23 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

2018.0527.2-001The daily pattern is now shifting with the female no longer brooding the chicks in close contact. She is very attentive, and remains close by, either in and around the nest box, or on the nearby perch pole. She is always alert, and may preen and stretch quite a bit.  The chicks like the far back left corner, and continue to stay close to one another, but in a bit of a looser huddle.  The addled egg remains in the nest box for now.  A few lingering feathers can be seen, but given the number of feedings, the nest box remains fairly clean!  At 11:20 AM, the female can be seen calling and squawking for food.  Minutes later, the male provides and she enters into the nest box with pray in her bill, ready to feed to the hungry chicks


Literature cited:

Ratcliffe, D. 1993. The Peregrine Falcon. 2nd ed. Carlton, England: T. and A. D. Poyser.

The Canadian Peregrine Foundation, Peregrine Falcon Development – Age Guide;