Peregrines: Woburn courtship time?

February 27, 2017 in Peregrine Falcon Woburn

_W7I2513-001The female is regularly seen in and around the nest ledge area.  This bodes very well for pair bonding and strongly suggests success for the upcoming breeding season.  This is a new female and she gets along well with the continuing male at this site. as we move towards the end of February, we enter the time for courtship activities.  Courtship serves to strengthen the pair bond and brings the pair into reproductive synchrony. Courtship behaviors may be seen  over a long time period depending on the breeding chronology of the specific pair but is typically observed most intensively during the month of March. Courtship involves several behaviors performed in flight or in the vicinity of the nest site. These include circling flights, bows, and displays. Behaviors are often associated with vocalizations. During the courtship period, the male will frequently offer prey to the female.  Stay tuned!