While watching Nashua's male Peregrine keeping vigil (and enjoying his lunch), I was delighted to spot six Chimney Swifts chasing insects near the Nashua River.
The reign of our long-time territorial pair, Monster and Rusty is over. Other than a possible February sighting of Rusty, the female, in February by Chris McPherson, they were not spotted this spring.
A pair often seen during winter hunting around the bridges to Hudson over the Merrimack were supplanted by a pair of two-year olds, black/green A/T, the male, and black/green 18 BE, a female hatched in 2016 at the Verizon Tower in Brockton Ma.
A/T was originally banded (as a female) in 2016, a Manchester hatchling, and had been id'd by his bands as a juvie at Pickering Ponds and Plum Island.
He spent much of last winter and early spring hanging around Nashua, finally being chased off by the returning Monster and Rusty. He returned this spring, when his true gender was revealed when Bob Vallieres spotted him mating with BE! (As an adult, he does look like a male.)
I'll miss Rusty and Monster. Deanne Fortnam and I, often along with Jim Kegley, had many exciting times following their adventures in the early years of their reign! They were mysterious birds, generally appearing with their young around the time when Chris Martin was wrapping up the Peregrine nesting season and about to write them off.