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2019 Fledges, Juvies Jupiter, Donna, Phoenix and Lakota!

Sunday, June 23rd, 2019

By Rochester Falcon Watcher Carol P.

Wow!  What a Fledge Watch this has been so far.  All 4 juvies (yes, juvies) have successfully fledged.  The Rochester Falcon Watchers have been very busy, covering from sun up to sun down, in all kinds of weather.  I am so proud of this bunch of very passionate folks that love the falcons and want to be there in case they get into trouble.  Thanks to all of you!

I finally had a chance to go through my 1,400 pictures taken over the past few days, and I’ve chosen a few to share.  Enjoy!

June 19, 2019

1-donna-phoenix-6-19-192-donna-phoenix-6-19-19<— Donna and Phoenix on the front of the TSB after they fledged.

June 21, 2019

1-jupiter-on-wilder-ladder-6-21-19<— Jupiter on Wilder Bldg ladder.

2-lakota-on-top-of-ts-fledge-6-21-19<— Lakota on top of the Times Square Bldg after his Fledge Flight.

3-donna-jupiter-on-wilder-6-21-19<— Donna and Jupiter on the Corner of the Wilder Bldg.

4-phoenix-on-powers-6-21-19<— Phoenix on the Powers Bldg.

June 22, 2019

1-phoenix-on-telesca-6-22-19<— Phoenix on the Telesca Bldg.

2-jupiter-on-ww-6-22-19<— Jupiter on WW.

3-phoenix-and-flag-6-22-19<— Love the flag pics! This year it’s Phoenix’s turn.  :)

June 23, 2019

1-dotca-on-cam-1-6-23-19<— Dot.ca on Cam 1 aka Pan Cam.

2-beauty-lakota-tsb-6-23-193-beauty-lakota-tsb-6-23-19<— Beauty Feeding Lakota on TSB Well Wall.

4-phoenix-tsb-6-23-19<— Phoenix on the Parapet Ledge, just above the nest box.

5-phoenix-tsb-6-23-19<— Phoenix is the first juvie to make it to the top of Cam 1 this year!

6-donna-beauty-phoenix-tsb-6-23-19<— This is my favorite pic so far.  Beauty landed with food and Donna chased her, while Phoenix watched from above.  :)

7-donna-wilder-6-23-19<— Donna on Wilder looking for a shady spot.

8-beauty-wilder-6-23-19<— Beauty loves to spread her wings on the Wilder green stripe. A well deserved rest!

9-beauty-off-wilder-6-23-19<— Time to get back to work!  Beauty takes off from the Wilder Bldg.

10-beauty-dotca-ocsr-6-23-19<— Beauty and Dot.ca meet for a short ee-chup session on the OCSR.

11-phoenix-lakota-tsb-6-23-1912-phoenix-lakota-tsb-6-23-19<— Phoenix and Lakota spent a lot of the day on the TSB well wall, near the nest box.  They practiced flapping their wings and strengthening their muscles.  They were the last two to fledge and I was happy to see them do this.

13-jupiter-donna-beauty-ww-6-23-19<— Jupiter, Donna and Beauty on WW.  We saw a lot of Jupiter today, but it was mostly flying high and fast with Beauty and Dot.ca.  He also loves to chase his sister Donna.  When he was tired, he spent time napping on the ledge above the nest box in the shade.

We’ve also noticed that when Beauty and Dot.ca alarm kak when a TV or other intruder flies too close to the Times Square Bldg, both Donna and Jupiter both join their parents by alarm kaking loudly and looking up.  Just one part of their training which they’ll go through over the next couple months.

So sorry I haven’t had a lot of time to leave more detailed reports this year.  I’ll add more pictures over the next few days.  The fledge watch continues for the next week or so.  Watching these four young eyases, fledge and become juvies has been so much fun this year!

All Three Juvies are Flying High & Doing Great! - 6/30 & 7/1/18

Sunday, July 1st, 2018

By Rochester Falcon Watcher Carol P.

A heatwave has started in Rochester, NY and I wanted to go out for early morning watches Saturday & Sunday.  Today is going to go up to 98 degrees with a heat index of 105!

Both mornings, I met Dan on the Court St Bridge around 6:30 am.  Larry O joined us Saturday morning.

Saturday, June 30, 2018

There wasn’t much to see Saturday morning for the first part of my watch.  After Dan left, Larry O and I decided to check the High Falls Gorge.  The only raptors we saw were three Red-tailed Hawks, an adult and two juvies.  Other than that, it was very quiet.  Larry and I said our goodbyes and I headed downtown for another look.  I wasn’t disappointed.  I soon heard that wonderful sound that juvie Peregrine Falcons make when they’re flying with each other and talon tagging.  I could see three at a time flying high above Xerox and B&L.  Yes, I know these buildings have new names, but I’ll continue to call them by the names I remember.  lol

During my Saturday morning watch, I saw all five downtown Rochester Falcons.  Here are some pictures that I took during this watch.

*Be sure to click on all the pictures to see the full image.*

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Sunday, July 1, 2018

Sunday Morning Watch started with an outstanding stoop by Beauty!  When I arrived on the Court St. Bridge Dan pointed out that Beauty was soaring high above the Xerox Tower.  As we watched, Beauty started her stoop.  Her wings folded back and swoosh!  At what seemed supersonic speeds, Beauty fell from the sky, hurtling towards the river on the south side of the bridge.  We lost sight of her as the pigeons took panicked flight in all different directions.  When I next saw her, she was carrying a pigeon back towards the Times Square Bldg.  I moved back to get a better look and saw that she brought it to the Widows Walk and she was surrounded by at least two juvies.

Dan had to leave, so I headed over to the Widows Walk.  I spent an hour with Letchworth, Sundara, Mike and Beauty before it got too warm and they were hunkered down in the shade after all getting a share of the meal this morning.

All three juvies are flying high and doing great!  Enjoy this 4th of July week and keep cool!

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The Day After…. All 3 Juvies Flying! - 6/21/18

Thursday, June 21st, 2018

By Rochester Falcon Watcher Carol P.

Morning Afternoon Watchers: Kathy O, Dana, Ron and Carol P.

Weather: For the first day of Summer, it was a chilly day!  Brrrr!

Early this morning, I found newly fledged Sundara on the Powers Bldg.  The same building she had fledged to yesterday.  She looked bright eyed and ready to join her siblings.  She was doing a lot of wing stretches and flapping strongly.

5-fledge-watch-powers-bldg-6-21-18<— The Powers Bldg.

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I found Letchworth on the SW corner of the lower roof on the Cross Rds Bldg.

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Beauty came in with food and brought it to the north end of the Cross Rds Bldg to prep it.  When she flew in, Dot.ca followed, along with Mike.  Sundara took off and landed next to her sister Letchworth on the Cross Rds Bldg.  Mike ended up on the top IBeam of OCSR.  He made an awesome landing there!  Dot.ca flew over to the Powers Bldg.

6-fledge-watch-dc-6-21-18<— Dot.ca on Powers Bldg.

10-fledge-watch-mike-6-21-18<— Mike on OCSR Top Ibeam.

After prepping the food, Beauty brought it to Mike on OCSR and beak fed him.

11-fledge-watch-beauty-mike-6-21-18<— Beauty feeding Mike.

After feeding Mike, she took the prey over to Letchworth and Sundara on Cross Rds.  They were very aggressive, and she ended up leaving it on the ledge for them to feed themselves.

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Beauty flew back over to OCSR.

14-fledge-watch-beauty-6-21-18<— Beauty to OCSR.

After the girls finished their meal, Beauty returned to the corner of Cross Rds, where she was joined by Mike.  He wanted just a bit more.  He is very good at following the food.  lol

15-fledge-watch-beauty-mike-6-21-18<— Beauty and Mike on Cross Rds Bldg.

A little later on, we witnessed Beauty successfully hunt a pigeon over Main St.  She flew over us with her catch, heading south.  She landed on a couple different buildings with it before heading over the river to the library, where I believe she cached it.

16-fledge-watch-beauty-6-21-1817-fledge-watch-beauty-6-21-18<— Beauty with prey.

My watch ended at just before 3:00 pm.  After being there for 8 hours, it was time to head home.  All was quiet.

Before heading home, I stopped on the Andrew St. Bridge, where I found all three juvies on the NW corner of the Cross Rds Bldg.  They were all huddled together under the watchful eye of Beauty, who was on the Powers Bldg.

18-fledge-watch-all-3-6-21-18<— Mike, Letchworth and Sundara on Cross Rds Bldg.

All Three Successfully Fledged! - 6/20/18

Wednesday, June 20th, 2018

By Rochester Falcon Watcher Carol P.

Success!!!  As of late this afternoon, all three eyases have fledged from the Times Square Bldg.  Mike, Letchworth and Sundara have graduated from eyases to juvies (or fledglings).  Sundara was the last to fledge this afternoon.  She took her first flight to the Powers Bldg, landing on the top ledge.  The fledge watchers will continue to keep a close eye on them while they hone their flying skills.  Beauty and Dot.ca will continue to feed them and teach them how to be Peregrine Falcons.

We also have received information that Billie and Seth have been seen flying with three young ones near Seneca Towers.  This is wonderful news!

Here are a few pictures from today.  Enjoy!

*Be sure to click on each picture to see the full image.*

1-fledge-watch-bs-6-20-18 <— Sundara spreads her wings under the watchful eye of Beauty.  This is before she fledged.

2-fledge-watch-mike-6-20-18 <— Mike taking off from the Times Square Bldg Wall after visiting with Sundara.

3-fledge-watch-sm-6-20-18 <— Sundara and Mike at the nest box.

4-fledge-watch-letchworth-6-20-18 <— Letchworth on Times Square Bldg, on the ledge above the nest box.

Fledge Watch Continues - No New Fledges - Saturday - 6/16/18

Saturday, June 16th, 2018

By Rochester Falcon Watcher Carol P.

Today’s Fledge Watchers:

Morning/Afternoon - Kathy O, Dana, Larry O, Dan, Carol Lukka, Darlene, Carla & JP, Carrie and Carol P. (6:30 am - 4:00 pm)

Evening - Kathy O, Carol Lukka, Carrie, Joyce, Jeanne, Carla and Larry O.  (4:00 - 9:00 pm)

Weather:  Very Sunny, with temps in the low 80’s.  Not much of a breeze.

There was a lot of activity at the nest box, but no new fledges today.  Not even Mike attempted to take flight today.  Lots of flapping by all three, strengthening their wings.  Will tomorrow be the day Mike goes again and will it be Letchworth’s time to fledge.  Only time will tell.

The highlight of the watch was when Sundara finally got the courage to make it down to the wall to join her sister and brother.  It was a beautiful sight.

As I type this report, Mike is on top of the nest box roof and Sundara and Letchworth are running the wall.

Here are some pictures from today’s fledge watch.  Enjoy!

*Please be sure to click on the picture to see the full image!*

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*During the evening watch, Mike took some flights around the area and Times Square Bldg.  According to Joyce, he even chased a swift!  When the watchers left at  9:00 pm, he was on the southeast wing ledge.  Sundara and Letchworth remain at the nest box.

Fledge Watch Continues - Mike Fledges! - Friday - 6/15/18

Friday, June 15th, 2018

By Rochester Falcon Watcher Carol P.

Today’s Fledge Watchers:

Morning/Afternoon - Dana, Larry O, Anna, Ron, Ryan, Dan, Willie, Carla, Joyce, Brian, Kathy O, Carrie and Carol P. (6:30 am - 4:00 pm)

Evening - Kathy O, Ryan, Carla, Willie, Joyce, Herbie, Dan, Larry O, Sue, Lukka (Carol) and Shaky (4:00 - 8:30 pm)

Weather:  Very Sunny, with temps in the mid 70’s.  A perfect day for a fledge!

*Please be sure to click on the picture to see the full image!*

I just had a feeling that Mike was going to fledge today and I and many other watchers were correct.  After being held back by Beauty yesterday due to the high winds, Mike was more than ready to take his first flight.

It happened at about 8:15 am.  Mike was at the north end of the wall and he was flapping his wings like crazy, and bobbing his head up and down.  Then, as Dana and I were watching, he took his first flight.  Mike headed north, towards the Powers Bldg.  We lost sight of him behind the Wilder Bldg, so we ran across the parking lot, trying to see where he went.

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Just then, Mike was heading back towards the Times Square Bldg, with Beauty and Dot.ca following close behind.  Mike’s flight was strong and he quickly gained height.  He overshot the northeast wing ledge and ended up hanging from the metal grillwork.  Beauty landed on the column above the nest box and Dot.ca landed on the northeast wing ledge, very close to Mike.  Mike quickly got his feet beneath him and settled in for awhile.

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After awhile, Mike decided it would be better to join his dad on the northeast wing ledge.  He spread his wings and attempted to fly over to Dot.ca.  But, he missed and fell down the face of the building.  Quickly he flapped his wings and took flight yet again.

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Dana and I were on the move again, tracking Mike’s flight.  He ended up turning the corner of the Times Square Bldg, where we lost sight of him.  From in front of the Blue Cross Arena, we spotted Mike on a ledge near the top of the back extension of the Times Square Bldg on the southside.  He was safe and Beauty was nearby keeping an eye on him.

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Dana remained on the southside to keep an eye on Mike, while I returned to Aqueduct St (aka “the hole”) to watch the girls, just in case.  We were joined by many watchers during the day.  You can see the list of watchers above.

Here is a picture showing the location of Mike’s first flights.

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Beauty and Dot.ca did a lot of flight lessons for the new juvie and his two eyas sisters.  Once an eyas takes flight, they become a juvie or fledgling.  The flying by the adults was spectacular.  Wish you could all see what they can do.

I’ve been practicing flight shots with my new camera.  :)

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Kathy O, Anna and I walked around to the southside of the building to check on Mike.  We found Dana and she pointed out his location.  He was on the move.  Back and forth on the ledge, with wings out.  He was trying to get up to the roof above his ledge.  From there, he could walk all around the building.  Finally, he made his way to the roof.  Always under the watchful eye of his watchers and parents.

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I ended my watch at 4:00 pm.  By the time I left, Mike had made it up a few levels and back to the wall on the opposite side of the building from the nest box.  He had a good view of his two sisters and he found some shade to take a nap in.

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After I left, Mike finally made it back to the nest box.  Beauty brought in food and that is all it took for Mike to make the short flight across the front of the building to the nest box platform.  A beautiful flight and landing.  He joined his sisters for a small meal.

Here are some more pictures from my fledge watch.  Enjoy!

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Fledge Watch Continues - Thursday - 6/14/18

Thursday, June 14th, 2018

By Rochester Falcon Watcher Carol P.

Today’s Fledge Watchers:

Morning/Afternoon - Kathy O, Lisa, Dana, Larry O, Anna, Ron and Carol P. (5:30 am - 4:00 pm)

Evening - Lisa, Kathy O, Ryan, Joyce, Sue, Dan, Carrie and Larry O. (4:00 - 8:30 pm)

Weather:  Sunny, cool and VERY windy, with temps in the low 70’s.

The day started out very early (5:30 am) for this watcher.  Kathy O and I were on watch in the hole, while Lisa met the Channel 10 folks on the corner of Exchange and Broad.  They were there to see what happened during a fledge watch.  We did not get to meet them.  Maybe next time.  The falcons were quite active while they were here.

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The winds were extremely high, and Beauty was determined to keep the eyases grounded at the nest box.  She kept them well fed and remained with them during most of the day and afternoon.  I was really happy she did this.  With winds like this, it is too easy to have an accidental fledge.  So, as of the time I am typing this report, all are still safely at the nest box.  We’ll see what happens during the evening watch.

There was a lot of flying lessons for the eyases by Beauty and Dot.ca.  The winds did not bother the adults at all.  In fact, they really enjoy them!

The highlight of my watch was to see a very classic food exchange between Beauty and Dot.ca over the Blue Cross Arena.  Dot.ca flew in clutching prey, and Beauty flew out to meet him.  She flipped upside down (talons up!) and grabbed the food from him.  After that, she cached the meal for later use.

Here are some pictures from today’s fledge watch.  Enjoy!

*Be sure to click on each picture to see the full image.*

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Fledge Watch Continues - Wednesday - 6/13/18

Wednesday, June 13th, 2018

By Rochester Falcon Watcher Carol P.

Today’s Fledge Watchers:

Early Morning - Dan and Larry O (5:15 - 7:00 am)

Morning/Afternoon - Kathy O, Dan, Ron and Carol P. (8:00 am - 4:00 pm)

Evening - Pat, Lisa, Carla, Shaky and Larry O. (6:00 - 8:30 pm)

Special thanks to the not local watchers helping by letting the local watchers know what is going on, on camera - Ei and Annette

Weather:  Cloudy, damp and rainy, some sun, with temps in the mid 80’s, area under a severe thunderstorm and wind warning, late day to 11 pm.

Another fledge watch with no fledges.  I was really hoping that they would wait to fledge tomorrow, with the possible bad weather coming through.

The highlights of the morning/afternoon watch.

We got to see Dot.ca stoop off the top of the Times Square Bldg, low over the pavement in front of us and then zipping up to continue over the river.  He did this not once, but twice!  So thrilling to see!  Definitely in hunt mode.

Letchworth made her way out onto the wall for the first time, joining her brother Mike.  It was fun to see the two youngsters flapping and running down the wall together.  Soon, Sundara will join them.

Near the end of the watch, Beauty took off and returned about 10 minutes later.  She landed on top of Camera 1 (aka Pan Cam).  She looked a little funny up there.  Turning and twisting and spreading her wings out and ….. I zoomed in on her with my camera and saw that she was soaking wet! She had taken a bath and was preening her wet feathers and drying out her wings.  lol

Here are some pictures from today’s fledge watch.  Enjoy!

*Please click on the pictures to see the full image.*

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I also wanted to include some pictures of our bathing Beauty!

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Fledge Watch Continues - Tuesday - 6/12/18

Tuesday, June 12th, 2018

By Rochester Falcon Watcher Carol P.

Today’s Fledge Watchers:

Morning/Afternoon - Larry, Kathy O, June and Carol P. (6:00 am - 4:00 pm)

Evening - Pat, Brian, Carrie, Lisa, Ryan and Larry O. (5:30 - 8:30 pm)

Weather:  Very warm, with temps in the mid 80’s, not much wind and lots and lots of sun.

Third day of fledge watch, and no fledges yet.  Although Mike is getting closer.  He’s been running and flapping on the wall like a champ, jumping up onto the top of the nest box and finally making it to the top of camera 4.  All steps toward his first flight.

Kathy O and I covered the fledge watch from 8 am to 4 pm.  Most of the time it was very quiet, but there were times when the eyases and adults were very active.  Beauty and Dot.ca are flying high above and around the Times Square Bldg. giving their young ones flying lessons.  They seem to be getting less food at this time.  This is normal.  They need to slim down a bit before they fly.

The evening watchers reported continued activity by the falcon family.  They ended their evening watch at 8:30 pm.

Here are some pictures from my morning/afternoon fledge watch.

*Be sure to click on the pictures to see the full image.*

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In case you’ve ever wondered, here is our view from Aqueduct St, aka “the hole”.

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Let the Fledge Watch Begin! - 6/10 & 6/11/18

Monday, June 11th, 2018

By Rochester Falcon Watcher Carol P.

6/10 Fledge Watchers: Kathy O, Linda and Carol P. (9 am - 4 pm); Carrie (evening)

6/11 Fledge Watchers: Kathy O, Dana and Carol P. (8 am - 4 pm); Pat, Carrie, Herbie and Joyce (evening)

We’ll be very busy with the Fledge Watch over the next week or so.  Mike is very close to taking his first flight.  Letchworth and Sundara will take a little longer.  Both Beauty and Dot.ca are very busy watching over their young, and keeping the airspace above and around the Times Square Bldg clear of everything.  We’ve seen them chase off gulls, hawks and turkey vultures.  Anything that gets too close.

I wanted to share some of my favorite pictures from the first two days of our fledge watch.  So you can see what we do from the ground.  Enjoy!

*Be sure to click on the pictures to see the full image!*

June 10, 2018

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June 11, 2018

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