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Falcon Watch (6:30 - 8:45 pm) - 6/8/11 - Hot Hazy & Humid

Wednesday, June 8th, 2011

From Rochester Falcon Watcher Carol P.
It was an HHH day, hot, hazy and humid. I arrive at Kodak Park around 6:30 pm. Dana was already there and pointed out Unity on the east side of the tall still, sitting on the shady side. We had been receiving tweeted reports from our on-line Watchers. Beauty is in the nest box. Archer just brought food to Beauty. So we knew that Unity was here by herself.
Kathy O joined us and we continued our Watch. At 8:00 pm, the sun was starting to go down and a breeze started. It was very welcome and it kept the mosquitoes away. There have been so many of them lately. Very annoying. As the heat of the day went away, Unity started to stretch and preen. She spread her wings and took off heading south towards the bowling alley across the street, a favorite hunting ground. She stooped and veered up, missing the pigeons that roosted there. Unity landed on the communication tower directly south of our position. She was in hunt mode and this was a good place to hunt from.
At 8:30 pm, Unity flew off of the communication tower and headed back towards the blue colored building that held her scrape. She flew directly into the scrape. Little did we know at the time that Archer had beat her there.
Dana and watched first Archer and then Unity come out of the scrape and land on the west still. he was above her. He then flew off and down to her, landing gently on her back. At 8:35 pm, they copulated. He then flew around a bit and again landed above her on the still. During all of this, there was little vocalization.
It was time for us to leave and as we were driving away, Archer flew back down to the scrape area. It was a good day. All Rochester Falcons, Beauty, Archer and Unity were accounted for and was peaceful.
We will continue to keep an eye on both nest sites and report what we see. Nite all!

Morning watch 6-8-11

Wednesday, June 8th, 2011

By Rochester falcon watcher MAK

As I approached the Broad St. bridge today I spotted Dan in his chair on the sidewalk and I started smiling. He hasn’t met me there in the morning in  3 weeks or more. He hadn’t seen any falcons yet when I arrived. We sat there for awhile and getting bored he asked if I wanted to go to the pedestrian bridge at high falls so we went. It’s a nice,relaxing  place to spend time with all it’s natural surroundings. We saw that Mrs. Canadian goose didn’t have any hatchlings yet and Mr. and Mrs. turkey were bonding over in the grassy area.

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Anyway, after 20 minutes I finally spotted the Beautyful one on the Frontier Communications Tower.


Can you find her in the pic?  Dan spotted Beauty flying up to and into the nestbox about 25 minutes later and Donna reported a couple minutes later that Archer had brought Beauty some breakfast. I was very happy to hear that to say the least! Dan left at 7:00am his usual time and I drove back downtown to find Beauty on the jail tower.

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I sat on Troup St. watching her for only 5 minutes when she flew off in the direction of FCT. I found her over there in her favorite spot below the platform on the east side.


I spent half an hour with her until she suddenly looked up over her shoulder,then flew off toward me.

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As she flew practically right over me it was then that I spotted Archer coming up the rear right on her tail. They both flew in the direction of Times Square so I tweeted it out and high tailed it over to Broad St. Nobody on Times Square,Mercury ,Wilder,Widows Walk or the jail tower so I decided to check Kodak Office. On my way back from there driving south on N. Plymouth St. I spotted Beauty back on the same perch as before on the FCT. I pulled over in front of Frontier Field(our Rochester Red Wings baseball teams field) to look through my binocs and lo and behold Archer was up there with her!

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I stayed and watched them preen until 8:30am and then it was time for this falcon watcher to get home. It was so nice to see Archer spend some time with Beauty. Keep your eyes to the sky everyone! :)

Falcon Watches - 6/5, 6 & 7/2011 - Pics and Reports from the Last Few Days

Tuesday, June 7th, 2011

From Rochester Falcon Watcher Carol P.


Some catch up of pictures and reporting from the last few days. These are from both nest sites, Downtown Rochester and Kodak Park. I and other Watchers have been driving back and forth quite a bit, trying to keep an eye on all 3 Rochester Falcons, making sure all is well.

No sign on needed.

Carol P

Morning watch 6-7-11

Tuesday, June 7th, 2011

By Rochester falcon watcher MAK

Hi to all you Rochester falcon fans! When I first arrived on the Broad St. bridge this morning at about 5:35 I could just barely see Beauty up on the front perch of the nestbox.


Beauty left when I wasn’t looking of course and the hunt was on for her. About 20 minutes later I spotted her on the northeast corner of the launchpad on the Kodak Office Tower.

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As I sat there watching the Beautyful one she started to whine! I thought Archer might be somewhere close. No such luck! I guess Peregrine falcons talk to themselves too or maybe she was whining to me. lol We hung out together for about 20 minutes there and then she flew off in the direction of Times Square. As I approached I could see that she had landed under the northeast wing of the Times Square building, so I drove down to Aqueduct St. and parked the truck.

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Beauty and I spent the remainder of my watch here. Have a great day everyone!  :)

Morning watch 6-6-11

Monday, June 6th, 2011

By Rochester falcon watcher MAK

After a busy weekend and taking the day off yesterday from watching I made my way downtown this morning. It took about 20 minutes before I spotted the Beautyful one. I was on the Andrews St. bridge and Beauty landed on the money bag hand of Mercury. I reached for my camera and when I looked back she was already gone. I found her after about 10 minutes on the jail tower second arm down on the south side. Again she left almost immediately.


After searching about 40 minutes I saw her on the Frontier Communications Tower and she flew off there rather quickly too! This is so NOT typical Beauty behaviour. Next, I found her over on the deck next to the main camera and she was talking up a storm. I thought perhaps Archer was around somewhere but it was wishful thinking on my part. She then went into the nestbox being quite vocal the whole time. Then, she was off again heading toward the jail tower one more time.

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Sure enough I found her there on the second arm only on the north side this time.


I went over to Troup St. to be closer to her and after a few short moments she flew off into a stoop behind the jail where I couldn’t see her. I went looking for her to find that she had doubled back to the jail tower and was in the middle of the structure.

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I had noticed Saturday morning that Beauty was hanging her right wing a little lower than the other when she was on the FCT,but she seemed to be flying just fine so I dismissed it. Now, today again that right wing seems to be hanging lower. It didn’t seem to affect her stooping skills so I really don’t know what to make of it.

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This is where I left her ending my watch on a warm, bright morning in Rochester,NY. Just in case anyone was wondering what became of Beauty and Archers’ last egg that I found on the sidewalk, after an attempt over the weekend and finding it closed I was able to deliver it to the DEC field office in Avon,NY this afternoon. Have a good one! :)

Falcon Watch (2:30-8:45 pm) - 6/5/11

Sunday, June 5th, 2011

From Rochester Falcon Watcher Carol P.


It rained most of the morning and into the afternoon. I joined Dana and Dan at KP and we checked out KP and downtown at different times. All three Rochester Falcons are doing well.

If you’re interested, you can take a look at today’s Watch report at the link above.

Carol P.

Morning watch 6-4-11

Saturday, June 4th, 2011

By Rochester falcon watcher MAK

A short but sweet report this morning. I couldn’t find Beauty right away so I went to the Dipaolo bakery to pick up rolls for Sues’ graduation party today. When I got back downtown I finally spotted her on the FCT.

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After less than a minute she flew off into a stoop toward State St. returning without any prey. I could see she was on high alert for any movement over that way when she stooped again! Once more she returned empty taloned landing on her favorite spot  below the platform on the FCT.

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I stayed as long as I could with her about an hour or so before I had to leave. It was overcast and started to sprinkle when I left downtown. Have a great day everyone! :)

Falcon Watch 6/3/11 (Evening) 6:30 - 8:45 pm - A Seafood Watch!

Friday, June 3rd, 2011

From Rochester Falcon Watcher Carol P.


It was a beautiful evening for a Falcon Watch. All Rochester Falcons accounted for and well. You can read my report at the above link. No sign on needed.

Carol P.

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Friday, June 3rd, 2011

By Rochester falcon watcher MAK

I searched for Beauty for almost an hour this morning before she finally showed herself. I started getting nervous thinking she might be over at Kodak Park. It’s always in the back of my mind that she and Unity might have another battle. I tried a different vantage point parking on the Court St. bridge and that’s where I spotted the Beautyful one over on Times Square under the northeast wing.

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I drove over to Aqueduct St. and got set up for a closer view of her. We kept company with each other for about an hour like this and then she snuck off while I wasn’t looking. A minute or so later I caught a glimpse of her flying into the nestbox and I could hear her vocalizing. Half hour later Archer appeared under the southeast wing.

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At first he was looking down toward the nestbox I assumed at Beauty. Mostly he preened himself giving me some nice poses.

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I hung out with Archer and Beauty for half hour more and then I had to leave.  :)

Falcon Watch 6:30 - 8:30 pm Cooler Night for a Watch

Thursday, June 2nd, 2011

From Rochester Falcon Watcher Carol P.
I headed out around 6:30 pm. Found no Falcons at KP. Went downtown, found Beauty on OCSR. Went back to KP, Archer and Unity there. No sign on needed.

OK, that’s a summary. You can see pictures of tonite’s Watch and read all about it here.



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