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Morning watch 10-31-13

Thursday, October 31st, 2013

By Rochester Falcon Watcher MAK

It was like a heatwave this morning compared to the last few days as the temperature was 44 degrees (F) 7 (C) unfortunately it was dark, kind of ghoulish and raining.

Despite the weather our falcons still have to tend to business and so do I. When I drove down Ajax Alley behind HSBC I spotted a falcon on the north side of the roof at 7:40am.

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There was no way to ID this bird from there so I went to my spot on Chestnut St. near the Hotel Cadillac and could clearly see that it was Beauty and she was eating.

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10 minutes after arriving the Beautyful one managed to slip away without me seeing. I went to the Broad St. bridge (BSB) to check Mercury as I had gotten a tweet from cam watcher FlaDonna that she thought she saw a falcon on the statue. Nobody was on it when I got there but thanks for trying to help me out from Florida! After an extensive search around the city the only thing I saw hanging out on  a building was the OCSR window washers who are still working on the northeast side.

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I left for the Brighton site, arriving at 8:45am I found Pigott on the northwest corner of the west extension eating. She was quite wet but it had stopped raining momentarily.

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Miss Pigott got spooked and stopped eating soon after I got there looking southeast cranking her neck up to see something. I didn’t see anything from the ground. She picked up her food and dropped it once so I knew she wasn’t done eating yet.

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I hung with her for about an hour and returned to downtown around 9:45am. As I was on the BSB looking at the Times Square building I thought I caught a falcon fly up in the OCSR elevator shaft out of the corner of my eye. I drove over to Main St. by the Radisson Hotel to look and there was one up there on the north side.

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It was raining hard at this time but I could see white  so I figured it was Dot.Ca (DC). I was surprised that a falcon would go up in there while there were window washers right below the elevator shaft but I guess he wanted shelter from the rain more than avoiding people.

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At this point I wasn’t positive  this was DC so I set out to check for a second falcon. I found one on the northeast cube of the Frontier Communications Tower and it was none other than Beauty so now I knew DC was in the elevator shaft.

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I was content having seen all 3 of our Rochester Peregrine Falcons so I ended my watch at 10am happy and smiling! :)

P.S.  HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

Click on the links below to watch our wet falcons on video

http://youtu.be/uH-I6i3TELw

http://youtu.be/1_UvaSlxlNM

http://youtu.be/5QSzzrrcXwY

Wednesday Late Afternoon/Evening Falcon Watch - Dot.ca and Beauty ~ Inseparable! - 10/30/13

Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

By Rochester Falcon Watcher Carol P.

There is one word that describes this falcon watch report.  Inseparable!  That’s what Beauty and Dot.ca were, inseparable.  Where one went, the other followed.  It didn’t matter if it was Beauty or Dot.ca that left first, the other followed.  I spent close to 2 hours watching these two and I enjoyed every moment of my Watch.

It was a circus downtown, literally!  Larry O and his dog Harold joined me for a short time when I was over on Aqueduct St watching Beauty and Dot.ca on the base of Mercury.  When the sun started to go down, it got cold. Brrrrr!

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When I first arrived, they were both on the Frontier Communication Tower (FCT).  Beauty took off first and Dot.ca followed.  Donna, a camera watcher/reporter tweeted out that both Beauty and Dot.ca had entered the nest box on the Times Square Bldg.  She described it as a “chup fest!”   They were bowing to each other, strengthening their bonds.  After they left the nest box, they both returned to the Frontier Communication Tower and both landed on the top arm.  Beauty again took off and a few minutes later, Dot.ca followed and so did I.

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I followed them downtown and found Beauty eating on the base of Mercury.  The roads were congested with rush hour traffic and folks coming in to see the Circus at the Blue Cross Arena.  I ended up parking down on Aqueduct St, where I was able to get out of my car and get good view of Beauty.  It wasn’t long before Dot.ca flew in and landed on Mercury’s moneybag hand.

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After finishing her meal, Beauty cached the remainder on top of the base of Mercury.  She then took off heading north, over the river.  Dot.ca followed.  They flew together in front of the OCSR, then headed back towards the Times Square Bldg.  I really thought they were both going to land up there, but Beauty turned back and landed on the SW corner of Wilder building.  Of course, Dot.ca landed just behind her.  They ee-chupped a bit and I thought maybe they would copulate, but it didn’t happen.

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They didn’t stay there long.  Both returned to the base of Mercury, where they both found food and ate.

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Dot.ca took off and then Beauty took off.  Dot.ca landed on Mercury’s money bag hand and Beauty landed on Mercury’s heel.  This is where I left them at the end of my downtown Watch.

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I had checked on Pigott earlier in the Watch, but could not find her.

The sun was setting and it was cold.  Time to head home, via Charlotte/Summerville and Russell Station route.  By the time I drove down to the lake, the sun had set and there wasn’t much light to see by.  I could not find any falcons at any of these locations.  While I was parked by the pond on the north side of Russell Station, I spotted a gull that had the tip of its wing tangled up in fishing line.  Thankfully I was able to release the gull.  I really do hate when I find fishing line and always collect it when I see it and properly dispose of it.  It’s just too easy for wild life to get tangled up in it.  I was happy to have been able to help the gull.  Now it was time to end my Watch and head home.

Goodnight everyone!

Morning watch 10-30-13

Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

By Rochester Falcon Watcher MAK

It was overcast and 37 degrees (F) 3 (C) when I started my watch today but the sun did eventually come out and make for a nice autumn day in Western New York

I can think of no better way to start a watch than with Beauty perched atop the Mercury money bag (MMB) and that’s just what happened this morning. :) She was looking left and right and all around for a meal ticket.

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The Ringling Brothers-Barnum and Bailey circus is in town at the Blue Cross Arena filling up the Court St. bridge with their cargo trucks and some on the Broad St. bridge (BSB)as well. The purple lights on the Rundell Library were still lit.

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Pat stopped briefly on her way to work at Thomson Reuters just before 8am. About 10 minutes later Beauty vocalized and a couple minutes later stretched her wings and flew off across the river past the Hyatt Hotel and headed to Bausch&Lomb where she landed and picked up cached food.

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The Beautyful one flew back across the river and ended up on the Times Square building (TSB) under the northwest wing where she began eating. I went down to the hole next to He’s Chinese to watch.

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I decided to go look for Dot.Ca (DC) around 8:30am and as I was waiting for the light at State and Church streets I saw a falcon flying toward Times Square. I cut across to Fitzhugh St. and stopped near Widows Walk where I could see Beauty under the northwest wing and she was not alone. DC had joined her and no doubt wanted a piece of her cache. She left seconds after I arrived empty taloned-so she was nice enough to leave a chunk for her mate at the back of the ledge.

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I left him to see where Beauty might have gone but I couldn’t find her. When I returned to TSB there was no sign of DC. After a check around downtown with no sightings I switched gears and went to the Brighton Site (BS). On the way I took some more foliage photos as the trees are losing their colorful leaves fast now.

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Arriving at BS at 9:15am, I spotted Pigott on the front edge of the cubby with her back to me. In the hour that I shared space with Miss Pigott she never turned around but she did have a busy head as she watched some crows that were in the area giving she and I a show with their antics.

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I left her and returned to downtown-as I was on the Andrews St. bridge I spotted a falcon on the northeast cube of the Frontier Communications Tower. As I pulled up it flew off heading west around 10:30am. I checked around the Times Square area and then headed toward Kodak Office (KO) where I found both Beauty and DC on the launchpad. She was on the east side just a few feet away from DC who was on the northeast corner with his back to her as i was on State St. to the south of the tower by Platt St.

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These 2 crack me up how they act like they’re ignoring each other when close with their backs to each other. Beauty turned facing the east so I drove down to Mill St. for better viewing.

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I then decided to drive to the north side of KO so I could see the front of DC and after a few minutes I called it a watch at 11am.

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Anytime I can say I saw all 3 Rochester Peregrine Falcons safe and sound on my watch I just have to smile! :)

Click on the links below to see more pics and some videos

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http://youtu.be/t7I8Tr4XRwo

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Tuesday Late Afternoon/Evening Watch - An All Beauty Watch - 10/29/13

Tuesday, October 29th, 2013

By Rochester Falcon Watcher Carol P.

A very short and sweet falcon watch report tonight.

I first checked downtown - Nothing.

Then I checked the BS location - Nothing.

Back downtown.  Finally a falcon!  Woohoo!  :-)

Beauty was on the outstretched hand of Mercury.  Here are a few pics.

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While I was downtown, Dana reported seeing an adult Peregrine Falcon eating on the glass pyramid on the roof of the old Medley Center in Irondequoit.  Both Lisa McK and Kathy O were at the BS location and neither had seen Pigott there.

I searched all over downtown for a 2nd time and could not find Dot.ca.  At 5:00 pm, it was time to move on.  My next stop was the Charlotte/Summerville area.  Again, no falcons found.  Russell Station was my last stop. By 6:00 pm, clouds were moving in and I was quickly losing light.  No sightings of any falcons there either.  The only raptor I found was an adult Red-tailed Hawk hunting on the south side.  It was time for me to call it a watch.

This weekend we start Daylight Savings Time.  So next week, it will get darker even faster.  Darn.  :-(

On my way home, I passed Buck Pond in Greece, NY.  The sun was setting, making for a beautiful view.  Goodnight everyone!

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Morning watch 10-29-13

Tuesday, October 29th, 2013

By Rochester Falcon Watcher MAK

We had a killing frost last night-as I left for my watch the temperature was a cold 27 degrees (F) 3 (C) but the sun came up and shone brightly

My first sighting was Dot.Ca (DC) on the Mercury money bag (MMB) at 7:29am. He left soon after flying east across the river and going behind the Hyatt Hotel where I lost sight of him.

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I drove to the east side looking for DC but I didn’t find him. At 8am I found a falcon on the northeast corner of the 20th floor of Kodak Office (KO). Parked on State St. near Platt St. I was having trouble identifying it as it didn’t seem dark enough to be Beauty and not white enough to be DC. I ended up tweeting that it was Beauty because I didn’t see a heart shape on the malar stripe.

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About 5 minutes later cam watcher Donna (thank you) reported a falcon on the MMB so I drove over to check it out thinking if I found out who it was then I’d know who was on KO. It was Beauty and she flew off going southeast so I returned to KO and parked on Mill St. to observe who I thought was DC.

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The more pics I looked at of the KO falcon the more doubt I had that it was DC-it didn’t perch like him, there was no heart, it had a very dark helmet and I had never seen DC or any other falcon on this particular corner.

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Finally around 8:22am I got the proof I needed when this PEFA gave me some leg shots-there were no bands on either leg.

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20 minutes later this unbanded male judging by size walked around the corner out of the sun and into the shade and showing his back. I had to drive down past Brown St. on State St. to find him-he blended in well.

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He turned around to face me and stretched, then he got settled for a while.

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Suddenly around 9:10am I saw some movement out of the corner of my eye. On the east side (where the unbanded tiercel had been) was 2 pigeons marching toward that northeast corner of the 20th floor on Kodak Office. I’m saying to myself-self, they’re going to walk right in front of that falcon! Sure enough, the lead pigeon hit that corner where they could see each other and off went the first pigeon followed by the 2nd pigeon as the PEFA took off as well. The pigeons were flying in a frenzy as they do when a Peregrine Falcon is within inches of them and the poor tiercel just wanted to get away. He flew right between them heading north and didn’t come back.

I drove down Lake Ave. in that direction and never found him-checked Hawkeye and Seneca Towers as I was close by but found nothing. Drove thru downtown and saw nothing except the Ringling Brothers-Barnum and Bailey Circus is in town and the Court St. Bridge was blocked off for their trucks. On my way to the Brighton site (BS), I witnessed a fender bender accident on Mt. Hope Blvd. Onward to BS where after a few days Pigott was finally gracing me with her presence.  She was perched on the southeast corner of the southeast extension preening.

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I shared space with Miss Pigott for about 20 minutes when a double propeller military helicopter came flying toward BS from the east. I zeroed in on a spot to shoot the copter and as I panned it across the building I noticed Pigott was gone and so was the helicopter. It amazes me how close aircraft fly over the BS building (the airport is very close there) and I’m sure that’s probably why Pigott took off. I sure would if I saw something like that coming at me! So after Pigott didn’t return I left for downtown-stopping at a drug store on the way for a couple things when I witnessed a woman stick a candy bar down the front of her shirt. I was having quite the watch-sheesh!

So when I got downtown I searched but came up short on finding a falcon but I found window washers on the northeast side of OCSR to end my watch at 11am. I saw all 3 resident Rochester Peregrine Falcons, a bonus unbanded tiercel and some different stuff. After a watch like that how could I not be smiling!?!  :)

Click on the links below to view more pics and videos

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http://youtu.be/hO1Yos4DGMQ

Morning watch 10-28-13

Monday, October 28th, 2013

By Rochester Falcon Watcher MAK

Cold start today at 37 (F) 3 (C) with mostly cloudy skies

So it looks like we have a new routine in the morning-we are hanging around the Times Square area instead of the east side the past few days. We’ve had a couple visits to the nest box and some pair bonding too, making me think Dot.Ca (DC) is getting ready to migrate. We shall see! Anyway, I found Beauty under the northeast wing of the Times Square building for the 3rd or 4th day in a row to start my watch at 7:30am.

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I was parked in the hole next to He’s Chinese watching Beauty when cam watcher Annette tweeted there was a falcon on the Mercury money bag (MMB). I turned around to see DC up there but not for long as he flew off after a few minutes and went under the northwest wing of TSB across from Beauty with his back to both of us. He was in hunt mode.

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2 minutes after arriving DC flew off to the north and I followed right behind. As I was stopped at Fitzhugh and Main St. for a red light I noticed city workers putting Christmas lights up on the trees along Main St.

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I continued on down Fitzhugh St. coming to rest in front of the Sister Cities parking garage where I could see DC on the northeast cube of the Frontier Communications tower. Wait-did I just say that!? That cube is Beautys’ perching spot! I took a couple pics to be sure that it was him and then I whipped back to TSB to see if Beauty was still there and she was.

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From there I went to Brighton and once again Pigott was not there. I think this is like the 5th day in a row I haven’t seen her there in the morning but she has been seen in the afternoon and evenings by other watchers. I exited thru the back service road so I could check the PEFA tree and cell tower. There was a raptor on the cell tower but it was a Red-tail Hawk.

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Returning to downtown I found the Beautyful one still under the northeast wing of TSB. I took one pic to be sure it was her and then took a drive around to look for DC. As I drove down Pleasant St. I spotted this painting on a building. We have some fine artists here in Rochester sharing their talents to make the urban jungle more appealing.

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I didn’t find DC and ended my watch at 9:15am as I had a busy day ahead of me. Keep smiling! :)

Click on the links below to view a couple videos from my watch

http://youtu.be/0ok9hsZIp8Y

http://youtu.be/-pzlKeRVInI

Weekend Falcon Watch - Beauty, Pigott, Dot.ca and Billy Seen - 10/26 & 27/13

Sunday, October 27th, 2013

By Rochester Falcon Watcher Carol P.

It was another wonderful weekend of falcon watching and I am happy to report that all 3 resident Rochester Falcons were seen, plus we are pretty sure we had Billy, the juvie from Buffalo, granddaughter of Mariah and Kaver. We couldn’t read her numbers, but she did have the black over green band.

Watchers that were out during my Watches: Dana, Kathy O, Lisa McK, Joyce & Larry O.

Most of my reporting will be through pictures.  Hope you enjoy!  Oh, and remember to click on any you would like to see in full size.

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Pigott at the BS Location

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Billy, the juvie Peregrine Falcon at Russell Station

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Sunday, October 27, 2013

Beauty (Times Square Bldg) and Dot.ca (OCSR) Downtown, Rochester

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Billy on the Antenna at the Coast Guard Station & Hunting at the Port of Rochester on the Charlotte Side.  Dana and I watched her just miss catching a pigeon there.

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It was great seeing all of the Rochester Peregrines doing well.

I’ll leave you with a few other pics I took this weekend.  Goodnight everyone!

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Duck Season Has Started

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Morning watch 10-27-13

Sunday, October 27th, 2013

By Rochester Falcon Watcher MAK

As I started my watch it was partly cloudy and breezy with a temperature of 37 (F) 3 (C) as I ended it the sun was pretty much out of the picture with mostly cloudy skies

I missed Beauty on the Mercury money bag (MMB) by about 10 minutes for the second day in a row as I was searching downtown for her when she was there. I found her under the northeast wing of the Times Square building (TSB) at 7:34am from the Broad St. Bridge (BSB) as I returned from the east side. I went to the hole for a closer view.

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10 minutes later Beauty flew off to the base of Mercury and as I turned to watch her I saw why-Dot.Ca (DC) was on the base with a small piece of food and took off as she landed on the opposite side flying to the top ibeam southeast side of the OCSR to finish it off.

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DC finished up eating in about 5 minutes while Beauty made her way to the side of the base of Mercury that DC had been on-most likely looking for scraps.

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DC cleaned up a bit after his snack and while I watched him the Beautyful one slipped off Mercury without me seeing her. DC turned his back to me and pooped and then I took a ride to find where Beauty went.

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I had no luck with that but as I drove around I took pics of a bunch of utility boxes around the east side of the city and then  I set out to check the Brighton site (BS).

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I had no luck finding Pigott either and on my way back downtown from BS I took some extracurricular pics.

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Arriving downtown just after 9am I found DC was still on the top ibeam of OCSR and after looking for and not finding Beauty I decided to look for Billy the juvie.

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I didn’t have to go far as there was a juvie on the ladder in the middle of the roof at Hawkeye. Parked at the YMCA on the west side of the Hawkeye plant and too far of a distance for an ID  I drove  to the east side and found a parking lot that allowed for a closer view but she had her back to me there. I never was able to positively ID it as Billy but it certainly looked like her to me.

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Thankfully she did turn her head to give me a look at her face from the parking lot. The juvie flew off to the southwest and then Dana came by to join me. We both went to the YMCA parking lot. Upon finding the juvie on the top roof west side I took a walk on the Driving Park Bridge to the east end to get closer. On my way across I couldn’t help but stop and take some pics of the Genesee river foliage and the many fisherman to the north side of the bridge.

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The juvie jumped off the front ledge onto the roof where she couldn’t be seen as well. She poked her head up every once in a while and I thought she might be eating but that wasn’ t the  case. The lower falls were throwing quite the mist across the bridge and it was chilly so I wiped off my camera and walked back to my car.

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Across the street from the YMCA on Driving Park Blvd. is Maplewood Park known for its beautiful roses-I spotted a Robin and a couple little birdies on the path.

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I had a short chat with Dana then I went back downtown. As I turned the corner from Exchange Blvd. onto Broad St. I spotted DC on the base of Mercury. I pulled over by the Blue Cross Arena to observe around 10:20am. He didn’t stay more than a couple minutes when he went across the back of the base showing his wings and making me think he flew off. Well it turns out he was just playing with old MAK as he merely went to the other side of the base where I couldn’t see him until I drove down to the hole. He didn’t stay there for long either, flying north after a minute or two.

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I took one final quick trip around downtown but didn’t find any falcons so I called it a watch at just past 10:30am. It was a nice Sunday morning watch that sent me home smiling! :)

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Morning watch 10-26-13

Saturday, October 26th, 2013

By Rochester Falcon Watcher MAK

As I walked out the door for my morning watch it was 42 degrees (F) 6 (C) and breezy. There’s a high wind alert for today as we are supposed to get 45mph winds. Stay safe all my fine feathered friends!

I had some trouble finding a falcon this morning at first but as I was parked on the Andrews St. Bridge I spotted a falcon fly in from the east and land under the southeast wing of the Times Square building (TSB).

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I drove straight over there arriving in the hole by He’s Chinese at 7:50am to find that Dot.Ca (DC) was under the northeast wing. I don’t know if he was the one I saw under the southeast wing or not. I noticed Halloween bags in one of the Philipone buildings windows.

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Less than 5 minutes later cam watcher Annette (thank you) tweeted that Beauty was in the nest box. Would there finally be a pair bonding in the nest box? While I was watching DC Beauty snuck out of the nest box and left as reported to me by cam watcher Donna. I left to look  for her and while I was away she returned to the nest box again told to me by Donna. Thanks D! I went up to the BSB where I could see the Beautyful one on the front ledge of the nest box. While enroute Beauty and DC did indeed pair bond in the nest box as Donna also reported about that to me. WOOHOO!! Thank you very much my friend!

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This took place around 8:20am and I left to check for Pigott at the Brighton site arriving there about 9am to find that she was not around. I returned downtown to find that Beauty and DC had not moved-she was still at the nest box and he was still under the northeast wing.

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I had to make it a quick watch as I have somewhere to be soon but I was happy to see our downtown duo, and oh what a big smile I had when I heard they met up in the nest box to bond! :)

Click on the link below to view a video of Beauty and DC

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Friday Late Afternoon/Early Evening Watch - Billy, We Believe, at Russell Station - 10/25/13

Friday, October 25th, 2013

By Rochester Falcon Watcher Carol P.

While fellow Watchers Larry O, Lisa McK and Kathy O were at the BS location watching who they were pretty sure were Pigott and Dot.ca, Joyce and I were at Russell Station watching a juvie Peregrine with a black over green band. (4:50 pm)  We were pretty sure this was Billy.  Really angry looking clouds were over the lake and overhead and it was cold.  Billy was on the northeast end of the building.  At just before 4:00 pm, Shaky tweeted that there was a falcon on the Frontier Communication Tower, seen on the Rfalconcam cameras.

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Just before 6:00 pm Billy took flight and flew around the stacks.  Landing and taking off again, over and over again.  To me it looked like she was playing.

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Billy eventually headed over to the south side of the building, where Joyce spotted her on one of the lower buildings at the east end.  Just as it started to rain, she took off.  We could not find her after that.

I’ll leave you with a few pictures I took during my Watch.  Be sure to click on any you would like to see larger.  Enjoy and goodnight everyone!

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