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Morning watch 5-31-14

Saturday, May 31st, 2014

By Rochester Falcon Watcher MAK

It was another sunny morning with a starting temp of 50 (F) 10 (C)

Yesterday afternoon I saw Veteran fly off t he Veterans Bridge going east and this morning the female 67/AR flew past my window several times wailing.

When I arrived downtown this morning for my watch I found Beauty under the northeast wing of Times Square (TSB). She was looking north-most likely waiting for Dot.Ca (DC) to deliver breakfast for the family. Beauty also looked down toward the nest box a few times as well. I watched from the hole parking lot.

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The Beautyful one suddenly flew down to the nest at 6:52am and then back out across to the OCSR building squawking as she landed on the top ibeam west side next to DC who had food. He didn’t let her have it there so she screamed at him some more-he then flew off followed closely by Beauty. A mid air food exchange took place over the Philippone building before DC flew to cam 1 and Beauty to the nest box to feed the kids.

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Less than 5 minutes later DC flew to the top ibeam west corner of OCSR.

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DC turned his back to me so I went over to State St. to observe him and on the way I discovered Main St. was blocked off  for the annual clean up of the log jam below the Main St. bridge. The Broad St. Bridge was getting filled up for  graduation ceremony of Monroe Community College at the Blue Cross Arena and also an event at the Rochester Convention Center. A busy downtown this morning!

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While I was gone getting coffee DC left OCSR and I could see Beauty on cam 1-as I got back to the hole dhe flew down to the nest box around 7:40am. I went to the Andrews St. bridge looking for DC and spotted him on the 2nd arm of the Frontier Communications Tower (FCT).

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I drove to Fitzhugh St. to check out DC but he left before I got there. I returned to the hole and decided to walk down to Aqueduct Park to check out the log removal. To my surprise Larry and his dog Harold were down there so we watched together.

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At 8:07am I received word from Donna that Beauty left the nest and that DC was now in there and a few minutes later she reported Beauty on cam 1. I could see Beauty thru an opening in the trees at the park. Thanks for your help Donna!

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Larry and Harold left and I was ready to call it a watch myself as it was getting very busy on the ground. It was however, all quiet up in falcon land as I passed thru the hole with Beauty on cam 1 I had to smile about that! :)

Click on the links below to view todays videos

http://youtu.be/uUnJjoGRECA

http://youtu.be/HReOmtE__68

http://youtu.be/hwkIWT8EFI4

http://youtu.be/Gf0PQFRiECw

After a Long Feeding, Beauty & Dot.ca Stay Nearby - Friday Evening Falcon Watch - 5/30/14

Friday, May 30th, 2014

By Rochester Falcon Watcher Carol P.

Another beautiful evening in Downtown Rochester, NY, again with temps near 70 degrees (F).  My 1 1/2 hour watch (6:30 - 8:00 pm) was shared with fellow Falcon Watcher Kathy O.

Before I left home, Beauty had been in the middle of a 45 minute feeding at the nest box.  When I arrived, Dot.ca was on the ledge just above the nest box on the Times Square Bldg.  Kathy said that Dot.ca had also brought food to the nest box, but the eyases crops were full by then.  So, he cached it on Widows Walk before landing on the ledge above the nest box.  The sound of bag pipes and drums  filled the air.  They were playing outside the Convention Center, on the other side of the river.  My dad and I loved to listen to bag pipe music!

Beauty finished feeding and cached the remainder of the meal she was feeding the eyases on the base of Mercury and then returned to the Times Square Bldg landing on Camera #1 (aka Pan Cam).

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Dot.ca took off and chased a couple birds around the other side of the Wilder Bldg.  He missed what he was after and landed on the south side of OCSR (First Federal Bldg), 2nd IBeam down from the top.

By 8:00 pm, it was getting busy due to something going on at the Blue Cross Arena aka Rochester War Memorial.  All was peaceful and quiet.  We left Beauty on Camera #1 and Dot.ca on OCSR guarding their eyases.  It was time to go.  Goodnight all!

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Morning watch 5-30-14

Friday, May 30th, 2014

By Rochester Falcon Watcher MAK

It was a chilly start with a temperature of 46 (F) 8 (C) with mostly sunny blue skies

When I arrived downtown Dot.Ca (DC) was on cam 1 and Donna informed me that Beauty had just brought in a BIG breakfast for the kids. Thanks D! Most likely DC delivered it to her as he was napping on and off-obviously tired from hunting!

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I viewed him from the hole parking lot by He’s Chinese. DC did some stretching in between snoozing and standing guard over his precious family.

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At 7:17am DC spread his wings flapped a couple times and lifted off of cam 1 heading northeast. He looked like daddy long legs on the take off! lol

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DC had flown over to OCSR top ibeam west corner and stayed just a few minutes before flying to the deck and into the nest box. Beauty made her appearance on cam 1. She too, snoozed  in between looking around the area.

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At 7:37am DC flew out the nest box right over to the 3rd ibeam south corner of OCSR and started watching prey birds down below him while scratching a little too. At 7:48am Beauty went down to the nest box and hung out with the eyasses til 9am and I would not see her again on my watch.

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DC poohed a little bullet and at 8:14am flew off OCSR heading southwest.

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While scoping out the territory from the Andrews St. bridge I spotted a bump on the Frontier Communications Tower. I drove over to Plymouth Ave. and found DC tucked up under the platform on the west side of the tower in hunt mode around 8:30am.

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The back lighting was horrible and the bright sun was in my eyes so I went to Church St. for a different angle but DC was gone when I got there. I left to check near the Times Square area but never got there because I spotted DC from State St. on the top ibeam of OCSR near the west corner with his back to me.

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I stayed til 9am and called it a watch with a smile! :)

Click on the links below to view todays videos

http://youtu.be/YJ76JJGa4mY

http://youtu.be/omkPDPjhcLs

Lots of Activity This Evening! Thursday Evening Falcon Watch - 5/29/14

Thursday, May 29th, 2014

By Rochester Falcon Watcher Carol P.

The weather was a bit nicer this evening than it was yesterday.  Temps in the 60’s (F) and the sun finally made an appearance after a cloudy day.

Since the Broad St Bridge was busy, I ended up down on Aqueduct St, aka the hole.  From there, I could see Beauty up on top of Camera #1, aka Pan Cam.

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Kathy O joined me and let me know that Dot.ca was on the base of the Mercury statue.  Beauty entered the nest box.  Dot.ca must have had food, because he flew up to the nest box platform and Beauty came out to meet him.  It looked like a food exchange.

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Dot.ca took off and flew over to the west end of the top IBeam on OCSR.

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Larry O then joined us, telling us that there was a falcon on Mercury.  We could still see Dot.ca on OCSR, so we went over to check it out.  Beauty was on the heal of the Mercury statue.  We had missed her coming out of the nest box.

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While we were chatting and Kathy was giving Harold (Larry’s dog) a few treats, Beauty flew over us and landed on the well wall just below the pan cam.

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Larry checked the live streaming feed on his phone and we could not see Beauty on any of the cameras.  Certainly the eyases could not see her there either.  Sneaky girl.  lol

After awhile, Beauty took off and flew towards the nest box, landing on Camera 4, which is on the left side.

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Just before I left, at 8:00 pm, Dot.ca took off from the OCSR and landed on top of the Mercury statue.  This all happened between 6 and 8 pm.  All was peaceful and quiet as I ended my watch.  Goodnight all!

Morning watch 5-29-14

Thursday, May 29th, 2014

By Rochester Falcon Watcher MAK

It felt chilly to me this morning at 53 degrees (F) 12 (C) with dark overcast conditions

It took about 20 minutes before I had my first falcon sighting this morning from the hole-it was Beauty on the west corner top ibeam of OCSR. Both Donna and Campgee let me know that she wasn’t in the nest box. Thanks ladies!

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At 6:56am the Beautyful one stooped down toward the river where I lost sight of her behind buildings. A minute or so later she was on cam 1.

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Beauty stretched her wings and did some scratching and looking around-you know, her usual and then she flew off at 7:08am and I lost her behind the Philippone building. I went in search of and got word from Donna (TY) that Beauty had food in the nest so I returned to the hole and found Dot.Ca (DC) under the southeast wing. I assume that DC brought food to Beauty during this time.

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DC flew off to the northeast and I went looking for him-all these events took place in a matter of minutes of each other. From State St. I spotted DC on the top ibeam of the OCSR building right next to the west corner.

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DC stayed there for the next 40 minutes or so looking toward Times Square and occasionally preening. At 8:01am DC dropped off the ledge and went into a stoop immediately going down the northwest face of OCSR toward the river. I lost sight of him behind the Rochester Plaza Hotwl.

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When he didn’t come back I drove north to look for him. As I was checking Kodak Office Donna reported DC was at the nest box and then he left. Thanks again! On my way back I discovered Beauty on the top ibeam west corner of OCSR from State St.

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I left for the hole to view the front of Beauty as she had her back to me and I discovered DC on the main cam.

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I shared space with them until 8:30am when I decided to end my watch as they had things covered with Beauty on OCSR and DC preening on the main cam. It’s good to see them both out and about more now that the eyasses can keep themselves warm. This falcon family makes me smile! :)

Click on the links below to view todays videos

http://youtu.be/FxxIt_1Smuw

http://youtu.be/RoW-VPMBvYw

http://youtu.be/hpucid-josQ

Hunting, Feeding, Flying and Guarding! Tuesday Evening Falcon Watch - 5/27/14

Tuesday, May 27th, 2014

By Rochester Falcon Watcher Carol P.

Another beautiful evening with temps near 70 degrees (F).  When I arrived downtown at approximately 6:00 pm, I joined Kathy O on the Broad St Bridge.  Dot.ca was on guard duty on Camera #1, aka Pan Cam.

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Beauty was soaring over the city on a hunt.

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We lost sight of Beauty when she flew behind the Times Square Bldg. (TSB).  The next time we saw her, she was heading in from the east and she was carrying prey.  Dot.ca took off and joined her, both landing on the nest box platform.  Beauty entered the nest box to feed the eyases and Dot.ca remained on the northeast corner of the nest box platform.  This is all I got of Beauty as she flew over us carrying the prey.

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While Beauty was still in the nest box, Dot.ca took off and flew off quickly to the northeast.  He returned and landed on top of the Times Square Bldg on the northwest wing ring.  An appropriate name that Kathy O came up with.  :-)

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After feeding the eyases, Beauty flew out of the nest box without the food.  She flew over to the Mercury statue and landed on the heal.

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Dot.ca took off heading east and Beauty returned to the Times Square Bldg, landing on Pan Cam.  Her turn to guard the eyases.

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I saw Beauty look up and I looked up just in time to see Dot.ca land above on the northeast wing ledge.

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When Kathy and I left at 8:00 pm, both Beauty and Dot.ca remained on the Times Square Bldg guarding their well fed eyases.  It was time to call it a watch and head home.  Goodnight all!

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Morning watch 5-27-14

Tuesday, May 27th, 2014

By Rochester Falcon Watcher MAK

Today the starting temperature was 66 warm degrees (F)  19 (C) with a breeze and partly cloudy skies

Beauty was with the eyasses in the nest box when I left for downtown. I got a tweet from Annette (TY) that she was feeding them as I arrived on the Broad St. Bridge (BSB) at 6:15am. Dot.Ca (DC) was on the Mercury money bag (MMB) so I assume he delivered food to Beauty.

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DC left Mercury when I wasn’t looking and ended up under the northeast wing of the Times Square building (TSB). I went to the hole parking lot to watch.

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At 6:33am DC flew off going into a rocket fast stoop toward the Blue Cross Arena (BCA) where I lost him behind the Philippone building. He soon resurfaced with a catch and flew to the deck by the main cam with it and started pulling out feathers.

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Beauty flew out a couple minutes later and landed on the base of Mercury while DC went into the nest box.

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The Beautyful one didn’t stay long before flying over to cam 1 to supervise DC with their kids. She napped more than she supervised. lol

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She was a regular sleeping Beauty up there on cam 1. DC flew out and over to the MMB around 6:45am. I was parked next to the BCA on Exchange Blvd. so I could see both Beauty on cam 1 and DC on Mercury. Beauty woke up long enough to do some stretching.

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DebbieH stopped by to share space with the falcons and I and at 7:27am DC flew to the main cam and now we had both parents watching closely over their family.

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After Debbie left for work I went over to the hole,  Beauty flew down to the nest box while I was tweeting as reported top me by Donna. She also said the kids were running around in the nest box as dad DC watched from the main cam. Thanks! I think DC was trying to direct his family as he did a bunch of hand signals.

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Beauty flew out of the nest box at 8:07am flying right over my head and out of view on her way to the OCSR building. I found her on the top ibeam west corner with her back to me. DC flew down to the nest box a minute later.

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I drove to State St. across from the Rochester Plaza Hotel to see Beauty from the front as she preened, stretched and roused.

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At just about 8:45am Beauty flew northwest and I opted to end my watch.

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Tomorrow I will be going to Toronto with Joyce  for the Quest and O’Connor site bandings so I won’t be doing a morning watch. You know the only thing that would keep me from a morning watch is a falcon watch elsewhere or leaving town! lol I was very happy to spend some time watching Beauty today as she hasn’t been out from the nest box in the morning since the eggs hatched but for only a glimpse-this made me smile! :)

Click on the links below to see more pics and 3 videos from today

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http://youtu.be/sGbwPaVx62w

http://youtu.be/tjWvTB9eyTY

http://youtu.be/8mDxo0Ul3IA

Memorial Day morning watch 5-26-14

Monday, May 26th, 2014

By Rochester Falcon Watcher MAK

At 60 degrees (F) 16 (C) and the sun shining I was able to leave for my watch in shirt sleeves for my watch this morning

I had a peaceful watch this morning made possible by our Veterans of war and for that I am grateful to those past and present on this Memorial Day.

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As I arrived downtown at about 6:15am I received a tweet from cam watcher Campgee that Beauty was feeding the eyasses. I had not seen Dot.Ca (DC) on my way down the Broad St. Bridge (BSB) to the hole but right after I tweeted as such he showed up on the Mercury money bag (MMB).

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I had gone up to Broad St. next to the Blue Cross Arena (BCA) for the best look at our DC daddy and soon after at 6:40am he stretched his wings and flew off out of view behind the Thomson Reuters building.

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I love how that last pic looks like DC is flying out of Mercurys’ ear! I returned to the hole parking lot as DC flew from behind me with prey in his talons. He flew over by Widows Walk then made a u-turn and went to the northeast wing ledge of the Times Square building landing at the back of it.

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Needless to say this was not a good spot to observe DC from so I went down to Exchange Blvd. in front of the BCA. From there I could see only his back side at first as he had a bite to eat. He eventually turned to cache the leftovers after he had his fill.

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DC then walked out to the front of the ledge to do some preening and I returned to the hole for better viewing.

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We stayed in our chosen spots for over an hour while DC did some preening, stretching and BYF (Big Yellow Feet) posing.

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DC also did some snoozing after turning his back on me-I know this because his head did not move very much during this time.

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The police were starting to block off roads for a parade and since DC had his back to me and seemed settled in I decided to call it a watch at 8:15am. Keep smiling everyone-freedom is ours thru the sacrifice of others and we must never forget it! :)

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

http://youtu.be/7pAjmOLM84w

http://youtu.be/K73Ys3yKlpY

A Falcon Watch with Lots of High Flying & a Successful Hunt! - Sunday - 5/25/14

Sunday, May 25th, 2014

By Rochester Falcon Watcher Carol P.

What an absolutely gorgeous day it turned out to be.  Near 70 degrees (F), blue sky and sunshine.  It doesn’t get much better than that.

My watch started at the BS location at about 1:30 pm.  I try to periodically check this location, just in case.  Today it was quiet there, with no falcons seen or heard.

I headed downtown and parked on the Broad St Bridge (BSB).  From there I could see a falcon inside the nest box.  Many thanks to Rfalconcam Watchers Annette and Donna for verifying that it was Dot.ca watching his four eyases.  While I was looking around checking for Beauty, I heard a car horn sound behind me.  It was fellow Falcon Watcher Dan.  We moved to the south side of the bridge and set up our chairs, settling in for an afternoon watch.  This was our view from the middle of the BSB.

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It was very quiet downtown, but a few folks stopped and asked us what we were looking at.  Most people are very interested when we tell them about the falcons.
After about 20 minutes of not seeing Beauty, she made her entrance.  We first saw her flying over the Radisson towards the OCSR.  She turned back and circled over the river gaining altitude.  Higher and higher.  We watched her turn into a dot in the sky and lost her in the sun.
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After 3:00 pm Beauty reappeared.  Still flying high.  This time Dot.ca joined her and they did some tandem flying, before he returned to the Times Square Bldg landing on the southeast wing ledge.
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Beauty continued to fly overhead.  She was over the Wilder Bldg when she did a maneuver that only a Peregrine Falcon can do.  She flipped over and turned towards us.  With her wings pulled in tight to her body, she stooped over us and low over the river on the south side of the BSB, pulling  up and over the Court St Bridge.  She continued towards Cornhill, low over the buildings, then turned left heading east.  As she flew low over the river towards the Dinosaur BBQ restaurant, pigeons rose behind her.  Beauty turned again towards the north and over Dan and I flying low over the river.  We could see her target, a pigeon flying in front of her.  She flew under the pigeon and then up, catching it and carrying it over the Main St Bridge.  Beauty struggled to gain altitude.  We lost sight of her behind the OCSR.
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Dan and I waited to see if she would return, but she did not.  Dan had to leave about 10 minutes later, so I went to search for Beauty and found her on a building on State St, just northwest of the OCSR.  It didn’t take her long before she flew with the pigeon towards the Times Square Bldg to feed her four eyases.  (3:30 pm)  At 3:50 pm, she flew out of the nest box and cached the remainder of the meal on a building on the east side of the river.
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Beauty returned to the nest box and I found Dot.ca on the south side of the OCSR, 2nd IBeam down from the top.  That’s where I left them at about 4:30 pm.
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I stopped at Seneca Towers (ST) on my way home and found STJ (the juvie female at ST).  She was flying high over the ST apartments, landing on the northwest corner and then taking off again.
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Veteran (the male) joined her in the sky.  This is the only picture I got of him flying high over the American flag.  He’s that small dot above the flag.
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Veteran headed north down the river.  STJ continued to circle higher over head before she also heading north.  I ended my falcon watch at 5:00 pm.
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During my travels, I saw this beautiful sculpture.  Goodnight all!
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Morning watch 5-25-14

Sunday, May 25th, 2014

By Rochester Falcon Watcher MAK

This mornings weather was a carbon copy of yesterday with a temperature of 54 (F) 12 (C)  blue skies with puffy fair weather clouds and sunshine

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When I left home the eyasses were in the nest box by themselves. I arrived downtown about 6:05am and could see no falcons from the Broad St. Bridge (BSB). I went down to the hole parking lot and looked up to the nest box just as Beauty and Dot.Ca (DC) flew to it and then without me seeing C left and went up under the northwest wing of Times Square (TSB).

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I drove across Exchange Blvd. to the parking lot next to TSB for a closer view but DC didn’t stay long, maybe a minute before flying northeast over the Wilder building and out of sight. 5 minutes later he showed up on the Mercury money bag (MMB) so I went to the BSB to observe him.

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DC stayed there watching some birds below him until 6:40am, then he flew off  and half stooped across the river after a pigeon.

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DC pulled out of it by the RG&E substation at the corner of  South and Broad St. before flying back to the west side of the Genesee River landing on the east side of the Thomson Reuters building.

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DC soon flew off,  flying right over me heading southwest.

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I spent the next 40 minutes searching for our fast flyer DC and came across him on the base of Mercury eating. I parked on the BSB and got out to share space with him.

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At 7:36am DC flew from Mercury with his leftovers toward the northwest.

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At 7:55am while out looking for DC I received a tweet from Annette (thanks) saying Beauty left the nest box and returned with food. I beat feet back to the TSB area to find DC under the northeast wing. I watched him from the hole parking lot as he mostly looked around the area. He walked to one side then turned around and walked back to where he started. It’s like he does his best thinking when he’s strolling along a ledge.

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At 8:09am DC flew off into a rocket fast stoop past the Blue Cross Arena down toward the river out of my field of vision and didn’t return.

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I spent the next 20 minutes on the BSB looking around and got a split second look at the head of the  Beautyful one up in the nest box to end my watch with a smile at 8:30am. :)

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