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Morning Fledge Watch 6-30-15

Tuesday, June 30th, 2015

By Rochester Falcon Watcher MAK

Another dismal watch weather wise with rain on and off and a temperature of 62 (F) 17 (C) but before the rain came a beautiful sky from the east balcony at Seneca Towers and a double rainbow when I arrived on the Broad St. Bridge (BSB)-all this before the sun came up

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As I was looking at the rainbows Beauty was peeking at me from the base of Mercury. 10 minutes later I spotted both juvies on Widows Walk (WW) from the hole.  Cadence was up on the north side railing and Genesee on the lower roof ledge northwest corner. I went across the street to the parking lot next to Times Square until he flew off, then I drove over to Broad and Fitzhugh St. until Cadence took wing as well.

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I managed to catch up with Cadence on the northwest corner 2nd railing of the Powers building. From the Hochstein School of Music parking lot I could see her and also Beauty and Genesee on the small Frontier Communications tower. The Beautyful one was on a triangular deck at first then she moved over to an east side beam while Genesee was above on the top of the tower with his back to me. Beauty flew north and her son started whining and followed her a minute later.

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After they left I turned my attention to Cadence just as Dot.ca (DC) delivered breakfast to Cadence on Powers. She grabbed it, ran around the corner with it and mantled it. DC walked down to the northeast corner then after he flew off Cadence started eating. After a while I left to check downtown for the rest of the family and found Beauty on the top arm of the jail tower. After checking her out from Court St. and Exchange Blvd. I drove to Plymouth Ave. and Church St. where I could see both Cadence and her mom.

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Cadence walked to the north side railing and seemed settled so after Beauty left the jail tower I went searching again. I found Beauty on the top ibeam west corner of OCSR-she goes there to get some shelter from the rain as it was pouring at the time. Again I left to find Genesee and DC with no luck until I returned to check on Beauty and found her on the Mercury money bag (MMB) and Genesee down below the statue on the northwest corner of the railing. He kept looking up at mom and I could tell he was antsy-he flew off and attempted to knock his mother off the MMB twice! She managed to hang on both times but when he started approaching her again she flew off unscathed. I didn’t see where he flew to.

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I decided I had enough of the rain so I headed for home after checking from the Andrews St. bridge to see if Cadence was still on the north side of Powers-she was there.When I got to Seneca Towers I spotted who I believe was Seth fly off an antenna at the south end of the roof heading south. He didn’t return so I ended my watch at about 9am.

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Genesee gave me the biggest smile today when he was messing with Beauty on Mercury-he is a wisenheimer! :)

Click on the links below to see today’s videos-the last one shows Genesee trying to knock Beauty off Mercury

http://youtu.be/EYEL_fWzt3o

http://youtu.be/EAlAa1L0P4g

http://youtu.be/pbXAHNfpYtg

http://youtu.be/f1TPiDnOMNA

Monday Evening Fledge Watch - 6/29/15

Monday, June 29th, 2015

By Rochester Falcon Watcher Carol P.

6:45 to 8:30 pm

Oh, what a beautiful evening!  No rain, sunshine, no rain, warm, no rain.  hahaha!  For once I could walk around without getting wet.  It has been a very rainy June, here in Rochester, NY and we’ll add to it tomorrow with more rain and possible thunderstorms.

Watchers seen during my watch:  Lisa McK, Larry O and Joyce.

As I enter the downtown area, I usually pass the Frontier Communication Tower (FCT) first.  Today I hit the jackpot.  There was a falcon up on the top arm, looking west.  It was Dot.ca.  I parked in the City Hall parking lot and found Beauty and a juvie at the center of the tower.

Dot.ca on Top Arm of FCT -6-29-15Beauty and Genesee on FCT -6-29-15Beauty and Genesee on FCT 6-29-15

I couldn’t tell which juvie was with Beauty.  Just as I was getting ready to set-up the scope, Lisa McK joined me.  We took turns watching the juvie, hoping for a glimpse of the band on the right leg.  It didn’t take long.  Lisa saw a silver band and was able to positively ID the juvie as Genesee.

At 7:09 pm, a tweet came through from RfalconcamNow.  ”Falcon on NE corner of Cross Rds.” Thanks to whoever posted this message.  That explained where Cadence was.  All 4 seen.

Beauty took off heading south and Genesee followed.  It was a very vocal exit.  lol  Lisa reported that there was a falcon on the Widows Walk.  Dot.ca also took off, but we did not see where he went.

Lisa and I were packing up to move closer to the Times Square Bldg, when a very loud juvie arrived on the Frontier Communication Tower.  He (yes, it was Genesee) had arrived with a friend.  A Kestrel landed on the framework in front of him. We have been seeing quite a few Kestrels in the area and suspect that there was a nest somewhere nearby.

The two falcons settled and were quiet.

Genesee on FCT -6-29-15Kestrel on FCT 6-29-15

They remained there for quite awhile before taking off.  Lisa left, so I decided to go to the parking lot near the Times Square Bldg.  On my way down State St, I spotted a falcon on the NE end of the Cross Rds Bldg.  It was a juvie.  At first I thought it was Cadence, but after checking my pics, it was silver banded Genesee.

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Genesee walked south down the wall and out of view.  I spotted Beauty on the southwest corner of the Wilder Bldg.  Now where was Cadence?

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I met up with Larry O in the TSB parking lot.  He reported seeing a falcon fly down Exchange, heading south.  We drove back over to the FCT, but found no falcons there.  Larry had to leave.  He checked the view from the Andrews St Bridge on his way home and reported, “1 falcon on northwest corner of Cross Rds.”

It was time to check the Cross Rds Bldg. again.  I saw the falcon on the northwest end of the building that Larry reported.  Based on size, I believe this was Cadence.

Cadence on Cross Rds -6-29-15

Joyce passed me and parked in front of me.  I saw her long lens poke out the window.  lol

It was getting late and time for me to end my watch.  Just after I tweeted that I was leaving, a small head peaked up from the southeast end.  Definitely a juvie.  It had to be Genesee!

Genesee on Cross Rds -6-29-15

I quickly tweeted that both Cadence and Genesee were on the north end of the Cross Rds Bldg and ended my watch after 8:30 pm.  I’ll leave you with a picture of the Cross Rds Bldg showing the positions of Genesee and Cadence.  Goodnight!

Genesee and Cadence on the Cross Rds Bldg -6-29-15

Morning Fledge Watch 6-29-15

Monday, June 29th, 2015

By Rochester Falcon Watcher MAK

Another misty rain and foggy morning with a temperature of 56 (F) 13(C)

To start my watch I had Beauty on the top ibeam south corner of OCSR and Genesee on the Crossroads building. He flew from the northeast corner to the southeast corner. He was whining the whole time and then he was gone. I spotted Cadence on the southeast corner of the Powers building around 6am . She slipped behind the railing as Genesee showed up on the railing and then he vanished again. From the corner of Main and Aqueduct St. I watched as Beauty left OCSR and Cadence came back into view. She then walked down to the southwest corner and went out of view.

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15 minutes later Beauty was back on OCSR top ibeam southeast side and Genesee was on the southwest side. Cadence flew off Powers and Genesee followed her as they both flew over by Beauty. One of them tried to knock her off but she stayed put as they flew over Wilder and it looked like they landed up there. I drove around until I found a spot where I could see the top of Wilder-from the Andrews St. Bridge (ASB) I could see one juvie on the elevator shaft. I left and found Beauty on the east side railing of Widows Walk (WW). While On the Court St. bridge I got out and checked the river-it was once again raging from the rain we got yesterday and the flat rocks were under water again.

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Half hour later the Wilder juvie was gone and Beauty was on the east side platform railing of the Frontier Communications tower (FCT). From my position at the northeast corner of the City Hall parking lot I could also see the Powers building. There was a juvie on the northeast corner of it and soon after I spotted it the Beautyful one took off heading southeast and flying right past Powers. I left there and found Dot.Ca (DC) on the top ibeam west corner of OCSR and a juvie on the east side of Widows walk (WW). It flew north before I could ID it.

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Around 8:30am I spotted Cadence on the 2nd railing southeast corner of Powers-soon after Genesee flew in with food. He landed on the east side railing with it and promptly walked north out of view. I went to the ASB to find that Cadence was now on the east side watching Genesee eat. I had to leave and get some food myself as I had low blood sugar at that time.

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When I returned the food was gone and Cadence was on the southeast corner 2nd railing and Genesee was a couple feet from her on the east side. I left for home but didn’t find any falcons at Seneca Towers today.

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I ended my watch at 10:15am with a smile after seeing all 4 downtown Rochester Peregrine Falcons! :)

Click on the links below to see today’s videos

http://youtu.be/JcNO8F_KuCo

http://youtu.be/zHyVa037IFo

http://youtu.be/nPFJzBXpk_g

Sunday Afternoon Fledge Watch - 6/28/15

Sunday, June 28th, 2015

By Rochester Falcon Watcher Carol P.

3:00 to 6:00 pm

Watchers: Kathy O, Pat and Carol P.

It was another overcast, dreary day.  This was more like a fall day than summer, with temps in the low 60’s.

When I first arrived, I met Kathy O and Pat in the hole (aka Aqueduct St).  They had two falcons on the Widow’s Walk (WW), but they weren’t sure who.  I moved closer and set-up my scope.  It was Beauty on the rail and Cadence below her.  Both were snoozing on and off.

View of Widow's Walk -6-28-15Beauty and Cadence on WW -6-28-15

We didn’t know where Genesee was until he popped up on the south side of WW.  A few moments after he showed himself, Beauty took off.

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After Beauty left, Cadence moved to the south side with Genesee.

Cadence and Genesee on WW 6-28-15

Beauty returned to the WW and Genesee took off heading west.  We saw him land on the Washington Bldg.  Now that’s a new building to see a falcon on.

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Beauty took off heading north west. We could not see Genesee any longer. Cadence remained on WW.  Here are some different views from the west side of the Times Square Bldg. (TSB)

View of Widow's Walk and TSB -6-28-15View from the West -6-28-15Widow's Walk and TSB 6-28-15

I saw some really awesome flying by Genesee with both Beauty and Dot.ca.  He is really getting the hang of being a Peregrine.  I have no doubt that Cadence will get there soon.

Beauty went on a hunt and brought back dinner.  Whatever it was, the tail was VERY white. All 4 Peregrines were able to fill their crops.  All 4 were on the Widow’s Walk together.

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Genesee Gets Food From Beauty -6-28-15Dot.ca and Cadence -6-28-15Dot.ca on Powers Bldg -6-28-15

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After Cadence rushed Dot.ca and he took off, she spread her wings and took off!  She headed north.  When I caught up to her, she had landed on the south side of the Powers Bldg and her brother was just below her.

Cadence Take Off 6-28-15Cadence and Genesee on the Powers Bldg -6-28-15

I ended my watch at 6:00 pm when it started to drizzle and fog moved in.  It was so nice to see all four Rochester Falcons together as a family and I left all 4 with full crops.  It doesn’t get much better than that.  Goodnight!

Fog Moving In -6-28-15

Fledge Watch 6-28-15

Sunday, June 28th, 2015

By Rochester Falcon Watcher MAK

It was wet and damp as I left for downtown after raining all night and more forecast for today. The temperature was 56 (F) 13 (C)    Most of my watch was spent in a misty rain that changed in intensity and there was some fog as well

As I arrived on the Broad St. bridge (BSB) I could see Beauty on the top ibeam west corner of OCSR and Cadence up on the southwest corner of Crossroads (CRX). I couldn’t get closer and see both of them so I opted for watching Cadence from the parking lot next to Times Square (TSB).

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I left for a bit to look for Genesee and Dot.ca (DC) with no luck and Beauty was gone from OCSR. I returned to find our big girl fledgling had gone down to the lower roof by the southwest corner railing. Soon after, her brother showed up full of energy to pick on sis. He chased her around in his usual hyper mode and I couldn’t see it but I believe he pulled at her tail feathers a couple times in the video I shot of them.

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Genesee flew off to the northwest and then DC arrived with a piece of red meat which Cadence quickly snatched from him then ran away with it. Genesee came flying in to knock dad off and then he flew to the upper roof southwest corner to watch his sister eat the goods. He disappeared back onto the roof out of view and that was the last I saw of him.

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I looked for Genesee but couldn’t find him, Beauty was back on the top ibeam west corner of OCSR as I returned to check on Cadence. She finished up her food then walked from the south side of CRX around the corner to the west side.

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Once she settled for a few minutes I set out again searching for Genesee-this time I found DC below the Beautyful one on the second ibeam west corner of OCSR. He was a little wet and not looking so white. I decided to just stay put and watch Cadence as she walked back to the southwest corner then turned around and walked practically the whole length of CRX to near the northwest corner . She needs some boots made for walkin’! Cadence perched there with her back to me then walked in on the roof where I couldn’t see her.

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At 9am I decided to make one more run around downtown-Beauty and DC were both gone from OCSR and as I checked from Washington St. on the west side I was far enough away to see Cadence still on the Crossroads roof.

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I left for Seneca Towers hoping to catch a glimpse of our other Rochester falcons as I have been so busy on fledge watch I really haven’t checked for them. One of them zipped by my window yesterday afternoon while I was writing my report but was going too fast to even guess who it was. I got lucky as I approached and saw who I believe was Billie on the east side railing. I pulled over on St. Paul St. as she spread her wings. I started taping a video and she flew off to the east not too far into it.

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I ended a successful watch at 9:30am after seeing all 4 downtown Rochester Peregrine Falcons and a bonus falcon when I got home making for a big smile! :)

Click on the links below to see today’s videos

http://youtu.be/C0J1F9LZdZk

http://youtu.be/nX5fPEb2_gI

http://youtu.be/VsaiZAXwGbI

http://youtu.be/z0NI_a7us0o

Saturday Morning/Afternoon Rainy Fledge Watch - 6/27/15

Saturday, June 27th, 2015

By Rochester Falcon Watcher Carol P.

9:00 am to 2:00 pm

Watchers during my Watch today: MAK, Dan, Dana, Kathy O, Lisa McK and Carol P.

Be sure to click on any pictures you would like to see in a larger version.

I am so far behind going through my pictures and writing reports!  Now we have a rainy day.  Lots of rain that started this afternoon and will continue through tomorrow, with temps in the 60’s.

When I first arrived downtown, I found Beauty on Mercury’s heel.

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I caught up with MAK, Kathy O and Dana on the south side of the library across from the Dinosaur BBQ.  Cadence was on the Blue Cross/Blue Shield (BC/BS) building.  Beauty was giving flight lessons to Genesee high above us.  Beauty would show him how to stoop and then he would stoop on her.  lol  It was a joy to watch this young falcon getting the confidence to fly high with his mom.

Beauty landed on the BC/BS building and Genesee followed, almost landing on her.

Cadence, Beauty and Genesee on BC/BS Bldg -6-27-15 <— Click to see full version.

Cadence had food and Genesee joined her to get his share.  Beauty moved further down.

Cadence, Beauty and Genesee on BC/BS Bldg -6-27-15<— Click to see the full version.

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We were across the river from the Times Square Bldg.  This was our view.

Our View Across the River Towards the Times Sq Bldg -6-27-15

Beauty grabbed what was left of the food and flew off with it heading north west.  I’m sure she cached it.  We thought that both Cadence and Genesee were still on the BC/BS Bldg, but I think he took off after mom left with the food.  We could only see Cadence, stretching and spreading her wings.

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Cadence took off heading back towards the Times Square Bldg.  As she approached the building, Genesee flew up to her and for the first time, we saw her talon tagging with her brother.  Woohoo!  That was a sight to see.  :-)

Cadence and Genesee Talon Tagging in front of the TSB -6-27-15

She is definitely getting stronger and gaining a lot of confidence.  Both landed on the Times Square Bldg, Cadence on the column above the nest box and Genesee on the ledge below her.

Cadence and Genesee on the TSB -6-27-15

Kathy O and I moved to the hole.  By the time we got there, Genesee had moved to the north side of the Widows Walk.  Lisa McK joined us.  By this time it was raining harder.  Dan drove through and told us he had been watching from the pedestrian bridge at High Falls.  He said he had seen all 4 falcons flying over the city.  It was great seeing him!

Everyone left and I stayed until 2:00 pm.  When I left, Cadence and Genesee hadn’t moved and there was an adult on the OCSR top IBeam at the west corner.  We are in for another day of rain.  Goodnight everyone!

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I’ll leave you with a couple of pictures showing the Blue Cross/Blue Shield building and the location of the falcons.

Blue Cross/Blue Shield Bldg -6-27-15Blue Cross/Blue Shield Bldg Falcon Location -6-27-15

Fledge Watch 6-27-15

Saturday, June 27th, 2015

By Rochester Falcon Watcher MAK

It was a dark, overcast morning with rain on the way and a temperature of 61(F) 16(C)

I turned onto the Broad St. bridge (BSB) and there was no Dan sitting in his chair. I proceeded down to Falcon Watcher Central by the stairs that go down to the hole and found Cadence on the Wilder roof and it looked like someone else was up there with her. Dan pulled up to me and said he overslept and that he was going to the pedestrian bridge (Pont de Rennes)  at High Falls. I went down to the hole to hang out with Cadence who came out to the corner-I must have been seeingg things when I thought there were 2 falcons up there. She kept spreading her wings like she was going to take off while I taped a video of her and right after I stopped she did indeed fly off going down Aqueduct St. then turning left at Main St.

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I headed to the Andrews St. bridge (ASB) for a look around to see where the rest of the family was and the only one I found was Cadence on the upper north side roof. After scanning the vicinity with my binoculars I headed to the east side where I also had no luck finding any falcons. I checked around the Times Square area and ended up back on ASB to watch Cadence. It was 7am and I still had not seen any other falcons, which I thought was strange. Larry tweeted that he was over by City Hall checking the Frontier Communications Tower (FCT) and a falcon had just flown in -he said it looked like Dot.ca (DC) when I caught up with him at Church and State St. It flew northeast and then Larry said he could hear a juvie whining-that would have been Genesee and he was probably on the platform out of view. Meanwhile, Cadence was walking the roof edge on Crossroads.

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Larry had gone up to the BSB and I went back over to ASB. He tweeted that a falcon flew to Mercury, one was under the northeast wing of Times Square and a couple hunting over the Freddy/Sue bridge (490). When I joined him Cadence suddenly appeared, flying right above us and headed southeast over the Rundell Library out of sight. Larry left and I went to check that area and when I turned the corner onto South Ave. I couldn’t help but notice Beauty and the kids on the northwest corner of the Blue Cross/Blue Shield building (BCBS) at the corner of South Ave. and Court St. Dana was taking pictures across the street from where I pulled over.

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Beauty flew down to the southwest corner  and that’s when I left to pick up Bella for a walk-I decided to bring her back for a falcon watch. DC came flying in and landed on a front railing briefly then he took to the sky. Kathy joined Dana and I by the south side of the Rundell Library. Cadence remained on the building as Genesee and the Beautyful one had a game of tag where she would land on a corner of the Legacy Tower (formerly Bausch&Lomb) he would knock her off and take over the spot then she went to the opposite corner and he repeated the procedure then she went back to the original corner and this time after he knocked her off he flew off right behind her. they put on a show all around the east side and at one point he stooped on her!

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Beauty and Genesee came back to join Cadence with mom landing below the kids on the railing. I don’t know where the food came from but both juvies had a bite to eat as Beauty flew up to supervise. Carol had come around this time.

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The whole time there were a couple robins squawking about these falcons being in their personal space-they were perched on a street light pole below.

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I called it a watch after what seemed like a short 5 hours leaving everyone at about 10:15am. After a slow start it turned out to be a very fun watch that made me smile! :)

Click on the links below to see today’s videos

http://youtu.be/PSTJBp0sbL4

http://youtu.be/_vv_YKbtI5Y

http://youtu.be/5G2u6bYQ12I

Fledge Watch 6-26-15

Friday, June 26th, 2015

By Rochester Falcon Watcher MAK

It was mostly cloudy to start the morning with a temperature of 59(F) 15(C) but blue skies and sunshine took over nicely

I stopped to talk to Dan on the Broad St. Bridge for a few minutes before setting out to look for our falcon family. Beauty was under the northeast wing of Times Square and Cadence was on Crossroads. The Beautyful one flew off to the north and after sharing space with Cadence for a bit I went north as well. I found Beauty on the southwest cube and Dot.ca (DC) on the top arm of the Frontier Communications tower (FCT).  Genesee joined mom and dad soon after flying in to land on the southwest corner of the platform railing.  It’s now time for FCT days with the juvies where you never know for sure where they are up in all that metal unless you see movement or here them. Let the games begin!

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They all took off and so I drove to the hole for a look around, finding Beauty on the base of Mercury, DC on the top ibeam west corner of OCSR and Cadence was still on Crossroads. Cadence started squawking and walking as her parents flew off. Once again I left her after a short time and went to the Andrews St. bridge to find DC on the top arm just as he stooped on some kestrels that were on the peak of City Hall. He flew back to FCT landing on the second arm. Beauty suddenly appeared carrying food with Genesee on her tail-they ended up on the platform then she flew up to the east side railing while he ate. When Genesee was done he joined Beauty up on the railing.

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As I watched from the City Hall parking lot Genesee flew off then DC stooped on a small bird followed by Genesee who attempted a stoop at nothing-hey at least he’s trying to learn from dear old dad. Genesee then landed on the church roof before heading south after daddy. DC returned to FCT with Beauty and Genesee joined his sister on Crossroads. I found them together then I joined Larry on the bridge where he had a Black-Crowned Night Heron in the river.

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Larry left for work after the kids dispersed from Crossroads. DC was on the top ibeam west corner, Genesee flew to the second ibeam below dad and Cadence had an ugly flight heading north. DC and Genesee left and I caught up with Beauty and DC on the FCT platform railing. Genesee ended up joining them as I pulled over on Church St. to watch. Cadence was on the platform eating as I could see her movements as she did so. Genesee went down and took over the food while his sister squawked about it and started walking around the platform.

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Everybody hung around on FCT for a while-one of the juvies flew out and landed on the small tower disc then slipped off the back out of view. DC and Genesee left to take a nap on OCSR-dad on the top ibeam west corner and Genesee below him on the second ibeam. I noticed a young Kestrel fledgling perched way down low on FCT below Beauty. It flew away safely after a few minutes.

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I checked out the river while everyone napped and was happy to see that the water level was down and there were shore birds on the flat rocks between the Court and Broad St. bridges. I left there for the Andrews St. bridge after DC and Genesee left OCSR. Cadence showed up at the Powers nest box. A while later she was gone but a falcon was now on the east side railing. It flew to OCSR and landed on the second west corner ibeam.

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Joyce came to relieve me and I ended my watch around 12:30pm. It was a shorter (only 7 hours)  and quieter watch than the last few days which I really needed to get refreshed. Keep smiling everybody and have a good night! :)

Click on the links below to see today’s videos

http://youtu.be/GDdOpd4iHy4

http://youtu.be/QeifnBRDbRM

http://youtu.be/tRqk5XWWvrU

http://youtu.be/bSNzgDCmoRU

Fledge Watch 6-25-15

Thursday, June 25th, 2015

By Rochester Falcon Watcher MAK

It was a beautiful day for a falcon fledge watch with mostly sunny skies, a delicious breeze and temps in the 70’s

Dan was on the Broad St. bridge when I arrived just before 5:30am-he was bored as he only saw Beauty stoop once and miss. No other activity so he left before 6am. I had better luck as I went looking for our beloved falcon family. From the Court St. bridge I saw a falcon by the Powers nest box. I went up on the Sister Cities roof and found a juvie on the third railing on Powers. It flew off and I went to the hole to find a juvie on the Wilder roof northeast corner-it had food. It disappeared and Beauty appeared on the fire escape ladder. She flew off and promptly got chased by a juvie over Wilder. Next time I saw the Beautyful one and a few times more during the course of the day she was on the Frontier Communications Tower (FCT). She always herds her kids to FCT after they start flying-guess she’s ready!  Larry stopped before work for a few minutes.

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I wanted to know if Cadence was still on the Wilder roof so I went up on the South Ave. garage. I found her at the Powers building nest box. Genesee joined her and then Dot.ca (DC) showed up with food. First Genesee then Cadence mobbed him on the southeast corner of the upper railing. Genesee got the spoils and took it down behind the railing. DC took off and returned a couple times to supervise. When I saw 2 falcons on the FCT I came down from the garage for a closer look.

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Patty joined me on watch as Cadence flew from behind OCSR low to the railing on the back of the Reynolds Arcade building and quickly took off again. She was flying very well today-getting her nerve up slowly but surely. Landing well too! Next up was DC with food on the back of Times Square. While giving Patty a drive around tour to show her different places to find the falcons we found Beauty back on FCT and DC on OCSR. I also took her to the roof of the South Ave. garage as we couldn’t find the kids. They were down for a nap I’m sure! We finally spotted Cadence sticking her wing out at the Powers nest box.

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We went down to the hole to have lunch as things were quiet for a while. Once again we took to the streets looking for falcons and once again found Beauty on FCT. DC was up at the Powers nest box with a juvie on the railing. DC went to OCSR and we found Genesee on the northeast side of it laying down. He likes to nap on that side of OCSR in the afternoon shade.  Patty left as Carla joined the watch around 2:30pm. We found Genesee next on the Wilder building whining before flying off-he’s a very good flyer and also lands well.

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The highlight of the day for me occurred after Carla left-I was on the Andrews St. bridge around 5pm. Cadence was on the north side of Crossroads and Beauty at the Powers nest box. Genesee came flying in landing next to Cadence ans he was full of it as he wanted her to play and fly with him. He chased her to the northeast corner pulled on her tail a couple times (one of his favorite things), jumped up and down, flew off and back a couple times and finally Cadence had enough and walked (her favorite pastime) away down the east side. Genesee flew off out of sight and I couldn’t help but wonder who he was going to terrorize next! (It’s all captured on video)

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Carol came to relieve me around 5:15pm after a 12 hour watch-I was more than ready to tag her in and end my watch. I left smiling from the antics of Genesee who never fails to entertain! :)

Click on the links below to see today’s videos

http://youtu.be/D4ZQ2jKF92k

http://youtu.be/QlDkaZe8cso

http://youtu.be/vyQCQykTzec

http://youtu.be/TKJmJmXbimI

http://youtu.be/ObU2D2VnJdY

http://youtu.be/M1lZO2akHhY

Fledge Watch 6-24-15

Wednesday, June 24th, 2015

By Rochester Falcon Watcher MAK

It was a little chilly at the start with the temperature in the 50’s but it turned out to be a nice sunny day

I dedicate this report to our littlest fledgling Bronx

I stopped on the Broad St. Bridge to speak to Dan about Bronx before going to check on the falcons -sad times for all those who loved him. I found Beauty to be under the northeast wing of Times Square (TSB) Cadence on the east side roof of Wilder and Dot.Ca (DC) on the top ibeam west corner of OCSR. The adults did most of the flying today mostly DC as they landed on Powers, Crossroads, OCSR, Mercury and Times Square. Genesee hung out with Cadence on Wilder for a bit. He knocked Beauty off a vent and basically acted like a young male fledgling-silly. Cadence kept close to the chimney most of the day not showing interest in flying. Girls take longer than boys in flying skills-she’ll get there when she’s ready. Larry stopped quick before work.

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Genesee flew off to the Reynolds Arcade building on Main St. between OCSR and Crossroads. I call it his jungle gym as he loves flying, jumping and running on the various bumps and levels on it. One of the adults dropped food off and Genesee had a whole bird which at first looked like a big pigeon wing to me until he flew across with it in his talons. I believe it was an Eastern Kingbird. He plucked a few feathers then cached it and daddy came over twice trying to take it but Genesee rushed him both times and DC flew off escaping with his life! lol Seems that Genesee is a chip off the old block where food is concerned.

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I spent most of my watch in the hole as there wasn’t much activity-Patty joined me and was a big help. She kept an eye on Cadence in case she flew off while I took a ride around looking for Genesee a couple times as we didn’t see him for a while at one point. Mom and dad did a few fly bys but Cadence and Genesee weren’t much into it today. Genesee might have been tired and/or sore from all the flying he did yesterday, Cadence probably was just glad to stay somewhere familiar after the last few days she’s had.

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Genesee kept disappearing and reappearing on the Reynolds Arcade building-he seems a bit hyper at times! He flew over to Wilder for a short visit and then he was off out of sight for quite a while.

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As you can see, Genesee was the entertainment for today with Cadence feeling secure by the Wilder chimney. Hopefully she’ll come out and show herself tomorrow so i can get more pics of her than today. After driving around and finding Genesee on the northeast side second ibeam from the Radisson Hotel by Bragdon Place I found that I could see both Genesee and Cadence from the Andrews St. bridge. Genesee perched on the Crossroads window washing apparatus for a few minutes. I ended my watch there, 10 hours after I started it at 5:30am as I waited for Joyce to relieve me.

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Although it’s hard to swallow that Bronx is gone, we must remember that there are still 2 young juvies to watch over and they will turn our sadness into smiles as we all work through it! :)

Click on the pics below to see today’s videos

http://youtu.be/Xlz06LZz5Jk

http://youtu.be/7gHJHcsLyIc

http://youtu.be/DFk4fQXDcU4


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