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Morning Fledge Watch 7-31-15

Friday, July 31st, 2015

By Rochester Falcon Watcher MAK

The humidity is gone and with a temperature of 67 (F) 19 (C) it was a pleasant morning with blue skies and sunshine. The Blue moon was looming large in the western sky before I left for my watch

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When I checked the north end of Seneca Towers I caught a quick glimpse of a bird flying over the roof out of view-I believe it was Seth. I went down to check the south end and found Billie on the top window ledge right in the middle with her back to me. She did some leg stretches for me and pooped then she turned sideways.

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Billie didn’t do too much after that and so I left for downtown. I had trouble finding a falcon this morning until I spotted Dot.ca (DC) on the east side top railing of the Powers building from the Andrews St. bridge.

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I went down to the end of Aqueduct St. by Main St. for a closer look and as I tweeted out my findings DC left.

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I had a look around downtown again then off to the Pont de Rennes pedestrian bridge at High Falls. No falcons there but there was a Great Blue Heron  preening and some ducks swimming along on the north side of the bridge.

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So I left there for downtown at 7:15am and spotted DC on the top arm of the Frontier Communications tower as I was driving down State St. I first pulled over on Fitzhugh St. in front of the Sister Cities parking garage. DC gave an over the shoulder look.

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Since his back was to me I drove down to the end of Fitzhugh St. to the City Hall parking lot where I could see the front of him.

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I stayed with DC for an hour as he did a little preening and stretching.

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I had stuff to do so I called it a watch at 8:15am after seeing one falcon at Seneca Towers and one downtown. Slim pickin’s today but enough to muster a smile! :)

Click on the links below to see a couple videos from today’s watch

http://youtu.be/DrdHMnG6iSg

http://youtu.be/z6AXUUe7oLw

Morning Fledge Watch 7-30-15

Thursday, July 30th, 2015

By Rochester Falcon Watcher MAK

It was a humid 76 (F) 24 (C) degrees when I started out this morning, It started raining as soon as I got in my car and continued for much of my watch

When I reached the south end of my parking lot at Seneca Towers it was raining sideways right at my face as I struggled to get a pic of Billie on the top window ledge south end. I got it and quickly put my window up before my camera got too wet. I then went out to Seth Green Dr. thinking the trees would help shield me but that was a no go so I left for downtown after checking for more falcons. There were none at that time other than Buffalo Billie.

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After a check around downtown I stopped on the Court St. bridge to see 2 falcons next to each other on the east side railing of Widows Walk. I quickly drove over to the hole and just as I pulled over one of them flew off and went into a stoop toward the river in the general direction I had just come from. The falcon that remained was a juvie.

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The juvie left just as it started to pour of rain. I found Genesee on the base of Mercury a few minutes later at 6:40am and he was soaking wet. I think he may have been the juvie that was on Widows Walk. He stayed perched like a statue until the rain let up then started preening a little.

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At 7:18am Genesee turned to the north and flew off carrying a lot of water weight. I can relate to that except I don’t fly! LOL

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I searched for the next 45 minutes and left from the High Falls pedestrian bridge for Seneca Towers. When I arrived on Seth Green Dr. Bith and Sellie were home to greet me. They were perched a few feet apart on the west side railing.

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They only stayed for a minute as Bith charged Sellie making him fly off then Bith followed and juvie games began with them chasing each other around the building a few times. They flew north out of sight and never returned.

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That ended my watch on an early note at 8:20am with a big old smile on my face! :)

Click on the links below to see today’s videos

http://youtu.be/-v0OTLSzS-I

http://youtu.be/3L2dUEv0VW4

Wednesday Evening Fledge Watch - 7/29/15

Wednesday, July 29th, 2015

By Rochester Falcon Watcher Carol P.

5:45 to 9:00 pm

Evening Watchers: Kathy O, Joyce, Larry O, Carrie, Shaky and Carol P.

When I arrived a the east end of the pedestrian bridge, it was 90 degrees (F)!  My cooling towel was working really hard to keep me cool!  :)  The gorge was quiet tonight.  No falcon visits like we’ve had for the last few days.  But, there was a lot of activity surrounding us.  During the evening watch, we saw all 4 downtown Rochester Falcons!

Just before 4:00 pm, Genesee visited the Times Square Bldg nest box.  The Rfalconcam camera’s caught him on top of main camera.  He didn’t stay long, but it was great seeing him there.

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At first I could find no falcons.  Then at 6:10 pm, I found two falcons.  One on the Jail Comm Tower and one on the Frontier Comm Tower (FCT) on the 2nd arm down.  Because we were watching from the pedestrian bridge, all of my pictures are zoomed to the max and in most cases very blurry.  But at least you’ll see what we were seeing during our watch.

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At 6:30 pm, Kathy O joined me and we had three falcons in view.  One on the Jail Comm Tower (Adult). One on FCT below the platform and one at the Powers Bldg nest box (Juvie).  They were moving around a lot.

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Joyce joined us on the pedestrian bridge.  At 7:25 pm, Cadence and Genesee were on the north end of the Cross Rds Bldg.  One of them had food.  The adult remained on the Jail Comm Tower.

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Larry O, Carrie and Shaky then joined the watch.  The two juvies flew over to the Frontier Comm Tower at 7:45 pm.  One juvie landed on the 2nd arm down, next to an adult (we think this was Dot.ca).  The juvie then flew off and landed on the large drum below the platform followed by the 2nd juvie.  One of the juvies remained with food and the other flew to the Kodak Tower landing on the NE corner of the playpen netting.  We thought there may have been a food transfer by Dot.ca to one of the juvies.

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We lost track of the two juvies and the adult on the Jail Comm Tower (Beauty).  Dot.ca flew to the Kodak Tower NE corner of the playpen.

Dot.ca then took off  and headed north down the river.  He turned, now heading east.  We lost him behind the Genesee Brewery. Shaky walked to the center of the pedestrian bridge and found him on a cell tower east of the brewery.  He flew off several times heading north and returned to the tower.  He was definitely in hunt mode.

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By 8:30 pm, we were already losing light.  The days are getting shorter.  :(

At 9:00 pm we ended our watch, happy to have seen all 4 downtown Rochester Falcons.  Goodnight everyone!

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I wanted to send out a shout and a huge thanks to Mike who helped us out at the end of the day.  Thanks Mike!  :)

Morning Fledge Watch 7-29-15

Wednesday, July 29th, 2015

By Rochester Falcon Watcher MAK

It was a bit muggy out with a starting temperature of 68 (F) 20 (C) and some thin clouds which cleared up as the sun got higher in the sky

I began my day with Billie as she was on the top south side window ledge of Seneca Towers. I shared space with her for 15 minutes and then she flew southeast.

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I followed behind and caught up with her at the Kodak Hawkeye nest box. She was on the railing close to the box as I pulled into a parking lot across St. Paul St. from the building. She had her back to me and didn’t stay long as she flew southwest toward the river at 6:15am.

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I left for downtown and as I pulled over on the Court St. bridge after checking the east side I noticed a falcon on the south side railing of Widows Walk (WW). I drove over to Broad St. to watch from next to the Terminal building. The back lighting was bad from there  so I moved forward and stopped next to the Democrat&Chronicle building. I was able to ID this juvie as Cadence. She was looking in every direction-most likely looking for mom or dad with her breakfast.

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At 6:44am Cadence turned and flew northwest and I followed suit by driving down Fitzhugh St. by the Sister Cities parking garage and pulled over. She was now on the northeast cube of the Frontier Communications tower (FCT). That is her mothers’ favorite cube and I couldn’t believe how much she looked like Beauty.

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I chose to go to the City Hall parking lot for a different angle on our little beauty who’s not so little. Cadence had her back and side to me during the half hour I spent there with her.

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She took off at 7:20am  heading east and flying right into the sun where I lost sight of her.

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I drove around downtown and from the Broad St. bridge I thought I could see the top of a head on the east side of the Powers building. I drove down to the end of Aqueduct St. where I could see it from a closer vantage point and could see the partial wing of a falcon at the nest box through the railing.

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I drove to the Andrews St. bridge for a better look but the bird was gone when I got there. I wouldn’t see another falcon until after 9am when I spotted one on the middle arm of FCT again from the Andrews St. bridge. The only place to pull over was right below the tower which only enabled me to see that it was an adult. I thought Beauty but can’t say for sure.

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I drove over to Plymouth Ave. to have a look at the front of this falcon but it was gone when I got there. I didn’t find another falcon either downtown or at Seneca Towers when I got home at 10am. It was a slow watch this morning but seeing the beautyful Cadence provided me a reason to smile! :)

Last night Lynda picked me up for a night watch and we were treated to Beauty and Dot.ca coming to the High Falls gorge as we were on the pedestrian bridge. I am including a photo album and a video link of Beauty as she was on the gorge floor getting a drink as a mama duck and her 4 ducklings were allowed to pass right in front of Beauty. DC had landed in the falcon sucking tree and left-Beauty flew up to it after she had her fill of the Genesee River water. What fun-thanks Lynda!

As always click on the links below to see our Rochester Peregrine Falcons in action

https://share.shutterfly.com/action/welcome?sid=0AaN3DFm0ZMWqkK0

https://youtu.be/K9ZhSE__Jyk

http://youtu.be/NmEnDt1oOEI

http://youtu.be/4-Td–PS4dk

http://youtu.be/0egKB2dSS_0

http://youtu.be/JcJpxWWZEv4


Beauty and Dot.ca Visit the Gorge - Evening Fledge Watch - 7/28/15

Tuesday, July 28th, 2015

By Rochester Falcon Watcher Carol P.

5:30 - 9:00 pm

Temps high 80’s (F).  Hot and Humid.

Evening Watchers: Kathy O, Joyce, Lynda, MAK, Carrie, Shaky and Carol P.  Visits by our old friends Sally and Diana R.

Today was hot, but tomorrow will be even warmer, pushing up over 90.  The watchers gathered on the pedestrian bridge hoping for a glimpse of Cadence and Genesee in the gorge.  They never arrived.  But we were thrilled when Beauty and Dot.ca visited the gorge!

When I first arrived at 5:30 pm, there was an adult on the Kodak Tower’s south side arch.  We did have a few other sightings of a falcon on the Frontier Communication Tower.  But it wasn’t until approximately 7:40 pm that Shaky spotted a falcon flying into the gorge, and landing on the gorge floor near the water.  Less than a minute later, we saw a 2nd falcon fly in and land on the falcon sucking tree (FST).  Both were adults.  Beauty was on the gorge floor and Dot.ca was in the FST.

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Dot.ca did not stay long.  He took off and flew up to the top of the Kodak Tower.  All of the watchers lined up at the railing, taking pictures, videos and chatting about Beauty and Dot.ca’s visit to the gorge.  We wondered where the juvies were.

Here is a Youtube video showing Beauty on the gorge floor drinking from the Genesee River.

https://youtu.be/7JmNoCQ906s

While Beauty was drinking, a momma duck and her three small ducklings approached Beauty and swam by her.  Beauty moved further from the river, but continued to watch the small family.  That’s all she did, watch.  Beauty let them pass.

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Here is a short video showing the ducks passing by Beauty.  Sorry for my shakiness. :)  Just click on the Youtube link below.

https://youtu.be/1aEVsyQtoGs

After the ducks passed by her, Beauty jumped up onto a log.

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At 8:05 pm, Beauty took off and flew up to the falcon sucking tree.  Dot.ca was now on the cupola on the Kodak Tower.

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Beauty stayed there for about 20 minutes and then flew out of the gorge towards the Kodak Tower.  She landed on the east side launchpad.  Dot.ca was close by at the southeast corner of the launchpad.

We were starting to lose light at 8:30 pm.  I wanted to drive around the downtown area to see if I could find Cadence and Genesee.  I did find a falcon on the Times Square Bldg under the northeast wing and another eating on the top arm of the Frontier Communication Tower.  It was too dark to identify them.

In the coming days, we will probably start to see less and less of our young juvies.  This time comes to quickly for this watcher. But, it’s part of their growing up and learning to be Peregrine Falcons.  Hopefully we will still get to see them for many days to come!

Goodnight everyone!

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Quick correction:  There were actually 4 ducklings with the momma duck!  :)

Morning Fledge Watch 7-28-15

Tuesday, July 28th, 2015

By Rochester Falcon Watcher MAK

It was 67 (F) 19 (C) when I ventured out with a hazy sky breaking into blue skies and sunshine

I spotted Billie and Seth from Seth Green Dr. on the south end of the building top window ledge. They were at opposite ends facing each other. I drove back to my parking lot for a closer review. Billie stretched out and i could see a feather or two missing from her tail-she may be molting as is Beauty. It was peaceful as there were no juvies around whining and the adults seemed content to just hang out with each other as they stretched and preened.

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One of the Seneca Towers residents stopped by to chat with me about the falcons and during that time both Billie and a few minutes later Seth flew southeast. I left for downtown around 6:40am and after having a look from the Andrews St. bridge (ASB) decided to check the east side after checking the Times Square area. As I was driving down Exchange Blvd. I spotted Cadence and Genesee on Widows Walk (WW). I went around the block to Fitzhugh St. where I could see that Cadence was on the north side with food and Genesee a few feet from her on the northwest corner.

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Cadence stopped eating just before 7am and walked over to her brother. She was being very cute as she tipped her head to look at him and then they did a little beak to beak kissee face. Genesee put a talon on her back and I thought he would jump on her until in a flurry, Cadence got out of there and went under the railing to the inside out of view.

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After thinking about it a couple minutes Genesee joined his sister inside the railing and now MAK couldn’t see either one of them!

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I drove out to Broad St. to see if I could see them from there when I noticed Dot.ca (DC) fly to WW then up to the southwest wing ring at the tippy top of Times Square. There was no sound coming from the juvies so I wondered if they left or if DC had dropped off food and they were busy with that.

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DC left while I was on my way up to the Broad St. bridge (BSB) and there I found Cadence on the head of Mercury. So that answered my question of whether the juvies were still on WW.

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I also spotted a falcon on the 3rd arm of the jail tower, I took a quick ride over to Troup St. to see who it was-Beauty. Then back to the BSB where Cadence was giving the falcon power signal.

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She took off at 7:28am across the river where she met up with Genesee near the Hyatt Hotel. They headed southwest until I could no longer see them.

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I started checking out the river inhabitants and about 10 minutes later I heard a juvie screaming-I looked up in time to see the Beautyful one being chased by a juvie right over me.The juvie landed on the base of Mercury then immediately took off again heading northwest. I lost track of Beauty as I watched the juvie who, based on size I believe was Genesee.

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I left and drove the direction they were headed and found DC on the top arm of FCT around 8am. I also refer to him as Mr. Clean and Whitey as you can clearly see why in the following pics.

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I left him after a few minutes to search for the others but had no luck. it was starting to heat up so perhaps they found some nice shade to relax in. My last stop was the ASB where I could see that DC was still on FCT so I set out for home.

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I checked the bridge and all sides of Seneca Towers but could find no falcons so I ended my watch at a little after 9am. I must say it was good to see all 4 downtown falcons today as they’ve been elusive the past few days and you know it made me smile! :)

Click on the links below to see today’s videos-the snippet movie shows how cute Cadence and Genesee were with each other

http://youtu.be/lLcl9suInQs

http://youtu.be/wai7jqkE67g

http://youtu.be/r035_n1d4R8

http://youtu.be/PBaMg9GxjiM

Afternoon/Evening Fledge Watch - 7/27/15

Monday, July 27th, 2015

By Rochester Falcon Watcher Carol P.

3:30 - 9:00 pm

Hot and Humid were the weather words for today with temps in the mid-80’s and hardly a cloud in the sky to block the sun.  It’s only going to get worse over the next few days with temps going up to 90 and 90+.

Afternoon/Evening Watchers: Lisa McK, Joyce, Shaky, Larry O and Carol P.

Just after Lisa and I arrived at the pedestrian bridge we received a tweet from Shaky.  CADENCE AT TSB NEST BOX: 15:27 PM. At 5:23 pm, Donna tweeted that Cadence was still at the nest box by main cam (Wailing). She’s so cute!  We were so happy that she was visiting the nest box and that all her fans were able to see her up close and personal. :)

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We were spotting falcons at different locations around the city.  But it wasn’t until 6:00 pm that an adult flew into the gorge and landed on the falcon sucking tree (FST).  We are pretty sure that it was Beauty.  Joyce had joined us on the watch.  We thought that Beauty had food, but she didn’t stay long.  She took off heading south towards the Powers Bldg, where she landed on the east side railing.

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At 6:30 pm, I noticed movement on the lower branch of the FST.  It was Genesee and he was eating.  We had to wonder if he had been hidden in the tree in the shade where we couldn’t see him, and that Beauty had dropped off food for him.

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After finishing his meal, he settled down, watching everything that flew around him.  There were a lot of small birds, including Robins and Gold Finches that were flitting about near him.  He took off and stooped down low toward the river.  He flew into the tree line on the island and then back to land low on the gorge wall.

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Genesee then again took off and flew into the island trees.  It looked like he was on a hunt, or at least practicing for one.  He flew back up to the end of the falcon sucking tree and grabbed a small nub of a branch with one talon.  Then hung like a bat.  lol He really likes to do this.  Genesee flapped his wings and finally righted himself on the branch.  We’ve seen him do this multiple times.  It’s like he’s playing.

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At 7:15 pm, Genesee took off and flew over the High Falls heading south down the river towards downtown.  It was fun spending time with Genesee in the gorge.

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Shaky joined us.  At 7:50 pm, we received a tweet from Larry O.  He had spotted two falcons on a chimney on the southeast corner of the old City Hall, which is connected to the Widow’s Walk.  Of course that’s where we headed, meeting on Broad St, southwest of the Times Square Bldg.  It was Beauty watching Genesee eat.  When she moved towards him, he would vocalize very loudly.  After eating in the falcon sucking tree, he already had a very full crop, so it wasn’t long before he was finished.

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Shaky spotted this falcon fan waving from a nearby window.  :)

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Genesee finally stepped away from the food and let Beauty eat her fill.  He took off heading southeast.  After finishing her meal, Beauty took off heading south.

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At 9:00 pm, from the Broad St Bridge, we found Beauty on a lower arm of the jail communication tower.  There was a falcon flying over Xerox that landed on the SW corner.  It then took off heading southeast.  By this time, it was too dark to ID as adult of juvie.

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A Black Crowned Night Heron was hunting on the river below us.

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Earlier on the river below the pedestrian bridge, we saw a busy beaver collecting greens from the island and swimming down the river heading north.

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It’s always amazes me what we see while on our falcon watches.  Goodnight everyone!

Morning Fledge Watch 7-27-15

Monday, July 27th, 2015

By Rochester Falcon Watcher MAK

It was a clear sky when the sun peeked out from the horizon with a pleasant temperature of 63 (F) 17 (C)

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As I stepped out onto the west side balcony I spotted a juvie fly below me just above the tree tops to the north and out of view. After a few minutes I left for my car and went out to Seth Green Dr. where I saw a juvie on the southeast corner below the building. On the top window ledge south end of building with her back to her son was Billie. He started whining at her and she went to the other side of the ledge so she could see him. Probably didn’t want to get knocked off by the juvie without warning.

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The louder the juvie got the more Billie ignored him-she would not look his way! lol

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I don’t know who flew off first because I was taping the juvie when he flew off and when I looked at the window ledge Buffalo Billie was gone too. I caught a glimpse of them as they flew southwest over the river disappearing behind the trees with the juvie screamimg the whole time. 5 minutes later I heard a juvie and looked up to see one land on the west side below the railing just above the west side balconies.

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I left for downtown after it was apparent the juvie wasn’t going anywhere too soon. I drove around the city a few times with no falcon sightings. I didn’t see anyone from the pedestrian bridge at High Falls either so I left for the Andrews St. bridge. I was just about to pull away when I spotted a falcon fly to the southeast corner of the Frontier Communications tower (FCT) and another one to the platform near northeast corner. I drove over to the City Hall parking lot in time to see Cadence fly over to grab food from Dot.ca (DC) on the platform railing.

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Cadence then took her prize down to the platform and started whining as she mantled it. DC flew south a minute later and she immediately stopped mantling and whining as she got to work pulling feathers out before eating.

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Cadence ate half then started making her way down the east side of the platform and eventually crossing the platform and ending up in the northwest corner. I had gone down to Fitzhugh St. in front of the Sister Cities parking garage to observe her better while she was eating on the south side. After Cadence went to the northwest corner, I drove down to the City Hall parking lot to watch as I couldn’t see her from Fitzhugh St. I lost sight of her and I believe she left without me seeing her fly off.

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I left not knowing if Cadence was still up there and didn’t see another falcon until after 9am as I was parked on the Court St. bridge. I caught a glimpse of a falcon flying from behind OCSR’s north side heading west. Again from the Andrews St. bridge I spotted a falcon on the top I beam west corner and it flew off as I was enroute to get closer to ID it. I didn’t find it again and so I left for Seneca Towers. As I was crossing the Veterans Memorial bridge I saw 2 falcons flying above ST with one landing on the northwest corner of the refuse shoot.

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From Seth Green Dr. I could see the head of a juvie peeking out then disappearing only to turn around and show his tail feathers. From the up and down motion the tail told a tale of a juvie that was eating. He eventually went completely out of view at which point I ended my watch at 10am.

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The mornings have been hit and miss for seeing our Rochester Peregrine Falcons but the downtown juvies have been seen flying and playing in the High Falls gorge in the afternoons and evenings. Before we know it the juvies will be gone, but in the meantime they continue to make us smile! :)

Check out the links below to see today’s videos

http://youtu.be/HK0Xfp23ocE

http://youtu.be/CIJwtVZn_Ao

http://youtu.be/dHcx5FOUbE4

To the Gorge IV - Fledge Watch - 7/26/15

Sunday, July 26th, 2015

By Rochester Falcon Watcher Carol P.

4:00  to 9:15 pm

Watchers (Afternoon & Evening): Carrie, Joyce, Pat, Lisa McK, Larry O, Shaky and Carol P.

Each day seems to get a little warmer and more humid.  Temps in the 80’s (F) today and partly cloudy with a nice breeze.

I was getting ready to head downtown when I received a tweet from Shaky.  Carrie was downtown on the pedestrian bridge and she had two falcons on the small building on the island below the bridge.  Come to find out later, when I spoke to Carrie, she actually had three!  Both juvies and one of the adults!

When I arrived at the east end of the bridge at about 4:00 pm, there were no falcons or watchers in view.  Joyce soon joined me. While I was tweeting out that we had no falcons, Joyce called out that two falcons had flown into the gorge.  We found one falcon in the Falcon Sucking Tree (FST), but could not find the 2nd one.  It was time to head out to the observation deck.  From there we had a better view of Cadence on the tree and it looked like she was eating.  Later we decided it wasn’t food.  She was playing with a stick she had been carrying around.  lol

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It was nice and cool on the observation deck.  Lots of mist from the falls was cooling us down.  Carrie joined us.  Since it was quiet and we could not find where Genesee went, we headed back to the pedestrian bridge.  Larry O joined us.

At 5:45 pm, Cadence took off and flew around the gorge.  She landed on the small building on the island.  First on the east end, then swung around and landed on the west end.  I didn’t realize until I checked my pictures, that she had been carrying a stick around with her.  This is all part of her training.

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Five minutes later, Cadence took off (leaving her stick) and stooped on a gull, causing it to plunge into the river.  She continued on her way and again landed on the FST.  Lisa McK, Shaky and Pat joined the watch.

At 5:55 pm, she took off again, this time flying south, over the railroad bridge, towards downtown.  Larry spotted Dot.ca up on the Kodak Tower, southeast corner of the launchpad.

Shaky, Carrie, Joyce and I decided to head up to the brewery for a little something to eat, leaving Lisa and Pat on the bridge.  It was very quiet until Cadence and Genesee flew at hyper speed over the brewery and across the river heading towards downtown. They joined up with an adult near the Frontier Communication Tower.  Then three falcons were flying near the Powers Bldg and the Times Square Bldg.  One landed on the 2nd arm of the jail tower, while two talon tagged nearby.  The two that were talon tagging attempted to knock the third one off.  This all happened at about 8:30 pm.  They were too far away for us to get any pictures and we were losing light.

We rejoined Lisa and Pat on the bridge and chatted about what we had just seen.  At 9:15 pm, we ended our watch.  We all hoped that they would be back in the gorge tomorrow.  Goodnight everyone!

Goodnight -7-26-15

Morning Fledge Watch 7-26-15

Sunday, July 26th, 2015

By Rochester Falcon Watcher MAK

The morning started out overcast, humid and very dark with a temperature of 68 (F) 20 (C)

My first check at Seneca Towers from the 16th floor west balcony bagged me a falcon on the south ledge of the bridge whining. I waited a bit to see if I’d get any action from it or another but no luck. Before going to my car I checked in with the security guard to inquire about the raccoon from yesterday that had a jar stuck on its head-unfortunately,they never found it again. :( Out to the north end of the building where Seth was perched on his top window ledge.

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He seemed pretty settled in so I drove out to Seth Green Dr. after a few minutes and from there I spotted Billie on the south end top window ledge. She started out facing me but soon turned around showing me her back. At about 6:30am Buffalo Billie flew east and didn’t return. A juvie circled the building a few times whining then headed northeast out of view. I checked the north end again to find that Seth was gone so I headed for downtown.

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Upon arriving on the Andrews St. bridge (ASB) I could see Dot.ca (DC) on the top I beam west corner of OCSR-I drove down to State St. for a closer view as I had thought it was Beauty at first. I went to the hole for an even closer look, then took a trip around town having no luck finding a PEFA.

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I checked out the High Falls gorge as well and came up empty there too but I did see a Great Blue Heron land on the gorge floor and a doe laying down on the island.

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Around 8am I found the Beautyful one on the RGS antenna after seeing that DC was still on OCSR.

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I went from Elm St. near Clinton Ave. to Elm and Chestnut St. for a different angle but the lighting was just awful this morning. There was a pigeon up on the Hotel Cadillac right in line with Beauty-brave one!

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I left Beauty after a spell and checked downtown on my way out-no juvies seen downtown this morning and DC was gone from OCSR. When I arrived back home at Seneca Towers I spotted both juvies on the west side from Seth Green Dr. Sellie was on the railing near the northwest corner and Bith was below the railing down near the balconies.

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After a while Bith took a stroll toward the north end then flew off and joined his brother around 9:10am.

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There was some conversation going on between the two as they were facing each other.

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It was time for me to end my watch at 9:30am - I saw all 4 Seneca Towers falcons and both downtown adults. The only way to make me smile more would have been to see Cadence and Genesee too! :)

Click on the links below to see today’s videos

http://youtu.be/I5p2PdcELXE

http://youtu.be/UmdhfSQyAPE

http://youtu.be/qeG22DsHq4Q

http://youtu.be/03_Z_3uKucU


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