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Falcon Watch Catch-up! All is Quiet and Peaceful! - 4/17/17

Monday, April 17th, 2017

By Rochester Falcon Watcher Carol P.

Boy!  Where does the time go?  Life just has a way of getting in the way of doing my favorite thing, FALCON WATCHING!  :)

I’ve been trying to get out on the weekends to do a falcon head count, and to make sure all is peaceful and quiet at all our nest sites.  With eggs laid and hard incubation in full swing, thankfully there has been nothing to upset the peace here in Rochester.

A few weeks (March 25) ago my good friends and fellow watchers Kathy O, Lisa McK, Dana and I took a trip to Buffalo to check on their falcon pairs.  We especially wanted to check on the Central Terminal nest site to try to ID the new male there that took over from our Diamante.  We couldn’t get a positive ID, but we’re pretty sure he is a falcon banded in Canada with a black over black band.  Here are some pictures from our Buffalo visit.

1-ct-falcons-3-25-172-ct-falcons-3-25-17<– Glieg (?) and new mate at Central Terminal.

3-ct-male-falcon-3-25-174-ct-male-falcon-3-25-17<— New male at Central Terminal on a nearby church.

5-ub-falcons-3-25-176-ub-falcons-3-25-177-ub-falcons-3-25-17<— University of Buffalo Falcons.

8-statler-falcons-3-25-17<— Statler nest box.  No one was home.  But they were both seen the next day.  The male here is Ralphie, Rhea Mae and Tiago’s son.

9-richardson-falcons-3-25-1710-richardson-falcons-3-25-17<— Richardson. First time we visited this nest site.  Both falcons were home.

The next day (March 26), I went out to check our Rochester birds.  All was quiet at both locations.

1-dc-with-food-3-26-17<— Dot.ca was busy, prepping prey for Beauty.

2-beauty-on-pan-cam-3-26-173-dc-beauty-takes-off-3-26-17<— Beauty on Pan Cam.

4-billie-on-st-3-26-175-seth-on-st-3-26-17<— Both Billie & Seth were home at Seneca Towers.

I also checked out Irondequoit Bay, where I watched two juvie Bald Eagles talon tagging over the water.  Love seeing these beautiful birds!

6-two-juvie-bald-eagles-talon-tagging-3-26-17<— Two juvie Bald Eagles talon tagging over Irondequoit Bay.

I also checked out the Brighton Site (BS), but saw no falcons there.

That weekend (3/25 and 3/26) I was very happy to have seen six falcons in Buffalo and four in Rochester.  It was a very good weekend!  :)

On April 2nd, I again saw all four Rochester Falcons.  All was quiet downtown.  Beauty was in the nest box on her four eggs and Dot.ca was nearby on the OCSR building.

3-all-quiet-dt-4-2-17<— The Times Square Bldg, home of Beauty and Dot.ca’s nest box.

1-seth-at-st-4-2-172-billie-at-st-4-2-17<— Seth on the side of the bridge and a Billie fly-over at Seneca Towers.

Easter Sunday is a day that bad things have happened in our falcon world.  That is the day that Brian H and I found Mariah on the ground injured after her battle with Beauty.  I picked up Brian for a morning watch and thankfully have nothing to report, except that all was peaceful for our Rochester falcons.

I hope that everyone enjoyed Easter with their family and friends!


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