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Mother’s Day Falcon Watch - 5/13/18

Sunday, May 13th, 2018

By Rochester Falcon Watcher Carol P.

*Be sure to click on all pictures to see the full version.*

Happy Mother’s Day to Beauty and all you mom’s out there!

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It was a lovely day for a falcon watch!

There was a lot of traffic, due to graduations at the Blue Cross Arena, aka Rochester War Memorial.  So I ended up on Aqueduct St (aka “the hole”).  From there I had a great view of the nest box and the surrounding area.

8-my-view-from-the-hole-5-13-189-my-view-from-the-hole-5-13-18<— My view from “the hole”.

When I first arrived, I found Dot.a on to top Ibeam of OCSR, just where fellow watcher Larry O reported seeing him.

1-dc-on-ocsr-5-13-18<— Dot.ca on OCSR.

For a long time, there was no falcon activity.  Until Dot.ca took off, heading north.  After awhile, he returned to the same spot on OCSR.  About a half hour later, he took off again, this time heading south.  He was on the hunt!

Finally, success!  Dot.ca returned to the top IBeam on the OCSR and feathers were soon floating all around him.  When he was finished preparing the meal, he took it up to the platform in front of the nest box.  Beauty came out to meet him and took the offered meal, returning to the nest box.  After a few minutes, Dot.ca returned to the OCSR to keep guard over his family.

Here are a few pictures of Dot.ca bringing the meal to Beauty.

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5-b-takes-prey-from-dc-at-nb-5-13-186-b-takes-prey-from-dc-at-nb-5-13-18<— Dot.ca brings a meal to Beauty at the nest box.

All was quiet.  It was time for me to end my Sunday morning watch.  But I had one more stop to make.  It was Mother’s Day and I wanted to remember a very special mom that I had watched raise young for many years.  I stopped at the Kodak Tower, where I had so many good memories of Mariah, Kaver and their young.  43 babies were raised here.

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Happy Mother’s Day Mariah! I will always remember you with love…. <3

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