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Watch Report 3:45 - 8 pm - Wednesday, 8/25/10

From Rochester Falcon Watch, Carol P.

I started my watch by driving past the Frontier communication tower, nothing.  Nothing on the north side of the old Changing Scenes Restaurant.  No Falcons on the south side of old Changing Scenes.  BINGO!  There was a Falcon on the base of the Mercury statue.  I parked on Aqueduct St., which put me on the west side of the statue.  A quick check showed me that it was Archer.  He spent most of the next 1/2 hour preening and looking about.  I heard the cawing of Crows behind me and so did Archer.  He took off, heading in the direction of the Crows.  I looked over towards the Wilder bldg and saw Archer in the midst of 7 or 8 Crows.  The Crows never stood a chance and should learn that messing around with a Peregrine is not a good idea.  Mariah would never tolerate a Crow near her nestsite.  It seems that her Grandson Archer has picked up that trait.

The Crows finally decided to get out of Dodge, so they all headed towards the river with a very irate Tiercel on their tails.  I couldn’t find Archer, so I returned to the Wilder bldg, where I spotted a falcon sitting on the south side.  I thought it was Archer, but it turned out to be Beauty.  I found some shade and kept an eye on Beauty.  I was soon joined by fellow Watcher MAK.

We pulled out some chairs and chatted.  It was an absolutely gorgeous afternoon.  The sun was shining, but it wasn’t too warm, just right.

Dana, Lou and Kathy O. arrived.  Beauty remained on the Wilder bldg.  A smaller falcon flew in passing Beauty flying towards the river.  Then Beauty took off.  We found both Beauty and Archer sitting on the Mercury statue.  Joyce arrived and reported that Archer had been over on the jail communication tower.

The two falcons on the statue would have made a wonderful painting of a Peregrine pair.  Just as the light was fading, Archer took off on a mission, heading south.  We couldn’t see where he went.  Beauty vocalized a bit, but remained on Mercury’s heal.  We received a phone call from Lynda, who was on the Broad St. bridge with Dan.  Archer was again on the jail communication tower.

It was 8:00 pm and it was getting dark.  It had been a long day, so I decided to head home.  There were no sightings of Callidora today.  We’ll keep looking for her and report if we see her.

4 Responses to “Watch Report 3:45 - 8 pm - Wednesday, 8/25/10”

  1. Maureen in MA Says:

    Thank you for the post. Is it possible for Callidora to have left the area already?

  2. Carol P. Says:

    @Maureen - She may be gone, but the Watchers are still out keeping an eye out for her. We hope to see her if she does decide to visit. :-)

  3. Alison in Indiana Says:

    Sometimes juvies take off right away, others hang around into the winter. Each to his own… A delightful report.

  4. Maureen in MA Says:

    Thank you, both!


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