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Morning watch 5-10-13

By Rochester Falcon Watcher MAK

Another warm morning here in Western New York at 55 (F) 13 (C) when I left for downtown. It started out sunny but became overcast before I left for home and has since rained.

I arrived on a quiet, litter strewn Broad St. Bridge (BSB) (post Spiderman movie) finding Dot.Ca (DC) on the Mercury money bag (MMB) around 5:30am.

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5 minutes later he flew to the nest box to relieve Beauty on their eggs-she in turn flew to the base of Mercury as is their regular morning ritual. I drove down to the hole (Aqueduct St.) to watch her.

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Beauty did some preening and stretching but no eating as DC didn’t bring anything this morning and there must not have been any cached food on the base.

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She hopped up on the green part of the base and then back down to the concrete southwest corner with her back to me so I went back up to the bridge to view her from the front.

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We hung out for the next 45 minutes and then the Beautyful one flew east. I followed her as she went behind Midtown out of view and then I drove over there. I spotted Beauty on the northwest corner of HSBC and she was having a bite to eat at first. It must have been a very small bit of cached food for she was done by the time I found a place to observe.

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She seemed to be in hunt mode but the pigeons weren’t willing to come out and play so at about 6:50am she flew west out of my field of vision.

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I had a feeling Beauty was going to the nest box and sure enough I got a tweet from Annette that DC was off and Beauty was now on their eggs. Thanks! When I got back to the BSB at 7am I could see DC on the MMB-it sure is nice to have the bridge back after being off limits for parking during the Spiderman movie filming.

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DC kept looking up while I watched him and I have no idea why because I couldn’t see anything above us. Of course I don’t have the eyesight of a Peregrine Falcon either.

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10 minutes later DC waved goodbye and flew off to the southwest toward Cornhill out of view.

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I then drove to the Brighton Site (BS) but found nobody to be home. I stayed about an hour but I never saw or heard Miss Pigott. I returned to downtown just before 8:30am and got a tweet from Annette that a switch had been made leaving DC on incubation duties. I stopped on Exchange Blvd. by Cornhill where you can see the south side of all the downtown buildings but saw no bumps. I turned down Broad St. on my way home to check the Frontier Communications Tower (FCT) but saw nothing there either so I ended my watch at 8:35am. I had to smile for as I left downtown Annette and Donna informed meĀ  that Beauty was on the base of Mercury hiding from me-they all like to play hide and seek with us watchers! :)

Click on the links below to view more pics and videos if you wish

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http://youtu.be/YHLGbcIVoWc
http://youtu.be/HBzHXycsZp8
http://youtu.be/-ru_W4YE6lA
http://youtu.be/8KcL2XE5MIw

5 Responses to “Morning watch 5-10-13”

  1. Ginny Says:

    Hi MAK!
    Love the pics and videos!
    LOL…those hangnails are a pain!
    I think they know you are watching them….DC really looked like he was waving to you! :-)

  2. MAK Says:

    Hi Ginny! As always thanks for your comment. lol :)

  3. campgee Says:

    Hummm, so no one saw Pigott yesterday, she’s really got the hide and seek down to a science. Hope she’s spotted today letting us all know everything is right in Rochester.

  4. MAK Says:

    Camp, she may be sitting on eggs somewhere or just gone on a road trip. She wasn’t at BS this morning either time I went there. Hmmm is right! :)

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