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Morning watch 8-29-13

By Rochester Falcon Watcher MAK

Another warm, humid start with a temperature of 63 (F) 17 (C) -it started out kinda clear but fog moved in and changed that.

I was on my way leaving the east side after not seeing Beauty on HSBC when I decided one more check around it was in order. It was a good call because I found the Beautyful one on the northwest corner with food. I parked on Chestnut St. to check her out.

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The air was so moisture laden that I had to keep my wipers going, and when I got back in my car I  had to turn on the defroster to clear the inside. Beauty had flown off without my seeing her and when I got to the Broad St. Bridge (BSB) the fog was quickly taking over at the surface more so than the building tops at first. As time went on everything was enveloped in fog and from the BSB at around 7am I couldn’t see anything beyond OCSR or Times Square. The jail tower was hard to see too.

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I took a ride and found Beauty on the Frontier Communications Tower (FCT) just before the fog took it over. She was on the beam that crosses between the southeast and northeast cubes with her back to me. The fog took over quickly in a matter of 5 minutes as you can see in the next sequence of pics.

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Since Beauty had eaten I figured she would settle in to digest her meal so I decided to leave for the Brighton site (BS). I met up with DebbieH briefly before I left.  On the way down State St. I stopped and took a pic of OCSR which was looking quite eery. And as I crossed the Ford St. Bridge off Exchange Blvd. to Mt Hope Ave. I took a pic of the sun that was trying to burn thru the dense fog.

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Upon arriving at BS the fog had taken over there as well but I was able to spot a white chest on the west end of the south side vent. I thought this has to be Dot.Ca (DC) and as I scanned the rest of the vent I could barely make out the shape of a falcon on the east end who was Pigott.

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They both slipped off when I wasn’t looking or maybe while I was watching and just couldn’t see them thru the fog.  At any rate shortly after I heard Pigott whining and then I saw her fly across the back of the building real low from west to east. I think she was looking for DC hence the whining. I checked around the building 3 times and determined that they had both left the premises. With that I ended my watch around 8:30am. Tho it was a dismal watch I still saw all 3 Rochester Peregrine Falcons and for that i had a little smile cross my face! :)

Click on the links below to view videos from my watch

http://youtu.be/_MjrOPq3FvY
http://youtu.be/LLBLIQvJgqg
http://youtu.be/3Ujm-YFfvtw

4 Responses to “Morning watch 8-29-13”

  1. patsy6 Says:

    Wow! They look like pefa ghosts! Thanks for being persistant and finding all three through the fog, MAK.

  2. MAK Says:

    My pleasure Pat! BOO!!! :)

  3. Ginny Says:

    I love the Gothic falcons MAK! Sooo cool the way they look in the fog :-)
    Thank you! Now I am smiling too :-)

  4. MAK Says:

    Alright Ginny-smile away! :)


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