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Morning watch 8-30-13

By Rochester Falcon watcher MAK

A much better morning than the last couple days with clear skies,still humid and a temperature of 65 (F) 18 (C) to start

As I was making the rounds on the east side I spotted Beauty fly in from the east right above me and land on the northeast corner of HSBC and I thought she had a small package in her talons. I drove to Chestnut near Broad St. to observe as she just stood there crouched  for at least 20 minutes with her back to me. Finally the Beautyful one stood up and revealed her treasure then started plucking feathers.

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She ate some and then stood over it again for a few minutes before flying off to the northwest leaving the leftovers behind. I stopped on the Broad St. Bridge (BSB) to check out the river for activity and found the usual-a Great Blue Heron hunting,ducks swimming and dunking their heads under the water and gulls flying every which way and hanging out in the shallows. And I had a ladybug on my windshield.

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After a few minutes I made my way over to the Andrews St. bridge where I spotted a falcon on the Frontier Communications Tower (FCT). I drove over to City Hall and found that it was Beauty on the northeast cube. She had her back to me from the parking lot so after a while I went to Church St. where I could see the front of her.

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Beauty did some preening and ever so softly whined from time to time. She also pulled out a few of her small white feathers as she is still molting and pooped. She moved toward the inner beams under the platform and it was at this point I left to check out the Brighton Site around 8:30am.

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No luck in Brighton-Pigott was nowhere to be found so back downtown I went. I spotted Beauty on the north side when I heard her call out. She soon started moving toward the west side where she ended up.

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Out of the corner of my eye I noticed movement on the other side of the tower. It was DC directly across from Beauty on the east side, both under the platform of the FCT. They could see each other if they wanted to but Beauty was napping and DC was busy preening.

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I called it a watch and left them to it just past the 9 o’clock hour. I was happy to see DC up there sharing space with Beauty-made me smile! :)

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2 Responses to “Morning watch 8-30-13”

  1. Ginny Says:

    Beauty is looking extra gorgeous these days and DC is just too cute!

  2. MAK Says:

    I totally agree Ginny! :)


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