Morning watch 9-8-13
By Rochester Falcon Watcher MAK
Today started out with overcast conditions and a temperature of 60 degrees (F) 16 (C) and just before I ended my watch the sun came out
I didn’t find Beauty until my 2nd trip to the east side as she was on the south side of HSBC. She stayed less than 10 minutes and then she spread her wings and flew west.
As I crossed the Broad St. Bridge I spotted a falcon on the 2nd ibeam near the south corner so I drove down to the hole in order to get an ID. It was Dot.Ca and he took off 15-20 seconds later flying south.
I drove down State St. and found Beauty on the top ibeam at the west corner of OCSR. She left after 5 minutes and flew straight over to the Frontier Communications Tower (FCT) where I found her on the platform east side. She had some cached food and was working on a leg.
After about 10 minutes the Beautyful one finished eating and flew up to the northeast corner of the FCT platform railing and 10 minutes later she saw something and flew off to the southeast.
I left for the Hawkeye (HE) site to see if there were any falcons around but no luck there. I made my way over to Brighton around 8am and found Pigott on the west end of the south side vent. She was all foofed up and looking lovely. The breeze almost knocked her off but she caught herself by spreading her wings out.
Miss Pigott scrunched down Buddha style and then started stretching and spreading her wings, showing what good shape they are in after her incident earlier in the summer.
When I first arrived it was overcast and it even sprinkled for a bit, but blue skies started to move in and the sun came out. Pigott saw something in the southern sky about 8:45am and then she took flight going in that direction.
I left and checked downtown on my way thru stopping on the Court St. bridge to check out the river. I spotted the immature Black-crowned Night Heron fishing in the shallows amongst the gulls and ducks.
I left downtown after not finding our beloved falcons to check Hawkeye one more time but no sightings there either so I ended my watch around 9:30am. I saw our 3 resident falcons on my watch so that made me smile!
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