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Monday Evening Falcon Watch - Juvie Seen Eating on Apartment Bldg Near Hawkeye - 9/23/13

By Rochester Falcon Watcher Carol P.

Another Monday late start, but it all worked out for the best.  I’ve changed my route going downtown since the Hawkeye juvie is in the mix now.  I usually head for St Paul St first and drive south towards Hawkeye.  Today I didn’t get very far before spotting the juvie eating on the apartments that tower over the river where St Paul meets 104.  I have always looked up at these apartments wondering why I’ve never seen a falcon there.  Well, today that all changed.

At 6:40 pm I was passing the apartments, looking up like I always do.  Today I saw a very familiar shape up on the SE corner.  I quickly turned around and headed back, trying to find a spot to watch from.  Not an easy thing to do in that area.  Plus the sun was lowering and the lighting was not good.  But, I finally found a spot where I had a decent view and took a closer look.  Yep, definitely a Peregrine Falcon and definitely a juvie.  Based on size, female and she was eating what appeared to be a pigeon.  This young hunter was doing very well indeed.

These apartments, which are just north of Hawkeye, are very tall, so it was impossible to get a look at the falcons legs to see if it was banded.  I watched her until it was dark and she finally stopped eating.  Just before 7:30 pm, she took off heading NE, leaving the remainder of her meal.

I followed the best I could, but there was no way for me to see where she ended up going.  I had hoped to find her nighttime roost.  No such luck.

Here are some pictures I took of the juvie this evening.  Remember to click on any you would like to see larger.  Sorry that they’re not very good, but distance and lighting were working against my old Kodak Camera.  lol Plus this is not an area I could take out my scope.

Goodnight everyone!

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8 Responses to “Monday Evening Falcon Watch - Juvie Seen Eating on Apartment Bldg Near Hawkeye - 9/23/13”

  1. patsy6 Says:

    YAY!! Thanks for having a great eye, Carol. I go by Seneca Towers twice a day on workdays, and have often thought it would be a great place for falcons. By the way, any guesses as to who the second bird is in the last picture?

  2. patsy6 Says:

    It looks like it could be another juvie falcon.

  3. Joyce Says:

    Great catch Carol! The head markings are a close match to the posted pics of the Hawkeye juvie.

  4. Joyce Says:

    Keen observation Pat. Hmmm???

  5. Carol P. Says:

    Thanks Pat & Joyce.
    Pat - All of the pictures are of the same bird. She just moved over a bit after finishing her meal. :)

  6. Carol P. Says:

    Are you talking about that object to the right of her? That was structure of some sort. Not a 2nd bird. I went back through my pics to make sure.

  7. patsy6 Says:

    Wow! It sure looked like the head of another bird to me. Thanks for checking. :)

  8. Carol P. Says:

    I agree! I had to go back to make sure. lol


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