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Saturday Afternoon Falcon Watch - Beauty & Dot.ca Take Over City Hall - 9/28/13

By Rochester Falcon Watcher Carol P.

2:45 - 6:45 pm

Today was a most gorgeous fall day here in Rochester, NY.  Bright blue sky and temps near 70 degrees (F).

I first checked out the Seneca Towers and the Hawkeye Plant, but had no luck finding the juvie we have been seeing there.  Next stop downtown, where I found both Beauty and Dot.ca on the Frontier Communication Tower (FCT) a few feet apart; east side under the platform.

Beauty and Dotca Together on FCT 9-28-13Beauty and Dotca Together on FCT 9-28-13*

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They stayed like that for awhile, vocalizing softly now and then.  Dot.ca turned around and took off, heading southeast.  He returned and landed on the City Place bldg just south of the FCT.  He walked back from the ledge.

Dot.ca on City Place 9-28-13*

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Beauty ee-chupped from the FCT and Dot.ca returned to the edge where I could again see him.  Dot.ca took off and flew over to City Hall, landing on the base of the roof-line on the west side, south end of the building.

Dot.ca on City Hall 9-28-13Dot.ca on City Hall 9-28-13*

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I could see that he had bathed on the City Place roof where we have seen Beauty bathe.  Dot.ca then flew up to a higher perch on city hall.

Dot.ca on City Hall 9-28-13Dot.ca on City Hall 9-28-13*

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Dot.ca on City Hall 9-28-13Dot.ca on City Hall 9-28-133*

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Joyce had been watching Pigott out at the BS location and she joined me on the downtown watch.

Beauty took off from FCT and flew over City Hall, floating above it before flying down and landing on a window near the top on the south side.

Beauty on Dot.ca on City Hall 9-28-13Beauty on City Hall 9-28-13Beauty on City Hall 9-28-13*

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While Joyce and I watched Beauty and Dot.ca, a wedding party pulled up and had pictures taken on the front steps of City Hall, just below Beauty.  It was actually kind of amusing, at least to us, that they had no idea there were two Peregrine Falcons above them.  lol

Dot.ca spread his wings and took off heading south east towards downtown.

Dot.ca on City Hall 9-28-13Dot.ca on City Hall 9-28-13Dot.ca on City Hall 9-28-13*

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Soon after Beauty took off in a blur heading in the same direction.

Beauty Off in a Blur 9-28-13*

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They both returned to the Frontier Communication Tower and then both took off again, heading towards downtown.  Joyce went to BS to check on Pigott again and I went in search of Beauty & Dot.ca.  I found them both on the HSBC building.  Beauty on the south west corner and Dot.ca on the south east corner.

Beauty and Dot.ca on HSBC 9-28-13Beauty on HSBC 9-28-13Dot.ca on HSBC 9-28-13*

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Dot.ca took off and Joyce soon reported that he had joined Pigott and they both went into the cubby there, ee-chupping.  Beauty remained on HSBC.

It was time to end my Watch.  On the way home, I checked HE and Seneca Towers.  Again, I could not find a falcon at either location.

It had been a beautiful day for a Falcon Watch and all three adults were seen by the Watchers this afternoon.  Goodnight everyone!

Addition - Just realized I forgot to mention something that happened during this Watch.

While Joyce and I were watching both Beauty and Dot.ca on City Hall, DC took off and flew over the building.  He flew down to where Beauty was on the window ledge.  There was vocalization and Beauty lowered her head.  Dot.ca attempted to land but pulled back at the last second.  Joyce and I believe that he attempted to copulate with her, but the space she was in was too small.

4 Responses to “Saturday Afternoon Falcon Watch - Beauty & Dot.ca Take Over City Hall - 9/28/13”

  1. kathy from toronto Says:

    Stunning photos today Carol! Thank you :)

  2. Ginny Says:

    Carol,
    These are beautiful photos of DC & Beauty on that wonderful “Gothic” structure…..I wanted so badly to see them up there when I was at Rochester. It is a perfect setting for them :-)
    Thank you!

  3. Carol P. Says:

    Why thank you Kathy and Ginny. I love when they land on the older buildings. :)

  4. Carol Says:

    I’ve added the following to this report.

    Addition - Just realized I forgot to mention something that happened during this Watch.

    While Joyce and I were watching both Beauty and Dot.ca on City Hall, DC took off and flew over the building. He flew down to where Beauty was on the window ledge. There was vocalization and Beauty lowered her head. Dot.ca attempted to land but pulled back at the last second. Joyce and I believe that he attempted to copulate with her, but the space she was in was too small.


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