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Morning watch 10-20-13

By Rochester Falcon Watcher MAK

This morning the starting temp for my watch was a cool 41 (F) 2 (C) with clear skies and plenty of sunshine

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It was almost a carbon copy of yesterdays events as I found Beauty on the northeast corner of HSBC.  The difference being she dropped off the corner immediately going into stoop form straight down after a pigeon which she missed. Then she flew toward the sun making me lose sight of her momentarily and when I saw her next she was in the middle of a flock of pigeons trying to grab one. She was unsuccessful and returned to HSBC at 7:54am to look some more after a short flight to the west .

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I think Beauty couldn’t wait any longer to catch breakfast for 15 minutes later she flew northwest and ended up under the northeast wing of the Times Square building (TSB). I caught up to her as I could see her there from the Broad St. Bridge. I continued down to the hole behind He’s Chinese to observe. While I enroute, Beauty flew over to the ledge under the southeast wing going to the back of it to eat cached food.

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The Beautyful one finished her tidbit in quick time, and spent 10 minutes feaking (wiping off her beak) and cleaning up before she flew northeast. I drove over to check the Frontier Communications Tower for her and she gave me the slip-when I went back to TSB she was under the northeast wing! Ha, you can run but you can’t hide-well, not this time anyway! lol

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I went to Brighton at this point arriving there just about 9am but there were no PEFAs present. I went back downtown via Highland Park and took some foliage pics. They’ll all be gone soon as we go into winter mode.

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I found Beauty in the same spot, same position under the northeast wing when I arrived downtown,where I left her 45 minutes earlier.  She was looking around and being, well being just Beautyful!

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I ended my watch at 9:30am on the Broad St. Bridge. The water level was higher than its been in a while thus covering all the flats and keeping the shore birds out of there. On the north side of the bridge the only bird was one lonely cormorant.

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For the second day in a row I had a Beauty only watch, which will become the norm once Dot.Ca migrates (if he does). Whomever I get to see on my watches will keep me smiling! :)

Click on the links below to view more pics of Beauty and the fall foliage plus 3 videos

http://share.shutterfly.com/action/welcome?sid=0AaN3DFm0ZMWqi1g

http://youtu.be/gRArTjKnUNM

8 Responses to “Morning watch 10-20-13”

  1. Debbie H. Says:

    Awesome report & pics, MAK!! What is the pink tree/bush?

  2. MAK Says:

    Thanks Deb-I have no idea what kind of tree it is. Maybe someone can enlighten us. :)

  3. Larry OHeron Says:

    Wow, that’s dropping like a rocket!

  4. Ginny Says:

    I love that stoop went into! Wow indeed!
    She is so pretty too and I love an all Beauty morning complete with hilarious BYF captions :-)
    I think the pink tree is a red maple changing it’s colors. Mine looks similar as the leaves change.
    Thanks for the great pics and videos!
    :-)

  5. MAK Says:

    It sure is Larry! She dropped off the edge right into formation-it was so cool! :)

  6. MAK Says:

    Thanks Ginny-whatever kind of tree, it is gorgeous. :)

  7. Donna Says:

    Holy Carp, what a bullet, awesome picture Mak!

  8. MAK Says:

    Thanks Donna! Ya know how you like seeing them just drop off the edge-that’s what she did right into a stoop and straight down the building like a rocket! :)


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