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Morning watch 1-22-14

By Rochester Falcon Watcher MAK

There was a big fat zero on the thermometer when I walked out the house this morning-as I approached downtown the light snow looked almost like fog enveloping the tops of the buildings. The sun had to work hard to break thru the clouds and snow but it made it out for a while

My first sighting of a PEFA was around 7:30am when I spotted one taking off from Midtown as I came around from behind HSBC. 15 minutes later I found Beauty on the south side arch of Kodak Office (KO). She was on the east side of it all foofed up to keep warm as the temperature had risen to 1 degree (F) -17 (C). The cold gave me problems getting my camera to focus so I had to trash most of them but you get the picture anyway!

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I left the Beautyful one to check on the Brighton site (BS) and on the way I took a pic of the sun trying to rise above the snow and clouds, plus a first for me-a snow rainbow also known as a Sun Dog.

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I found Pigott on the south side vent at the west end of BS. She too was all foofed up to keep warm. She did some preening and flew off to the south after 10  minutes or so.

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Little did I know that she was flying out to greet Dot.Ca (DC).  I drove around the building looking for Pigott and when I got to the south/back side of the building I spotted DC on an east facing top level window ledge on the southwest extension. He quickly flew off with a couple of his famous chirps and landed on the east end of the south side vent,his back facing out, as Pigott had returned to the west end.

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5 minutes later DC flew south followed by Pigott a few seconds later-they disappeared beyond the tree line into a wall of snow. I left to return to downtown where Beauty was still on KO in the same spot I found her.

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I was thrilled to have seen all 3 Rochester Peregrine Falcons on my first watch in a month as I returned from a stay in Arkansas yesterday, but there was a bonus 4th falcon sighting after I ended my morning watch at 9:20am. I was running some errands that brought me near the Kodak Park (KP) power plant about 90 minutes later, so I stopped to have a look/see. On the east side stack, lower catwalk I spotted a falcon whom I believe is probably the one that’s been seen there since I went away in December. First from Mt. Read Blvd, then from parking lots on the KP premises.

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The smoke from the stacks kept blocking my view so I had to take my shots in between. Judging by size I would say this is a male but from that distance looks can be deceiving.

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Not bad at all for a welcome home watch that made me smile from start to finish! :)

Click on the 5 links below to view todays videos-sorry they are not in focus for the most part, because of the very cold conditions

http://youtu.be/vrTE94L80lQ

http://youtu.be/oBA3UanINo4

http://youtu.be/OwmA7lyCXpU

http://youtu.be/nxDDOQ8L28c

http://youtu.be/YTVRuu-ighA

12 Responses to “Morning watch 1-22-14”

  1. patsy6 Says:

    Welcome back, MAK! I’m so glad you saw four falcons and the snowbow The pics are beautiful.

  2. MAK Says:

    Thanks for your nice comment Pat! :)

  3. Ciuciek Says:

    Thanks for your all amazing videos and photos!

    Ciuciek, falco fan from Poland :D

  4. Ginny Says:

    Hi MAK!
    Welcome home! Our sweet girls are so pretty and Dotca and the other male look a lot alike-so white chested.
    Thank you for the wonderful pics and videos!
    :-)

  5. MAK Says:

    You are welcome Ciuciek! It’s wonderful to hear from one of our falcon fans in Poland. :)

  6. MAK Says:

    Hi Ginny! Thanks and you’re welcome. And you bet our girls are pretty! :)

  7. Nora Says:

    Thanks, MAK! I’m loving yours and Carol P’s posts! Thanks so much for letting me know about the blogs. I am an old timer from the Mariah Cabbot-Scirocco and later Kaver days. Then got sidetracked with life. LOL Now I’m back!

    Has the 4th Falcon been identified? Is he banded?

  8. MAK Says:

    Hi Nora, glad I was able to clue you in on our blogs and I’m very happy you’re back! Unfortunately it’s hard to get IDs at the Kodak Park power plant because of the distance factor. We can’t get close enough to see leg bands much less numbers on them, so no the 4th falcon has not been identified and I’m not sure that leg bands have been seen on it either. This is the site Unity was at and it took the better part of a year before we got a positive ID on her. Thanks for commenting!! :)

  9. Joyce Says:

    Good pics of the mystery falcon at KP. Loves that spot. It looks like a tundra species falcon. It has a full dark cap like Kaver. Hope one of the watchers can verify if it has bands while I’m away.

  10. MAK Says:

    Now Joyce you know you’re our star ID girl-you’ll be the one to do it I bet! :)

  11. Alison in Indiana Says:

    Welcome Back, MAK

  12. MAK Says:

    Thanks Alison! :)


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