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Morning watch 6-16-11

By Rochester falcon watcher MAK

Beauty was in the nestbox when I checked the cams before leaving home this morning. She was still there when I arrived on the Broad St. bridge at 5:30am.

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About 20 minutes later a large bird flew near the Times Square building and got chased away by who I thought was Beauty at the time. Apparently Archer was in the nestbox as well but I could only see the Beautyful one. So I tweeted that Beauty went after this bird when in fact it was Archer. Donna set me straight on things. Thank you my friend! Anyway, I lost sight of any falcons at this point and it would be 15 minutes before I spotted Beauty on the Jail tower 3rd arm southeast side..

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She flew off heading west and didn’t resurface until 15 minutes later when I spotted her toward the middle of the jail tower. She stooped shortly after that without success and flew back to the jail tower 2nd arm down on the southwest side this time.

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She surely was keeping me hopping today! Soon after she stooped once again and once again she missed returning to the east side of the jail tower on the top arm.

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Beauty let me catch my breath for about 30 minutes before she left the jail tower and headed toward Times Square.


I found her back at the nestbox perching for just a couple minutes and then she flew to Mercury and perched on the heel.

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Now here’s where it gets confusing. Next I see her on the base of Mercury on the east side as I’m looking from the Broad St. bridge. Meanwhile,Donna calls and tells me Archer was up in the nestbox with Beauty again around 7:00 and I could only see Beauty up there at the time. I then watch Beauty disappear to the other side of the base that I can’t see and comes back into view but it looks more like Archer to me at this point! Here’s Beauty in the first pic and then the next 2 look like Archer.

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Was Archer on the blind side of the base and came into view after she went over to that side? Were these 2 playing tricks on old MAK or what?! lol Then Archer is gone and I see Beauty hop over near the foot on the base of Mercury.

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Sometimes one set of eyes is just not enough! Beauty suddenly stooped down the face of the Thomson Reuters building after a pigeon to the surface of the river missed flew back up above me and stooped again on the other side of the river. I had no time to get pics of any of this because it all happened so fast. She missed again and flew north up river and veered off to the east behind the Radisson Hotel. I had 5 minutes to collect myself and get my blood pressure back to normal when I spotted a falcon on the 2nd ibeam west corner of the OCSR building. I assumed it was Beauty and then drove down to Aqueduct St.to get a closer look and take pics. Is it Beauty or is it Archer?

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You be the judge but I believe it is Beauty. This is where I ended my watch. Oh, the games falcons play! :)

For more pics of my watch go to this link and as always no sign in is needed:

7 Responses to “Morning watch 6-16-11”

  1. Kris G. Says:

    What a fun watch, MAK! As always, thanks for your all your reports!

  2. BC Says:

    Oh MAK they were playing games with you :)

  3. margaret Says:

    They’re on Mercury’s foot keeping MAK on her toes! LOL.
    Nice pics.
    B was in the NB for quite a while early this morning.
    Does she spend more time on Mercury in the winter than now? It seems like she did.

  4. Paul Says:

    Sounds like a variation of the old shell game.
    Thanks for the fun report, MAK!

  5. MAK Says:

    They certainly had me a bit perplexed and confused! lol It’s funny I was just saying to Donna this morning that I hadn’t seen Beauty on Mercury in a while and look what happens. Yes Margaret she definitely spent more time on Mercury over the winter. :)

  6. Ginny Says:

    Oh MAK such fun! It is good to read your reports…I look forward to them :-)

  7. Bobbie Says:

    Phew! I’m exhausted just reading that, MAK!

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