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Morning watch 7-20-11

By Rochester falcon watcher MAK

It was still dark out when I arrived downtown this morning. The sun is waking up later and later now cutting into my already short watches. I will still come even if I only get to see our Rochester falcons for a few minutes which was the case today. After searching for 40 minutes I finally spotted the Beautyful one flying to the FCT as I was driving down State St. to check out Kodak Office. She landed on her favorite perch on the tower below the platform on the east side.

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She appeared to have a full crop and she kept leaning forward almost like she was trying to bring up a pellet without the normal hacking motion.

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I decided she was bowing but where was Archer? Beauty walked sideways to the north side of the railing she was on and then flew over to the west side of the FCT under the platform. It became all too clear what her behavior was all about when I spotted Archer up inside the structure!

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When they go in among the girders it’s very hard to find them. Thankfully Archer was not hiding behind anything and I had a clear view of him. Almost immediately Beauty went in to join him and then 1 of them flew out heading south in the general direction of the Times Square building. After looking and not seeing anyone in the FCT I drove over to the Broad St. bridge to check the nestbox. It looked to me like someone was up in the nestbox but I don’t know for sure because after I parked the truck and looked again it appeared empty. At this point it was time to end my watch and get the truck home. Have a great day, stay cool and keep your eyes to the sky! :)

2 Responses to “Morning watch 7-20-11”

  1. Donna Says:

    Unusual that Archer was around for a while this morning and no stops at the nest box! Anyway, good report MAK.

  2. MAK Says:

    Thanks Donna I guess they decided to do their bowing and bonding on the Frontier tower today! :)


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