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Morning watch 1-27-15

By Rochester Falcon Watcher MAK

It was snowing with a north wind blowing and a temperature of 13 (F) -11 (C)

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As I made my u-turn on Seth Green Drive to face Seneca Towers I spotted falcons on the south end of the building. I went back to my parking lot and as I stopped the car they left-1 from the top window ledge and the other from the southwest corner. They headed up river to the south and didn’t return. Off to downtown I went, where I found Dot.ca (DC) on the north side ledge of the OCSR elevator shaft from the south side of the Radisson Hotel.

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I watched DC for only a few minutes after he moved to the back of the ledge and turned his back to me. I then checked the south side ledge from the north side of the hotel for Beauty, but she wasn’t there.


It wasn’t until 8:30am that I found the Beautyful one on Xerox from Woodbury Blvd.-she was on the 6th south side column over from the southeast corner.


I drove over to Chestnut St. by Martin Luther King Jr. park to get a better look at her as she was looking for a meal to fly into her space. Beauty also did some preening as the snow fell on her like it was just business as usual, which for her, it is!

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As I was tweeting about her nonchalant demeanor with the cold and snow she left the building. I left and had a look around for her, stopping for coffee on my rounds before checking the elevator shaft for DC again. He was still up there and tucked in further than when I left him earlier. I then went to the Andrews St. bridge where I spotted Beauty over on the south side arch of Kodak Office. I drove down to State St. and parked below her to share space with her for a few minutes.

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Beauty was all foofed up to stay warm as the northerly wind blew up her feathers. I left her there at 9:15am and ended my watch after stopping by the Lower Falls below the Driving Park bridge on my way home. They were mostly frozen but the river was still flowing down over the ice in spots.

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After seeing all 4 Rochester Peregrine Falcons and a lovely scene of frozen water falls how could I not be smiling!? :)

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10 Responses to “Morning watch 1-27-15”

  1. Patricia Rose Says:

    Beauty was the brave one today! Love the frozen falls! :)

  2. June Kogut Says:

    Four birds and a smiling photographer: a perfect day in Rochester.. Here on the Cape (Cod that is) we are snowed in, bundled up and yearning for spring…Thanks MAK for sharing your perfect day! J.

  3. MAK Says:

    Beauty is always brave Patty. And I just love those frozen falls!! :)

  4. MAK Says:

    June, you take care in that storm! Spring will come and we’ll have plenty to smile about then too! I’m only too happy to share what I am lucky enough to see in person. ;)

  5. Ginny Says:

    MAK, I love what the others are saying about brave Beauty. She is! Brave, Strong & Beautyful :-)
    I love the frozen falls, they are gorgeous.

  6. MAK Says:

    Ah, yes Ginny! :)

  7. Margaret Says:

    Wow! Great pics MAK! In this cold brave MAK out chasing brave Beauty!
    The falls photos are wonderful!
    Stay warm ! It’s going to get colder!

  8. mak Says:

    Thanks Margaret-it’s easy to be brave when you love something as much as I do our falcons! :)

  9. Bobbie Ireland Says:

    The temperature was WHAT?! I ain’t comin’ out til Spring.

  10. MAK Says:

    Bobbie, 11 is warm compared to some days that have been below 0 when I start out-today it was 2 degrees when I walked out the door! :)

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