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As we lose daylight…. Falcon Watch Report - 11/4/11

By Rochester Falcon Watcher Carol P.

As we lose daylight, it’s harder and harder to Watch the Rochester Falcons. I drive by KP on my way to work at 6:30 am most weekday mornings, but it is now way too dark to see much. Evenings aren’t much better.

Today I did my normal drive thru at KP and all was quiet and dark. I could not find Unity in the normal spots.

During the day, Beauty was reported visiting the nest box a couple times. It had been a long time since she’d been there.

After work, around 4:00 pm, I stopped at KP for a quick look and found Unity on the catwalk of the western smoke stack. She took off and flew to the blue bldg where her scrape is located and landed on the black ledge. That’s where I had to leave her.

This evening, after dinner (around 5:45 pm), I headed out to look for both Beauty and Unity. My first stop was KP where I found Unity on the tall still she favors. After about 15 minutes of watching her preen and enjoying what was left of the sunlight, it was fading fast, I decided it was time to head downtown.

It was a busy place tonite. Lots of stuff going on. Frontier Field next to Kodak Office was all lit up. Lots of folks streaming into the War Memorial aka Blue Cross Arena. No parking spots available, so I was unable to check out the Times Square Bldg & the south side of the OCSR. Onward to the south side of Xerox, where Beauty liked to go at night.

As I passed the library, I was greeted by the wonderful music from a fife and drum band. They were dressed up in dark blue Civil War uniforms, northern soldiers. Wish I could have stayed to listen, but I was on a mission. Find Beauty.

As I approached the south side of Xerox, I found a spot to park my car. It was dark already, but I could see a falcon shaped figure up on the tippy top of the Xerox bldg on the SW corner. That was an unusual spot for her. Of course I couldn’t be 100% sure it was her, but I believe it was.

The protestors were milling about in Washington Square Park, which they shared with the 1,000’s of Crows that were streaming in from all directions.

Beauty, high above, must have had quite the view of all this hustle and bustle below her. She must have wondered, what are they up to now? lol ;-)

This weekend is supposed to be very nice. Sunny both days, 50 degrees (F) on Saturday & 60’s on Sunday. A nice weekend to get some camera work and maintenance done. Enjoy the weekend everyone and remember to turn your clocks back an hour Saturday nite.

4 Responses to “As we lose daylight…. Falcon Watch Report - 11/4/11”

  1. Donna Says:

    Funny you mention the crows! Mine here arrive right around the same time. 6pm they all fly over my house, literally thousands of them. It’s quite an awesome sight. Thanks Carol. Was nice to see Beauty at the nest today after not being sighted since the 17 of Oct. :)

  2. Carol P. Says:

    Thanks Donna! Of course you mean Beauty hadn’t been sighted at the nest box since October 17th. We’ve seen her many times over the past few weeks, just not in the nest box. It was great seeing her there. :-)

  3. Alison Says:

    Your view of Beauty’s haunts will be vastly improved for a while after we “fall back” but, on the other hand, the post-work watching will be less successful.

  4. margaret Says:

    Just your dedication is enough! I wish I lived close enough to drive by everday. Many, many years ago, I did work in the Crossroads Building…right next door to the OCSR! Now, I’m out in the boonies!

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