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Falcon Watch/Beauty,Dot.ca and Seth seen 8-23-17

By Rochester Falcon Watcher MAK

Storms yesterday ushered in a cold front which got rid of the humidity. The temperature was a cool 57 (F) 14 (C)

I stopped on the Andrews St. bridge (ASB) my usual starting point and spotted Beauty on the base of Mercury and Dot.ca (DC) on the northeast side, top I-beam of OCSR.

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Traffic was backed up because of construction all over downtown this morning and of course it was rush hour, which made it worse, but I managed to get to Bragdon Place for a closer look at DC before he flew off. He was preening in all his whiteness.

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After a couple minutes I went over to the Court St. bridge to be a bit closer to the Beautyful one. She was just looking around as gulls were flying past her.

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The water in the river is very low right now due to just a slow bit of water coming through the lock south of the bridge. Since the last time I checked, the construction workers have built what looks like a walkway that curves around the back of the Dinosaur Grill. Many of the ducks were dunking their heads in the current.

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I left to go walk Bella and when I returned to downtown I could only find DC tucked in the corner by the elevator shaft on the top I-beam, northeast side of OCSR.


When I got to Seneca Towers I found Seth from the Northridge Church parking lot. He was on the north side window ledge in hunt mode as he kept watching something very intently down below him.

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After about 5 minutes he flew off into a stoop and didn’t return.


I ended my watch at 9:45am smiling after seeing 3 of our Rochester Peregrine Falcons! :)

Click on the link below to see a short snippet video


6 Responses to “Falcon Watch/Beauty,Dot.ca and Seth seen 8-23-17”

  1. mary Says:

    Hi MAK

    Thanks for your update. The adults are hanging around, but it looks like the young ‘uns have fled the coop.
    I am curious about the construction in the riverbed– are they putting in more locks, or replacing old locks? The pedestrian walkway looks like it will be a wonderful “over-the-river” walkway, creating a wonderful lookout for watching the ducks, egrets, herons down below.

  2. betty Says:

    mak i never knew their was a walkway where you can watch the ducks- egrets- herons. i will make it a point to go there they are so beautiful. again thanks for your reports.

  3. MAK Says:

    Hi Mary, the construction is for building shops and other things along the river in order to attract people downtown. The locks will remain the same. :)

  4. MAK Says:

    Betty, they just started building that walkway recently-it’s not finished. It’s part of a plan the city has put into motion to build shops and other things along that side of the river to bring people downtown. :)

  5. WLABarb Says:

    It looked like a beautiful day in Rochester! Thanks for your report, MAK. Three out of four isn’t bad! ;^) Maybe Billie will make an appearance later this week.
    It’ll be interesting to see the finished project downtown. Thanks for the tour!

  6. MAK Says:

    Yes, it will be very interesting Barb. Next time I’m downtown I’ll do a video of the whole area that’s been excavated so everyone can see and understand better. Thanks for commenting!! :)

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