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Falcon Fledge Watch - No Fledge Yet! 7/25/12

By Rochester Falcon Watcher Carol P.

Watchers: Joyce, Jeanne, Aaron and Carol P.

Due to the earlier report that there was a 3rd Falcon seen flying near the TS nest box, I headed right downtown from work. I arrived around 4:00 pm, just about the same time Joyce arrived.

Orion was on the platform of the nest box, Dot.ca was above at the base of the SE wing and Beauty was over on the top Ibeam of OCSR. All was very quiet for most of the late after noon and evening.

Dot.ca joined Beauty on the top IBeam of OCSR. They remained about a foot apart for close to an hour. Just sitting there peacefully. I believe they were hiding from Orion who had been fed very well today. I read the report when I got home that Beauty had given him a whole piece of prey and watched as he tried to eat it by himself. He did try, but ended up bringing it to her for help.

During the time I was there from 4:00 to 8:30 pm, there was not much activity at all. Periodically, Orion would come out to the end of the nest box and either just sit there staring over at his parents or flap his wings and run around the platform. Wing exercises continue to strengthen the muscles he will need to fledge. He is getting stronger and stronger.

When Joyce, Jeanne and I left at 8:30 pm, Dot.ca was gone, Beauty remained on the top IBeam of OCSR and Orion was sleeping in the nest box. A not very exciting fledge watch, but that’s ok with me.

This evening and tomorrow, we are expecting some bad weather, so it’s good he’s still safely in the nest box.

Jeanne checked on Pigott on her way home and reported seeing an a falcon on the building, whining. It’s possible that D.C. was there with her, but Jeanne could only see the one falcon.

On my way home, I drove through KP and found KPT on the railing in front of the red door on the east stack. When I parked my car and looked again, he was gone. The family of Kestrels were flying and talon tagging over the field in front of me and on my way out I saw not only one fox in the field, but two. They ran up to each other and greeted each other with rubbing against each other and licking and sniffing. I had never seen this type of interaction between two foxes. Very cool! It was a wonderful way to end my evening.

I promise to go through my pics and post them soon.

Tomorrow is another day, and I’ll be out again tomorrow afternoon, come rain or shine.

2 Responses to “Falcon Fledge Watch - No Fledge Yet! 7/25/12”

  1. DianaR Says:

    What a neat post! Thanks, Carol

  2. Carol P. Says:

    Thank you Diana! BTW, we saw you buzzing by yesterday. ;-)

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