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Falcon Watch (4-7 pm) - It Was A Beautiful Evening For a Beauty Watch! - 8/28/12

By Rochester Falcon Watcher Carol P.

My work day ended and my Falcon Watch began!  Woohoo!  I arrived downtown a little before 4:00 pm.  Took my normal route, which took me by Kodak Office (KO) and the Frontier Communication Tower (FCT) first.  Nothing at either.  I decided to head directly to the Broad St Bridge (BSB) after that.  After parking and facing directly into the sun (facing west), I first spotted a falcon on the top IBeam of the south side of the OCSR.  This falcon had his back to me, so I wasn’t sure who it was.  I next searched the Times Square Bldg (TSB).  Hard to see, but finally I saw that there was a falcon at the base of the NE wing and this was definitely Beauty.  I looked back at the OCSR and saw that this falcon was gone.  Well, darn.  I am really not sure if this was Orion or Dot.ca.  I would see neither during the remainder of my Watch.  This evening, it was all about Beauty.

Beauty remained on the TSB, while I checked out the FCT again and the downtown area.  I was not able to find another falcon.  So, back to the TSB and the continuation of my Beauty Watch.

I decided to park down on Aqueduct St and to walk around the area.  I was over at Falcon Central (the bottom of the stairs from Broad St), when at 6:00 pm, Beauty decided that it was time to stretch and she threw her wings into the air and she was off!  Beauty stooped over the Thompson Reuters bldg and over the river (heading east).  I lost sight of her when she passed over the bldg.  I walked up to the Broad St Bridge, but was too late to see where she ended up.  Back to my car.

It was time for me to check out the downtown area again.  I met up with my Watcher friend Kathy O over at the Geva Theater parking lot and we found Beauty up at the top of the Xerox Bldg on the south side, 5th column in from the NE corner.  This was a favorite spot for her.  A nightly roosting spot in the off-season.  Kathy and I chatted while we kept watch on Beauty, that is until she decided to take off yet again.

At 6:45 pm, Beauty took off, flew around the downtown area for a bit and then headed west, back towards the TSB.  We headed that way too.  The game was afoot!  lol

From the Broad St Bridge, we could see Beauty in Archer’s Nook.  You ask, where is Archer’s Nook and why do I call it that?  That particular spot was a favorite of our dear Archer.  He sat there many times while Jemison and Callidora were readying to fledge, just out of sight of his young ones.  After they left, he would still go there.  Now Beauty has taken to going to Archer’s Nook.  I love seeing her there.  It brings back good memories of Archer.  :-)

So, it was 7:00 pm, and it was time for me to go.  Larry O had arrived and took over the evening watch.  I went home happy that I had spent time with Beauty.  I wondered if Dot.ca had taken Orion out for a lesson, giving Beauty a little bit of time off from her young son.  He is quite the “talon-full”!  Tomorrow, I will return downtown and I will keep my eyes to the sky as always with my fellow Watcher friends, in hope of catching a glimpse of Orion’s continued lessons.

Here is my Shutterfly Album with a few pictures from tonite.  No sign on needed.  Enjoy!


Beauty on the TSB - Wings Up! - 8/28/12Beauty on the TSB - Wings Up! - 8/25/12Beauty in Archer's Nook - 8/28/12Where is Archer's Nook? 8/28/12

5 Responses to “Falcon Watch (4-7 pm) - It Was A Beautiful Evening For a Beauty Watch! - 8/28/12”

  1. Barb W. in L.A. Says:

    Carol P. you got quite a workout! But what a nice walk down memory lane with Beauty in Archer’s Nook. Thanks for letting us tag along.

  2. carla Says:

    Hi Carol ,nice to see Beauty on Archers Nook.Great pictures !Thanks

  3. Donna M. in Atl. Bch Says:

    Carol, you draw us into your adventures with your written word - next best thing to being there. How wonderful to revisit Archers nook. I wonder know will we have an “Orion’s runway” at some future date? Hope it’s a great day in PEFA land.

  4. Braveheart2665 Says:

    her heart will always be with her tiercel with a white feather, may he R.I.P.

  5. Carol P. Says:

    Thanks for the kind words ladies. I’ve been watching for so long, that everywhere I look brings back some memory of our Rochester Falcons. <3

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