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Mourning watch 12-24-12

By Rochester Falcon Watcher MAK

No it’s not a misprint- I spelled it mourning because before I left the house this morning for my watch I heard of shootings of 4 firemen as they showed up to put out a fire in Webster. I dedicate this report to the victims and families of all involved.

As I drove thru the intersection at Broad and Exchange streets I spotted Beauty up on the money bag of Mercury. As I got up on the Broad St. Bridge (BSB)and made my u-turn she was gone.  As I drove around the east side looking for her I found that there were many crows in the trees of Washington Square Park. So much for the scare tactics of the city to move them out of there. Then as I drove down Broad St. near the South Ave. garage I saw crows in the trees of Cornerstone Park where I never saw them  in the past roosting there. 30 minutes after arriving on the BSB Beauty landed on the south corner top ibeam of the OCSR building.


LarryO came by with his new rescue dog Harold and we were introduced. He’s very skittish with tail tucked waaay up underneath him but he did allow me to pet him on my second attempt. Good Luck Larry I’m sure you will have him socialized and happy as quick as possible.

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Beauty took off after only 10 minutes and I never saw her again. I drove to Brighton and  never had a falcon show up in 3 hours. Larry was there running Harold on a long leash when I got there. I did see my deer friend again on the opposite side of the building as yesterday.


I ended my watch around 11:30am. Keep smiling everyone even if you don’t want to! :)

The link for 1 video of Beauty on OCSR today is below


8 Responses to “Mourning watch 12-24-12”

  1. kathy from toronto Says:

    Very nice post MAK. Today’s events were truly a tragedy and my heart goes out to the victims and their families. Thank you for going out every day and keeping us all updated on the falcons we all love and respect.

    ps: Love the photo of the deer and of LarryO’s new family member.

  2. Ginny Says:

    Thank you MAK ! I feel so bad about what happened today….I wish there could be a way to rewind and have these terrible events never happen :-(
    Nevertheless, I love seeing the new doggie (love those “freckled feets”) and the pics of the deer and Beauty and the video.
    Merry Christmas my good friend.
    Keep smiling…I’m trying really hard to these days….see I can do it—–>>> :-)

  3. Lori F Says:

    Thank you MAK. Merry Christmas

  4. MAK Says:

    Merry Christmas! :)

  5. Maureen in MA Says:

    Thank you, MAK! Merry Christmas to you, and to Carol, Brian, and all the falcon watchers that keep us informed every day of the serial life of Rochester’s falcons!! :)

  6. MAK Says:

    Merry Christmas Maureen-good to hear from you. I hope all is well. :)

  7. margaret Says:

    Such a sad day on Monday; it is almost too much to digest between the CT tragedy and now in our own backyard. It was a day of “mourning” , MAK.

    Thank you for going on out there to keep us informed, even if some of us (me?) are late in catching up…story of my life.

    I need to catch up on the deer? It she/he okay? Also, what happened to Larry’s other dog? He always had his dog with him on watch. I’m sure this new dog will be socialized just find with Larry’s care and meeting all of you watchers!

  8. MAK Says:

    The deer has been at BS in the same place for 3 days now-doesn’t appear injured. Larry lost his dog Chloe a few months ago. Not sure what made it die. :)

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