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A Christmas Eve Afternoon Falcon Watch - 12/24/12 - Falcons Seen Today; Beauty, Pigott & BST

By Rochester Falcon Watcher Carol P.

My Tweets From Today:

12:50 pm - Carol P - ” DT. Been all over DT. No luck finding Beauty.”

1:30 pm - Carol P - “BS. No falcons seen at the BS location.”

1:40 pm - Carol P - “BS. Of course as I get ready to leave what should appear? Well it wasnt Santa. Pigott I believe at SW corner.”

1:41 pm - Carol P - “BS. Just found BST on the same side of bldg as P but on a south facing window above where the deer is lying.”

2:30 pm - Carol P - “DT. One more look around DT before heading home. No falcons found. Time to go!”

At 3:49 pm Shaky posted a picture on the forum of Beauty on the Mercury statue.  So she made her normal afternoon visit after I left.


My thoughts and prayers to to the family & friends of the two fire fighters who lost their lives today.  A speedy recovery to all that were injured.  I have many family members and friends that live in Webster very close to where this tragedy happened.  As soon as I heard the news early this morning, I tweeted it out and called those that may have been in harms way.   Warning friends not to go anywhere near this area.  I will never understand why something like this happens.  I don’t think I ever want to.  God Bless the victims and their families.  :-(

I had to work this morning, so I didn’t get downtown to look for Beauty until 12:30 pm.  I checked all over the downtown area, but had no luck finding her.  I even checked the Alliance Bldg where Brian H had seen her yesterday.

Next stop, the BS location.  I circled the building slowly a couple times, but could not find any falcons there either.  Just as I was leaving to head home to get ready for Christmas Eve, I happened to look back and spotted a falcon sitting on the NW corner of the building (1:40 pm).  Back I went and saw that it was Pigott.  I parked where I could get a couple pictures of her and checked out the building near her.  It didn’t take me long to spot a familiar, and very handsome Tiercel on a windowsill close to Pigott.  He was right above where a deer was lying down near the building.  This is the 2nd day I’ve seen her close to the building like this.  I was texting with Brian about it and we wondered if she might be pregnant.  Maybe why she is hunkered down?  I really have no idea if this is possible or not, just thinking out loud.  Maybe someone reading this knows more about deer behavior at this time of the year and can enlighten us.  I just hope she is ok and that this is normal.

I had to be home by 3:00 pm, so I made a quick trip through downtown and again had no luck finding Beauty.  I was glad to read the forum tonight and saw that Shaky had posted a picture of Beauty on the Mercury statue at 3:49 pm from Camera #1, after I left.

So, all three Rochester Falcons were seen this afternoon.  I’ll leave you with a few pics of Pigott and BST from my afternoon Watch.  Remember to click on any pictures you would like to see in a larger version.  Enjoy your Christmas Eve with family and friends.

Pigott at BS - 12/24/12BST at BS - 12/24/12*





Pigott at BS - 12/24/12BST at BS - 12/24/12

11 Responses to “A Christmas Eve Afternoon Falcon Watch - 12/24/12 - Falcons Seen Today; Beauty, Pigott & BST”

  1. Lori F Says:

    Merry Christmas, Carol. Thank you for your report.

  2. Carol P. Says:

    Merry Christmas to you also Lori!

  3. Ginny Says:

    Merry Christmas Carol!
    Thank you for reporting for us!

  4. Carol P. Says:

    Merry Christmas Ginny! You are very welcome!

  5. Alison Says:

    Merry Cristmas to all the rfalconcam family from a distant but faithful member of the Bathrobe Brigade.

    My heart goes out to all affected by the tragedy, but also crime, in Webster.

  6. Sheila Says:

    Merry Christmas, Carol! Thanks again for your wonderful reporting!

  7. bc Says:

    Merry Christmas! to all the falcon watchers. Thank you too for sharing with us at home.

    about the deer is this the sun side of the building? My thought that the building is empty so not many people being near it. If it is the sun side reflected warmth off the brick or maybe just being out of the wind.

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  9. Carol P. Says:

    Merry Christmas Alison, Sheila, bc & Lola! Thanks for all your kind comments!

  10. margaret Says:

    Merry Christmas, Carol and all watchers! I am a little late, but good thoughts are with you all, and with the families in Webster.

  11. Carol P. Says:

    Merry Christmas Margaret!

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