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A snowy morning watch 12-27-12

By Rochester Falcon Watcher MAK

I had to make my way thru 3 foot drifts to get to my garage and snowblower this morning so I could get my car out for a falcon watch. Mission accomplished-next was the trip to downtown as the roads were not ideal but better than expected. Still dark when I arrived on the Broad St. Bridge(BSB) and the parking lanes were not plowed so it was a bit tricky to sit on the bridge and watch for Beauty. I pulled over as far as I could and hit the hazard lights.

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20 minutes later pigeons started flying across the BSB and at the end of it was Beauty chasing after them flying south to Cornhill and out of view. I set out to find her but was unsuccessful however, I did find lots of snow removal going on around the city. Starting at the ice skating rink at Manhattan Square Park.

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After looking for Beauty over an hour at around 8:30am I ventured over to Brighton(BS). I was able to find both Pigott and BST-he was on a southwest window ledge and she was on the other side of the building on a southeast window ledge.

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I stayed with them for about an hour as they were not doing much and had their backs to me. Both seemed settled in for a while so I returned to downtown. After searching all the open areas for the Beautyful one I finally found her up in the elevator shaft of the OCSR building where she is quite protected from the elements.

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I couldn’t really stay as there was snow removal activity all around me so I ended my watch and left for home. I was totally ecstatic to have found all 3 of our current resident Rochester Peregrine Falcons safe after the storm. A very good reason to smile on this day! :)

Links for a photo album and 3 videos are below-click em and observe

http://share.shutterfly.com/action/welcome?sid=0AaN3DFm0ZMWrRtA

http://youtu.be/9KZPa08u4oA

http://youtu.be/REaKrvfkM38

http://youtu.be/kcnHXyIG2SQ

5 Responses to “A snowy morning watch 12-27-12”

  1. Ginny Says:

    Thanks MAK for braving all that snow and cold weather to find our falcons and write this great report!
    Love the pics and videos too!!!! :-)

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

    Thanks for braving the elements and sharing photos and videos so the rest of us get to have a 3-Pefa-Day smile too! I lucked out and got a quick (couch potato) glimpse of Beauty on Mercury before she took off. Bur-r-r-r-r-r!!! MAK, you definitely are a trooper!

  3. MAK Says:

    I’m born and raised in Rochester winter weather-a foot of snow is no big deal! I enjoy it actually and how can I not go check on these wonderful creatures-if they have to be in it so do I, right!? It really is a labor of love! :)

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

    Me too, MAK! Left Rochester when I was 19 or 20. Admittedly I’ve become “wimpified!” It just amazes me that birds are able to endure such extremes. We’re lucky that you love the labor! ;^)

  5. MAK Says:

    Barb, it’s amazing all wildlife can endure the winters! :)


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