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Last morning watch of 2012 12-31-12

By Rochester Falcon Watcher MAK

Well I sat on the Broad St. Bridge(BSB) for 25 minutes when the bridge dwelling pigeons finally woke up and flew out from their night time roost under the bridge in the aqueduct. I thought for sure Beauty would come streaking in to grab one of them for breakfast but she didn’t. Donna posted pics of the Beautyful one on the money bag hand of Mercury around 1:00am so I figured she was sleeping in today as she had a late night.  Hmm, maybe Peregrine Falcons celebrate New Years a day earlier than us! lol  I watched Pat who works in the Thomson Reuters building struggle to walk down the BSB sidewalk on her way to work as they did a lousy job of clearing it for walkers. And minutes later DebbieH came by on her way to work and we discussed how bad the sidewalks were for people to walk down. She usually likes to walk but today she accepted my offer to give her a ride to  the Ebenezer Watts building at Broad and Fitzhugh streets where she works cuz the sidewalks were so hazardous. After I dropped her off I took a spin over to the east side to see if by chance Beauty was hunting over there. Turned out to be a good call as I found her on the northeast corner of the HSBC railing. And she was in hunt mode as she struggled to keep her footing up there in the wind.

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Beauty stayed up there practically getting blown off many times and waited for her shot at a pigeon. About 15 minutes passed when she dropped off the railing,went into a stoop and disappeared around to the front of HSBC.

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All I saw after that was lots and lots of pigeons scattering in fright mode.  Looked for nearly an hour for her but couldn’t find her so I drove over to Brighton as the sun started to shine brightly! I found BST with his back to me on an east side window ledge below the roof top tree that grows there.

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LarryO came by for a few minutes with his dog Harold as BST turned to his left so we could see the white front of him.

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BST stayed there for nearly 2 hours preening at times but mostly sleeping. I wonder if Pigott goes to the same place as Beauty when we can’t find them. lol

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2nd only to Orion as being the most photogenic falcon I’ve ever taken pics of. At 11:00am I decided to leave for downtown to find Beauty before heading home. As I got ready to turn onto Church St. from Fitzhugh to check the Frontier Communications tower  CarolP drove by waving. I followed her to the Andrews St. Bridge and had a short chat with her as I spotted Beauty on the top ibeam northeast side of OCSR. I drove over to Bragdon St. next to the Radisson Hotel for a closer view of Beauty and take a couple quick pics.

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I wish Miss Pigott had shown up while I was at the Brighton Site but I did begin and end my watch with Beauty and spent some time with the dashing BST in between. 2 good reasons for this watcher to leave for home with a smile on her face! :)

Links for a few more pics and 3 videos are below

http://share.shutterfly.com/action/welcome?sid=0AaN3DFm0ZMWrSDA

http://youtu.be/oWadCm3G4oQ
http://youtu.be/ZTP7C2yXzFA
http://youtu.be/epAfZv5ZvoA

9 Responses to “Last morning watch of 2012 12-31-12”

  1. Alison Says:

    Thank-you for all your efforts and reports this year, MAK and best wishes for many falcon sightings in 2012.

    I do not recall reading that Mr. BeST is not banded, but he obviously is not. It leaves us wondering in vain where he came from.

  2. Alison Says:

    2013, of course.

  3. MAK Says:

    You’re welcome Alison and Happy New Year! No BST isn’t banded so yes we wonder where he’s from. We’ve all grown quite attached to him! :)

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

    BST is such a cute boy. So nice of him to stay on in Brighton. Glad you got to see him and Beauty one more time before year’s end. Pigott must’ve been off getting gussied up for New Year’s Eve. MAK, nice of you and Angel Car to provide an extra service to fellow Watchers so they don’t fall on icy sidewalks. Happy New Year!

  5. Donna Says:

    Correction: MAK, the pics I posted last night of Beauty were from 1pm, not 1am. Sorry for the confusion! Was wondering! :)

  6. Ginny Says:

    MAK! Happy New Year and thank you for all the great reports and pics you have given us all year!
    You have made me smile many times when I needed it :-)

  7. MAK Says:

    Barb I always enjoy your comments.
    Thanks Donna I had no idea-you posted at 1 am right? lol
    And Ginny I’m so glad to have provided smiles to you! :)

  8. margaret Says:

    Happy New Year, Mak! Just catching up…once again. but starting MY new year off right reading the wonderful reports of today. Nice to know that all the pefas are in place for 2013! Thank you for another year of great reports and pictures to all of us couch watchers. It makes my day! And my nights at times!
    I hope you and all the watchers have awonderful toast to the New Year today at 1 pm! Wish I could join you, but I will be there in spirit and …maybe…on line. Late night tonight!
    My best to all of you and to another year of falcon fun and family and eyases!

  9. MAK Says:

    Happy New Year Margaret! You really must come for a falcon flake watch with me/us sometime! :)


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