New Year’s Bird of Prey Watch - Jan 1, 2013
By Rochester Falcon Watcher Joyce (wnyfalconfan)
What a great way to ring in 2013…with members of my “3F Club” - Family, Friends, & Falcons. And, I was lucky to have a special bird-of-prey sighting on the first day of the New Year.
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I was so glad that I could make it downtown for the Watcher’s Annual New Year Toast. Nothing (except a blizzard) was going to keep me away, even with a broken ankle. It took me 2 hours to get ready, and when I arrived I was happy to see so many participants joining in the tradition (as mentioned in Carol and MAK’s reports). I thoroughly enjoyed the fresh cold air, even though others were freezing by the time Steve and I arrived.
Beauty was on OCSR during our gathering. Thanks B for being on the I-beam facing us!
Many headed out to check the Brighton Site (BS). Found Pigott on the south side. No sign of the BS Tiercel (BST).
Pigott was eating.
She had a full crop and took off chasing a bird to the south.
She flew back right overhead and landed on the SW extension corner.
As Pigott settled back in on a SE extension windowsill, Lisa offered to show us where she found an Eastern Screech-Owl. This was the first time I have seen one in the wild. It is a gray morph and was sleeping in a tree cavity. Such a cutie!