Morning watch 1-11-13
By Rochester Falcon Watcher MAK
Well it was bound to happen-a lackluster falcon watch this morning. Yesterday was nice and sunny with many photo ops and today is dark and rainy with only the bare minimum-only 2 pics to be exact. Over an hour into my watch while parked on the Andrews St. Bridge facing east I noticed the pigeons that hang out on top of the Radisson Hotel go into a panic flight. They were flitting and darting like they were being chased by a predator or something. That’s because they were and her name is Beauty! She came out of nowhere catching up to them as they all flew northward bound and then disappearing behind the buildings on St. Paul St. I waited a few minutes but none of them came back and as I was about to pull away I looked at Mercury and saw Beauty on the base where she appeared to have prey. I left to get closer but when I arrived on the Broad St. Bridge she was gone.
I decided to go over to Brighton and try my luck there. I pulled in and drove around the building as it started to rain at a good clip. As I made my way to the east side I spotted a small looking Peregrine Falcon flying in from the east and quickly leaving my field of vision to the west. It was most likely BST tho I can’t say for sure obviously. I drove around the building and surrounding area several times but never found any falcons. I went back downtown determined to find the Beautyful one and as I stopped on Main St. by the Radisson Hotel I saw her on the top ibeam northeast side of OCSR.
I watched for a bit as Beauty with her back to me looked north, occasionally closing her eyes for a little snooze. When she wouldn’t turn my way I drove over to Bragdon St. for a better view of the front of her.
Not exactly a front shot but I could see well enough to say that her crop seemed like it had a bit of a bulge in it. I always like to see full crops so that I know they have eaten. Content in finding Beauty I went back to the Brighton Site but there was still nobody home there. I needed to be ending my watch so on my way home I checked to find Beauty still on OCSR and napping. Not a whole lot to report today but certainly enough to make me smile!
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