Morning watch 1-14-13
By Rochester Falcon Watcher MAK
My how time flies-I can’t believe we’re halfway thru January already! It felt a lot more like January this morning when I stepped out for my watch. Today features all Beauty as the Brighton pair were not home when I checked there. As I approached the Broad St. Bridge(BSB) I could see a crane next to Midtown.
I first found the Beautyful one on the top ibeam southeast side of OCSR around 7:30am as I returned to the BSB from checking the east side. I didn’t stop but drove right thru to the alley by Aqueduct Park to view her.
For the next 40 minutes Beauty searched her territory and intently looked down at some sparrows and starlings that were hiding in the trees of Aqueduct Park.
Beauty flew off to the south straight up river toward Cornhill and came back gliding back and forth above the river near Mercury before vanishing to the east.
After a drive around looking for Beauty I spotted her as I crossed the Court St. Bridge 10 minutes later. She was on the base of Mercury all hunched over mantling something so I knew she had food up there. I drove directly to the hole to observe.
I watched her nibble on something small for about 5 minutes and then she was off. I figured it was cached food. She circled around The river and Blue Cross Arena before landing up under the southeast wing of Mercury. This time I saw some feathers flying so she had taken leftovers with her.
Beauty plucked and ate just a tiny bit more and then stood there contemplating what she wanted to do next. At 8:45 she hopped of f with prey in her left talon and flew east out of view.
I did a search and came up empty so I proceeded over to Brighton where nobody was home. At 9:30am I was back downtown with Beauty in my sights as she was once again on the top ibeam southeast side of the OCSR building.
This go around her attention was more of the upward variety as she looked above her at gulls that were soaring up high trying to stay out of her airspace no doubt.
I hung out with the Beautyful one for the next 45 minutes as she rested with her back to the world before calling it a watch. An entire watch filled with only my favorite Peregrine Falcon surely sent me home smiling!
Click the links below to view 4 videos of downtown Rochesters resident female Peregrine Falcon Beauty