Morning watch 1-19-13
By Rochester Falcon Watcher MAK
It was 25 degrees warmer than yesterday morning and yet the wind made it feel almost just as cold. I wasn’t on the Broad St. Bridge more than 5 minutes when Beauty made an appearance on the base of Mercury.
She was in hunt mode but took time out to eat a few leftovers she had up there. And nearly an hour passed when the Beautyful one took off flying directly east across the river.
She scared up the pigeons over by Midtown and they all disappeared behind Xerox. I checked over there but couldn’t locate her so I headed out for the Brighton Site. Pigott was on the northeast corner as I drove around to the east side of the property. 5 minutes later at just about 9:00am BST flew in from the east landing on the southeast corner of the ledge that is under the rooftop tree.
Another 5 minutes went by when Pigott flew over to the same ledge BST was on and landed.
Larry and Harold came by about 15 minutes later as Miss Pigott started eating a small bit of leftovers. I assume it was what BST had eaten earlier as he was wearing a full crop underneath that cute face.
Dana came by around 9:30am saying “hello stranger”. That would be the first time I’ve watched falcons with her since before I went to Arkansas in November I believe. It was good to see her. It was almost like a shift change as I was just about ready to call it a watch. Larry left and in the next 20 minutes BST changed his perch when he flew straight down to a window ledge 3 levels down from where he was under the roof top tree. And Pigott flew out after a gull who had a lot to say about it. She then flew back to land on the southeast corner of the east extension.
Just before I ended my watch at close to 10:00am Pigott flew over to the window directly above BST and walked from one side of it to the other. I was very pleased to see each one of our current Peregrine Falcons today and a couple fellow watchers was a bonus.
I told Dana I was going to head out and she said she would be leaving soon as well. As I drove away I couldn’t help but smile for I know when a falcon watcher says they’re leaving soon that can turn into hours later!
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