Morning watch 1-22-13
By Rochester Falcon Watcher MAK
As I opened the back door to go on my watch this morning the cold hit me in the face and my eyes immediately started to water. 8 degrees fahrenheit is -13 celcius and any way you look at it that is COLD! No worries-my car started and by the time I got downtown there was heat coming out of the vents. Just a few minutes passed as I was parked on the Broad St. bridge(BSB) when I spotted Beauty on the top ibeam of OCSR southeast side.
I drove down to Aqueduct Park for close viewing as she was in hunt mode looking to and fro for a her breakfast to come flying by. 10 minutes later Beauty left when I wasn’t looking so the search was on. 15 minutes later I found her on the northeast side of OCSR top ibeam and she didn’t have a full crop so I knew she hadn’t been successful in finding a meal.
I watched her bring up a pellet making room for food. I believe it was too cold for my camera as it was having a lot of trouble keeping focused this morning. 25 minutes went by when the Beautyful one decided to take off to the east side crossing over the river and out of view as I was parked by the Radisson Hotel. I had no luck in locating her so I left for the Brighton Site. BST was on the top south facing window ledge at the inside corner of the east extension.
He was wide awake today and spent the entire time I observed him preening except for when planes flew overhead. They fly very low over the building and I’ve noticed BST always checks them out. Today 2 flew over us and his cute little head looked up at them.
I stayed for over an hour hoping to see Miss Pigott but for the second day in a row she didn’t grace me with her presence. I left just before 10:00am returning to downtown to look for Beauty. She was no where to be found so I ended my watch. I hope all 3 of our current Peregrine Falcons are able to grab themselves something to eat today so they can stay warm in this bitter cold spell we’re having. I left downtown in bright sunshine which didn’t do much for warmth today but it did put a smile on my face!
Click on the links below to view 3 videos from todays watch