A Quick Check for Our Falcons on A Bitter Cold Evening in Rochester, NY - 1/22/13 - All Seen!
By Rochester Falcon Watcher Carol P.
I wanted to make sure that all of our current Rochester Falcons were coping with these bitter temperatures before I headed home after work today. Between 4:00 and 5:00 pm, I was able to find all three, Beauty, Pigott & BST.
I drove through downtown first. Brian had reported seeing Beauty on top of the Times Square Bldg under a wing. When I got there, she had moved over to the top IBeam on the OCSR, SE side. She had her back to me and was all poofed out against the cold.
Next stop, the BS location, where I found Pigott on a window two down from the tree ledge, near the corner of the east extension, facing SE. I continued to loop around the building and found BST already hunkered down at their nighttime roost, on the north side of the east extension, three windows down. Both were facing into the building and poofed up like Beauty. All three were actively looking behind them, keeping an eye on everything going on.
It was so cold out, unbearable to be outside of the car for more than a few moments at a time. I didn’t stay long.
On my way home, I again drove through downtown one more time to see if Beauty was still on OCSR. Nope, she was gone and I had a feeling I knew where I would find her. I was right. Beauty was up inside the OCSR elevator shaft on the south ledge. She was out of the cold wind. Smart girl.
As of 10:30 pm on 1/22/13, according to the National Weather Service, Rochester is under a Lake Effect Snow Warning until 10 am Wednesday morning. We can get anywhere between 4 - 8 inches, with low visibility at times. It is currently 8 degrees (F), but feels like -5! Tomorrow it will only get to a high of 12 degrees (F) with continued snow showers. Welcome to the frozen tundra aka Rochester, NY in the Wintertime. Remember to bring in your pets and don’t forget your backyard feathered friends too. My feeders are filled, and I put suet out too.
Keep safe and keep warm everyone!