Morning watch 2-11-13
By Rochester Falcon Watcher MAK
It was a balmy 34 degrees fahrenheit(1 celcius) when I left for my watch this morning and when I ended it 4 hours later it was 44(7 celcius). It was quite overcast to start but the sun came thru half way into my watch.
Starting out on the Broad St. Bridge as I always do I arrived at 7:00am. After 15 minutes half a dozen Aqueduct pigeons surfaced and flew to the Blue Cross Arena roof to perch. This told me that Beauty was not in the area so I went in search of her. I checked the river before I left as the water level is very low and found some interesting ice on the logs.
I found the Beautyful one as I was driving down State St. southbound after checking Kodak Office at 7:25am. She was on the northwest side of the OCSR building top ibeam with her back facing out.
I parked on State St. across from the Rochester Plaza Hotel where Jemison (Beauty&Archers son from 2010) was found on the ground in the front lawn of the hotel. I met him up close and personal after he was injured from flying into what we think was the Crossroads building after Parking Enforcement officer Jim came to get me to check out the situation. <3 So anyway I stayed with Beauty for over an hour as she preened a bit,slept on and off and looked over her shoulders to the north a lot.
Seems like she’s always looking north which makes me wonder if there’s another falcon that she is keeping an eye on. Could be that’s the direction Archer <3 (we don’t know what became of him after he injured himself) returned from after his winter migrations or perhaps she thinks Unity <3 (fly free big girl) is going to come from Kodak Park where Unity and Archer had a scrape together to attack her again. There’s just so much we don’t know and never will unfortunately.
I missed Beauty take off from OCSR as a bus passed in front of me at that split second but I did see her flying downriver really fast to the north. When the coast was clear I made a u-turn to see if she went to the Kodak Office tower but no such luck. I did a thorough search of the city but couldn’t find Beauty so I journeyed on to the Brighton Site. I was disappointed to find nobody home there at around 9:00am when the sun started to break through the nasty clouds. I hung around there until just before 10:30am without a visit from either Pigott or BST.
I returned to downtown to seek out Beauty before ending my watch around 11:00am but she was off somewhere most likely enjoying the sunshine and warm temps. Keep smiling everyone it makes people wonder what you’re up to!
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