Morning watch 2-21-13
By Rochester Falcon Watcher MAK
It was a cold morning when I left for my watch-the temperature was 16(F) -9(C) and about an inch of snow had fallen over nite. It was overcast for the most part of my watch with light snow showers and a few flurries. The sun shone for maybe 20 minutes while I was at the Brighton location (BS) and then in and out while at the Lake Tower(LT) site.
I found Beauty after checking on the east side 15 minutes into my watch on the Bausch&Lomb building. She was on the northeast corner dining on breakfast.
Beauty finished up her meal and flew north rather hurriedly at about 7:15am.
I thought perhaps she saw the LT falcon so I headed north as well. Shooting straight down State St. to the Kodak Office tower (KO) I found Beauty on the south side arch above the old Mariah&Kaver nest site. It was snowing moderately and she had her back to me at first so I wasn’t sure it was Beauty until she turned around. That Beautyful salmon colored chest showed thru the snow very well.
I left her to see if the mystery falcon was at LT which it was not so I returned and spent half hour or so with the Beautyful one as she caught some winks and just hung out. I made my way over to BS and found Pigott at home-it was the first time I’d seen her in a few days although she had been seen in the evenings. Miss Pigott was on one of BSTs favorite window ledges-south facing,3rd set down on the east extension in the corner.
Pigott was very alert-watching the trees below for a potential meal and preening for 30 minutes. She then flew off to the southwest as the sun was shining bright only to return 10 minutes later in a snow flurry. She came to rest on an east facing window top row below the roof top tree ledge.
I left for another check of downtown finding Beauty still on KO sound asleep when I first arrived. Considering the size of her crop I totally could see why she was asleep. It’s called a food coma!
I had to be going soon and decided to check the LT apartment before ending my watch. To my surprise I saw the head,shoulders and bright white bulging crop of our mystery PEFA on the front (east) side of the building on the top row of windows.
I started in the Aldis parking lot and ended up in the Brown Square Health Center parking lot as I tried to get a look at more of her body. I stayed as long as I could with her hoping she’d give me a leg shot so I could see if she was banded. Unfortunately she stayed hunkered down to the back of the ledge. I took a few pics of the Lake Tower apartment building and one where you can see how close the Kodak Office tower is to this location. I like to give you a feel for what I’m seeing on my watches so you get a better perspective.
It was a good watch having seen 3 Peregrine Falcons and tho I couldn’t see if the mystery falcon was banded I still had plenty to smile about as I left downtown today!
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