Morning watch 3-16-13
By Rochester Falcon Watcher MAK
Another overcast dark morning here in Rochester with a temperature of 24 (F) -4 (C) when I left for my watch. During my watch it snowed very,very lightly at times.
I managed to get downtown before 7am this morning and UT was at the nest box when I arrived as told to me by Donna as it was too dark out to see. She asked me what he was whining about and I had to say I don’t know. She said he was up on the nest box roof but I couldn’t see him as he was directly behind cam 4 and blended in well in the dark. And the street lights kept getting in my eyes-kinda like the excuse the sun was in my eyes!! lol! By the time I saw him it was 7:10am already so left to look for Beauty. I found her on the east side-she was on the southeast corner of HSBC looking for breakfast as this is one of her favorite hunting spots. Thanks Donna!
Beauty took off 10 minutes later flying southeast so I went back to the Broad St. Bridge to see if UT was still near the nest box.
I found Beauty on the west corner top ibeam of OCSR as she fooled me flying off in the complete opposite direction of where she now was! UT was up on deck near the nest box on the Times Square building.
I was in the hole (Aqueduct St.) watching when UT took off whining above me then flying past Beauty,circling above OCSR eventually landing on the south corner of the roof.
The 3 of us would remain in our chosen spots until 8:30am when they both left the building and flew to the nest box. I only saw 1 of them fly up to it but one of our trusty cam watchers Shaky let me know that both Peregrines were up there. Thank you Shakymon!! Downtown was starting to get busy with preparations for the St. Patricks Day parade and a race called “Johnnys Runnin’ for the Green” so I beat feet out of there and went to the Brighton site. I found Pigott at home on the southwest corner of the west extension.
For the next 5 minutes Miss Pigott would keep watch on her territory and then fly off up to the gray structure that sits atop the building.
She stayed there all of 20 seconds then flew down to the west end of the south side vent.
She would do a lot of picking at her talons and scratching-with a full crop I might add. Must be her meal was messy and finger lickin’ good!!
I left for 10 minutes to run an errand and when I came back Dana was visiting with Pigott who was still on the south vent. I chatted with her for a few minutes and ended my watch at 10:00am. I was happy to see all 3 current Rochester Peregrine Falcons this morning and as always went home with a smile on my face!
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