2018! Another Successful Year for the Rochester Falcons!

January 25th, 2019

2018 was a very successful year for our Rochester Falcons!

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Beauty laid four eggs in April, but only three hatched in May. The fourth egg started to leak and was taken from the nest by Dot.ca. While falcon fans around the world watched, three eyases thrived under the care of their parents. Mike, Letchworth and Sundara grew up into beautiful fledglings right before our eyes.

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They were banded by the DEC and given their names by falcon fans on May 29th. By mid-June, they had taken flight under the watchful eyes of Beauty, Dot.ca and the Rochester Falcon Watchers.

We here at the Rochester Falconcam want to thank our many falcon fans and volunteers. We would like to dedicate this past year to our lost friend Donna Cook. As Winter grips Rochester, NY, we impatiently wait for the reappearance of Beauty and Dot.ca inside the nest box on top of the Times Square Bldg. With our new main camera, we hope to share every moment of Beauty, Dot.ca and their young in 2019!

Here are some highlight pictures from 2018. Enjoy!

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The Rochester Falcon Watchers Toast to a Successful 2019!

January 2nd, 2019

The Rochester Falcon Watchers gathered in front of the Times Square Bldg for the annual toast to the Rochester Falcons. Nine watchers gathered on the side of the Blue Cross Arena (aka Rochester War Memorial); Dan, Kathy O, Pat, Dana, Carol (lukka) from Buffalo, Joyce, Lisa McK, Dana and Carol P. The winds were gusting and it was very cold.

Just as we arrived, Beauty and Dot.ca flew in to witness the toast. They usually do! :)

This year’s toast was done by long time falcon watcher, Dan. We gave thanks to a successful 2018 and hoped for a happy and successful 2019. We also said a fond farewell to our good friend Donna.

Over the last few days, watchers have seen all of the Rochester Falcons. Beauty and Dot.ca downtown, Billie and her new beau at ST, two visitors at the BS location and Fission (from Canada) continues to hangout nearby. We’ve also seen other falcons migrating through the area.

We are very thankful for all of our falcon fans and family. May 2019 be a happy and healthy year for all of us!

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NYE Fireworks Update

December 31st, 2018

A quick update:

The city cancelled the New Year’s Eve fireworks for safety reasons due to high winds. We’ll still be meeting in the Forum Chat & Streaming Video Chat to ring in the New Year together!

We look forward to seeing everyone there!

Ring in the New Year with Rfalconcam

December 28th, 2018

Fireworks

Join us December 31st at 9 PM ET on streaming video Channels 1 and 2 to watch the fireworks over downtown Rochester from a bird’s eye view!

We’ll be meeting again later at the Forum Chat & Streaming Video Chat to ring in the New Year together!

We look forward to seeing everyone there!

ROC The Day: A Big Thank You!

November 28th, 2018

Thanks once again to the generosity of our dedicated falcon supporters, we raised over $1,800 yesterday, including a $500 bonus for the outstanding teamwork demonstrated by those who stayed up late to make their pledges at just the right time. Well done, folks!

ROC the Day officials will send us a financial statement and donor list sometime in the next few weeks, at which point we will know who to thank individually. Until then, thank you to everyone who donated. Your contributions will be used to fund Rfalconcam operations and improvements throughout 2019 such as the new Main Camera, a new Camera 1 (weather permitting) and long-awaited HD streaming video.

ROC the Day is on!

November 27th, 2018

Join us today to ROC Rfalconcam. We’ve already won the $500 bonus for having the most donors between 12 and 2 AM. Additional $500 bonuses are available throughout the day to lucky donors chosen at random to have donations made to their favorite non-profits, so please donate! #ROCtheDay

The link to donate is https://www.roctheday.org/rfalconcam

ROC the Day in 1 Week!

November 20th, 2018

ROC the Day is November 27!

Are you as ready to ROC as we are? Join us on Tuesday, November 27 starting at midnight to ROC the Day for Rfalconcam.

Get the latest news on ROC the Day activities at our Forum.

Let’s ROC the Day together!

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About Seth – Information from the DEC

October 11th, 2018

As we previously reported, we received word that Seth had passed away, but we had no details from the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC). Today June Summers, President of the Genesee Valley Audubon, received the following information from Jenny Landry at the DEC.

“Seth broke his wing several days before he was found. It was a compound fracture. He passed away several nights after surgery, reason not yet determined.”

Thank you Jenny.

On a happier note, Rochester Falcon Watcher Carol P reported seeing two falcons at Seneca Towers this morning. We hope this means that Billie has found a new mate.

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We Say Goodbye to a Good Friend….Fly Free Donna

September 27th, 2018

Once again we must say goodbye to a valued member of our Rfalconcam community. It’s never easy, and that goes doubly so for Donna.

Donna had been following the Rochester falcons for many years and was an active participant in social media going all the way back to the Birdcam days when Mariah and Kaver nested on the Kodak Tower. She was a prolific poster to the Rfalconcam Forum with over 25,000 posts and starting more then 4,000 discussion topics ranging from informative nature stories to custom created birthday cards. In addition, each year during the holiday season she encouraged members to share online greeting cards and collected them in a gallery.

Although she resided in New Jersey, she made numerous trips to Rochester to see our falcons and take part in the annual fledge watch much to the delight of the locals.

Donna also worked behind the scenes at Rfalconcam. She was one of the administrators of Rfalconcam’s Facebook page, posting photos several times a day and replying to comments from thousands of followers. She also tweeted on occasion as Rfalconcam on Twitter. And her “behind the scenes” contribution did not stop there. For many years, Donna took part in Banding Day as a moderator who posted banding information and answered questions in real time on the Forum and Facebook. Sadly, this year she was not able to participate due to passing of her beloved husband Ed just a few days earlier.

And if that weren’t enough uncredited work, Donna also doubled as a part-time camera operator of Camera 1 to help us keep an eye on the falcons throughout the year. For her outstanding service to the Rfalconcam community, Donna was given the honor of naming an eyas Charlotte in 2017.

After Ed’s death, Donna became more focused on family and planned to move to Spokane to be closer to her young granddaughter. Despite the rigors of moving, she still remained active on Rfalconcam.

If I had to summarize Donna’s presence in Rfalconcam, I’d put it this way:

If our falcon watchers are the heart of Rfalconcam,
and if that weirdo in the bathrobe with his crayons is the brains of Rfalconcam,
then Donna was the voice of Rfalconcam (or at least a huge part of it).

Now that voice is greatly diminished.

And the silence is deafening.

Miss you, Donna. Fly free.

This was written by Rfalconcam member Shaky. This heartfelt farewell is shared by all of us who knew her.

Fly Free Seth

September 27th, 2018

At this very sad time, after losing our good friend Donna, we have to report that Seth passed away. At this time, we cannot report any details.

Rochester Falcon Watcher Pat reported seeing a 2nd falcon at Seneca Towers today. Hopefully Billie will find a new mate soon.