Some Additional Pictures of Genesee – 7/2/16

July 2nd, 2016

Here are some additional pictures of Genesee provided by Rochester Falcon Watcher Dana Mulhern!

2016 Genesee #1 6-16 by Dana2016 Genesee #2 6-16 by Dana2016 Genesee #3 6-16 by Dana2016 Genesee #4 6-16 by Dana

Good News! Genesee from 2015 has been Spotted! 6/30/16

June 30th, 2016

2016 Genesee Collage by Dana

We wanted to share this good news with all our falcon fans. Especially those that watched our cameras in 2015. Remember Genesee? Well he’s been spotted north of Rochester on a cell tower. Rochester Falcon Watcher Dana first spotted him a week ago, but could not get a positive ID. He was back on Sunday and watchers Carol and Joyce joined her to try to get an ID.

Dana finally was able to get a picture showing his bands and Carol verified through her scope.

2016 Genesee 24 over BA by Dana2016 Genesee 24 over BA by Dana

We are always happy to see one of our young ones doing so well a year after they fledge. Here is a picture showing Genesee as he took his first flight from the Times Square Bldg.

Genesee Fledges 6-16-15 by Carol P.

More pictures of Genesee from 2015!

Banding Day Genesee 5-29-15 by Carol PBeauty and Genesee on Irving Place OCH 7-1-15 by Carol P.Cadence (L) and Genesee (R) on Monroe Cty Bldg 7-18-15 by Carol P.

If we get any more pictures of Genesee, we will post them here.

Rochester Falcons Banding Day 2016 – May 24, 2016

May 24th, 2016

This morning, at approximately 10:30 am, our friends from the DEC (Department of Environmental Conservation) arrived to band the four eyases in the nest box on top of the beautiful Times Square Building. All involved gathered in an office on the top floor. Assignments were handed out and it was soon time to collect the eyases.

The extraction went very well. Both Beauty and were flying overhead, back and forth.

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All four eyases were put into separate buckets.

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They were carried down to the room where all the banding equipment was set up.

#1 Banding Day 2016 Set up 5-24-16

Each eyas was given two bands, a silver USFW (US Fish and Wildlife) band and a New York State Band. Three of the silver USFW bands was covered with colored tape, red, blue and yellow. The fourth one was left uncovered by tape. This will help the Rochester Falcon Watchers to more easily identify the young falcons after they have fledged (taken their first flights).

They also received their new names. Please join us in welcoming this year’s newest Rochester Falcons.

Matilda (Female) – (Battle Maiden) of Gothic derivation, derived from words corresponding to Old High German “mahta” (meaning “might, strength”) and “hildr” (meaning “battle”)

This name was chosen by Rochester Falcon Watcher MAK (Margaret Kurtz)

Black 84 Over Green BA – Red Tape over USFW

#6 Banding Day 2016 Welcome Matilda 5-24-16

Aria (Female) – Aria, which means wind and, in some meanings, bird.

This name was chosen by Rochester Falcon Watcher Jeanne Yamonaco

Black 85 Over Green BA – Blue Tape over USFW

#7 Banding Day 2016 Welcome Aria 5-24-16

Lilac (Female) – for Rochester’s signature flower. Rochester’s most beautiful flower is paired with Rochester’s most beautiful birds.

Name Submitted by Susan Stifter of Rochester; J.R. of Scottsville, NY; and Melissa Slaughter.

Black 86 Over Green BA – Yellow Tape over USFW

#8 Banding Day 2016 Hello Lilac 5-24-16

Leo (Male) – the lion. Fifth sign of the zodiac, personalities are strong and created to shine. Also a constellation.

Name chosen by Peggy Quinn’s 4th Grade Class at Pine Brook Elementary School, Greece, NY.

Black 22 Over Green BA – No Tape over USFW

#10 Banding Day 2016 Hello Leo 5-24-16

After all the eyases were banded, they were quickly returned to the nest box and the care of their parents.

#12 Banding Day 2016 Back you Go 5-24-16

Both Beauty and continued to fly overhead as the eyases were returned.

#14 Banding Day 2016 Beauty After 5-24-16#16 Banding Day 2016 B&DC Together After 5-24-16

Each year, the DEC will collect all the debris in the nest box. This will help them to determine what the falcons are eating.

#13 Banding Day 2016 Bucket O Bits 5-24-16

The banding went very smoothly and we here at Rfalconcam and the Genesee Valley Audubon would like to give special thanks to the folks from the DEC. We so appreciate them for all they do! Thank you!

Tomorrow (5/24) is Banding Day for Our Four Eyases! – 5/23/16

May 23rd, 2016

Our friends from the DEC (Department of Environmental Conservation) will be coming to Rochester tomorrow morning to band Beauty and’s four eyases. Banding should happen at approximately 10:30 am. When they are banded, they will be given their chosen names!

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The Eyas Naming Polls are Open

May 20th, 2016

It’s time to vote for your favorite names for one of Beauty and’s Eyases!


The polls are open! We received nearly 100 name suggestions. Rfalconcam’s Naming Committee evaluated all submissions and pared them down to 9-11 names in each of the three categories: male, female, and gender-neutral. Thank you to everyone who submitted names.

Three polls have been created for members of the Rfalconcam Forum to vote for their favorite in each category. One of the four eyases will be given the winning name from either the appropriate gender-specific poll or the gender-neutral poll, depending on which winning name receives the most votes.

You must be a member of the forum to be able to vote for a name. Join the forum now if you’d like to participate! Use this link to register:

A questionnaire will be sent to the email address you supply during registration. You must reply to this email in order to have your membership approved.

If you are already a Forum member but don’t remember your password, use this link to reset it:

Once you have logged in  to the Forum, use these links to vote:

Male Names:

Female Names:

Gender-Neutral Names:

The polls close at 11:59 pm EDT on Monday, May 23, 2016.

Name a 2016 Eyas!

May 16th, 2016

Once again we are collecting suggestions for a name for one of Beauty and’s Eyases!


We are very happy to announce that once again falcon fans will have an opportunity to choose a name for an eyas in the nest box atop the Times Square Building, and it will be in the form of a naming contest open to all viewers.

Much care and thought was used to name past eyases. We’ve included the criteria we’ve always used when choosing a name. Please read the rules very carefully and use the link below to submit either:

one (1) male and one (1) female name


one (1) gender neutral name.

Please, only one submission per person!

The deadline for name submissions is 11:59 pm (EDT) on Wednesday, May 18, 2016.

Suggested Rfalconcam Naming Criteria Acceptable Categories for Names:

Explorers, Astronomers, Conservationists, especially those with
International appeal (e.g., Galileo, Amelia [Earhart], Magellan), or those who have played a significant role in Peregrine re-population efforts.
Names inspired by Nature–topographic, meteorological, geographic, etc. (e.g. Mariah, Kaver, Isaura, Fulmine, Alkyonis, Skye, Aconcagua)
Inspirational Names (e.g. Freedom, Hope, Destiny)
Mythological Beings (e.g. Isis, Thor, Zeus, Ananta)
Words that refer to falcons in languages other than Modern English (e.g. Thlotli, Hafoc)

Categories that do not fit the criteria:

Names derived from religious, political, or popular culture icons.
Names directly related to a human person either living or dead, except as noted in the acceptable criteria above.
Names related to a commercial product, or a copyrighted or trademarked name owned by any corporation, individual or organization.
Names that reflect negatively on any group, organization, individual or entity.
Names should be well researched whenever possible. Supporting rationale for the name is required, so give us a few sentences that explain the name and the reason you chose it.

Submitting a Name:

That’s easy! Just click on this link to open the submission form. Only one submission per person please! If multiple submissions are sent in, only the first one will be accepted.


Judging the Name Submissions:

The Rfalconcam Naming Committee will evaluate all name submissions for appropriateness, including (but not limited to) adherence to the naming criteria, well researched name, uniqueness of the name and how well it follows the “spirit” of past falcon names.

The committee will select the top five male, female and gender neutral names from those submitted and create a poll for members of the Rfalconcam forum to vote for their favorite in each category. You must be a member of the forum to be able to vote for a name. Join the forum now if you’d like to participate!


Past Falcon Names that Meet the Criteria Above:


Isis – Egyptian goddess, mother of the Falcon god Horus


Isaura – A wind that blows off the Greek Isles
Chayton – A Native American word for Falcon
Thlotli – An Aztec name for Falcon
Edge – Named for Rosalie Edge, who founded the Hawk Mountain Sanctuary in Pennsylvania, USA


Alkyonis – Named in honor of the 2004 Olympic games in Greece
Gahastey – Native American word for a type of wind
Grissom – Named in honor of Virgil “Gus” Grissom, the second American to fly in space
Hafoc – Old English word for Falcon


Esperanza – Spanish word for Hope
Ihteram – Arabic word for Respect
Fulmine – Italian word for Lightning
Aconcagua – A mountain in Argentina, the highest in the Western Hemisphere
Skye – An island in Scotland where falconry is practiced


Aura – Latin word for breeze
Sabrina – Celtic goddess
Rhea Mae – Named for two famous Peregrines that were instrumental in repopulation efforts in the United States


Ananta – A Sanskrit word meaning “infinite” and “endless.”
It is one of the many names of Vishnu, the supreme being in the Hindu faith
Linn – Named in honor of Linn Pierson, a naturalist for the New Jersey
Dept. of Fish and Wildlife who was an educator and tireless advocate for Peregrine falcons in New Jersey
Sacajawea – In honor of the Shoshone woman who accompanied early American explorers Lewis and Clark on their historic trek through the western United States
Grace – Graces were sister goddesses in Greek mythology who had control over pleasure, charm, elegance and beauty in human life and in nature


Diamante – Spanish for “diamond”
Quest – A search or pursuit made in order to find or obtain something
Seneca – Named after the largest tribe of the Iroquois confederacy of North American Indians
Susan B – Named for the famed Rochester native and Women’s Rights activist
Zephyr – The name given to the West Wind in Greek mythology


Callidora – Gift of Beauty
Jemison – In honor of Mary Jemison, an American frontierswoman and an adopted Seneca


Orion – The constellation of “The Hunter” who watches over Rochester’s winter skies and is one of the most recognizable constellations







The deadline for name submissions is 11:59 pm (EDT) on Wednesday, May 18, 2016.

Good Luck!

All Four Eyases Have Successfully Hatched! – 5/4/16

May 4th, 2016

The nest box seems to be getting smaller and smaller now that all four eyases have hatched!

The fourth eyas hatched at approximately 10:06 pm last night. We were finally able to get a glimpse of all four early this morning. Both Beauty and will be very busy caring for their young. Be sure to check out our live streaming video to get a glimpse of family life for our Peregrine Falcon family.

Rfalconcam Live Streaming Video

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Two More Hatches Today – 5/2/16

May 2nd, 2016

We are pleased to announce the arrival of eyas #2 and eyas #3 this morning!

Beauty kept them well covered to protect them from the cold damp weather, making it difficult for observers to determine when the hatches actually took place. Our first glimpse of eyas #2 was shortly before 6 AM, and later our cameras snapped a picture of another newly hatched eyas at 9:34 AM. Confirmation came at 9:37 when Beauty stood up to reveal three eyases.

One more egg is left. Hopefully, it will hatch in the next few days.

We Have A Hatch! Eyas #1 Has Arrived – 5/1/16

May 1st, 2016

We here at the Rochester Falconcam are very happy to announce the arrival of Beauty and’s first eyas of 2016!

He or she hatched at approximately 9:38 pm this evening. There are three more eggs that should hopefully hatch over the next few days.

Here are a few pictures showing the arrival of eyas #1!

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An Early Morning Egg #4 for Beauty and! – 3/31/16

March 31st, 2016

Early this morning, at approximately 4:37 am, Beauty laid her 4th egg! There were a few people on line to witness the event, but it was too dark to tell exactly when she laid it. A couple hours later, there was a changing of the guard, when arrived for his first look at his four eggs. Finally, just a few moments ago, he got up so that we had our first good look at all four! Congratulations Beauty and!

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