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Jupiter’s Flight to Freedom! – 11/6/19

Thursday, November 7th, 2019

Jupiter’s time in rehab has ended successfully! He was released about 15 miles west of Rochester yesterday afternoon. His release was witnessed by a few of the Rochester Falcon Watchers. It was a cold day, but the sun was shining and the sky was a bright blue. A perfect day!

The door to the carrier was opened, and it took about 2 minutes for Jupiter to realize he was free. He launched himself from the carrier, heading towards the tree line. Strong, steady wing beats took him higher and higher. When he reached the trees, we thought he might land on one of them, but not our Jupiter. He did a U-turn and headed back towards us. Jupiter flew directly overhead, giving us a good look at how well he was flying. At one point, he lowered both his talons, before tucking them in and continuing on.

He was heading northwest when we lost sight of him. So in the general direction of Rochester/Braddock Bay. But of course there is no way to know for sure where he ended up.

We all wished him safe travels as he begins the next step of his life!

We are very thankful to the rehabber and vets that took such good care of him. For now, we won’t say who, until we receive permission to do so.

Here are some pictures taken by some of the watchers that were there to witness Jupiter’s freedom flight.

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Photo credits to: Pat Carey, Joyce Miller, Dana Mulhern, Kathy Olney and Carol Phillips

More Sad News…Phoenix Found Injured in Brockport

Friday, October 4th, 2019

It is with much sadness that we have to report the loss of another young Rochester falcon, Phoenix.

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On August 24th, Phoenix was found injured in the Town of Brockport, 20 miles west of Rochester. He was taken to a rehabilitator not too far way. The severity of Phoenix’s injuries were determined. He had a severe spinal injury. The rehabilitator, with help from a Department of Environmental Conservation Officer, was able to transport Phoenix to the Cornell Wildlife Veterinary Clinic. Unfortunately, despite the effort to help Phoenix, we just learned that Phoenix did not survive his injuries.

June Summers
Genesee Valley Audubon Society

Jupiter Found Injured, Now in Rehab

Monday, August 12th, 2019

Jupiter was found walking the streets of downtown Rochester, Sunday evening, August 4th. Fortunately, someone who knew that he was a Peregrine Falcon called our falcon watchers, who picked him up and took him to a local rehab center.

He was x-rayed by a veterinarian who found that Jupiter had a broken coracoid bone in his shoulder. The other shoulder might have a soft tissue injury that also needs rest.

Jupiter will be at the rehab center for three to four weeks while he rests and recovers.

June Summers
Genesee Valley Audubon Society

Jupiter at Rehab Dana

These pictures of Jupiter were taken before he was injured.

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We Mourn the Loss of Donna – 6/26/19

Wednesday, June 26th, 2019

Since Sunday, June 23, 2019, the falcon watchers have put a lot of time and effort into locating Donna, the eyas from the Time Square Building scrape that was banded this year as 31/BW. Unfortunately, we found out this afternoon from the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) that Donna’s body was found in the road near Corn Hill Landing Sunday afternoon. The person who found her eventually called the DEC on the afternoon of Tuesday, June 25th. Her body is being sent to Albany for a necropsy.

Many thanks to the falcon watchers for their efforts to find Donna. Now is the time to remember that there are three other young falcons to keep our eyes on. That is what they will be doing.

June Summers
Genesee Valley Audubon Society

2019 Banding Day for the Rochester Falcons! (May 31, 2019)

Saturday, June 1st, 2019

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It seems like banding day comes so quickly every year. Wasn’t it just yesterday that we banded the class of 2018, Sundara, Letchworth and Mike!

Our friends from the DEC (Department of Environmental Conservation) came again this year to band Beauty and’s four eyases. The eyases were safely and quickly extracted from the nest box, while Beauty and flew overhead. A sign was left inside the empty nest box letting everyone know they would be back soon.

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Rich Calabrese, the owner of the Times Square Bldg, which is the home of the Rochester Falcons, provided a room where the eyases were banded.

Four buckets were lined up, each containing a young falcon.

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The table was set up with all the tools that would be used during the banding process.

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It was time to check them out and band them. The diameter of their leg would determine if they were male or female.

1) Lakota (male). Named by long time Rochester Falcon Watcher Carla Provenzano from Rochester, NY. Banded 29 Black/BA Green.

Lakota, after the Lakota Sioux. The Great Sioux Nation is made up of 30 separate tribes (or bands) in the USA and Canada. These tribes are divided into three divisions: The Lakota Sioux, Dakota Sioux, and Nakota Sioux, the Lakota being the largest of the three.
Their names are derived from the dialects of the Sioux language they speak, and therefore their division name and language are one and the same. In all three divisions and dialects, the meaning of the name is “ALLY”, commonly translated as “FRIEND”.
The Lakota were fierce warriors and hunters of the Great Plains, yet most important to their culture was family, especially their offspring (Wakanyeja/Sacred Gift). They are a gift from the creator who hold in their hands the future of the Lakota. How like our Peregrines.

The first eyas banded was a male. Lakota was very quiet and observant of his surroundings. Not one kak from Lakota!

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2) Phoenix (male). Name selected by our faithful watchers on the Internet! Submitted by Michael Ortiz of Rochester, NY; Jackie Poplawski of Webster, NY; and Mayra Sanchez of Rochester, NY . Banded 30 Black/BA Green.

Phoenix, according to Greek mythology a phoenix is a bird that regenerates rising from the ashes to be born again. This symbolizes the amazing recovery of the Peregrine Falcon population and the recent revitalization of Downtown Rochester, which is now becoming an amazing place to even just spend time.

Phoenix was the youngest eyas and he was VERY vocal! He was watching everyone and everything around him!

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3) Jupiter (male). Named by Lynda and Tim Gersey of Romulus, NY, who are also long time watchers. Tim also built and installed the ramp that goes down into the well from the nest box. Many of our eyases have used it over the years. Banded 31 Black/BA Green.

Named for the god of sky and thunder. Jupiter is known as the king of gods in Roman mythology.

Jupiter was very alert and bright eyed. He was vocal, but not as loud as Phoenix.

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June Summers, President of the Genesee Valley Audubon, was able to help out with banding Jupiter!

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4) Donna (female). Named by the Rfalconcam Executive Committee. In memory of our good friend Donna Cook, who was a valued member of our Rfalconcam community and had followed the Rochester Falcons for many years.

We were so happy when it was determined that our fourth eyas was a female! She was very feisty. Our friend Donna will be watching over her.

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All four eyases were healthy and all had full crops. Beauty and are very good parents!

As soon as they were all banded, they were quickly returned to the nest box. They settled down under the watchful eye of both their parents.

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We want to thank all of those that made this a successful 2019 Banding Day, including Jenny Landry and all the folks from the DEC, Rich Calabrese, The Rfalconcam Executive Committee (June Summers, Shaky and Carol Phillips), Eileen Karle (who is our on-line person during banding. She and Donna used to tag team.) the namers of this year’s eyases, and all the falcon fans who watch on-line.

Plus a very special thanks to our Rochester Falcon Watchers! Soon we’ll be gathered again to watch over the young fledglings as they take their first flights. If you’re able to help out with the fledge watch, please let us know. We could sure use your help!

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The Eyas Naming Polls are Open

Monday, May 27th, 2019

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


The polls are open! From the many excellent suggestions that were received, Rfalconcam’s Naming Committee selected 10 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 three 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 Thursday, May 30, 2019.

Name a 2019 Eyas

Monday, May 20th, 2019

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

20190514-092100We 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 Friday, May 24, 2019.

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 5-10 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 Friday, May 24, 2019.

Good Luck!

1-2-3-4! The 4th Eyas hatched late last night!

Saturday, May 11th, 2019

Shortly before 10:16 pm, Beauty revealed both halves of the eggshell from her newly hatched eyas. We had to wait until this morning to get a look at all four eyases.

During this early morning feeding, you can clearly see four beaks.

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Now our downtown Rochester falcon family is complete. Be sure to watch our live streaming video to watch this little family grow and I do mean grow! You will be amazed!


There is a chat section on our live stream. Please ask any questions you might have about our Rochester Peregrine Falcon family. Also, if you can, please subscribe to our YouTube channels, so we can reach the 1,000 subscriber mark. When we do, we will be able to display all four channels on our live stream page. Thanks!

Another Early Morning Hatch! We Now Have 3 Eyases!

Friday, May 10th, 2019

Beauty and’s third eyas hatched early this morning. The eggshell made an appearance around 3:29 am.

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There was feeding at 7:36 am.

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Our 2nd Eyas Arrived at 3:38 a.m.

Thursday, May 9th, 2019

While most of us were sleeping, a very tiny eyas arrived under Beauty early this morning, around 3:38 am.

We got our first glimpse of the first half of the eggshell at 3:43 am.

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The other half popped out at 4:55 am.

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If all goes well, there will be two more hatches very soon!

Here’s our first look at our little family this morning! got a little time to care for his two young eyases before Beauty came in to take over!

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