Four Eggs for Rochester Falcons Beauty and Dot.ca! – 3/31/17

March 31st, 2017

Rochester Falcons Beauty and Dot.ca’s 4th Egg Arrived Early this morning at 7:56 am! As one falcon fan said “Four on the Floor!”. Or more technically “Four in the Scrape!”. :)

Beauty has laid no more than four eggs since she’s been here in Rochester. Will there be a fifth? If there is a fifth egg, it should arrive late afternoon on Monday. We’ll just have to wait and see.

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Egg #3 for Beauty and Dot.ca Arrived at 6:34 pm! – 3/28/17

March 28th, 2017

We are very egg-cited to announce that Beauty laid her third egg late this afternoon. Will there be a fourth? We should probably know early Friday morning. Stay tuned!

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Rochester Falcon Beauty Laid her 2nd Egg Early This Morning – 3/26/17

March 26th, 2017

This morning, at 8:27 am, Beauty laid her 2nd egg. Her mate, Dot.ca, brought her breakfast just before she laid the egg.

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Welcome Egg #1 of 2017! – 3/23/17

March 23rd, 2017

Tonight, at approximately 10:24 pm, Beauty laid her first egg of 2017 in the nest box on top of the Times Square Bldg. Many of her fans were on line watching her on Rfalconcam’s live streaming video.

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Earth Hour

March 23rd, 2017

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Please join us Saturday night in the observance of Earth Hour.

Rfalconcam will turn off the cameras at the nest boxes located on the Times Square* and Powers buildings for one hour starting at 8:30 PM EDT. During that time, we ask that you turn off your lights, computers, and non-essential electrical appliances. Of course, we understand that those who recently lost power as a result of the wind storm may not want to participate.

For more information, visit https://www.earthhour.org.

* The cameras will remain on at the Times Square Building if Beauty is about to lay an egg.

Fly Free Genesee

January 8th, 2017

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It is with a very heavy heart and much sadness that we have to report the passing of our young tiercel, Genesee.

The Rochester Falcon Watchers have been watching him since his return to the Rochester area last year. He was mostly seen in the Charlotte/Summerville area, but there were reports from birders seeing him along the lake shore hunting as far east as Sodus. We were all very happy to recently learn that Genesee had found a mate.

Yesterday, 1/7/17, Rochester Falcon Watchers Dana Mulhern and Carol Phillips were out checking the lakeshore, hoping to find Genesee and his mate. When driving over the Irondequoit Bay Bridge they spotted a falcon down on the road. They contacted the DEC and Officer Snowden retrieved the falcon. He kindly let us know that it was in fact Genesee and it looked like he had been hit by a car. There was a dead Merganser nearby and he thought that may have been what caused Genesee to come down to the roadway.

Genesee made it thorough that very hard first year which a large majority of young falcons do not survive. He found a mate and we had high hopes that, with her, he would raise young of his own.

Fly Free Genesee. We will miss you.

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2016 Was a Very Successful Year for Our Rochester Falcons!

January 6th, 2017

2016 was a very successful year for our Rochester Falcons. Beginning with Beauty and Dot.ca successfully raising four young eyases to four successful fledges. We can’t forget our other pair, Billie and Seth, who also successfully raised young this year. It was a very good year!

Matilda, Aria, Lilac and Leo have all left Rochester to start their life journeys. We hope they all do well and that we hear about them in the future with mates and young of their own. That is the best news Rochester Falcon Watchers love to hear.

Speaking of that, as you all know, we have been recently reporting that Genesee, hatched in the nest box on top of the Times Square Bldg in 2015, was seen hanging out in the Charlotte/Summerville area. Watchers had reported seeing a female in the area a couple times while Genesee was there.

For the last few weeks, we had not seen Genesee or any other Peregrine Falcons. But, we are VERY happy to report that on January 1, 2017, a local birder, reported seeing two falcons on the Coast Guard Tower on the Summerville side of the Genesee River near Lake Ontario. Falcon fan Kris Genagon, who named Genesee along with another fan, contacted me to let me know that she had found a picture of the two falcons on the Coast Guard Tower! I tracked down the photographer who kindly gave me permission to post his wonderful picture on our website to share with all our fans. The bands on the smaller falcon were definitely those of our Genesee and he wasn’t alone. Genesee has a mate!

Here is the picture that photographer Richard Horsey shared with us.

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Sorry to say we are unable to ID this gorgeous girl hanging out with Genesee. But Richard was able to see that she was banded and had red tape over her USFW band and a black/green NYS band. Hopefully someday we’ll be able to positively identify her.

Many thanks to Richard for sharing his picture with us! It is so nice to see that Genesee and his mate are doing well. We hope to see them raising young of their own someday!

Thank you all for helping to support the Rochester Falconcam! We all hope that 2017 will be a successful year for our Rochester Falcons!

Ring in the New Year with Rfalconcam

December 28th, 2016

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Join us December 31st at 10 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 & Ustream Social Stream to ring in the New Year together!

And let’s not forget the Watcher’s Toast New Year’s Day at 11 AM, which will be covered live on Rfalconcam streaming video Channel 3!

Look forward to seeing everyone there!

New Rfalconcam Merchandise! Available just in time for the Holidays!

December 5th, 2016

The Rfalconcam 2017 calendar and 2016 ornaments are now available and ready for sale at our Zazzle store just in time for the holidays!

The images captured by our main camera this year were outstanding. So many to choose from.

Many thanks to this year’s contributors!

Check out these links to view the calendar & ornaments and please consider purchasing one for yourself to help support the Rochester Falconcam.

Link for New Calendar:

http://www.zazzle.com/2017_calendar_main_cam_collages-158772796372178857

Links for 2016 Ornaments:

Link to Aria Ornament:

http://www.zazzle.com/2016_aria_ornament-175404078140661808

Link to Lilac Ornament:

http://www.zazzle.com/2016_lilac_ornament-175293429581437537

Link to Matilda Ornament:

http://www.zazzle.com/2016_matilda_ornament-175342886145128550

Link to Leo Ornament:

http://www.zazzle.com/2016_leo_ornament-175554607519469721

Plus a bonus ornament for Genesee in his adult plummage!

http://www.zazzle.com/2016_genesee_ornament_in_adult_plumage-175993882696953920

Special thanks to Dana and Lou!

Thanks everyone!

ROC The Day: A Huge Success!

November 30th, 2016

Thanks to the generosity of our dedicated falcon supporters , we raised over $2,200 yesterday, including $1,000 in bonuses for outstanding teamwork by donors who stayed up late to make their pledges at just the right time. Well done, folks!

ROC the Day officials will send us a list of donors sometime in the next few weeks and a full financial statement in February, 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 2017.