Another Successful Banding Day for Our Rochester Falcon Eyases! 5/29/18

May 29th, 2018

All went well with the banding of our three Rochester Falcon eyases. Two girls and one boy!

Our friends from the NYSDEC (New York State Department of Environmental Conservation) arrived at the Times Square Bldg and quickly set up to band our three young eyases.

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Soon, they were ready to climb the stairs to the door leading out to the nestbox. They quickly and safely retrieved the eyases and placed them into brightly colored pails.

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In the banding room, each eyas was placed on the table and given two bands; the USFW band and the NYS band.

First was a female. Her name is Sundara! Chosen by long time Rochester Falcon Watcher Carrie Shone. Meaning: Sundara, meaning beautiful in Nepali, based on her mother’s name, Beauty. She was given the NYS band Black 90 over Green BA and blue tape was placed over her USFW band. This is something the DEC does for the local falcon watchers, making it easier to ID young fledglings.

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The second eyas banded, was also a female. Her name is Letchworth! Chosen by Jill Langdon’s Kindergarten Class at Helendale Road School in Irondequoit, NY. Letchworth, after Letchworth State Park (a wonderful nesting place for peregrine falcons and an absolutely spectacular State Park located only about an hour from Rochester, NY). It’s known as “The Grand Canyon of the East. She was given the NYS band Black 30 over Green BW and red tape was placed over her USFW band.

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The third eyas was a male and his name is Mike! Mike was the male name chosen by the falcon fans on the Rochester Falcon Forum. Mike, for the late NYS DEC wildlife technician Mike Allen, who was so involved in birds of prey. Mike was submitted by Sue Spicer Allen of Rochester, NY. His NYS band number is Black 28 over Green BA. There was no tape placed over his silver USFW band.

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It wasn’t long before the three eyases were returned to the nestbox under the watchful gaze of their parents, Beauty and

A few Rochester Falcon Watchers had watched the whole event from across the street from the beautiful Times Square Building. They mentioned that Beauty remained close to the nestbox the whole time, mostly from the main camera.

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It was another successful banding day for our Rochester Falcons! Many thanks to our good friends at the DEC!

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Today is Banding Day for Our Three Eyases! – 5/29/18

May 29th, 2018

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


The Eyas Naming Polls are Open

May 18th, 2018

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 Wednesday, May 23, 2018.

Name a 2018 Eyas

May 7th, 2018

Once again we are requesting 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 Tuesday, May 15, 2018.

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 Tuesday, May 15, 2018.

Good Luck!

The 3rd Egg Has Hatched! Eyas #3 Has Arrived! 5/6/18

May 6th, 2018

At approximately 2:08 pm, the 3rd eyas broke free from its’ eggshell! Now that all three have hatched, we’ll be able to watch them being cared for by their parents Beauty and We hope that you all are able to watch along with us and the many falcon fans around the world. It’s not every day you get a glimpse into a family of Peregrine Falcons. Enjoy!

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The 2nd Eyas has Arrived! 5/5/18

May 5th, 2018

Just a few hours after the first eyas hatched, a second has arrived at 11:38 am. We are egg-static!

Under the watchful eye of his/her mom Beauty and everyone watching the live streaming video, a very small young Peregrine Falcon made its’ way into the world!

Welcome #2!

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Now we continue the hatch watch, waiting for a 3rd eyas to arrive!

Rochester’s First Eyas of 2018 Hatched Early This Morning! 5/5/18

May 5th, 2018

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We have a hatch! At approximately 6:08 am this morning, eagle-eyed watchers witnessed a very early morning hatch. Falcon fan, Carly, caught these two pictures of the appearance of Rochester’s first eyas of 2018.

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While this tiny eyas (baby falcon) was working hard to break out of its’ shell yesterday, Rochester was under a high wind warning.

Here are some pictures captured by the RFalconcam cameras. You can just get a glimpse of the newly hatched eyas. Be sure to click on them to enlarge the picture.

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Oh, look who just visited! wants to see! Soon he will bring in a meal and Beauty will feed the eyas for the first time. :)

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Thank you for tweeting out the good news Donna!

There are still two more eggs, that should hatch soon. If you go to our streaming video, you can watch all the activity of this year’s falcon family!

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Click here for streaming video!

Only Three Eggs Remain in the Times Square Nest Box – 4/28/18

April 28th, 2018

Sadly, one of Beauty and’s eggs was removed from the nest box this afternoon. It’s possible it was not viable, or may have been damaged in some way.

There are still three eggs remaining, that should hatch soon. We’re looking forward to being able to watch three healthy eyases thrive under the care of their parents, Beauty and

Egg #4 Has Arrived for Rochester Falcons Beauty & – 4/3/18

April 3rd, 2018

Sometime early this morning, Beauty laid her 4th egg in the nest box on top of the Times Square Bldg. I believe it happened around 4:30 am. came in at 6:36 am with breakfast for Beauty. That’s when we got our first look at all four eggs!

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Congratulations Beauty, and all their virtual egg parents around the world!

Happy Easter! An Early 3rd Egg for Beauty and! – 3/31/18

April 1st, 2018

A third egg arrived a little earlier than we expected Saturday afternoon at 5:37 pm. Beauty usually averages between 58-59 hours between eggs. It was only 54 hours between her 2nd and 3rd egg. Nothing is ever certain in the world of the Peregrine Falcon! :)

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Easter morning brought in breakfast for Beauty and we had a nice look at their three eggs before he covered them.

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If Beauty lays a 4th egg, it should arrive sometime late Monday evening or??? Who knows! We’ll just have to wait and see. Stay tuned!

Happy Easter! May it be a peaceful one!