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Memorial Day, 2020

May 25th, 2020

By Rochester Falcon Watch Carol P.

Memorial Day is a time to remember those we’ve lost. Never forget.

This is actually my watch report from yesterday, Sunday, 5/24/20. My good friends Kathy O and Lisa McK joined me on the Court St Bridge (CSB). We set up our chairs more than 6 feet apart (that’s 2 falcon wingspans apart). It was a gorgeous Sunday morning.

When I first arrived, Beauty was on pan cam, keeping watch over the three eyases in the nest box. Dot.ca was on top of Mercury.

Beauty on Pan Cam on the Times Square Bldg.
Beauty on Pan Cam
Dot.ca on top of Mercury

From the Court St Bridge, we could see an eyas inside the nest box.

Eyas Keeping an Eye on Beauty

It was so enjoyable being out in the fresh air and sunshine. Others had the same idea. Lots of joggers, bike riders and people just enjoying the beautiful day. The sky was bright blue with wispy clouds. The sound of running water from the river below filled the air. We did spot one Great Blue Heron, fishing on the river near the library.

The streets were mostly empty of cars, still from this corona virus. Such sad days. I do hope that some day, we will be able to return to how it was before.

Dot.ca flew in with a small package of food and landed on the nest box platform. Beauty met him there and took it into the hungry eyases.

Dot.ca Brings in Food to the Nest Box

After handing off the meal, Dot.ca (DC) flew out to the Frontier Communication Tower (FCT) and landed on the top arm.

Dot.ca on FCT

Beauty finished feeding the eyases and we could see her in front of the nest box. Dot.ca flew over to the TSB and landed on the ledge under the northeast wing.

Beauty at the Nest Box
Dot.ca on the NE Wing Ledge of the TSB

After awhile, Beauty moved up to the nest box roof. From there, she could keep watch over the eyases without them seeing her.

Beauty on Top of the Nest Box

The morning grew warmer and the clouds began to move out, leaving a most beautiful blue sky. More people were out and about. Most moved out into the street to pass us. The wonderful smell from the Dinosaur BBQ reached us. Can I tell you, it smelled so delicious!

Back to the falcons… First Dot.ca and then Beauty took off.

Dot.ca Takes Off!
Beauty Takes Off!

Both took to the sky! Dot.ca landed in front of the nest box, his turn to guard the eyases, and Beauty flew above us, higher and higher. One of my favorite things to do is to watch a falcon fly, soaring with hardly a wing beat. Using the winds to rise up. Now that the eyases are larger, she does not have to be with them all the time. Dot.ca is more than capable to baby sit. 🙂

Dot.ca Watching the Eyases

Kathy, Lisa and I just sat back and enjoyed the show.

Beauty Above the Wings on the Times Square Bldg
Beauty with the Wind Beneath Her Wings
Beauty Soaring Above her Watchers

This was our view from the Court St Bridge.

Our View from the Court St Bridge

This is when we ended our Sunday Morning Falcon Watch. Three hours flew by, almost as fast as a Peregrine Falcon!

We were all saddened by the loss of our fourth eyas. Life goes on and we will watch over the three remaining eyases, but will never, ever forget the one we lost. Fly Free little one.

I’ll leave you with one last picture I took during Beauty’s flight. It just seemed appropriate to post on this Memorial Day. Take care everyone!

Beauty’s Memorial Day Tribute

Mother’s Day Falcon Watch – 5/10/20

May 11th, 2020

By Rochester Falcon Watcher Carol P.

Well here we are. It’s Spring, but it feels like Winter. The sun was out, but the air was frigid!

I started my watch on Aqueduct St. aka “the hole”. Due to our city being pretty much closed due to Covid19, the streets were close to empty. Thankfully, Beauty and Dot.ca continue to do their falcon duties. They have 4 young eyases to feed!

The pigeons in the hole immediately flew down for their Sunday morning seed. After that, I spotted Dot.ca (DC) on the Times Square Bldg (TSB), on the ledge below the SE wing.

Dot.ca on the TSB
Dot.ca on the TSB

Dot.ca was busy preening while I watched. Then he went still and all his attention was on the birds flying below him. It was time to hunt. He took off in a stoop, towards the street below.

Dot.ca Takes off in a Stoop

I lost sight of him when he went behind the building between me and the TSB. I didn’t see him come out either side.

A couple minutes later, DC returned carrying prey towards the nest box. His hunt was a success.

He landed on the nest box platform, and brought the meal to Beauty and the eyases.

DC Bringing in Breakfast
DC Bringing in Breakfast
Picture from Main Cam Showing Dot.ca Bringing in a Meal

He stayed in the nest box for awhile, helping to feed the eyases. While I waited for him to come out, a Great Blue Heron flew overhead.

Great Blue Heron with Some Missing Flight Feathers

Finally Dot.ca flew out of the nest box and landed above on the NE wing ledge.

Dot.ca under the NE Wing on the TSB

All was quiet, so I headed over to the Court St Bridge, where I ran into fellow falcon watcher Larry O and his dog Zeke.

Larry O and Zeke on the Court St Bridge

From there we could see Beauty in the nest box and Dot.ca above under the NE wing.

Falcon Positions on the TSB
Beauty Inside the Nest Box

Larry had to leave, so I made my way over to the library, where they are redoing the terrace on the north side of the Rundel Library, next to the river. For those folks that are watching the live streaming video, this is where the loud sounds are coming from.

Terrace Work on the North Side of the Rundel Library

It was time for me to end my Sunday morning watch. A quick check of our cameras showed Beauty and the eyases sleeping in the nest box. Dot.ca was above them, keeping watch over his little family.

Beauty and the Four Eyases Sleeping in the Nest Box

I hope that all you moms had a wonderful Mother’s Day and that everyone is doing well and staying healthy!

Oh, and if you’ve been wondering, I have seen Billie and Beau at Seneca Towers over the last few weeks. They are still together and doing well.

Rochester Falcon Watch – 2/15 & 2/16/20

February 18th, 2020

By Rochester Falcon Watcher Carol P.

Hello Falcon Fans!  Here is a report and some pics from my weekend watches.  Both days, Beauty and Dot.ca were seen, and Billie and Beau too!  Plus some other exciting sightings.

Saturday, February 15, 2020

Early Saturday morning, I received a tweet from Watcher Larry O.  He had both Beauty (B) and Dot.ca (DC) on the Times Square Bldg (TSB).  Beauty was on the NE wing ledge and Dot.ca was on Cam 1 (aka Pan Cam).  By the time I arrived, DC was gone, but Beauty was still up on the NE wing ledge.

1-beauty-on-tsb-2-15-20-2<– Beauty on TSB.

Soon after I arrived, Watcher Dana joined me in the “hole” (aka Aqueduct St).  I checked the RFalconcam pics to see if Dot.ca was around.  One picture showed a falcon on top of the Mercury statue.  My first thought was Dot.ca, but it seemed small.  Dana and I were surprised to find a Merlin siting on top of Mercury’s moneybag.

2-merlin-on-mercury-2-15-20-23-merlin-on-mercury-2-15-20-2<– Merlin on Mercury.

The Merlin didn’t stay long. S/he took off and attempted to hunt the nearby pigeons with no luck.

Dana had to leave, so I headed over to High Falls for a quick look.  It was so cold over there, so I didn’t stay long.  Here are a few pics of my quick visit.

4-high-falls-2-15-20-25-high-falls-2-15-20-26-high-falls-2-15-20-2<– High Falls.

On my way home, I stopped at Maplewood Park and spotted both Billie and Beau on ST.

7-billie-and-beau-at-st-2-15-20-2<– Billie and Beau at ST.

Sunday, February 16, 2020

I went out again Sunday morning.  When I arrived at the “hole”, the first thing I did was put down some seed for the pigeons that lived next to the Times Square Bldg.  I try to do this every weekend.

1-pigeons-in-the-hole-2-16-20-2<– Pigeons in the “hole”! (This is for you Lynne! – lol)

From the “hole”, I could see that Dot.ca was at the TSB nest box, sitting on Cam 4.  Thanks to all those on-line watchers that let me know that it was Dot.ca.  (Linda, Joyce and Shaky)

2-dc-at-tsb-nest-box-2-16-20-23-dc-at-tsb-nest-box-2-16-20-24-dc-at-tsb-nest-box-2-16-20-2<– Dot.ca at nest box.

While I was on the Court St. Bridge checking out the Mighty Genesee, Dot.ca took off.  I found him with Beauty on the north side of OCSR, top IBeam.

5-bdc-on-ocsr-2-16-20-2<– Beauty and Dot.ca on OCSR.

On my way home, I spotted a dark bird sitting on an apartment building, half way between downtown and ST.  I found a parking spot and was able to see that it was an unbanded juvie Peregrine Falcon.  Hmmmm, could this be one of Billie and Beau’s little ones???

6-unbanded-juvie-falcon-2-16-20-27-unbanded-juvie-falcon-2-16-20-28-unbanded-juvie-falcon-2-16-20-3<– Unbanded Juvie.

I left the juvie, who was settled in and had a very large crop.  Based on size, I’d guess this was a female.  I was really hoping it had been Lakota or Jupiter.  I wonder how they’re both doing.

At Maplewood Park, I spotted both Billie and Beau on ST.

11-bb-at-st-2-16-20-2<– Billie and Beau at ST.

From there, I drove to Charlotte and along the lake.  At the old Crescent Beach Restaurant, I saw a very large bird in a tree nearby.  It was a juvenile Bald Eagle!  So gorgeous!

9-juvie-bald-eagle-2-16-20-310-juvie-bald-eagle-2-16-20-2<– Juvie Bald Eagle near Lake Ontario.

What a wonderful way to end my weekend watches!

Rochester Falcon Watch – 2/9/20

February 9th, 2020

By Rochester Falcon Watcher Carol P.

After Rochester was hit by a snow storm over the past couple days, I could not wait to get downtown to check on our pair.  We got quite a few inches, with some icy rain in-between.  I really can’t wait for spring!

My morning watch was a short one.  After feeding the pigeons in the “hole”, I looked everywhere for Beauty and Dot.ca.  I wasn’t able to find Dot.ca, but I did find Beauty on the Kodak Tower.  She was tucked in on the arch ledge above where the old Mariah and Kaver nest box used to be located.  It was very cold, and I’m sure there might be some heat leaking from the top of the building.

As you can see in the first picture, many of the Kodak buildings that I worked in for many years, have been taken over by Monroe Community College.  Nice to see them filled again, but it is very bittersweet.




On my way home, I stopped at Maplewood Park for a look at Seneca Towers (ST).  I was very happy to see both Billie and Beau on the railing on top of the building.


Here are some pictures from the nest box cameras that I thought you’d like to see.

The first two are of Beauty visiting the TSB nest box on 2/4/20, before the snow storm hit.


Here are the nest boxes after the storm.


Enjoy the snow and keep warm and safe!

First of the Year Rochester Falcon Watch – 2/2/20

February 2nd, 2020

By Rochester Falcon Watcher Carol P.

Well, here we are.  It’s 2020 and January has ended.  Hooray!  We always used to be so excited when February came, especially February 14th.  That was the date that Kaver returned home every year to join Mariah.  The Rochester Watchers would be out on that day just to see their reunion.

With Beauty and Dot.ca, it’s different.  Dot.ca remains in Rochester through the winter.  Most days we see them interacting with each other year round.  I and other watchers have been out keeping an eye on our Rochester pair.

Today I arrived downtown around 8:30 am.  After driving around for a while, I finally found Dot.ca on the north end of the Cross Rds bldg.

1-dotca-on-xrds-bldg-2-2-20 <– Dot.ca on the Cross Rds Bldg.

I was parked on State St, keeping an eye on DC, when he took off and landed on the building above me.  I got out of my car and looked up.  lol

2-dotca-on-eb-bldg-2-2-20 <– Dot.ca above me on the Ellwanger & Barry Bldg.

I turned around and parked on the other side of the street.  DC was on the Ellwanger and Barry bldg.  I could see his black over black band and the “Y”.

3-dotca-on-eb-bldg-2-2-204-dotca-on-eb-bldg-2-2-20 <– You can see most of Dot.ca’s band here.

I got out of my car to get a better view.  From further down the street, I could see the American flag from the Powers Bldg, waving behind Dot.ca.  I love these pictures.  🙂

5-dc-flag <– Dot.ca and the flag.

Dot.ca took off and came back to the same corner.  When he returned, he started chupping softly.  I could hear a responding chup coming from the building.  Beauty was up there somewhere.  He took off again and landed on a lower ledge.  There she is!

6-dc-b-2-2-20 <–Dot.ca joins Beauty on the ledge.

Beauty had been up there the whole time eating breakfast.  It was time for Dot.ca to get a bit of what remained.  He approached her and grabbed a small piece.

7-dc-b-2-2-20 <– Dot.ca taking a small piece of Beauty’s leftovers.

Dot.ca took his small morsel back up to the corner of the building, while Beauty watched from the ledge.  She was surrounded by feathers (pigeon) and had a full crop.

8-beauty-with-huge-crop-2-2-209-beauty-on-eb-bldg-2-2-20 <– Beauty on the Ellwanger & Barry Bldg.

After a few minutes, Beauty took off and flew north.  I found her on top of a nearby church’s cross.

10-beauty-on-cross-2-2-20 <– Beauty on a Church Cross.

She took off heading towards OCSR while Dot.ca continued to eat above me.

11-dc-on-eb-bldg-2-2-2012-dc-flag-2-2-20 <– DC with food on the Ellwanger & Barry Bldg.

I drove over to the Andrew St Bridge.  From there I could see Dot.ca finishing his meal.

13-dc-on-eb-bldg-2-2-20 <– DC finishing his meal on the Ellwanger & Barry Bldg.

After he finished, he joined Beauty on the top Ibeam on OCSR.  It started to snow, so it was time to end my morning watch.

14-beauty-on-ocsr-2-2-2015-dc-on-ocsr-2-2-20 <– Beauty and Dot.ca on OCSR.

On my way home, I stopped to check out Seneca Towers.  I could see one falcon on the north west corner of the building.  Yesterday, I saw both Billie and Beau up there.

Can’t wait for the start of our falcons nesting season!!!

Pre-Fledge Falcon Watch – 4 on the Wall! – 6/16/19

October 18th, 2019

By Rochester Falcon Watcher Carol P.

I love looking through the pictures and videos I took during this year’s fledge watch.

This report includes a picture and a couple videos from June 16, 2019.  The watchers were in the hole (aka Aqueduct St), keeping an eye on all four eyases out on the wall.


Video of all 4 on the wall!  Beauty joins them for a moment, before taking off.


As we were watching them, Donna decided it was a good time to spread her wings and flap, flap, flap like crazy!  We always get nervous when they do this, because, at this point, she was nowhere near ready to take her first flight.  One little slip and !!!!  Well take a look for yourself.  🙂


Sunday Falcon Watch (10/13/19) Plus Bonus Pics/Video from 6/15/19

October 13th, 2019

By Rochester Falcon Watcher Carol P.

It was another beautiful (but chilly) fall morning here in Rochester, NY.


As usual, my first stop, after getting a breakfast sandwich to go along with my coffee, was Seneca Towers (ST).  From Maplewood Park, I could see one falcon on the NW corner with a breakfast of their own.  Too far to tell if it was Billie or Beau.


On my way to Kodak Office, I passed the home of the Rochester High Falls Mounted Patrol.


From Kodak, I could see a falcon on the NE corner of the Powers Bldg.  With a closer look, I could ID the falcon as Dot.ca.


I found Beauty on the north side of OCSR on the top Ibeam.


This was my view from the Andrew St Bridge (ASB).  I could see both Beauty and Dot.ca from there.


Rochester Falcon Watcher Kathy O joined me on the watch.  Soon after she arrived, a juvie Red-tailed Hawk flew over us with a gull escort.  When the hawk got to close, Dot.ca took off and chased it to the west.


Dot.ca did not return.  Beauty was still on OCSR when I ended my Sunday morning watch.

On my way home, I passed by Seneca Towers again.  There were no falcons on the building.  But I did spot a falcon on the antenna on top of the Kodak Research Labs.


I was unable to see if this falcon was banded, but I assume it was either Billie or Beau, since it was so close to ST.  The falcon took off, stooping down and then off to the south.

Time to really end my watch!  🙂

Now for the bonus pics and video from 6/15/19.  I’m slowly going through my summer pics/videos.

1-beauty-feeding-juvies-on-the-wall-6-15-19<— All 4 juvies being fed by Beauty on the TSB wall.

2-fledge-watch-meeting-6-15-19<— 2019 Rochester Fledge Watch Mtg.

Just click on this YouTube link to see a video of Beauty feeding the eyases on the wall!


Weekend Falcon Watch – 10/5 & 10/6/19

October 7th, 2019

By Rochester Falcon Watcher Carol P.

Here we are in fall already!  Where has the time gone?  The Rochester Falcon Watchers are feeling very sad after losing Donna and Phoenix.  With Jupiter doing well in rehab, only Lakota is flying free.  Thankfully, watcher Dana saw him last week.  Well, it’s been awhile, but here is my watch report from this past weekend.  I’m a bit rusty, so hopefully you’ll enjoy.  🙂

Saturday, 10/5/19

I’ve been out falcon watching at least once a week, usually Sunday, sometimes Saturday.  Since the weather was going to be sunny on Saturday, I decided to get out early.  It was chilly, but the sun made it tolerable.

My first stop was Maplewood Park, where I could see Seneca Towers (ST) across the river.  I first spotted Billie on the north end window ledge.  A few minutes later, Beau came flying by her and landed on the NW corner.  It was great seeing both of them.

1-billie-and-beau-at-st-10-5-19<— Billie and Beau on ST.

Next was downtown.  I drove by Kodak Office first to check the tower.  Also, from there, I had a good view of the downtown area.  There were no falcons in view.

One of the Kodak buildings has been taken over by Monroe Community College.


While I was checking out things from the hole (Aqueduct St), Dana tweeted that Beauty was on the old RG&E antenna.  I headed over and stopped where I had a good view of Beauty.

3-beauty-on-old-rge-antenna-10-5-19<— Beauty on antenna.

Beauty took off, heading west.  That’s when I heard the wonderful sound of a juvie calling from above!  From where I was located, I couldn’t see any falcons.  I quickly texted to Dana that I could hear a juvie and she responded that Beauty and the juvie met west of Xerox over the river.  She was able to see them from where she was.

I headed over to the Court St Bridge.  From there, I could see Beauty up on the Times Square Bldg on the NE wing ledge.  She had food and was eating.

4-beauty-on-tsb-10-5-195-beauty-on-tsb-10-5-19<— Beauty with food on the TSB.

Well, darn.  I had missed seeing the juvie, that I assumed was probably Lakota.  But I was happy to hear that wonderful cry.  It had been a long time.

Beauty finished her meal and ended up flying over to the north side of OCSR.  When I caught up with her, she was sound asleep.

Sunday, 10/6/19

It rained on and off during my Sunday morning watch.

I took the same route Sunday morning, that I did the day before.  From Kodak Office, I could see a falcon on the Frontier Communication Tower (FCT) NE box.  It was Beauty.  The FCT looks good after a recent paint job.

1-beauty-on-fct-10-6-19<— Beauty on FCT.

From the Andrew St Bridge (ASB), I could see Dot.ca on the north side of OCSR and Beauty on FCT.

2-dc-on-ocsr-10-6-19<— Dot.ca on OCSR.

I returned to keep a closer eye on Beauty.  The rain cleared and Beauty settled in for a good preen.  She then spread her wings and took off heading south.

3-beauty-off-fct-10-6-191<— Beauty on FCT.

I lost sight of her and started my search.  Dana was also out on a falcon watch.

Having no luck finding her, I parked on the Court St Bridge.  From there, I could see a falcon on the NE corner of Widows Walk.  By the time I got over there, the falcon was gone. Or so I thought.  I saw movement on the old City Hall (Irving Place) roof line.  It was Beauty and she was on the move.

4-beauty-on-old-city-hall-10-6-195-beauty-on-old-city-hall-10-6-19<— Beauty on old City Hall.

She walked out of view.  Where did she go?  After a few minutes, Beauty came back into view.  She had taken a bath.  Beauty spread her wings and started to flap, flap, flap.

6-beauty-on-old-city-hall-10-6-19<— Beauty on old City Hall after her bath.

I took a quick video to share.  Click the link below.


Beauty took off and headed back to the Frontier Communication Tower.  I ended my watch with Beauty on FCT and Dot.ca on OCSR.  All was quiet and peaceful.

I have thousands of pictures and videos to go through from my Summer watches.  I hope to share some of them some day.  lol

A couple weeks ago, Dana and I walked out on the newly opened Riverside path that starts on the Court St Bridge behind the Dinosaur BBQ.  It gives you a wonderful view of the river and the downtown area.  Here’s a picture I took of the Times Square Bldg with the Powers Bldg behind it.  You can see both nest boxes.


Friday Morning Falcon Watch! – 7/26/19

July 26th, 2019

By Rochester Falcon Watcher Carol P.

(Please be sure to click on pics to see them in full size.)

It’s always a wonderful falcon watch when you see all 5 Rochester Falcons doing well!

When I first arrived, I spotted one falcon on the NE box on Frontier Comm Twr (FCT).  By the time I got there, the falcon on the box was gone and Dot.ca was on the top arm.

1-dc-on-fct-7-26-19<— Dot.ca (DC) on the FCT arm.

Larry and his dog Zeke joined me in front of City Hall.  Larry spotted a falcon fly in and land near the disk.  It was Jupiter!

2-jupiter-on-fct-7-26-19-2<— Jupiter on FCT.

After awhile, Jupiter took off.  Another juvie flew in and off towards the south.  We spotted a falcon sitting on the railing of Widows Walk (WW).  Larry had to leave, so I headed over to WW to ID the falcon there.  It was Lakota!

3-lakota-on-ww-7-26-19-2<— Lakota on WW railing.

So, I had 2 out of the 3 juvies.  Where could Phoenix be?

Another falcon flew in and landed on the railing near Lakota.  He was carrying a scrap of feathers.  After picking at the feathers, this juvie took off and flew past Lakota.  I was able to see the blue tape on the silver USFW band.  It was Phoenix!

4-phoenix-and-lakota-on-ww-7-26-19-25-phoenix-and-lakota-on-ww-7-26-19-2<— Phoenix and Lakota on WW.

First Phoenix, then soon after, Lakota took off heading north.  I drove around and couldn’t find them.  So I headed back to the west side of Widows Walk.  From my car, I could hear very loud wailing.  After a few moments, I spotted two juvies up on the Times Square Bldg.

6-2-juvies-on-tsb-7-26-19-2<— 2 juvies wailing on the Times Square Bldg (TSB).

A 3rd juvie, that I hadn’t seen, took off and then another.  Beauty came by with food and the chase was on!  I could only see bits and pieces of the chase due to the buildings surrounding me.  Both ended up flying towards the Powers Bldg.  Beauty returned without the food and landed on the WW railing.

7-beauty-on-ww-7-26-19-2<— Beauty on WW.

1 juvie remained on the TSB, wailing.  Both Beauty and the Juvie took off.  All of a sudden, there were no falcons in view.

Over on the Andrews St Bridge (ASB), I spotted two falcon on the Frontier Comm Tower.  I parked in front of City Hall, just in time to see a food exchange south of FCT.  Dot.ca brought in a pigeon, which he transferred to Phoenix.  Phoenix flew low over the street I was parked on and disappeared from view.

8-juvie-with-pigeon-7-26-19-2<— Phoenix with a pigeon.

That’s when I saw Dana.  She thought that Phoenix might have landed on the roof of the building.  We looked, but couldn’t find him.

We could still hear a juvie wailing up on FCT, and spotted both Dot.ca and Lakota up there.

9-dc-on-fct-7-26-19-210-dc-on-fct-7-26-19-2<— Dot.ca on FCT.

11-lakota-on-fct-7-26-19-2<— Lakota on FCT.

After awhile, we spotted a juvie really low on FCT.  We thought this might have been Phoenix.  He took off and so did Lakota.  They both ended up on the north end of City Place on the ledge that we call Beauty’s Bathing Spot.

13-juvie-on-city-place-7-26-19-2<— Juvie on City Place.

12-juvie-flying-over-fct-7-26-19-2<— Juvie flying by FCT.

One juvie headed back to FCT.  It was Phoenix.  Dot.ca took off.  We could no longer see the juvie on City Place.

When I ended my watch at 11 am, I had seen all 5 Rochester falcons; Beauty, Dot.ca, Jupiter, Lakota and Phoenix.  It had been a very good morning falcon watch!

Here are a few pics from my Wednesday morning watch.  That day, I was only able to find Beauty, Dot.ca and Lakota.


3-beauty-on-ww-7-24-194-beauty-on-ww-7-24-19<— Beauty on WW.

5-beauty-on-fct-7-24-19<— Beauty on FCT.

6-lakota-on-ww-7-24-19<— Lakota on WW.

7-dc-on-ww-7-24-19<— Dot.ca on FCT.

Sunday Morning Falcon Watch! – 7/21/19

July 21st, 2019

By Rochester Falcon Watcher Carol P.

(Be sure to click on the pics to see the full size.)

I and other watchers have been out most days, keeping an eye on our 3 young tiercels, Jupiter, Lakota and Phoenix.  Over this past week they’ve been tearing up the sky above downtown Rochester.

Today was no exception.  When I arrived downtown, I found Beauty on the north end of the Cross Rds Bldg and Phoenix on the Frontier Communication Tower (FCT).

1-beauty-on-cross-rds-7-21-19-2<— Beauty on Cross Rds Bldg.

2-phoenix-on-fct-7-21-19<— Phoenix on FCT.

I made my way over to City Hall where I found a parking spot with a great view of Phoenix.  He was in total hunt mode, watching everything that moved.  His head was in constant motion.

He took off, chasing a Robin over the City Hall Roof and back towards FCT. Mid-flight, he broke it off and ended up chasing a pigeon towards City Place.  He was right on their tails, so close to a successful hunt.  The pigeon landed and Phoenix returned to the Frontier Comm Twr.

It wasn’t long before he took off again, chasing pigeons and landing on the church just north of FCT.

3-phoenix-on-church-7-21-19<— Phoenix on church roof.

Phoenix took off again, heading west.  I could hear loud kakking, but couldn’t figure out where it was coming from.  Finally, I spotted Phoenix flying and swooping over a building (we’ll call it the owl bldg.) to the west.  He was going after the two fake owls on the roof.  Back and forth, kak kak kak!  It make me laugh, watching this young falcon defend his territory.




After beating those dastardly plastic owls, Phoenix returned to FCT.

7-phoenix-on-fct-7-21-19<— Phoenix on FCT.

Dana joined me and we settled in to watch Phoenix’s attempts at hunting.  If he hasn’t already had a successful hunt, he’s very close.

9-phoenix-on-fct-7-21-19-2<— Phoenix on FCT.

After awhile, Phoenix took off, heading east.  We waited for awhile, but he did not return.

8-phoenix-hunting-7-21-19<— Phoenix heading east.

Joyce joined us, and we all met on the Court St. Bridge.  Dana had spotted Beauty on top of the Jail Communication Tower.  Beauty took off and flew over us, heading towards Xerox.

We chatted for awhile, but saw no further falcon activity.  So, we split up to search the area.

I found Beauty on the north side of Xerox.

10-beauty-on-xerox-7-21-19<— Beauty on Xerox.

Dana tweeted that she had three juvies playing on City Place.  I got there just in time to see them all go in different directions.  Jupiter settled on FCT.

11-jupiter-on-fct-7-21-19-212-jupiter-on-fct-7-21-19-2<— Jupiter on FCT.

While Dana and I were watching Jupiter, we saw an adult, probably Beauty do a food transfer to Lakota and Phoenix.  They ended up over by Widows Walk (WW).

13-food-transfer-7-21-19<— Food Transfer Adult to two Juvies.

Jupiter took off and headed in that direction, and so did we.  I found Lakota on the north side of WW, lower ledge with food.  Dana found both Jupiter and Phoenix up on the west end, back of the Times Square Bldg.

14-lakota-on-ww-with-food-7-21-19-2<— Lakota with food on WW.

It didn’t take Lakota long to finish his meal.

15-lakota-on-ww-7-21-1916-lakota-on-ww-7-21-19-2<— Lakota on WW.

Joyce joined us.  It started to rain and Lakota took off.  He joined his brothers on the back of the Times Square Bldg.  It was great seeing all three brothers together.

17-lakota-jupiter-phoenix-7-21-19-2<— l-r Lakota, Jupiter and Phoenix

It was time to end my morning watch.  🙂

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