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Saturday Morning Falcon Watch (8:00 – 11:00 am) – 8/8/20

August 8th, 2020

By Rochester Falcon Watcher Carol P.

Morning Watchers: Dana and Carol P.

Morning Falcons: Beauty, Dot.ca and Juvie Flyover

Weather: Absolutely perfect weather. Warm, with a nice breeze; Blue Sky, Clouds & Sun.

Not too much activity this morning. Before I arrived downtown, Dana had already tweeted that Beauty was on the base of Mercury. She was still there when I parked on Aqueduct St (aka “the hole”). Beauty remained there for the majority of my morning watch.

While I was watching Beauty, I saw a juvie falcon fly overhead. It did lazy circles over the Blue Cross Arena (War Memorial), heading south. There was no vocalization by either Beauty or the juvie. Beauty did watch as the juvie passed over. Was this one of our juvies, or one that was wandering through?

After awhile, Beauty took off and landed on the north railing of Widows Walk. I met Dana there and she told me she had seen the juvie when it passed over Cross Rds.

Shaky texted that there was a falcon over on the Frontier Communication Tower. I stayed with Beauty, while Dana went over to check out FCT. It was Dot.ca.

Beauty took off, heading north, joining Dot.ca on FCT. This is where we left them when we ended our morning watch.

Here are some pictures from the morning watch. Enjoy!

Beauty on Base of Mercury
Beauty on Widows Walk Watching the Pigeons Below
The Pigeons Watching Beauty Above
Beauty Watching a Pigeon Flyby
Beauty and the Pigeons on Widows Walk
Beauty Taking Off From WW
Dot.ca on the Frontier Communication Tower
Beauty and Dot.ca on the Frontier Communication Tower

Now for pictures of the juvie Peregrine Falcon Fly Over. There is no way to ID this juvie. Sadly.

Juvie Fly Over. I zoomed in and lightened the picture.
Juvie Peregrine Falcon Fly Over
Juvie Peregrine Falcon Fly Over
Moon Over the Times Square Bldg Nest Box
Sometimes You Just Have to Post a Picture of a Pretty Pigeon ๐Ÿ™‚

Wednesday Morning Falcon Watch (7:30 – 9:00 am) – 8/5/20

August 5th, 2020

By Rochester Falcon Watcher Carol P.

Morning Watcher: Carol P.

Morning Falcons: Beauty and Dot.ca

Weather: Very cool. Jacket Weather! Blue Sky and Sunny.

After a couple days off, I decided to do a quick falcon watch. Hoping to find a juvie, but not seeing one for the hour and a half that I was downtown.

But, I did see Beauty and Dot.ca from the Court St Bridge. Dot.ca was on the south side of OCSR and Beauty was almost done eating her breakfast on the west side (river side) of the Rundel Library.

Beauty had a very large crop and had almost completed her breakfast (pigeon). When she was finished, Dot.ca flew over and took the leftovers. Beauty then took off and flew over the river on the north side of the Broad St Bridge.

I drove over to the Andrews St Bridge and found both Beauty and Dot.ca. Beauty was on the north side of OCSR and Dot.ca was on the west side of the Riverside Hotel, on a top window ledge.

Dot.ca quickly finished the leftovers and flew over to the south side of OCSR. I ended my morning falcon watch with both Beauty and Dot.ca settled on OCSR.

On the way home, I drove by Seneca Towers. No luck seeing any falcons there.

Here are some pictures from my morning watch. Enjoy!

Beauty on the Rundel Library
Beauty on the Rundel Library
Beauty on the Rundel Library
Beauty on the Rundel Library
Beauty on the Rundel Library
Dot.ca on OCSR
Patiently Waiting for Beauty to Finish Eating
Beauty on the Rundel Library
Beauty on the Rundel Library
Beauty on the Rundel Library
Beauty Flying Over the River
Lots of Missing Feathers Due to her Molt
Dot.ca on Riverside
Beauty on OCSR
Me Too Beauty!!!

Sunday Morning Falcon Watch (6:30 – 10:30 am) – 8/2/20

August 2nd, 2020

By Rochester Falcon Watcher Carol P.

Morning Watchers: Dana, Larry O & Carol P.

Morning Falcons: Beauty & Dot.ca; Billie & Beau

Weather: Warm and muggy, with a bit of light rain on and off.

Again, there were no juvies found this morning. We did have 4 adults hanging out, Beauty and Dot.ca on the north side of OCSR and we also saw Billie and Beau on the Vets Bridge near Seneca Towers. All the adults were relaxing.

This is always a sad time of the year for the falcon watchers. It’s been so much fun keeping track of our juvies this year. Without bands, we’ll never know how they do in the future. I’ll miss seeing Roc, Geraki & Hope. They have been a joy to watch. Stay safe little ones and safe travels.

It’s time for me to take a break, so I won’t be going out every morning. When I do go out, I’ll report any falcon sightings.

Here are some pictures from my morning watch. Enjoy!

Beauty on the RG&E Bldg
Beauty on RG&E
Dot.ca & Beauty on OCSR
Dot.ca on OCSR
Beauty on OCSR
Billie on Vets Bridge Near Seneca Towers
We were able to make out her green/black band, but couldn’t verify the #’s.
Billie on Vets Bridge
Beau (unbanded) on Vets Bridge
Unbanded Beau Hunting from Kodak Research Labs Antenna
Osprey Hunting Over the River
South Side of CSB
Green Heron Flyby
Pretty Spider on the ASB
Must be Hard to Work Upside Down
My Morning Buddy Zeke!

Saturday Morning Falcon Watch (6:30 – 9:30 am) – 8/1/20

August 1st, 2020

By Rochester Falcon Watcher Carol P.

Morning Watchers: Dana, Larry O & Carol P.

Morning Falcons: Beauty & Dot.ca

Weather: Chilly (60’s), jacket weather. Going up to 80 degrees later today.

Not much to report today. Quickly found both Beauty and Dot.ca on OCSR. Beauty was on the north side, top Ibeam, near the west corner. Dot.ca was on the 3rd Ibeam down, on the railing next to the elevator shaft. They never moved from these locations during the watch. No juvies seen or heard.

The majority of the watch was spent traveling around downtown Rochester. Lots of activity this morning. The Court St Bridge was closed for river clean up.

Dana and I spent some time in the park next to the convention center. From there we had a great view of most of the falcon spots. We did see a Black-crowned Night Heron. Larry and Zeke checked out the pedestrian bridge (all quiet there). I love taking pictures of the old plaques that describe Rochester’s history, so I included on in this report.

Here are some pictures from the morning watch. Enjoy!

Dot.ca on OCSR (From North Side, ASB)
Dot.ca on OCSR (From the South Side, the Hole)
Beauty on OCSR (North Side)
River Clean Up on the Court St Bridge (From Broad St Bridge)
Work Being Done on the Rundel Library Terrace
Old Rochester History Plaque on the Wall
On the Street That Runs from OCSR to Thomson Reuters
Location of Historical Plaque
My Favorite Falcon Mural

Friday Morning Falcon Watch (6:30 – 9:00 am) – 7/31/20

July 31st, 2020

By Rochester Falcon Watcher Carol P.

Morning Watchers: Just me, Carol P. ๐Ÿ™‚

Morning Falcons: Beauty and Dot.ca

Weather: Cool start to a day that will reach 80 degrees this afternoon. Beautiful blue sky with white, fluffy clouds.

I spent a lot of my watch driving all over downtown Rochester. Sadly, I was unable to find any of our juvies. But, I did find Beauty and Dot.ca.

Beauty was on Camera 4 at the Times Square Bldg Nest Box. She eventually made her way into the nest box, where she fussed around with the pea gravel, getting it ready for next year. ๐Ÿ™‚

Dot.ca was on the Frontier Communication Tower, below the platform. As I watched from in front of City Hall, he was being scolded by the local robins. They dive bombed him, until he was bothered enough to leave. Dot.ca took off chasing one of the robins. When I caught up with him, (from the Andrews St Bridge) I could see Dot.ca up on the north side of OCSR on the top Ibeam, close to the elevator shaft. It was shady and quiet there and no robins to nag him. One of his favorite spots.

I looked over at the Mercury statue and saw a falcon on the base. From Broad St, I could see that it was Beauty.

So, no juvies this last of July morning. Hopefully I will continue to see them now and then in August.

Here are some pictures from the morning watch. Enjoy!

Beauty on Camera #4 at the TSB Nest Box
Beauty on Cam 4
Dot.ca on Frontier Communication Tower
Dot.ca on OCSR
Beauty on the base of Mercury
Beauty on the Base of Mercury
Beautiful Flowers
I thought this cloud looked like a falcon with upraised wings! ๐Ÿ™‚

Thursday Morning Falcon Watch (6:30 – 10:00 am) – 7/30/20

July 30th, 2020

By Rochester Falcon Watcher Carol P.

Morning Watchers: Dana, Larry O & Carol P.

Weather: Temps in the 60’s, going up to 80 degrees later today. Started out with clouds, then blue sky and sunshine.

Today my first falcon was a juvie on Widows Walk. On closer inspection, it was a dark-headed juvie. Based on size, I do believe it was Roc, but can’t be 100% sure.

Roc was moving all around WW, checking out the pigeons below him. He stayed there for quite awhile, crying now and then. Dana was also on watch and spotted Beauty nearby on the Jail Communication Tower. Roc could definitely see her. He had a very full crop, so he had eaten recently.

Larry joined the watch from the Court St Bridge.

Roc took off heading north towards the Frontier Communication Tower (FCT). When I was driving up to FCT, it was just in time to see Roc chasing a smaller bird. He was unsuccessful and landed on FCT, just below the platform. Two robins were diving on him. They were not happy. I have to assume that he was chasing one of them.

Larry, then Dana arrived, just in time to see Roc fly off, this time heading south. From where we were, we could see him on Widows Walk. He left pretty quickly.

I drove around and found Beauty up on the Times Square Bldg, on the light under the SW wing. Roc was nowhere to be found. It was time to end my watch.

Here are some pictures from the morning watch. Enjoy!

Roc on Widows Walk
Crying for Mom Even Though He Has a Full Crop
Widows Walk on Old City Hall
Irving Place
Roc on WW
Roc on WW
Hello Pigeons!
On Your Mark! Get Set! Go!
Roc Hunting Near the Frontier Communication Tower
Roc on FCT
Beauty on the TSB
Work Being Done on the Rundel Library
Checking Out the Terminal Bldg

Wednesday Morning Falcon Watch (6:30 – 10:00 am) – 7/29/20

July 29th, 2020

By Rochester Falcon Watcher Carol P.

Morning Watchers: Larry O, Dana and Carol P.

Weather: Chilly morning in the 60’s. Started with sun, ended with clouds and rain. Going up to 80 degrees with possible TStorms this afternoon.

The morning watch started out very chilly. Chilly enough to wear a jacket. The first falcons I found this morning were on Widows Walk. While I was driving closer, I was hoping they were juvies, but after a closer look, it was two adults. Beauty and Dot.ca were together, hunting from WW.

I met two birders, Jeannie & Tom, just after Beauty and Dot.ca left. They have been coming downtown hoping to see the Rochester Falcons. After finding Beauty on the base of Mercury, I quickly found Jeannie and Tom and brought them to Broad St. From there, they were finally able to meet Beauty!

My next stop was the Court St Bridge, where I was joined by Larry O and Dana. Beauty had taken off and was hunting over the river. She continued on to soar over Xerox. From there, she stooped over the river chasing pigeons. She was not successful. Beauty flew up to the Times Square Bldg and landed on the ledge below the northeast wing. She took off again, heading towards Xerox. We lost sight of her after that.

Larry had to end his watch, so Dana and I drove around trying to find the falcons. We both arrived on the Andrews St Bridge at the same time. Dana spotted Dot.ca on the top Ibeam of OCSR and I spotted Beauty eating on the corner of the Elwanger and Barry bldg. We also spotted a Kestrel hunting in the area.

I ended my watch at 10:00 am and stopped at Seneca Towers on the way home. I found an adult on the Vets Bridge. Based on size, I believe it was Billie. So nice to see her!

Sadly I did not see a juvie this morning, but Dana reported at 11:55 am that she saw a dark-headed juvie on Cross Rds.

Here are some pictures from the morning watch. Enjoy!

Beauty & Dot.ca on Widows Walk
Beauty on WW
Dot.ca on WW
Beauty and Dot.ca on WW
Beauty and Dot.ca on WW
Beauty on Base of Mercury
Jeannie & Tom Meet Beauty!
Beauty Soaring Over Xerox on a Hunt
Beauty Eating on Ellwanger and Barry Bldg
Dot.ca on OCSR
Billie, I Believe, Near Seneca Towers
Genesee River North Side of Court St Bridge
Less Water Today
Genesee River South Side of Court St Bridge
Great Blue Heron
Juvie Black-crowned Night Heron Flying By
Hunting Kestrel

Tuesday Morning Falcon Watch (6:30 – 9:30 am) – 7/28/20

July 28th, 2020

By Rochester Falcon Watcher Carol P.

Morning Falcon Watchers: Larry O & Carol P

Morning Falcons: Beauty, Dot.ca and Roc

Weather: Another warm morning with temps rising this afternoon into the 80’s.

When I first arrived downtown on the Court St Bridge, I spotted a falcon flying in and landing on the Hyatt. Before I could get a picture, the falcon walked out of view. I do believe this was a juvie. Beauty was on top of pan cam on the Times Square Bldg.

There was a lot of water flowing down the Genesee River, after heavy rains yesterday.

Beauty stooped off of pan cam, and ended up landing on the lower railing of Mercury. I drove over to Aqueduct St (aka “the hole”). From there, I had a better of view of Beauty. While I was watching her, I heard a juvie arrive, crying. From where I was, I could see a juvie over on the Widows Walk railing.

I walked over for a closer look. This juvie was dark-headed and based on size, I would say it was Roc. He was watching the pigeons flying in and out from the building below him. He took off and chased the pigeons, heading south. Awhile later, he returned to WW. From there, he took off again, this time heading north. I could hear his cry as he left.

Next I checked the Frontier Communication Tower. I couldn’t see any falcons there, but I could see a falcon on the Kodak Tower on the NW corner of the playpen netting. For those that don’t know, this netting was put up when they removed the Mariah and Kaver’s nest box from Kodak. It was installed to prevent them from nesting on the building.

From the front of Frontier Field, I could see that it was Dot.ca. I checked out all sides of the building, but could not find Roc.

Larry O was checking things out from the pedestrian bridge at High Falls. He reported that two juvie Red-tail Hawks continue to fly together in the gorge. He saw no falcons there.

Dot.ca took off and I continued my search. After driving around and not finding any falcons, I ended my watch.

I believe that our juvies are at the stage where they are going further out and attempting to hunt on their own. They come back when they get hungry and need a little help from mom and dad. I hope we continue to see them now and then before they begin their travels.

Here are some pictures from the morning watch. Enjoy!

Beauty on Pan Cam
On Times Square Bldg
Beauty on Lower Railing of
Mercury Statue
Beauty on Lower Railing
of Mercury Statue
Beauty on Lower Railing
of Mercury Statue
Roc on Widows Walk Railing
Roc on Widows Walk
Roc on Widows Walk
Roc on Widows Walk
Roc on Widows Walk
Yellow Feet Now
Roc on Widows Walk
Old City Hall
Roc on Widows Walk
Roc Takes Off from Widows Walk
Dot.ca on Playpen Netting on
Kodak Tower

Monday Morning Falcon Watch (6:30 – 9:00 am) – 7/27/20

July 27th, 2020

A Beauty Tail

By Rochester Falcon Watcher Carol P.

Morning Watchers: Kathy O, Larry O, Dana and Carol P.

Weather: Very warm, blue sky. It’s another really hot day on the way with temps near 90 degrees. Maybe TStorms this afternoon.

This will be a short report with lots of Beauty pictures. Hey! A mom needs her special day too!

No juvies this morning. Just Beauty hanging out on the Times Square Bldg, preening and snoozing. She was just relaxing without any of her young wanting her attention.

We did find Dot.ca too. He was on the north side of OCSR. Beauty joined him there at the end of our morning watch.

Here are some pictures of Beauty from the morning watch. Enjoy!

Sunday Morning Falcon Watch (6:30 – 10:00 am) – 7/26/20

July 26th, 2020

By Rochester Falcon Watcher Carol P.

Morning Watchers: Dana, Larry O & Carol P.

Weather: The day started out cool & sunny, but the temps will rise to close to 90 degrees this afternoon. Mornings are the best time to watch right now.

It was a fun watch this morning. Happily Hope was hanging out with her mom, Beauty, who we believe has started a molt. Beauty was on the Powers Bldg and Hope was everywhere else. Let’s see, she was on the 5 Star Bank Bldg, the Times Square Bldg, the Wilder Bldg, the base of Mercury and B&L. Those are the places I saw her. lol

We were also happy to see a Black-crowned Night Heron, probably two. We believe they are setting up a nest in one of the trees along the river. Dana saw one go into the tree with nesting material.

We spent our morning watching Hope and driving around trying to find her again when she took off. Every day we have Hope or Roc or Geraki, it’s a good day. One of these days, they’ll be gone.

Here are some pictures from the morning watch. Enjoy!

Beauty on Powers Bldg
Hope on the Five Star Bank
Hope on the Times Square Bldg
on the Ledge Above the Nest Box
Hope on the Times Square Bldg
Hope on the Times Square Bldg
Hope on the Times Square Bldg
Hope on the Times Square Bldg
Hope Takes Off From the Times Square Bldg
Hope Takes Off From the Times Square Bldg
Beauty on the Powers Bldg
Hope on the Base of Mercury
Hope on the Base of Mercury
Hope Flies Past the Powers Bldg
Hope on B&L
Beauty on the Times Square Bldg
Hey! You’re not a Falcon!
Black-crowned Night Heron on Aqueduct Bldg
Black-crowned Night Heron
in a Tree Along the River

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