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March 2021 Falcon Watch movie of Dana’s pics and vids.

Wednesday, March 31st, 2021

I have published a movie containing some of my pics and videos during my DT Rochester Peregrine Falcon visits in March of 2021. Hope you enjoy!

Fall Falcons and Other Stuff! 10/30/20

Friday, October 30th, 2020

By Rochester Falcon Watcher Carol P.

I and other watchers have been continuing to keep watch over the Rochester Falcons. There has been no further sightings of our young falcons; Hope, Geraki and Roc. We really miss them and wish them well.

There have also been reported sightings of falcons at Seneca Towers (ST). Hopefully Billie & Beau are also doing well.

All has been peaceful and quiet in our Rochester Falcons world.

Here are some pictures I’ve taken over the past few weeks. Enjoy!

Beauty on the Times Square Bldg. (10/3/20)
Squirrel! (10/3/20)
Dot.ca & Beauty on the Frontier Communication Tower (10/10/20)
Beauty’s Wings (10/10/20)
Beauty, Ready for Take-off! (10/10/20)
Genesee River – Fall Colors! (10/10/20)
Dot.ca & Beauty on the Cross Rds Bldg. (10/11/20)
Dot.ca and Beauty Bowing on the Times Square Bldg (10/18/20)
Dot.ca & Beauty Together on the Times Square Bldg. (10/18/20)
Beauty (with lunch) on the Ellwanger & Barry Bldg. (10/18/20)
Beauty Eating on the Ellwanger & Barry Bldg. (10/18/20)
Beauty on Ellwanger & Barry Bldg. (10/18/20)
Dot.ca on Top of Mercury (from the Powers Bldg) (10/23/20)
Falcon View from the Powers Bldg Looking West. Nice Fall Colors! (10/23/20)

Falcon Watch Report & Pics (9/12, 9/19 & 9/20/20)

Sunday, September 20th, 2020
It’s two days until fall and the trees are starting to change colors!

By Rochester Falcon Watcher Carol P.

The Rochester Watchers have been out, keeping an eye on Beauty and Dot.ca. Both have been seen hanging out near the Times Square Bldg and downtown Rochester. They are doing well.

Here are some pictures I took over the past two weeks.

Dot.ca (left) & Beauty (right) on the Frontier Communication Tower (9/12/20)
Hey! Where do you think you’re going Dot.ca!!! (9/12/20)
Beauty at the Times Square Nest Box (9/12/20)
Dot.ca (left) & Beauty (right) on the Time Square Bldgs NW Wing Ledge (9/12/20)
A Merlin on the Blue Cross Arena (9/19/20)
Beauty on Wilder (9/19/20)
Dot.ca on Cross Rds (9/19/20)
Beauty on Wilder (9/19/20)
Dot.ca on Cross Rds (9/19/20)
Dot.ca on Cross Rds (9/20/20)
Beauty on Mercury’s Foot (9/20/20)
Beauty gets ready for take-off! (9/20/20)
Upbeat of Wings!
Downbeat! I love the power of a Peregrine’s Wings!
Dot.ca soaking up the sun on the Cross Rds Bldg (9/20/20)
Found a Wood Duck Pair on a Pond Near Lake Ontario!
Love their colors!

Falcon Watch Report Catch-up! 8/29, 8/30, 9/5 & 9/6/20

Friday, September 11th, 2020
Beauty & Dot.ca on Mercury

By Rochester Falcon Watcher Carol P.

So much has happened here in Rochester, NY over the past couple weeks. I just wanted to assure everyone that the Rochester Falcons are doing well and don’t seem to be bothered by these activities. Thankfully.

I and other watchers have been out checking on Beauty, Dot.ca and all the other downtown critters.

On Sunday, I thought I saw a falcon fly over the Wilder Bldg and possibly land on the north side, while Beauty was on the base of Mercury. The falcon quickly took off, flew in front of OCSR and headed over to the north side. Beauty was up on the base of Mercury and both falcons vocalized a bit. I assume, incorrectly, that it was Dot.ca.

After checking my pics, I saw that the visitor was a juvie Peregrine Falcon and that I could make out eyebrows! Because Beauty showed no aggression and vocalized softly, I believe that it was Hope and she was looking great. Other watchers (Dana, Lou, Joyce, Kathy O & Jennifer) arrived and we searched for the juvie falcon, but could not find her. Darn.

I do love when one of our young falcons makes an appearance after not being seen for along time.

Here are some pictures from my last few falcon watches, starting with a few pictures of the juvie I believe was Hope. 🙂

Hope (I believe) coming in to say hello!
Hope (I believe) coming in to say hello!
Hope (I believe) coming in to say hello!
Beauty on Wilder
Beauty (BASE) and Dot.ca (FOOT) on Mercury
Beauty & Dot.ca on Wilder
Beauty on Wilder
Dot.ca on Wilder
Dot.ca on Wilder
So Nice to See Casey, Abby & Joyce!
You Know I LOVE a Good Flag Shot! lol
We have a family of Osprey that Have been Fishing on the Genesee River.
This One Loves to Land on the Roof of a Bldg South of the Court St Bridge.

It’s been 19 years since 9/11, a day I will never forget!

Wednesday Morning Falcon Watch (8:30 – 10:30 am) – 8/19/20

Wednesday, August 19th, 2020
Beauty on Mercury

By Rochester Falcon Watcher Carol P.

Morning Watchers: Larry O & Carol P.

Morning Falcons: Beauty, Dot.ca and a Falcon Flyover

Morning Weather: Cool, Blue sky, sunshine and Fluffy White Clouds

During the morning watch, Beauty was in serious hunt mode, even though she had a pretty big crop. She was chasing pigeons all over, especially behind the Times Square Bldg and over the Federal Bldgs. She hung out a lot on the Mercury Statue. Dot.ca was always nearby, first on OCSR and then over on the Powers Bldg.

While I had both of them in view, a 3rd falcon flew over, heading towards Xerox. It was smaller, the size of a male, but I wasn’t able to get a picture to verify if it was adult or juvie. I did search for the 3rd falcon, but was unable to find it.

Here are some pictures from the morning watch. Enjoy!

Beauty vs. Mercury
See her on top?

On your mark, get set, go! My bet is on Beauty!

Beauty on Mercury’s Money Bag
Beauty Takes Off From Mercury
Beauty Takes Off From Mercury
Beauty Takes Off From Mercury
Beauty Takes Off From Mercury
Beauty Takes Off From Mercury
Dot.ca Hanging Out at the Powers Nest Box
A Beautiful Morning in Rochester, NY
From the Andrews St Bridge

Sunday Morning Falcon Watch (10:40 am – 12:30 pm) – 8/16/20

Sunday, August 16th, 2020

By Rochester Falcon Watcher Carol P.

Morning Watcher: Carol P.

Morning Falcons: Beauty, Dot.ca and I believe Billie at ST

Weather: Rain earlier. Warm with dark clouds moving in.

I started my watch a lot later than normal, due to the morning rain. When it stopped, I made my way downtown.

Both Beauty and Dot.ca were on the Frontier Communication Tower. They remained there during my morning watch.

On my way home, I saw an adult falcon on Seneca Towers west side railing. Based on size, I believe it was Billie.

Here are some pictures from the morning watch. Enjoy!

Beauty on FCT
Dot.ca on FCT
Beauty on FCT
Beauty and Dot.ca on the FCT Disc
Nice Size Comparison
Beauty and Dot.ca on FCT
Dot.ca on FCT
He loves to Hide!
Billie (I Believe) at ST
Lots of pigeons at FCT.
Kodak in the background.
Dark Clouds to the North

Saturday Morning Falcon Watch (8:00 – 11:30 am) – 8/15/20

Saturday, August 15th, 2020
Dot.ca

By Rochester Falcon Watcher Carol P.

Morning Watchers: Dana, Dan (yes, Dan!) and Carol P.

Morning Falcons: Beauty and Dot.ca

Weather: Warm and Breezy with Blue Sky and Sunshine

When I arrived downtown, Beauty was up on the base of Mercury eating her Breakfast (pigeon). After awhile, Dot.ca flew in and landed on Mercury’s foot. They chatted while Beauty finished her meal. Dot.ca patiently waited until she was done and then flew down to take the leftovers. He flew off to the northwest and Beauty soon joined him. Dana and I found Beauty on the Frontier Communication Tower. We were not able to find Dot.ca.

Other birds of interest during the morning watch; a Green Heron, a couple of Osprey flying low and hunting over the river and a mystery (to me) wading bird with yellow legs. This bird was fairly large, about 1/3 the size of a Ring-billed Gull. Any ideas?

Last and certainly not least, in fact, the best! Dan joined Dana and I on the Court St Bridge. It was wonderful seeing him. 🙂

Here are some pictures from the morning watch. Enjoy!

Beauty on the Base of Mercury with Breakfast
Beauty on the Base of Mercury with Breakfast
Beauty on the Base of Mercury with Breakfast
Beauty on the Base of Mercury with Breakfast
Beauty on the Base of Mercury with Breakfast
Beauty and Dot.ca on Mercury
Beauty and Dot.ca on Mercury
Dot.ca on Mercury
Dot.ca on Mercury
Dot.ca on Mercury
Beauty on Base of Mercury
Beauty on Frontier Communication Tower
Rochester Falcon Watcher Dan
Hi Dan!!!
Great Blue Heron
Green Heron
Mystery Wading Bird
Mystery Wading Bird
Mystery Wading Bird
Mystery Wading Bird
Osprey Hunting Over the River

Wednesday Morning Falcon Watch (8:00 – 9:45 am) – 8/12/20

Wednesday, August 12th, 2020

By Rochester Falcon Watcher Carol P.

Morning Watchers: Carol P.

Morning Falcons: Beauty and Dot.ca; Also 1 adult on Kodak Park Research Lab Antenna – Billie or Beau?

Weather: Warm, sunny and blue sky.

Not much to report. Found both Beauty and Dot.ca on the Frontier Communication Tower. Lots of ee-chupping from Beauty. She was chatting with Dot.ca. lol On my way downtown, I spotted an adult on the Kodak Park Research Lab Antenna. Could not ID. Probably Billie or Beau from ST.

No juvies seen or heard during my watch.

Here are some pictures from the morning watch. Enjoy!

Billie or Beau? on KP Res Lab Antenna
Billie or Beau? on KP Res Lab Antenna
Beauty on Frontier Communication Tower
The 2 Frontier Communication Towers
Beauty on Frontier Communication Tower
Dot.ca on FCT
Dot.ca on FCT
Beauty on Frontier Communication Tower
Chatting with Dot.ca
Beauty & Dot.ca on FCT
Beauty Takes Off From FCT
Beauty Returns to FCT
Pretty Flowers at City Hall
Crows Just Like to Have Fun
on Weather Vane at Charlotte

Sunday Morning Falcon/Heron Watch (6:30 – 10:30 am) – 8/9/20

Sunday, August 9th, 2020

By Rochester Falcon Watcher Carol P.

Morning Watchers: Dana and Carol P.

Morning Falcons: Beauty & Dot.ca, Plus a Trifecta of Herons!

Weather: Cool enough for a jacket. Breezy, Sunny and mix of blue sky & clouds.

Dana and I decided to get downtown early to check out the herons on the river. We were able to see three different herons this morning; Great Blue Heron, Green Heron and Black-crowned Night Herons (adult & juvie). I’ll post some pictures of the herons at the end of my report, per a request from my good friend Larry O. 🙂

During our watch, we had both Beauty and Dot.ca. Beauty was in hunt mode. While we were there, she was not successful.

Here are some pictures from the morning watch. Enjoy!

Beauty on the Base of Mercury
Beauty on Widows Walk
Beauty on WW
Dot.ca on OCSR
Beauty on Irving Place (Old City Hall)
Beauty on Irving Place (Old City Hall)
Beauty on Irving Place (Old City Hall)
Beauty on Irving Place (Old City Hall)
Beauty on Irving Place (Old City Hall)
Black-crowned Night Heron (Adult)
Black-crowned Night Heron (Adult)
Black-crowned Night Heron (Juvie)
Black-crowned Night Heron (Juvie)
Green Heron
Green Heron
Great Blue Heron
Moon Over the Wings on the Times Square Bldg
Pretty Flowers

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

Saturday, 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 🙂

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