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Rochester Falcon Watch – 7/18/21

Sunday, July 18th, 2021

By Rochester Falcon Watcher Carol P.

Watchers: Dana and Carol P.

After a long day of record breaking rain fall here in Rochester, NY, I was very happy to get out to check on our falcons.

Dana had already started watching when I arrived. We met on the Court St Bridge. The Genesee River was rocking and rolling. Lots and lots of rain had caused the water to be extremely high and it was moving fast. The river wasn’t the only thing that was active. Golden was out and about and chasing his favorite mom all over the place. Dot.ca was there too, but Golden was Beauty’s little shadow this morning.

Beauty brought in food and landed on the northwest corner of the Cross Rds Bldg. Dot.ca was hanging out on the OCSR. It wasn’t long before Golden came in screaming. He landed next to Beauty and a tug-o-war began. Golden grabbed the food and began to eat his breakfast. Beauty decided she was hungry too and took a bit for herself.

After finishing their small meal, both took off. Beauty in the lead with Golden right behind her. They zipped over the Blue Cross Arena. Golden returned, flying over us, and landed on a OCSR IBeam, below Dot.ca. This is the first time we had seen him land on an IBeam.

Since Golden was settling in for a nap, Dana and I decided to check out the ST location. We saw both adults and all three juvies together. Another first for me.

Ok, here are some of my favorite pictures from my morning watch. Enjoy!

Raging Genesee River, Looking North
Raging Genesee River, Looking South
Beauty/Golden Tug-o-War!
Beauty/Golden Tug-o-War!
Beauty/Golden Tug-o-War!
Golden Chasing Beauty Over the Blue Cross Arena
Golden Chasing Beauty Over the Blue Cross Arena
Golden Returns Heading Towards the OCSR
Golden on the OCSR IBeam
Dot.ca on OCSR
Billie and Beau’s Young Ones

Falcon Watch – 7/16/21

Friday, July 16th, 2021

By Rochester Falcon Watcher Carol P.

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

It had been a few days since I had seen Golden. He had been seen and heard on the Rfalconcam cameras multiple times yesterday afternoon, so I was hoping he’d be around this morning. I was not disappointed.

For the first hour or so, I only found Beauty and Dot.ca. I searched all over the downtown area with no luck finding Golden. So, I settled on the Court St Bridge to continue my morning watch.

After a few minutes, a falcon zipped through over the Court St Bridge, heading south. Pigeons took to the air in panicked flight, trying to escape the speedy huntress. One was not so lucky. Beauty snatched one up and headed back to the Blue Cross Arena. She landed on the roof and I heard the glorious call of a juvie falcon. Golden followed his mom and also landed on the roof. Both took off, I lost track of where Beauty headed with her meal.

Golden flew over to the Civic Ctr roof across the street from the Blue Cross Arena. I wasn’t sure where Beauty ended up. By the time I drove closer for a better view, Golden took off heading north. The only falcon in view, when I ended my morning watch, was Dot.ca on the south side of the OCSR.

After I left, Dana spotted both Beauty and Golden near Midtown, both with full crops. Obviously, Golden found Beauty and shared her meal.

Here are some pictures from my morning watch. Enjoy!

Beauty Returning with the Pigeon She Successfully Hunted
Beauty Returning with the Pigeon She Successfully Hunted
Golden Following Beauty to the Blue Cross Arena
Golden Landing on the Blue Cross Arena Close to Where Beauty Landed
Golden on the Blue Cross Arena Roof
Golden on the Civic Ctr Roof

Falcon Watch – 7/12/21

Monday, July 12th, 2021

By Rochester Falcon Watcher Carol P.

Needless to say, my heart was broken when I got the call to pick up Freyja. We’ve had our share of sadness over the years, but this one really hit me hard. Fly Free Beautiful Freyja. I will miss you, always.

Flowers for Freyja from Linda Who Named Her

For the last week, many of the Rochester Falcon Watchers have been visiting downtown Rochester and the ST location to keep an eye on our young falcons. Golden is getting a lot of attention from both Beauty and Dot.ca. His training is going extremely well. I’ve seen him chase pigeons, kestrels and Great Blue Herons. Nothing is safe from him. As for the ST juvies, there are three of them, two girls and a boy, they too are doing really well.

There is such a difference in what we see at both locations. Downtown, Golden is more of a loner, having no siblings to play with, he hangs out with Beauty and Dot.ca. While the ST juvies are usually playing with and chasing each other, with Billie & Beau watching form nearby.

I really wanted to share some of my favorite pictures from the past week of so. Hope you enjoy!

7/3/21 – Golden on FCT
7/3/21 – Golden on City Place After Being Fed by Beauty
7/3/21 – Golden on Widows Walk (Old City Hall)
Checking out the pigeons that nest there.
7/5/21 – Golden on Wilder
7/7/21 – Beauty and Dot.ca on RG&E Bldg
Keeping a close eye on Golden who is eating on a near-by building, after a successful food transfer from Beauty.
7/8/21 – ST Girls Just Want to Have Fun!
Billie & Beau’s Have Two Girls. The Boy Came in a Little Later.
All Three were playing in the river gorge on the trees near the river. So much fun to watch!
This brings back such wonderful memories of watching Mariah & Kaver’s young ones flying in the gorge at High Falls!
7/8/21 – The ST Girls on a Tree in the Gorge
7/8/21 – The ST Girls in a Tree
7/11/21 – Golden on the RG&E Sign, Downtown, Rochester, NY
7/11/21 – Golden on the RG&E Sign, Downtown, Rochester, NY
Of Course Golden would choose the green leaf, to match the green tape on his band!
7/11/21 – Golden on the RG&E Sign, Downtown, Rochester, NY
7/11/21 – Golden on the RG&E Sign, Downtown, Rochester, NY
7/11/21 – Billie at ST
I was able to verify Billie’s band #’s. We always try to check the band #’s, just to make sure.

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

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