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Archive for April, 2009

Short Falcon Watch, Wednesday April 29, 8:00PM

Thursday, April 30th, 2009

From watcher Marcia L:

After dinner at Beale St. Cafe (great Cajun/N’awlins fare), I stopped on
Broad St. just before 8:00 pm. There was Beauty on the east end of
Midtown, on her customary ledge above the hoped-for scrape.

A couple of minutes later, she flew to the top of the fire escape on 50
Chestnut Plaza, the old K of C building. She called a few times, then
went silent. No appearance by Archer.

Shortly thereafter, Beauty flew west, past Bausch & Lomb. Both falcons
appeared, Archer carrying prey. After some soaring together, Archer
landed on the southwest corner of Midtown to eat his catch. Beauty
deposited herself on the roof of the old restaurant on Midtown, which is
on the south face of the building, at the level of the falcons’ favorite
ledge. This is where I left them about 8:15.

Nice to see both birds in the evening light.

Marcia L.

Falcon Watch: Wednesday, April 29 (8:20 – 8:35 P.M.)

Thursday, April 30th, 2009

Watcher Carla P reports:
I worked late again tonight, and pulled onto Elm Street about 8:20 P.M. I found a falcon on the NE corner of Midtown, and this time I could tell it was Beauty. We both just chilled for a little while, and then Beauty took off heading east. She swung back around and flew between Xerox and Midtown, kacking all the way. Archer flew in and landed on the NE corner of Midtown with prey. Beauty landed next to him a split second later, still kacking. Archer picked at the prey for a few seconds longer and then took off towards the southeast, leaving Beauty alone to eat her meal. I ended my watch at 8:35 P.M., with Archer still out and about and Beauty eating her dinner.

Carla P.

Falcon Watch: Tuesday, April 28 (8:00 – 8:25 P.M.)

Wednesday, April 29th, 2009

From watcher Carla P:
I worked until 8:00 P.M. tonight, and decided to make a quick stop at Midtown on my way home. When I turned onto Elm Street, I could see a falcon perched on the ledge(northeast corner)of lower Midtown. I wasn’t sure who it was at first, but then I spotted another falcon on the ledge in front of the scrape and knew from the size that this was Beauty!  She was enjoying a meal, and Archer remained a few yards away on the corner of the ledge. They are both beautiful birds, and I know in my heart that we will all grow to love them in time.

At about 8:20, Beauty took off, headed east and circled around, landing on the low yellow brick building north of Midtown(?) Archer then took off and circled around to “hook up” (literally!) with Beauty. The copulation lasted approximately 8 to 10 seconds. Both took off then, heading south, and as it was getting dark, I ended my Watch at 8:25. Neither returned before I left.

This was a thrilling watch for me, because it was the first time I had witnessed copulation. It was quite beautiful. What a wonderful way to end a long work day. Life is good!

Carla P.

Spending a Half Hour at Lunch With The New Falcons

Thursday, April 16th, 2009

I had fun today chasing around the new falcon and tiercel in town, and got close to reading their leg bands.  Read the report and pictures here.


New Falcons Attack & Displace Mariah

Wednesday, April 15th, 2009

If you’ve been following Imprints, you’ll know that Mariah was attacked and seriously wounded by an intruding female over the Easter weekend.  The report I posted here on the 10th of Mariah and the new tiercel was perhaps the last we’ll have of her in Rochester.

More recenlty, I added some information compiling a probable timeline of the events leading to her injuries. You can read that HERE.

Today I got out at lunchtime to check on the new Peregrines in residence. You can read all about it and view the pictures HERE.

Since the comments function here doesn’t seem to be working, just post your thoughts over at my Peregrinations blog if you care to leave any.


Downtown Falcon Watching – 10 April 2009

Saturday, April 11th, 2009

I was downtown for about 3 hours yesterday and got to see some great action from Mariah and her new tiercel. You can read about it and view pictures in my latest blog post.


No News Yet – 4/6/09

Monday, April 6th, 2009

Sorry for the lack of posting, but not much has been happening here in Rochester.

Mariah and her Tiercel continue to be seen in the downtown area.  We frequently see them on Midtown Plaza and sometimes the Kodak Tower.  There is no indication that Mariah has laid any eggs yet.

There have been reported sightings of the Brighton Falcons.

We’ll keep Watching.

Carol P.

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