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Archive for November, 2009

Our (2nd) “quest” for Quest – 11/14 & 11/15/09

Saturday, November 28th, 2009

From Rochester Falcon Watcher, Carol P.

This isn’t actually a Rochester Falcon Watch, but it is a search for one of Mariah and Kaver’s young.  Actually our second “quest” for the very elusive Quest.

Watchers Shaky, Carrie, Kathy O, Joyce and Carol P. first drove up to Port Hope, Ontario, Canada, where Quest had spent most of the summer months.  We missed her by less than a day.  She moved east along Lake Ontario, where she now spends most of her time at the Lennox Power Plant in Bath, Ontario, Canada.

Kathy O, Joyce and Carol P decided to make another attempt to find Quest.  Again, we missed her by a day.  I’m grateful that we have Lennoxman to help keep an eye out for her.  We do plan on “questing” again.  🙂

Here is my KGallery of pictures that I took of “Our Quest for Quest”.  No sign on needed.


Falcon Watch – 11/27/09 – A Two Falcon Watch

Friday, November 27th, 2009

From Rochester Falcon Watcher Carol P.

After Kathy and Larry reported seeing Mariah & Beauty yesterday, I headed out for a morning Watch.  You can read about it here.  No sign on needed.


Two Things to be Thankful for – 11/26/09

Thursday, November 26th, 2009

From Rochester Falcon Watcher Carol P for Kathy O and Larry O:

Happy Thanksgiving!

This morning at 9:50 am, I received a call from Kathy O.  She was very excited!  Kathy told me she had been driving down 104 (Keehler St Xpressway), heading east.  She saw a bunch of pigeons flying over the three tall apartment buildings on the north side of the expressway.  She pulled over as soon as it was safe and grabbed her binoculars.  There was a flock of Pigeons flying over the apartments and on closer inspection, a Peregrine was flying behind them.  Kind of just floating up there.  She was very excited when she saw the split wing tip!  Yes!  She is 99% sure she was watching Mariah.

Mariah landed on the railing on top of the east most apartment.  By the time Kathy drove around to get a better view, Mariah was gone.  What a wonderful way to start Thanksgiving day.

At 10:10 am, my phone rang again.  It was Larry O and he had Beauty on the Mercury Statue near the Times Square Bldg.  

So within 20 minutes, we had sightings of both Mariah and Beauty.  Woo Hoo!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!!!

Carol P.

Watch Compilation for 11/15-11/21

Sunday, November 22nd, 2009

For those of you not following on twitter, facebook, kfalconcam, or the rfalconcam forum, Beauty has been sighted several time over the past week in the downtown area.

11/16 – Beauty decided that this territory was worth defending.  RTH goes DOWN! into the gorge.  Kakking heard!

11/17 – Falcon on jail Comm Tower.  Coop in the gorge.

11/18 – Falcon on Civic Center and Frontier Comm towers. Sharp-shinned hawk on Skye’s Building being harassed by gulls.

11/21 – Beauty spotted on Midtown


A Halloween Watch – 10/31/09

Sunday, November 1st, 2009

Well, as you saw from my tweet, we saw Mariah at St Ann’s today.  First I checked downtown.  I scoured the area and had no luck finding a falcon.  Although we’ve had recent sightings of a falcon assumed to be Beauty over the past few days.  Jim P had a falcon on the communication tower on Thursday.  Brian H had one on the communication tower Friday afternoon, he thought Beauty.  Joyce had Beauty on old Changing Scene’s this afternoon.  I have to start wondering if MAYBE Archer has left the area. 

OK, time to head for St Ann’s and Medley Mall.  I was sitting on the north side of the square St. Ann’s when the pigeons took off.  I watched them swerve here and there and then, MARIAH!  WooHoo!  The Queen was in full chase mode.  She chased a few of them over the woods where I lost sight of them, heading towards the Medley Center.

I waited for awhile, but she didn’t return.  So, I decided to head over to the mall.  She wasn’t there, but I did spot fellow Watcher Dan S.  He was just leaving, so I followed him back to St Ann’s.  We found Mariah on an antenna at the top of the circular St Ann’s (which by the way is not coming down for a couple of years).  She stooped to the south and flew back and forth over Rochester General Hospital. We lost sight of her, so we weren’t sure if her hunt was successful.

Did I mention it was raining the whole time?  and very, very windy.  Lots of leaves blowing everywhere.

Kathy O joined us and we went back over to the mall.  After about a 1/2 hour, Dan said his goodbyes and Kathy and I returned to St. Ann’s, back on the north side.

Mariah was back.  She was imitating a kite so well, just floating above the square St. Ann’s bldg.  How does she do that!!!  It’s as if she isn’t moving a muscle, just hanging on the wind.  The pigeons weren’t happy and all took flight.  Mariah didn’t seem interested, so we can only assume that she had been successfull on her earlier hunt.   clap

She gracefully floated off towards the north.  Kathy and I waited for her to return, but she didn’t.

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