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Morning Falcon Watch 11-30-15

Monday, November 30th, 2015

By Rochester Falcon Watcher MAK

This morning’s starting temperature was 31 (F) -1 (C) . It started out with some dark skies but they moved on making way for bright sunshine and blue skies

I went out to Seth Green Dr. after checking the north end of Seneca Towers (ST) and finding no falcons. As I was making a U-turn to face the building Billie and Seth came flying in from the south to the northwest corner. She landed on a transformer and he landed below her and the railing.


Buffalo Billie flew off to the south going into a stoop near Seth Green Park and Seth took off after her. Billie returned and landed on the northwest corner railing.


I wanted to check the north end of ST to see if Seth was back there so I headed over to East Ridge Rd. On the way as I was crossing the overpass bridge on St. Paul St. I saw Billie flying southward down the east side of ST. When I got over to my spot I could see Seth on the north window ledge and Billie on the south end antenna. She flew off and just as I got my camera on him, Seth flew off after her.


They didn’t return so off I went to check downtown. Just before 8am I found Beauty on the top I-beam southeast side of OCSR. The sun was lighting her up as I struggled to get a half way decent pic of her from Broad St. next to the Blue Cross Arena.


I decided to go to the Radisson Hotel by Main St. for a different angle. She was only there a couple minutes-she pooped and spread her wings and turned around.


At 8:04am the Beautyful one took off and flew west where I lost sight of her behind the Wilder building. I suspected she went to Widows Walk (WW) when she didn’t come back into view because that’s the direction she was heading. Sure enough, I found her on the north side railing of WW as I pulled over on Basin St. in the hole.


Beauty didn’t stay there for long either as she was in hunt mode and spotted something over by Broad St. She dove off at 8:22am came back up to circle WW before leaving my view.


I drove over to Broad St. on the west side of Fitzhugh St. where I spotted Beauty on the northwest corner of WW below the railing plucking feathers. So whatever she went after she caught successfully. She had her back to me so I changed locations to Fitzhugh St. where I was much closer to watch.


It was a very small prey bird (a sparrow I think) that she caught as I got a good look when she picked it up to change positions.


I left her to it and went in search of Dot.ca but never found him. There was no PEFA’s at the Medley Centre or Seneca Towers as I ended my watch at 9:15am. It made me smile to see Billie and Seth together on the building and on the wing today! ๐Ÿ™‚

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Morning Falcon Watch 11-29-15

Sunday, November 29th, 2015

By Rochester Falcon Watcher MAK

The temperature this morning was exactly at the freezing point of 32 (F) 0 (C) with overcast skies and very little wind

Billie and Seth were not present at Seneca Towers (ST) this morning but I did see one or both yesterday afternoon toward sundown on 3 separate occasions. I believe it was Seth that flew down past my window toward the river, then a few minutes flew back through heading south. About an hour later just before dark, I saw a falcon flying out over the river heading toward the south end of ST.

When I arrived downtown I found Beauty on the south side of Xerox 6 columns form the southeast corner. She was looking for breakfast and took off shortly after I stopped. She returned a minute or so later and landed on the 5th column this time (her favorite column).


At 7:49am the Beautyful one flew off, circled the perimeter of Xerox twice, then left my field of vision from Chestnut St. to the northwest.


I went over to the Court St. bridge to have a look around and decided to check out the river while I was there. Only gulls were down in the river between the Court St. and Broad St. bridges including a very large one that looked to be a juvie Great black-backed gull.


I left there when I spotted Beauty over on the southwest corner of Widows Walk with prey. I parked on Broad St. at Fitzhugh St. to watch as she was plucking feathers in preparation to eat her fresh catch.


Larry stopped by for a minute or two during the time Beauty was eating-he was happy to see a falcon. I left Beauty to look for Dot.ca (DC) around 8:35am.


I found DC over on the top I-beam of OCSR southeast side with a full crop-that boy sure knows how to stuff himself! I parked at the Radisson Hotel by Main St. to share space with him for a few minutes.


I checked the Medley Centre and found 4 Irondequoit Police cars at the southeast entrance of the mall. I could see a broken window next to the doors where someone had obviously broken in to the mall. No sign of Big Frank today-I got an e-mail from watcher Dick, saying he had seen a falcon on the glass roof over the carousel yesterday morning around 10am.

I made my way home to Seneca Towers, but again no Billie or Seth hanging out on the building. I still ended my watch with a smile at 9:20am after seeing Beauty filling her crop and DC with an already filled crop! ๐Ÿ™‚

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Morning Falcon Watch 11-28-15

Saturday, November 28th, 2015

By Rochester Falcon Watcher MAK

It was very dark and overcast today with a temperature of ย 37 (F) 3 (C)

I didn’t see Billie or Seth today either at the start, middle or end of my watch. They had other plans for their day. There were no sightings at Hawkeye and it wasn’t until 7:45am that I found a falcon downtown. Main St. was lit up for the holidays as turned onto it.


As I was pulled over on Woodbury Blvd. I could see Beauty up on one of the southwest corners of Legacy Tower (we call this one Archers’ corner) and she had food.


Beauty stopped eating after a while for 10-15 minutes then picked up a chunk of food, turned her back to me and started eating again.


When the Beautyful one was done eating she did a lot of feaking and twirling as she just keeps going around in circles in place. She flew off at 8:45am heading northwest. Larry reported seeing her leave but didn’t see her come through. I found her on the top I-beam of OCSR close to the west corner. Larry couldn’t see her there from Crossroads Park where he and Harold were watching.


I went over to the Andrews St. bridge to chat with Larry then left downtown to check the Brighton site and he left for home. I didn’t see any falcons at Brighton site but I found a hawk on a building behind BS.


AfterI made a stop I drove back through downtown hoping to find Dot.ca (DC). I saw that Beauty was still on OCSR and when I looked around from the Andrews St. bridge I spotted our boy, DC on the Ellwanger & Barry (E&B) building eating on the green strip ledge.


I was parked on Corinthian St. watching as DC took his food to the back of the ledge to finish it up. I would only see his head when he stuck it up to look around. When DC was done he came out to the edge to do some feaking and cleaning up.


DC flew off at 10:37am heading southeast-I checked OCSR and saw that Beauty was gone too so I imagine they went somewhere together, maybe the elevator shaft.


I left and headed over to the Medley Centre where I spotted a falcon on a light pole near Sears but when I pulled over and looked again it was gone and I never found it again. I made a couple more stops and got home around noon and ended my watch at that time with no falcons see at Seneca Towers. It made me smile to know that Beauty and DC had both eaten on a chilly end of November morning! ๐Ÿ™‚

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Morning Falcon Watch 11-27-15

Friday, November 27th, 2015

By Rochester Falcon Watcher MAK

It was a windy, overcast morning with a temperature of 56 (F) 13 (C)

I started with Seth on the north window ledge of Seneca Towers (ST). I found Billie on the tall antenna on the south end of the building from Seth Green Dr.


She flew off and circled the roof a couple times, returned to the antenna then repeated the circling and disappeared to the north.


I drove down Seth Green Dr. to go check the north end of ST and on the way, came across a couple of young deer eating. Their mother must have signaled ย to them to join her across the road in Seth Green Park because they ran over and then they all went down into the gorge out of sight.


I did find Seth still on the north window ledge with his back to me and so I left for downtown. From the Andrews St. bridge (ASB) I couldn’t miss the whiteness of Dot.ca (DC) on the top I-beam northeast side of OCSR. He had a full crop and there were feathers dangling below him on a cobweb so he’d had a meal recently. I went over to Bragdon Place by the Radisson Hotel to get closer.


DC took off at 8:10am and flew over to the Frontier Communications tower (FCT). I had to take a phone call and while I was doing that Larry reported seeing a falcon with a pigeon flying over Crossroads Park and going to the Ellwanger & Barry building. I first checked on DC then made my way over to State St. to watch Beauty.


I went over to the parking lot by Dunkin’ Donuts at State and Church St. where I could see the Beautyful one better but the back lighting wasn’t good there so back to State St. across from the Powers building I went.



Boy, there were a lot of feathers raining down as Beauty prepped and began eating her fresh catch. I’m sure DC was watching her from FCT but since his crop was full he let her eat in peace today.


I had to get going to an appointment but I stopped on the ASB to see if DC was still on the FCT. He was and so I was on my way.


I ended my watch at 9am with a smile after seeing ย 4 of Rochester’s resident Peregrine Falcons! ๐Ÿ™‚

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Thanksgiving morning Falcon Watch 11-26-15

Thursday, November 26th, 2015

By Rochester Falcon Watcher MAK

It was a balmy 45 (F) 7 (C) degrees with a busy breeze and mostly overcast skies

Happy Thanksgiving to all!

I started my watch from Seth Green Dr. with Billie and Seth on the northwest corner of Seneca Towers. She was on the railing and he was right below her on the roof.


They stayed this way for about 10 minutes and then at 7:25am Billie flew off almost taking Seth with her-he spread his wings and followed right behind his mate, down into the river gorge. These two are practically inseparable these days.


When they didn’t return I left for downtown-first stop was the Andrews St. bridge where I spotted Dot.ca (DC) on the Ellwanger & Barry green strip ledge eating.


I drove over to Corinthian St. right across State St. which is situated between the Crossroads building and the Holiday Inn (formerly the Rochester Plaza Hotel). DC finished eating soon after I arrived then came out to the edge and did a lot of feaking and cleaning up with a pretty full crop.


He lost his footing a couple times and I thought he would fall off the ledge but managed to catch himself by using his wings.


DC gave a wave, spread his wings, then flew off to the east across the river and left my field of vision.


I drove around to the Broad St. Bridge and found Beauty on the base of Mercury. She had a depleted crop and was in hunt mode.


Flocks of pigeons started flying back and forth over the river in front of her and I knew it was only a matter of time before she made a move on them. Off she went at 8:16am passing overhead and just as I was starting to get out of the car so I could follow their flight she must have hit one of them because feathers were floating down onto the sidewalk.


This was that pigeon’s lucky day for it escaped with its life and the Beautyful one broke off and flew east past the Radisson Hotel out of view. I didn’t find her or DC again but they sure did give me some action while they hung out with me. I ended my watch at 9am after coming up empty at the Medley Centre again. I went home thankful for seeing our 4 resident Rochester Peregrine Falcons and yes, I was smiling! ๐Ÿ™‚

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Morning Falcon Watch/Billie and Seth home again 11-25-15

Wednesday, November 25th, 2015

By Rochester Falcon Watcher MAK

The sun was just coming up when I started my watch with barely a cloud in the sky and a temperature of 28 (F) -2 (C)

I first checked the north end of Seneca Towers from below in my parking lot and was very pleased to see Seth on his window ledge spot and Billie out on the northwest corner of the railing. I then checked from Seth Green Dr. and then over to my spot on East Ridge Rd.

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A few minutes later, Seth flew off at 7:20am down toward the river gorge and didn’t return. I waited a few minutes to see if Billie would follow and just as I was pulling away she took off as well.


I left for downtown and found Beauty under the northeast wing of Times Square (TSB) with her back to me. A minute or so later Dot.ca (DC) flew in and joined her.


Now I don’t know if DC brought food with him, took it from Beauty or found a food scrap at the back of the ledge when he walked back there but he managed to drop it off the side and seemed a bit perturbed over it.


Meanwhile, the Beautyful one stand perched moving only her head to watch his shenanigans. I must say DC surely entertains me when it comes to food time. He did some preening before walking past Beauty to the other side of the ledge.


DC was looking all around his surroundings as Beauty remained perched, still moving only her head.


I shared space with our downtown pair of love birds until around 8:30am then headed to a falcon-less Medley Centre Mall where I ended my watch just before the 9 o’clock hour. DC was responsible for ย the smile on my face today as I headed home! ๐Ÿ™‚

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Morning Falcon Watch 11-24-15

Tuesday, November 24th, 2015

By Rochester Falcon Watcher MAK

It was snowing lightly with a temperature of ย 31 (F) -1 (C) and dark, overcast conditions during my watch

Once again there was no falcon activity at Seneca Towers or the Medley Centre. The last time I saw Big Frank was November 10th. Hopefully she’ll turn up soon.

When I arrived downtown I spotted Beauty eating ย on the northeast corner of the Crossroads building from the Andrews St. Bridge. I drove over to Graves St. to watch her. On my way over I saw my first Christmas Tree in an upper window of the Cooper Union building on State St.


She finished eating soon after I arrived and just perched for a while until I decided to go look for Dot.ca (DC). I started by checking the OCSR elevator shaft but didn’t see him on either side.


When I returned the Beautyful one was gone. I took a trip around downtown and as a last resort checked the elevator shaft again. Bingo! They were both up there-I believe it was Beauty on the south side ledge with her back to me and DC on the north side ledge preening. I figure Beauty saw DC fly up in there and she followed while I was out looking for them.


That’s all I have for you today- a very quiet watch that ended at 9am after coming up empty at the Medley Centre and Seneca Towers. At least Beauty and DC are giving me reason to smile! ๐Ÿ™‚

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Morning Falcon Watch 11-23-15

Monday, November 23rd, 2015

By Rochester Falcon Watcher MAK

It was a chilly 25 (F) -4 (C) degrees with mostly sunny skies, barely a breeze and about 3 inches of snow had fallen overnight. Below is a pic of the Genesee River gorge below my apartment this morning before I left


For the second day in a row I didn’t see Billie or Seth when I began my watch. I did see who I thought was Seth fly past my living room window last night just before the sun set heading toward the northwest corner of Seneca Towers and a falcon flew past just a few minutes ago as well. So they are around just not when I’m out looking for them in the morning.

It wasn’t until I was crossing the Court St. bridge downtown that I found Beauty and Dot.ca (DC)-both were on the top I-beam southeast side of OCSR so I drove over to the Radisson Hotel at Main St. for the best place to observe them. When I first arrived DC was doing some stretching and then, like Beauty he turned his back to the nice sun that was beating on them.


They both did a bit of preening and both pooped as I watched them from across the river.

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That’s about all they did while I shared space with them-pretty uneventful and I was a bit chilled as my car heater isn’t working so I left them to it at about 8:05am.



That’s all she wrote folks, as I didn’t see any falcons at the Medley Centre or Seneca Towers when I got home. I was smiling when I ended my watch at 9:15am after having seen our resident downtown pair of Rochester Peregrine Falcons! ๐Ÿ™‚

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Morning Falcon Watch 11-22-15

Sunday, November 22nd, 2015

By Rochester Falcon Watcher MAK

The temperature at the start was 38 (F) 3 (C) with a busy breeze, clouds and sunshine

I started my day without any falcons at Seneca Towers for the first time in a number of days. When I pulled over on the Andrews St. Bridge downtown I could see a falcon on the northeast corner of Crossroads and it was eating. I checked it out from Bragdon St. first where I was able to ID it as Beauty. I then drove over to the end of Graves St. by Aqueduct Park to watch her eat and wait for Dot.ca (DC) to show up


DC showed up on the top I-beam southeast side of OCSR around 7:30am-the sun was washing him out pretty much but there’s no mistaking that white front of his. He stayed there only 5 minutes then he was off to the Mercury money bag.



Now DC was in position to see the Beautyful one who was still eating over on Crossroads. He waited 8 minutes before he flew over to Crossroads to strategize his first move on her food.


DC waited about 5 minutes before walking over to Beauty and grabbing a small piece of food and eating it in no time.


DC waits a couple minutes then goes in for the second attempt but comes up empty this time.


When DC didn’t get any by wrestling with Beauty he flew out and came back but Beauty said I’m outta here and vacated the spot just before he landed on the corner.


DC found no food and then perched for a bit before leaving when I wasn’t looking around 8:10am.



I went up to the hole parking lot where I spotted Beauty on the base of Mercury eating so I guess she took her leftovers when she left DC on Crossroads. I went up to the Broad St. Bridge to observe her. By the time I got up there she had finished eating and was feaking and cleaning up. She took off at 8:15am flying close past the Radisson Hotel then to the north side of OCSR out of view.


I found Beauty on the northeast side top I-beam of OCSR. I never found DC again.


I left for the Medley Centre-on my way, I saw a falcon on the northwest corner of Seneca Towers as I crossed the Veteran’s Memorial Bridge. Once again no falcons were seen at the mall so I ended my watch at a little after 9am. I just love when DC tries to steal food from Beauty-it makes me smile every time! ๐Ÿ™‚

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Morning Falcon Watch 11-21-15

Saturday, November 21st, 2015

By Rochester Falcon Watcher MAK

It was overcast with a temperature of 35 (F) 2 (C)

Today started just like the past 3 days with Seth on his north window ledge and Billie on the northwest corner of Seneca Towers.


Off to downtown where I spotted Beauty on the northeast side top I-beam of OCSR from the Andrews St. Bridge. I went over to Bragdon St. where I could still see the Beautyful one and check the south side of the elevator shaft in case Dot.ca (DC) was in his man cave.


DC wasn’t up there so I moved on to the other end of the Radisson Hotel by Main St. where I checked the north side of the elevator shaft but DC wasn’t there either. Beauty was mainly looking to the north in the time that I watched her so perhaps DC was somewhere she could see him but not me. At one point Beauty pooped and I thought she would take off but she settled back down.


I left Beauty for a bit to look for DC but I never was able to locate him. I wondered if he was over at the Brighton site but Larry reported not seeing any falcons there. ย It’s been quite a few days since the unbanded female has been seen there so she may have moved on.

That site is a popular place where many falcons have been seen over the years including Beauty who was seen there when she first came to Rochester. And speaking of her, when I got back to my spot she was still on OCSR.


I left around 8:20am to check the Medley Centre mall in Irondequoit. As I crossed the Veteran’s Memorial Bridge I spotted a falcon on the west railing of Seneca Towers. When I arrived at the mall I saw nothing but gulls and pigeons and I ended my watch there at about 8:45am. Keep smiling everyone! ๐Ÿ™‚

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