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Archive for October, 2019

Pre-Fledge Falcon Watch – 4 on the Wall! – 6/16/19

Friday, October 18th, 2019

By Rochester Falcon Watcher Carol P.

I love looking through the pictures and videos I took during this year’s fledge watch.

This report includes a picture and a couple videos from June 16, 2019.  The watchers were in the hole (aka Aqueduct St), keeping an eye on all four eyases out on the wall.


Video of all 4 on the wall!  Beauty joins them for a moment, before taking off.


As we were watching them, Donna decided it was a good time to spread her wings and flap, flap, flap like crazy!  We always get nervous when they do this, because, at this point, she was nowhere near ready to take her first flight.  One little slip and !!!!  Well take a look for yourself.  🙂


Sunday Falcon Watch (10/13/19) Plus Bonus Pics/Video from 6/15/19

Sunday, October 13th, 2019

By Rochester Falcon Watcher Carol P.

It was another beautiful (but chilly) fall morning here in Rochester, NY.


As usual, my first stop, after getting a breakfast sandwich to go along with my coffee, was Seneca Towers (ST).  From Maplewood Park, I could see one falcon on the NW corner with a breakfast of their own.  Too far to tell if it was Billie or Beau.


On my way to Kodak Office, I passed the home of the Rochester High Falls Mounted Patrol.


From Kodak, I could see a falcon on the NE corner of the Powers Bldg.  With a closer look, I could ID the falcon as Dot.ca.


I found Beauty on the north side of OCSR on the top Ibeam.


This was my view from the Andrew St Bridge (ASB).  I could see both Beauty and Dot.ca from there.


Rochester Falcon Watcher Kathy O joined me on the watch.  Soon after she arrived, a juvie Red-tailed Hawk flew over us with a gull escort.  When the hawk got to close, Dot.ca took off and chased it to the west.


Dot.ca did not return.  Beauty was still on OCSR when I ended my Sunday morning watch.

On my way home, I passed by Seneca Towers again.  There were no falcons on the building.  But I did spot a falcon on the antenna on top of the Kodak Research Labs.


I was unable to see if this falcon was banded, but I assume it was either Billie or Beau, since it was so close to ST.  The falcon took off, stooping down and then off to the south.

Time to really end my watch!  🙂

Now for the bonus pics and video from 6/15/19.  I’m slowly going through my summer pics/videos.

1-beauty-feeding-juvies-on-the-wall-6-15-19<— All 4 juvies being fed by Beauty on the TSB wall.

2-fledge-watch-meeting-6-15-19<— 2019 Rochester Fledge Watch Mtg.

Just click on this YouTube link to see a video of Beauty feeding the eyases on the wall!


Weekend Falcon Watch – 10/5 & 10/6/19

Monday, October 7th, 2019

By Rochester Falcon Watcher Carol P.

Here we are in fall already!  Where has the time gone?  The Rochester Falcon Watchers are feeling very sad after losing Donna and Phoenix.  With Jupiter doing well in rehab, only Lakota is flying free.  Thankfully, watcher Dana saw him last week.  Well, it’s been awhile, but here is my watch report from this past weekend.  I’m a bit rusty, so hopefully you’ll enjoy.  🙂

Saturday, 10/5/19

I’ve been out falcon watching at least once a week, usually Sunday, sometimes Saturday.  Since the weather was going to be sunny on Saturday, I decided to get out early.  It was chilly, but the sun made it tolerable.

My first stop was Maplewood Park, where I could see Seneca Towers (ST) across the river.  I first spotted Billie on the north end window ledge.  A few minutes later, Beau came flying by her and landed on the NW corner.  It was great seeing both of them.

1-billie-and-beau-at-st-10-5-19<— Billie and Beau on ST.

Next was downtown.  I drove by Kodak Office first to check the tower.  Also, from there, I had a good view of the downtown area.  There were no falcons in view.

One of the Kodak buildings has been taken over by Monroe Community College.


While I was checking out things from the hole (Aqueduct St), Dana tweeted that Beauty was on the old RG&E antenna.  I headed over and stopped where I had a good view of Beauty.

3-beauty-on-old-rge-antenna-10-5-19<— Beauty on antenna.

Beauty took off, heading west.  That’s when I heard the wonderful sound of a juvie calling from above!  From where I was located, I couldn’t see any falcons.  I quickly texted to Dana that I could hear a juvie and she responded that Beauty and the juvie met west of Xerox over the river.  She was able to see them from where she was.

I headed over to the Court St Bridge.  From there, I could see Beauty up on the Times Square Bldg on the NE wing ledge.  She had food and was eating.

4-beauty-on-tsb-10-5-195-beauty-on-tsb-10-5-19<— Beauty with food on the TSB.

Well, darn.  I had missed seeing the juvie, that I assumed was probably Lakota.  But I was happy to hear that wonderful cry.  It had been a long time.

Beauty finished her meal and ended up flying over to the north side of OCSR.  When I caught up with her, she was sound asleep.

Sunday, 10/6/19

It rained on and off during my Sunday morning watch.

I took the same route Sunday morning, that I did the day before.  From Kodak Office, I could see a falcon on the Frontier Communication Tower (FCT) NE box.  It was Beauty.  The FCT looks good after a recent paint job.

1-beauty-on-fct-10-6-19<— Beauty on FCT.

From the Andrew St Bridge (ASB), I could see Dot.ca on the north side of OCSR and Beauty on FCT.

2-dc-on-ocsr-10-6-19<— Dot.ca on OCSR.

I returned to keep a closer eye on Beauty.  The rain cleared and Beauty settled in for a good preen.  She then spread her wings and took off heading south.

3-beauty-off-fct-10-6-191<— Beauty on FCT.

I lost sight of her and started my search.  Dana was also out on a falcon watch.

Having no luck finding her, I parked on the Court St Bridge.  From there, I could see a falcon on the NE corner of Widows Walk.  By the time I got over there, the falcon was gone. Or so I thought.  I saw movement on the old City Hall (Irving Place) roof line.  It was Beauty and she was on the move.

4-beauty-on-old-city-hall-10-6-195-beauty-on-old-city-hall-10-6-19<— Beauty on old City Hall.

She walked out of view.  Where did she go?  After a few minutes, Beauty came back into view.  She had taken a bath.  Beauty spread her wings and started to flap, flap, flap.

6-beauty-on-old-city-hall-10-6-19<— Beauty on old City Hall after her bath.

I took a quick video to share.  Click the link below.


Beauty took off and headed back to the Frontier Communication Tower.  I ended my watch with Beauty on FCT and Dot.ca on OCSR.  All was quiet and peaceful.

I have thousands of pictures and videos to go through from my Summer watches.  I hope to share some of them some day.  lol

A couple weeks ago, Dana and I walked out on the newly opened Riverside path that starts on the Court St Bridge behind the Dinosaur BBQ.  It gives you a wonderful view of the river and the downtown area.  Here’s a picture I took of the Times Square Bldg with the Powers Bldg behind it.  You can see both nest boxes.


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