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06-22-2020 Rochester Peregrine Falcon morning watch video by Auntiewood

Monday, June 22nd, 2020

Click on the link below for a short movie containing video clips and pictures from my morning watch. Hope you enjoy!

Monday Morning Fledge Watch – 6/22/20

Monday, June 22nd, 2020

By Rochester Falcon Watcher Carol P.

Watchers this morning from 6:30 – 10:30 am: Kathy O, Larry O, Dana, Sue, Shaky and Carol P.

Weather: Hot and muggy. Bright sunshine. 80’s

When I arrived downtown, I quickly found Roc on the NE corner of City Place, which is very close to the Frontier Communication Tower. I drove around trying to find the other juvies, with no luck. When I returned to where Roc was, he was gone.

I met Larry O over on the Andrews St Bridge. He had spotted a juvie lower on the Frontier Communication Tower (FCT). There was an adult on the north end of the Cross Rds Bldg. Pretty sure this was Beauty. We headed over to FCT.

Kathy O joined us and let us know there was another juvie on the shorter communication tower. I walked around to get a better view and found Hope up on the south side platform. So, we had all three juvies! Roc lower in the framework, Geraki on the shorter comm tower and Hope on the platform.

Dana joined us, and we moved to the south side of FCT to get a better view of all three. First Geraki, then Roc, then Hope took off heading south. We all split up. I was able to ID Dot.ca on the 2nd IBeam down on OCSR.

Dana had gone to the Andrews St Bridge and spotted all three juvies on the north end of Cross Rds. We all arrived in time to see them playing together. So much fun to watch!

Shaky and Sue joined us on the Andrews St Bridge and we all settled in to watch the juvies play and fly. Even got to see some talon tagging. So much fun!

Here are some pictures from my morning watch. Oh, and a quick video of them playing on Cross Rds. Enjoy!

Roc on City Place
Roc on City Place
Beauty on Cross Rds
Roc on Frontier Communication Tower
Geraki on Short Communication Tower
Geraki on Short Communication Tower
Roc on Frontier Communication Tower
Hope on Frontier Communication Tower Platform
Short and Tall Frontier Communication Towers
Three Juvies on Two Towers
Hope on FCT Platform
Geraki on Dish on Short FCT
Geraki Overhead
Roc and Geraki Head South
Hope Takes Off Following Roc and Geraki
All Three Juvies on Cross Rds
All Three Juvies on Cross Rds
All Three Juvies on Cross Rds
All Three Juvies on Cross Rds
All Three Juvies on Cross Rds
Our View from the Andrews St Bridge
Dot.ca on OCSR
Geraki and Roc Talon Tagging
Roc and Geraki Talon Tagging
Roc and Geraki on Roof of OCSR

Sunday Morning Fledge Watch – 6/21/20

Sunday, June 21st, 2020

By Rochester Falcon Watcher Carol P.

Watchers this morning (6:30 – 10:30 am): Dana, Larry O and Carol P.

Weather: Yet another gorgeous morning. 70’s this morning, but going up to 89 degrees this afternoon with a chance of possible thunderstorms.

Dana beat me downtown this morning and saw all three juvies eating on the Cross Rds Bldg. When I arrived, Roc flew over us and landed on the lower railing on the Mercury statue. We watched him until he took off heading towards the Powers Bldg, where Beauty was located on the camera there.

We started walking back to the hole. As we turned the corner, we saw Beauty flying in with food with two juvies chasing her. Beauty, Roc, and Geraki landed on the corner of the Philippone Bldg. That’s when Larry O joined the watch.

During the rest of the morning, we had flying by all three juvies. They were very active this morning until 10:15 am, when they all flew to their favorite spots for their mid-day siesta. Geraki on the back of the ledge above the nest box on the Times Square Bldg. Roc flew over to the Powers Bldg and Hope went to the Cross Rds Bldg. Beauty was at the TSB nest box and we found Dot.ca on the top arm of the Frontier Communication Tower. Dana and I ended our morning watch at 10:30 am.

Here are some pictures from my morning watch. Enjoy!

Roc on Mercury Railing
View Looking South from the Main St Bridge
Roc on the Mercury Statue Railing
Roc Took Off and Flew Towards the Powers Bldg where Beauty was on camera
Beauty & Roc on Philippone After Bringing in Breakfast
Beauty on Philippone
Hope on Powers Bldg
Dot.ca on Wing Ring
Geraki on Philippone
Roc on Philippone
Geraki on Philippone
Hope on Widows Walk
Geraki on Philippone
Roc on Philippone
Geraki on Philippone
Geraki on Philippone Just before She took Off
Roc & Hope on Times Square Bldg
Dot.ca on Top Arm of Frontier Communication Tower
Powers Bldg Reflection on the Cross Rds Bldg

Here’s a little Rochester, NY history. We have spent many hours watching the falcons in the hole, behind the Tallman Bldg.

Front of the Tallman Bldg on Main St.
Back of the Tallman Bldg. This is our view while falcon watching most of the time.

Fledge Watch (06/20/20)

Saturday, June 20th, 2020

Larry OHeron ( 06:00 – 08:00 am)

Highlight: Hunt by DC and Roc over the TSB Parking Lot

06:20. Court Street Promenade Falcon watch. No falcons so far this morning.

06:36. Had two falcons on Powers, one on North rail, one on West rail. While tweeting this message, one is no longer visible

06:43. One falcon on Powers camera. One falcon on Northwest wing Ring.

06:44. Check that. Falcon just flew off be wing ring. Now a Falcon is just landed on the southwest wing ring.

07:24. High falls Falcon watch. Both adults. Beauty is on powers. DC is on times square wing ring.

07:35. TSB Parking Lot. Just pulled into the parking lot to see one of the falcons chasing a pigeon. Missed. One of the falcons almost ran into the building on the west side of the parking lot. A juvie was helping dad. It was Roc. I’d say – incorrectly – that DC almost ran into the County Leg building, but I think he was attempting to corner a pigeon against the building. At the very last, DC put the brakes on hard for a dramatic run at the building with the pigeon in between. Amazing attack.

07:37. Dad landed on old City Hall. Juvie flew around the corner up Irving Street. Both are not visible now.

Here are some pictures from High Falls

Saturday Morning Fledge Watch – 6/20/20

Saturday, June 20th, 2020

By Rochester Falcon Watcher Carol P.

Watchers from 6:00-11:00 am: Dana, Kathy O, Larry O, Lisa McK and Carol P.

Weather: Very warm and humid. Temps in the 80’s and humid.

We had some guests this morning! First I met Deborah and Erik. They have been watching the Rochester Falcons since 2010 and wanted to see them in person. It was great meeting both of you and I hope you consider helping with the Fledge Watch next year.

Allysa joined us on the watch this morning for awhile. She was thrilled to see the juvies and especially a closer encounter with Dot.ca up on the Wilder Bldg. Allysa was on her bike, so she could move around a lot quicker than I could on foot. Again, I hope she considers helping out next year. We can sure use the help.

We pretty quickly found and ID’d all five Rochester Falcons early this morning. Throughout the morning, we saw flying by our 3 juvies. Geraki still needs a little more practice with her landings, but she’s doing quite well.

Here are some pictures from the morning watch. Enjoy!

Roc on the Times Square Bldg Ext.
DC on Wing Ring
Hope on NW corner of Wilder
Geraki on Cross Rds
Dot.ca on Wilder
Dot.ca on Wilder
Beauty on OCSR
Hope on Cross Rds
Roc Flying Behind Geraki
Geraki and Roc Land on Corner of Wilder
Roc and Geraki Together on Wilder
Geraki’s Beautiful Wings
Roc on West Side of Powers

Fledge Watch (06/19/20)

Friday, June 19th, 2020

Larry OHeron (06:15 – 08:00)

06:23. Court Street Falcon watch. Beauty is on pan cam.

06:28. Court Street dam promenade Falcon watch. There’s a falcon on the air conditioning unit of the telesca building.

Between Carol’s report and my report, that makes all five.

06:31. Falcon left telesca building, headed west

06:33. Per shaky cam id report of falcon on telesca as g, g just left telesca, headed west.

07:06. Falcon Central. DC left widow’s walk, looped and flew to sw wing ring.

07:36. DC left the wing, followed by beauty, followed by roc. Most of the action happened behind building so we couldn’t really see it, but then roc came in and made a very nice landing under the northeast wing next to Hope.

07:40. G left her position on the extension, flew around the backside of times square, came up State Street and circled back to climb and climb until landing on the ledge several feet below hope. She had to struggle to make the landing, but it was an good attempt.

07:47. Hope flew to the top southern most part of crossroads, above the fire exit shaft.

End of Watch

Friday Morning/Afternoon Fledge Watch – 6/19/20

Friday, June 19th, 2020

By Rochester Falcon Watcher Carol P.

Watchers during my watch: Dana, Kathy O, Larry O, Linda, Sue & Carrie

Weather: Another absolutely gorgeous day! Temps in the 80’s, sunny, blue sky with some clouds. Rain to the south of us, but dry here in Rochester.

I arrived a little after 6:00 am and ended my watch at 2:30 pm. The first falcon I saw was Dot.ca on the west side railing of Widows Walk. I parked my car and walked around to find the others. Pretty quickly I found Hope up on the NW wing ledge. She was eating her breakfast. Roc was below her on the back of the ledge that is above nest box level. Beauty was on pan cam. Now where was Geraki.

I received a tweet from Larry O. He was out on the Court St Bridge and could see a falcon on top of the Telesca Bldg on the air conditioning unit. I walked back to the hole (Aqueduct St) and met Dana. She had seen a juvie on Telesca and saw it fly over to the Times Square Bldg (TSB). Geraki was now on the TSB back extension north side. All 5 Rochester Falcons were now in view.

Kathy O arrived and we settled down to keep watch over the three juvies. Sue joined us later morning and I ended my watch when Carrie arrived.

During the watch there was a lot of flying by the three juvies, including attempts to land on the wing rings on top of the Times Square bldg by both Hope and Geraki. All 3 are flying well, but the girls still need a little practice with landing.

Here are some of my favorite pics from today’s watch. Enjoy!

Falcon Watch Bldgs Mentioned
Dot.ca on Widows Walk
Hope on NW Wing Ledge TSB with Breakfast
Roc on Back of Ledge Above Nest Box
Geraki on Back Section of the TSB
Beauty on Pan Cam
Times Square Bldg Falcon Spots
Roc and Hope on NW Wing Ledge TSB
Roc, Hope and Geraki TSB
Roc and Geraki Watch Hope Leave
Hope and Prey on South End of Cross Rds.
Dot.ca Wing Ring Surfing
Powers Bldg – 2nd Nest Box
Roc Joins Dot.ca and Hope on Cross Rds Bldg.
Dot.ca Leaves Hope and Roc on Cross Rds Bldg.
Hope and Roc on Cross Rds Bldg.
Geraki and Roc on Cross Rds Bldg.
Roc and Geraki on Cross Rds Bldg.
Roc Flying With Hope
Roc Chasing Hope
Roc and Hope
Hope Flying Up to the Wing Ring
Hope Flying
Roc on the Times Square Bldg
Hope on Times Square Bldg After Knocking Beauty Off
Geraki Attempting to Land on the Wing Ring.
So Close, as she straddles the ring.
Roc on the Railing Below the Mercury Statue
Roc’s Position on Mercury Railing
Roc on Mercury Railing
He was watching all the little birds flying below him.

Fledge Watch (06/18/20)

Friday, June 19th, 2020

Larry OHeron

06:15 – 08:00 am.

06:15 am, Court Street bridge Falcon watch. Nothing to report so far.

Andrew Street Falcon watch. Nothing seen from here either.

06:45. Broad Plymouth Falcon watch. I have a juvie on the south side of crossroads.

06:52. I can see one juvie walking from the southwest corner of crossroads to the southeast corner.

07:22. Falcon watch DT. I’ve got one falcon on the north end of crossroads. West side.? Beauty?

02:30 – 03:30 pm.

02:45 pm. Falcon Central Falcon watch. DC flew from the southwest to the northeast come over to parking lot, around OCSR and never reappeared.

Juvie on the northwest parapet. Don’t see g so I’m assuming that g got up there from the extension ledge.

G poked head out from the ledge of the times square extension. So that means hope is on the northwest parapet.

02:53. Roc also has made it back to times square. So we have hope on the northwest parapet, and on the ledge of the extension we have g&r side-by-side.

From Main St Bridge, looking south towards Broad St Bridge
From Andrews St Bridge – looking south towards downtown
Court St Promenade – looking south towards Freddie – Sue Bridge and Cornhill

Thursday Morning/Afternoon Fledge Watch – 6/18/20

Thursday, June 18th, 2020

By Rochester Falcon Watcher Carol P.

Watchers During my Watch: Dana, Kathy O, Larry O and Carol P.

Weather: Another beautiful day in the 80’s. It’s definitely warming up and humidity is rising.

I started my watch a little after 6:00 am and ended it around 1:00 pm today.

When I first arrived, I didn’t hear or see any falcons. The search was on. I noticed movements on the backside of the Times Square Bldg (TSB). It was Geraki playing on what we call the “jungle gym”. I could see her yellow feet.

Geraki on the TSB Jungle Gym

Dana arrived and we saw both Beauty and Dot.ca.

Dot.ca on Cross Rds.
Beauty on the Times Square Bldg Parapet

Next, we could see a juvie up on the Cross Rds Bldg. It was Hope.

Hope on Cross Rds.

Roc was next. He was up on Cross Rds with Hope.

Hope and Roc on the Cross Rds Bldg.

It always makes the watchers happy to see all five Rochester Falcons!

Kathy O and Larry O arrived and we settled in for the morning fledge watch. Hope made a nice flight over to the Times Square Bldg and tried to land on the NW wing ledge, but she missed and ended up on the SE parapet. She tried again later and had a perfect landing up there.

Geraki pretty much rested on the north side of the lower section of the Times Square Bldg during our watch. She had done a lot of flying yesterday.

Our highlight with Roc was when he flew off of the Cross Rds Bldg and chased a pigeon across the parking lot in front of us. He missed, but his chase technique was awesome!

Here are some of my favorite pics from today’s watch. Enjoy!

Nearby Bldgs You May Read about in the Falcon Reports
Dot.ca on the Wing Ring
Beauty on Widows Walk
Hope on Cross Rds.
Hope on TSB Parapet
Main Camera in Front
Beauty Above Roc on the Jungle Gym
and He’s Off!
Roc on Wilder After His Great Pigeon Chase
Good Try Roc!
Roc Watching Over Geraki
Hope on the NW Wing Ledge After an Excellent Landing
Geraki and Roc. Dot.ca Flew Through and Roc Followed
Hope Near the Light on the NW Wing Ledge on the TSB

Fledge Watch (06/17/20)

Thursday, June 18th, 2020

Larry OHeron

06:15 – 08:05

06:18. Court St. IDs are best guess. DC under northeast wing. Beauty just flew to Mercury. … Both parents left while I was messaging.

06:22. I have a falcon on the south side of times square building. It’s on that long extension that goes back towards Irving place. I think this is a juvie.

I now have two falcons on times square. One is under the Northeast wing. One is on the long office extension on the south side.

06:24. I now have three falcons. one sitting on the cam on powers. One under the Northeast wing. One on the south side of times square office extension.

07:02. Hope is on the west side of the times square office extension.

07:14. Church of two saints. Falcon watch. I can only see the adults on widow’s Walk and h on times square building. Can’t see g anymore.

Juvie just flew onto South extension of times square office building.

07:25. Broad & Exchange. Falcon just flew to the nest box.

07:33. Both parents on widows walk. G on old City Hall. H on times square office extension.

Looks like g left old City Hall. H is gone back in towards the roof on times square. … G is still on old City Hall. She just ducked out of sight.

07:38. Falcon Central. I have both parents on widow’s Walk. h on office extension of times square building. G on old City Hall.

Both g&h are laying down so they might be hard to see depending on where your position is, but I’ve got them both. Along with the parents on widows walk.

07:59. Beauty joined hope on the south face of the West extension of the times square building. … Beauty left and flew back again.

08:00. Beauties cleaning a meal on the times square office extension roof.

Roc just flew in from the northwest to where beauty is on times square.

08:04. DC is on widow’s walk. G is on old City Hall. Can’t see all three at the same time, but beauty and roc and h are on the office extension of times square.


02:00 – 03:15 pm

02:04. Broad & Exchange. Beauty and DC took off to the southwest alarm cacking, after a possible juvenile eagle. The two girls are on the north side of times square building, office extension, one level down on parapet wall.

02:26. Both beauty and DC did a return fly by, presumably after chasing off that unwanted intruder. All three young falcons stood up and they are all still on the North face of times square, one level down from the roof of the office extension.

02:31. Roc and one of the girls took off from times square building. We have one girl left on times square, same spot as before. One girl is now on the telesca roof. Roc was doing circles around the parking lot.

02:34. DC is on the powers railing. Beauty is on OCSR, Southeast face. One of the girls is on the telesca chimney. One of the girls is on Time square. Roc is doing circles and is somewhere now.

02:44. The female flew from times square out over and around Wilder and then flew to telesca where it landed on the roof maintenance shack. Or maybe it’s air conditioning. I don’t know.

02:50. Hope remains on times square. Per camera report, g left telesca. We now have a young Falcon on Wilder by the ladder. we also had roc flying circles around the parking lot. Could be roc on Wilder by ladder but it also could be g.

02:51. The young Falcon left Wilder and flew to times square next to the female. Based on size comparison, we think it was g that just left Wilder.

03:02. We think it’s DC on the top I-beam south corner of OCSR. Beauty was doing some laps around OCSR. She disappeared behind the buildings. Both girls are still on Time square building, same place as before.

03:05. Falcon was doing flights over and around wilder again. Probably landed on Union trade building.

03:14. DC was high overhead over the parking lot and he faded from view.

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