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Artemis in the Gorge! 7/15/23

Saturday, July 15th, 2023

By Rochester Falcon Watcher Carol P.

The title of this watch report says it all. Dana and I were ecstatic to find Artemis in the High Falls Gorge this morning. If not for a gull diving on Artemis, who was on a tree on the east side gorge wall, we would have never know she was there. Thank you gull!

Dana, Larry and I were downtown watching Nova, Neander and at least one juvie this morning. Since we were not able to positively identify the juvie or juvies we saw, it is impossible to tell if we had more than one.

Nova on Radisson
Neander at Powers Nest Box

There was a juvie that came in for a food transfer from Nova and flew south with the food. A little later, we saw a juvie on the Radisson that had a very full crop. This juvie hopped around for a bit and then laid down out of view.

Food Transfer Nova to Juvie

Larry and Gimli left and Dana and I decided to head over to the observation deck at High Falls. The pedestrian bridge is now closed for one and a half years, so we could not look from there.

After arriving at the observation deck, our attention was drawn to a gull that kept diving on the tree line on the east side of the gorge. We expected to see a Red-tail Hawk there, but to our surprise it was a juvenile Peregrine Falcon!

Artemis in the Gorge

At first, we couldn’t see a band, but eventually she did turn towards us and showed us her bright blue band. Hello Artemis!

Artemis Flying in the Gorge

While we were there, she took off three times and flew around the gorge, chasing gulls and pigeons, anything that flew. She was having a ball and so were we! Watching falcons in the gorge is always our dream!

Artemis in the Gorge
Artemis in the Gorge
Artemis in the Gorge
Artemis in the Gorge
Artemis in the Gorge
Artemis in the Gorge

On her 3rd flight around the gorge, she headed south, over the rail road tracks at the top of the falls and headed towards downtown. We believe she ended up on the Radisson.

After such a fun Saturday morning watch, Dana and I headed over to ST to check on Billie and Beau and their two juvies. We only saw Billie and Beau there. All the juvies are starting to wander a bit.


2023 Fledge/Falcon Watch Favorites!

Monday, July 10th, 2023

By Rochester Falcon Watcher Carol P.

Well, what can I say? This year got away from me totally! As you have probably heard, downtown Rochester is a wreck! There are very few options on where to sit and watch or park the Rochester Falcons and certainly nowhere quiet. A few of us even got parking tickets! That was a first for me. Here’s a couple shots to show you a bit of what we have been dealing with.

The Hole, A favorite Watcher Area
Main St and Exchange
Left to Right, Cross Rds/Reynolds/OCSR/Arcade/Wilder

Enough complaining, it is what it is. Another strange thing that happened this year is that no watcher’s actually witnessed any of our young falcons fledging. It all happened while we were not there. From Jubilee’s accidental fledge after being pushed off the wall by sister Artemis, then Artemis soon taking off after that, to Sterling waiting until later that day. Thankfully all three fledged safely to nearby buildings.

I do apologize for not leaving any watch reports this year, but things have been a little hectic. I and other watchers have been downtown to keep an eye on the young juvies as much as possible. Weekends are the best, since it’s easier to move around.

Sterling, Artemis and Jubilee have been seen hanging out together and training, under the watchful eye of Nova and Neander, to become successful Peregrine Falcons.

I’ve finally had a chance to download my picutres. There are quite a few favorites that I’d like to share. Hope you enjoy!


Nova on the TSB Wing Ring
Pre Fledge – Artemis
Pre Fledge – All 3 Eyases
The rest of these pics are After they Fledge
Artemis and Sterling on Cross Rds
Jubilee on Wilder
Nova Flies by Jubilee, Sterling and Artemis on Cross Rds
All 3 Juvies on Cross Rds
Nova Brining in a Pigeon for Lunch
Nova Brought the Pigeon to the Times Square Bldg, where the juvies jumped her and the Pigeon dropped to the ground. Nova came down to get it, but there were too many people nearby, so she gave up.
Juvie on the Times Square Bldg Looking Down at the Pigeon
Nova on Telesca Watching the People Walk Around her Grounded Pigeon, she was not happy!
Artemis Face Planting Mercury
Jubilee on Widows Walk aka Old City Hall
Jubilee Take Off!
Artemis on Widows Walk
Artemis Take Off!
Sterling and one of his Sisters Flying Overhead
Artemis and Jubilee on Widows Walk
Artemis on Widows Walk Spreading Her Wings
Jubilee and Artemis on Reynolds Arcade Bldg with Dinner
Sterling Takes Off from Widows Walk After Eating
Jubilee on Reynolds Arcade with a Pigeon
Neander on Widows Walk
Jubilee and Artemis on Reynolds Arcade
Jubilee Taking Off from Wilder
All 3 Juvies on the Jail Comm Tower
Sterling, Jubilee and Artemis on Frontier Comm Tower
A Pigeon tries to get my attention while watching Artemis on Widows Walk
That small dot up there is Artemis flying up to the Times Square Bldg
All 3 Juvies on Radisson aka Rochester Plaze aka Pink Hotel
Artemis has the Food
Jubilee and Sterling on a balcony on a nearby apartment bldg.
Sterling Joined Them
Sterling decided to go for a bike ride!
Sterling, Jubilee and Artemis on the balcony railing
Sterling was the last one on the railing and then he was gone
I’ll Leave You With my Favorite Pic of Year
Sterling Riding his Spiderman Bike off into the Sunset!

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