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Carol P. – A Very Soggy, Dreary Day – Sunday – July 20, 2008 (Noon-2 pm) (6-8 pm)

It rained most of the day today. So, I was only able to get out a
couple of times inbetween the raindrops.

The first time was a little after noon. After raining all morning,
there was a sudden break in the dark clouds. So I jumped in my car
and drove to the east end of the pedestrian bridge. I wasn’t
surprised to see two of my fellow Watchers Kelly and Joyce (with
Casey) already checking things out. After about 2 hours of on again,
off again rain, sitting in our cars to wait it out, we had positively
ID’d Quest, Diamante and Seneca in the gorge. Two in what we
affectionately call the Falcon Sucking Tree (east side of the gorge
wall), named by fellow Falcon Fan Dale on a previous visit, and one on the gorge wall on the west side of the High Falls. It started pouring about 2:00 p.m., so Joyce and I left, hoping to return later in the day.

Around 6:00 p.m., the skies were still full of dark clouds, but it
had stopped raining. Again, I hopped into my car and headed
downtown. This time I met Larry O and his mom, Mary Ann, on the
bridge. Larry pointed out that there were 4 Falcons on the Kodak
Tower, one on the roof of Building 10 (aka Acon’s Peak), one on the
13th floor, one on the 17th floor and an adult on the Camera #1
support in front of the nest box.

We decided to head out to the observation deck, eventhough it was
threatening to rain yet again. As we neared our destination, we
spotted two Falcons flying towards the High Falls. We picked up our
pace, but arrived too late to see much flying. One juvie headed
downtown (we believe) and one landed in, yep you guessed it, the
Falcon Sucking Tree (FST)! There was still a juvie and the adult on
the Kodak Tower.

As Larry and his mom were leaving, Jeanne and Joyce joined me for a
damp, soggy Watch.

The adult flew out to the communication tower and we heard kakking
near the tower. All of a sudden there was a flurry of activity. I
believe that the 2nd adult (probably Kaver) came in with food and
three juvies, including the one in the FST, flew way off to the
south, where we lost sight of them.

When it started to rain, yet again, we had three Falcons in sight,
adult on the communication tower, juvie on the 13th floor of the
Kodak Tower and one on a tall building (Lincoln Chase) downtown,
where it had flown earlier. All in all, we had up to 4 juvies at one
time and possibly both adults seen this evening, with three
positively ID’d this afternoon.

Sounds like tomorrow is going to be another gray, cloudy day, but
hopefully not as rainy.

Carol P.

4 Responses to “Carol P. – A Very Soggy, Dreary Day – Sunday – July 20, 2008 (Noon-2 pm) (6-8 pm)”

  1. Alison in Austria Says:

    Thank-you for your weather-proof head-count for the bathrobe brigade.

  2. Barbara Says:

    Good to hear the fledglings are still out there. Thanks for braving the elements to check on them.
    (Los Angeles)

  3. Debbie P. in OH Says:

    We appreciate you braving the elements and sharing your update with us! Thanks for your dedication and persistence, Carol!

  4. Kathy V Says:

    Thanks for the update.

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