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Morning watch 8-24-13

By Rochester Falcon Watcher MAK

53 (F) 12 (C) cool degrees to start my watch with partly cloudy skies-I had to throw on a sweatshirt!

I was accompanied by my co-pilot Isabella once more as we had no luck finding any falcons downtown this morning. After searching for an hour we went over to the Brighton site (BS) and as luck would have it the divine Miss Pigott was home! She is the star of todays watch as I spent a little over 2 hours with her. When I first arrived she had her back to me on the second set of windows down on the west side kiddie corner to the cubby. Soon after she started stretching.

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About 7:15am cam watcher and good friend Donna from New Jersey let me know there was a falcon on the Frontier Communications Tower railing. I thanked her and said I was going to hang out with Pigott since I hadn’t seen her in a few days. Pigott was very alert the whole time as she kept an eye on her surroundings,preened,rousted(shook her feathers),stretched,pooped 3 times and tried to extract a pellet twice.

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The pellet extraction attempts are both on short videos-I think she did get something out on the first one. She did more stretching than usual but then it was a chilly morning-I stretch a lot more when it’s damp and chilly myself!

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Poop #2 came along next and then she started watching a squirrel that was scampering back and forth gathering pine nuts from a tree below and stashing them. A young light colored groundhog came out to eat his way thru the tidbits and grass in close proximity to Mr. Squirrel.

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Pigott rousted a few times and each time small feathers went flying from her body into the air around her-she,Beauty and Dot.Ca (DC) are all molting right now so there’s a lot of this going on in our fair falcon occupied city. One little white feather in particular caught her eye as she watched it float past her. She turned to her right for a little stroll and showed me her pretty profile.

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She then preened a little more, pooped for the 3rd time and flew off to the north toward the front of the building hanging a right when she got there and headed east out of view.


I thought she might have landed on a front corner of the roof but after a trip around the building I found that she was gone. I had to drop Isabella off to her owner, another good friend of mine and fellow watcher Jeanne, who lives right around the corner fromΒ  BS.

When I left there I headed straight for downtown-I had 2 more falcons by the name of Beauty and Dot.Ca (DC) to find and not a lot of time to do it as I had to be going real soon. As I approached from Exchange Blvd. I stopped by Cornhill to have a look and could see a PEFA on the top ibeam west corner of OCSR. I drove to the hole for closer viewing but when I got there I didn’t see it. Off to look on the north side to see if it just went around the corner and sure enough there she was-the Beautyful one a couple feet off the corner and a bonus was that DC was at the north corner. I love it when our beloved falcons cooperate!

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It made me smile to finally see Pigott again and spend a substantial amount of time with her as I haven’t since the juvies fledged! πŸ™‚

Below are the links for videos of Pigott-just click on them and view


4 Responses to “Morning watch 8-24-13”

  1. Ginny Says:

    Thank you for the pics and videos of pretty Pigott. She is a lovely girl and I think a pellet did come up in the first video πŸ™‚

  2. MAK Says:

    Pigott is a lovely subject Ginny. πŸ™‚

  3. larry Says:

    Nice report.

  4. MAK Says:

    Thanks Larry! πŸ™‚

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