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Falcon Watch Summary – 8/16 – 8/22/08

Now that there are no more sightings of our young Falcons, the Watchers will start keeping a close eye on the comings and goings of Mariah and Kaver.  I will attempt to post a summary of Watch Reports weekly.

The Watchers that have reported during this time period are Carol P, Kathy O, Dana, Lou, Jeanne, Joyce, Suzanne, Don, Shaky, Carrie, Larry O, Brian H, Lisa McK, Susan C, Sue (Bess), Pat and Dan S.

Both Mariah and Kaver have been seen frequently around the city and the gorge.  The majority of the sightings have been of both M&K on the First Federal Plaza, (with the old Changing Scenes revolving restaurant on top).  Other spots:  the gorge wall; Midtown Plaza; Frontier Communications tower; HSBC; Xerox and Bausch & Lomb buildings.  Interestingly, no sightings on the Kodak Tower during this time.

Dan and I had some excitement during our Watch on 8/19/08 around 1:20 pm.  We were on the pedestrian bridge, when we spotted a Red-tailed Hawk flying over the gorge.  A Falcon flew into the gorge and attacked the hawk.  It was Mariah and she drove the hawk into the trees along the east side of the gorge wall.  Mariah settled for a few moments on one of the High Falls Brewery buildings near the east end of the pedestrian bridge (Skye’s Bldg).  After a few moments, the hawk decided to make his escape and flew out of the trees.  Mariah spotted the hawk and chased him off to the east.  She returned to the First Federal Bldg soon after.

Another interesting behavior witnessed by Dana and me was watching Mariah hunt from the top of the elevator shaft on the First Federal Bldg.  Twice we saw her stoop out of the shaft, coming within a few feet of the river below.  Talk about an ambush!  Not quite sure was she was going after, but there are alot of pigeons and ducks in that area.  Interesting.

Carol P.

7 Responses to “Falcon Watch Summary – 8/16 – 8/22/08”

  1. Alison in Austria Says:

    Thank-you for the report. A weekly digest of the goings-on will be wonderful, Carol P.

  2. Maureen in MA Says:

    Appreciate the update. I agree, a weekly update would be great!

  3. Karyn aka Rickabob Says:

    I was just wondering if any work has started on the Kodak building and the new nests. Not sure if this is the right web site to check for this information. If not, could someone direct me please. Thank you all for the great year of reports and pictures. Let’s hope the nest movement goes perfectly for Mariah and Kaver (and us watching!).

  4. MD Says:

    I drive past there daily and haven’t seen much yet – across the street is a new building with lots of activity being built. But the Kodak building is still pretty quiet.

  5. Debbe Loudenslager Says:

    In a previous comment I was just wondering if the four others were in the area since Quest went East. Thanks for the update Carol and all the wonderful pictures and entries you’ve made. I’m in Fort Wayne, IN and watch the site starting in February until they are gone and then have withdrawals! Thanks for all your work and that goes to all the Fledge Watchers!

  6. Carol P. Says:

    Thanks for all the kind words. 🙂

    As MD posted, there isn’t any work started on the tower itself, but they have put scaffolding up on the archway/bridge that connects the tower to a lower building to the south of the tower. It’s old and hasn’t been used in many years, so it’s coming down. Not sure when work on the Kodak Tower will begin.

    Carol P.

  7. Karyn aka Rickabob Says:

    Thanks for the update on the Kodak retro work and it is great that M & K are still reported as being in the immediate area. I just worry.

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