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Weekend Watch April 8-10,2011

By Rochester falcon watcher MAK

Good Monday morning to all! Friday evening I picked up Donna and her daughter from New Jersey at the train station in Rochester.  I had checked before I picked them up and found both Archer and Beauty. We went directly to the Broad St. bridge and found that Archer had snuck out and gone over to his home away from home KP to see Lady Pefa. While down on Aqueduct St. Dawn and Bullet stopped by to meet and greet Donna and Kara. BrianH and Joyce showed up as well

Saturday morning it was only Beauty again but she had dropped her second egg overnite so we were happy for that! Archer finally made an appearance around 9:00am and we were off to the races. There were lots of watchers that came out to join us and meet Donna, Kara and Bobbie from Ireland. Beauty and Archer did not dissappoint by doing alot of flying for the crowd.

Saturday evening I took Donna to Kodak Park for her first visit there to see the lay of the land. Archer was not there but but Lady Pefa was so we watched awhile and visited with Jeanne,SusanC,Brian,Joyce and CarolP.

Sunday morning Archer had his a-game going for sure! He was seen on the eggs at 6:56am Then CarolP reported him flying and mating with Lady Pefa over at KP. After having his fun there he returned to downtown and continued his active ways by stooping successfully 2 times bringing his prey back to the Times Square building under the northeast wing. He and Beauty mated a couple times besides flying around quite a bit he also went after a Turkey Vulture at one point. We were calling him Superman and hoping he can keep it up when there are babies at both nest sites. At the moment it would seem that Archer is up to the task!

Sunday afternoon we went to Wild Wings so Donna and her daughter,Kara could check out the raptors and feed chicadees on the trail in the park afterward. Joyce,Jeanne,LarryO and his mother and Sue Chandler (from Corning) met us there. We got the royal treatment as they brought practically every bird they have out for us to get a close encounter of the best kind! We had a blast there. We were tired and sore after that but we chose to go down to the lake at Charlotte to see the sights. We found BrianH there counting migrating birds. He walked the pier with Donna and Kara sharing his knowledge of raptors and such. Joyce and I stayed back with her dogs Abby and Casey to enjoy the beautiful warm breezes of the day. When they returned we left to get a bite to eat before going home. It was a very busy and eventful weekend with my good friend from Jersey. One that I will never forget for sure!

This morning 4-11-11 it was time for Donna and Kara to go home but before we went to the station we went to the Broad St. bridge for a final watch. Just as she greeted them upon their arrival Beauty bid them farewell on their journey home. I hope Archer has better manners the next time visitors come to our fair city!  🙂

Here’s a link to my pics of the weekend:      http://www.kodakgallery.com/gallery/sharing/shareRedirectSwitchBoard.jsp?token=942632112213%3A841842042&sourceId=533754321803&cm_mmc=eMail-_-Share-_-Photos-_-Sharer

One Response to “Weekend Watch April 8-10,2011”

  1. Alison in Indiana Says:

    Carla P remarked in the previous entry that Archer had not been seen mating with Lady Pefa and thus was not a two timer. Times have changed:-(
    There really is room in the Rochester skies for two pairs of falcons. Pity it did not turn out that way.

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