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Morning/afternoon watch 4-12-11

By Rochester falcon watcher MAK

This morning I was feeling bad for Beauty. She flew to the Frontier Communications Tower facing north,facing Kodak Park, facing Archer and Lady Pefa. The Beautyful one was waiting and watching for Archer.


This was the first glimpse I had of her in between buildings from the Broad St. bridge. It was a touching and revealing moment for me. Archer should be with her only and she should not have to be looking and longing for himย  OR watching the nestbox with their 3 little treasures in it by herself. Well, I guess I had better just get used to it and hope for the best for all involved. The next pic shows Beauty looking back to the south toward the Times Square building toward her nestbox toward her future family.


Archer did show up with a small morsel and they met under the northeast wing to exchange it and a few words. He flew off almost as quickly as she landed next to him. He acts like he’s afraid of her. Wonder why?!ย  She flew out of sight, he went to the nestbox and I had to end my watch.

I went to visit a friend of mine (Tesa)who needed a change of scenery so I took her and her Golden Retriever (Molly)on a watch. First we went to Russell Station where we watched a Belted Kingfisher hunting from a bush along the waters edge.


Next stop was Aqueduct St. in downtown where we observed Beauty and Archer on the top ibeam of the Old Changing Scenes Restaurant at the south and west corners. Beauty flew around above us giving Tesa a nice little taste of falcon watching. Not bad for her first watch.


We left for Kodak Park where Tesa spotted Lady Pefa on the railing of the west most still. I was impressed and she was all smiles! Perhaps we have a new part-time recruitment for watching. As we sat there we noticed ALOT of dark smoke coming from near the Lake Ontario shore. We decide to investigate before I took her home. We found a blazing fire raging through the marsh reeds and grasses at the west end ofย  Buck Pond at Edgemere Dr.


I was so shook up I called it Cranberry Pond and not Buck Pond,Edgemere Rd. instead of Edgemere Dr. when I tweeted it out. I couldn’t help but think of all the wildlife that was perishing or losing their home as a result of this tragic event. On the news tonight they mentioned no homes were evacuated and no report ofย  injuries or deaths. They failed to mention the critters living in the reeds and grasses.:(

Not exactly the best ending for a watch but end it did. ๐Ÿ™‚

Here’s a link to my pics of the day


5 Responses to “Morning/afternoon watch 4-12-11”

  1. margaret Says:

    Sounds like you had quite the morning. I, too, thought of the wildlife living in the area when I heard the news this afternoon. Hopefully, they got out.
    I especially like your pictures of the Kingfisher.

    Nice picture of Beauty on FCT looking north and then south. Wonder what goes through her mind? I believe that birds — all of them — are so intelligent! Beyond words intelligent. Nice report.

  2. MAK Says:

    Thanks Margaret! I think they are pretty intelligent myself. We should be so smart!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. margaret Says:

    I know! I wish! ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Debbie H. Says:

    Awesome report MAK!! Great pictures. Thanks for all you do!

  5. MAK Says:

    Thanks Debbie. Glad I’m able to do all that I do! ๐Ÿ™‚

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