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Thanksgiving morning watch 11-28-13

By Rochester Falcon Watcher MAK


It was a cold 19 degrees (F) -7 (C) but a clear,bright and sunny day with blue skies. We got 2-3 inches of new light fluffysnow overnight courtesy of Lake Ontario

I found Dot.Ca (DC) eating on the top ibeam southeast side of OCSR at 7am-I left to look for Beauty and when I returned she was up there with her mate.

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I stayed for a few minutes but I was antsy to get to the Brighton site and find Pigott since she hadn’t been seen since the nor’easter snow storm on Tuesday. Well let me just say I was very thankful on this Thanksgiving Day when I spotted her on the northeast extension. The sun looked like a fireball as it was rising in the eastern sky.


Pigott was on a south facing window 3 floors down and looking lovely in the bright sunshine as she preened and stretched.

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Miss Pigott would stay up on that window for the next 40 minutes when she spotted a Kestrel fly in from the east. At exactly 8am she took offย  chasing it away and returning to land on a snowy southeast corner of the southeast extension after aborting a landing on the northeast extension.

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20 minutes later she was off and landed on a south facing window ledge on the northeast extension top floor. In the northern sky beyond the Colgate Divinity School I noticed a large flock of starlings flying around-always an amazing thing to see.

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I left her around 8:30am and returned downtown where I found Beauty and DC on the top ibeam southeast side only 2 windows apart from each other.

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I was all ready to leave when Beauty flew off followed by DC a few seconds later. I didn’t see where the Beautyful one went but DC came to rest on the Mercury money bag. I left my spot by the Radisson Hotel at Main St. and drove to the hole for a closer look. DC took flight after a couple minutes flying north.

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It was at this time I ended my watch around 8:50am. I’m very thankful for being able to share space with our Rochester Peregrine Falcons on this day that we should give thanks for all our blessings and for seeing all 3 of them today I must smile! ๐Ÿ™‚

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3 Responses to “Thanksgiving morning watch 11-28-13”

  1. Kris G. Says:

    Great shots of all 3, MAK! Love the take-off ones of Pigott! Thanks!

  2. Ginny Says:

    These pics are wonderful MAK…I love Pigott’s face, she looks so intent and sweet.

  3. MAK Says:

    You’re welcome Kris and thanks for commenting!

    Thanks Ginny-Pigott is a cutie pie!! ๐Ÿ™‚

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