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Morning watch 1-30-14

By Rochester Falcon Watcher MAK

More manageable temps today with a starting temperature of 11 (F) -12 (C) and warming up into the 20’s for a high-I’ll take it! With bright sunshine and barely a breeze it felt like a heatwave

The weather cooperated but the falcons did not on my watch this morning. I checked out the High Falls hoping Beauty or Dot.Ca (DC) would show up on Kodak Office (KO) but no such luck. The sun was rising in the eastern sky and the falls were in a mostly frozen state.

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After searching for nearly an hour I gave up on downtown and drove to the Brighton Site (BS). Arriving there around 8:10am I discovered Pigott eating on the east side roof of the southeast extension. She was just finishing up and started feaking and seemed to smile after she was done.

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Miss Pigott turned around and suddenly flew across to the east extension landing on a top window ledge.

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After landing she stuck her tongue out at me and got cinched in to digest her meal while kept an eye on her territory.

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I was happy to see a full crop on this girl and at 8:45am I left her to it and went back downtown.  Just before I landed at BS a tweet came in from Shaky that Beauty was on the Frontier Communications Tower (FCT) so I was hoping she would still be there. I made it just in time to get one pic before she flew north off the northeast corner of the platform railing.


I drove north thinking the Beautyful one had gone to KO but after checking the whole perimeter I came up empty. I then went north down State St. to the Driving Park Bridge checking the Hawkeye Plant where she’s been known to hang out  but not there either. While I was there I checked the Lower Falls to find them just about completely frozen like there big brother (High Falls) down river.

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I made a couple more trips around downtown but was unable to find Beauty or DC  so I called it a watch just before 10am. Some days are like that but as long as I see at least one Rochester Peregrine Falcon I leave the city smiling! 🙂

Click on the links below to view a couple videos from this mornings watch



4 Responses to “Morning watch 1-30-14”

  1. Nora Says:

    Even one is more than reason to smile!

  2. MAK Says:

    Absolutely Nora! 🙂

  3. carla Says:

    Great pictures especially those from the frozen falls .They are beautiful.

  4. MAK Says:

    You’re welcome Carla-I’m glad you liked them! 🙂

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