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Morning watch 2-27-14

By Rochester Falcon Watcher MAK

It was snowing, breezy, dark and cold with a starting temperature of 12 (F) -11 (C). The intensity of the snow changed during my watch.

I spotted Dot.Ca on the top ibeam southeast side of OCSR just before 7am from the hole. While I tweeted the info he left the building. I drove over to the Radisson Hotel by Main St. and checked the elevator shaft but didn’t see anything. As I made my way back to the hole I saw Beauty on the base of Mercury-her back was to me.

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I then drove up to the Broad St. bridge (BSB) where I could face the Beautyful one. She was in hunt mode and did some preening in between watching for a meal to turn up.

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I shared space with Beauty for an hour with camera zeroed in on her, finger on the shutter (frozen and numb) waiting for her to take off and as I was wiping the snow off my lens she left! Go figure!! I watched her as she flew over to OCSR and passed in front of the elevator shaft a few times and then went around to the northeast side where I couldn’t see her. I thought maybe DC was up in the elevator shaft and that’s why Beauty flew past it-like she was looking for him. Back to the Radisson so I could see up in there but the snow was making it hard to be sure if I saw something on the north ledge. Beauty was on the top ibeam northeast side tucked in where it meets the elevator shaft.

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The falling snow was not making it easy for me but you can make out the shape of a falcon. I left for Brighton and arrived there around 8:30am where I found Miss Pigott on the top row ofย  east facing windows on the southeast extension. She was napping with one eye open so I stayed only a few minutes before heading back downtown to see if I could find DC to make it a trifecta.


I returned to the Radisson Hotel to find Beauty still tucked in on the top ibeam of OCSR by the elevator shaft northeast side. And a bonus of DC up on the north ledge of the shaft-so I think he must have gone there earlier when I missed him leaving the top ibeam and that would explain Beauty seemingly checking it out as she passed by it a few times earlier. The snow was really giving me fits trying to get a pic that showed him-he was up there, I could see him with my binoculars although it’s hard to see him in the pic below.

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It was obvious that our Rochester Peregrine Falcons were hunkered down and were not going to do much so I called it a watch at 9am and left them with a smile after seeing all 3! ๐Ÿ™‚

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2 Responses to “Morning watch 2-27-14”

  1. WLABarb Says:

    Thanks for finding all three, MAK…but Br-r-r-r-r!!!

  2. MAK Says:

    No problem Barb! ๐Ÿ™‚

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