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Morning watch 4-26-14

By Rochester Falcon Watcher MAK

Starting temperature this morning was 4o degrees (F) 4 (C) with overcast skies

On my way downtown cam watcher Annette (thanks) reported a switch at the nest box-Beauty out and Dot.Ca (DC) in. When I arrived in the hole about 6:30am I saw Beauty leave the nest box area start to land on base of Mercury then pull up and fly east. A minute later she showed up on the top ibeam southeast side of OCSR and immediately started preening. She just got up from a long night on her eggs and had to wash her face and clean up for the day just like us don’t ya know!

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At one point in the next 45 minutes she started looking my way because there were pigeons right behind me! She also tried to extract a pellet on 2 separate occasions.

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At 7:14am the Beautyful one flew off flying very fast following the river heading southwest toward the Cornhill area. I lost her behind the Blue Cross Arena.

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I tracked her down from Woodbury St. on the east side near the Geva theater-she was on the northwest corner of the HSBC railing.


I managed to get one pic before she was off flying west-I looked around for Beauty but couldn’t find her so I left to check the Brighton site. I didn’t see any falcons there. Fellow falcon watcher Larry tweeted that he saw a falcon on cam 1 and that it left-a minute later Annette tweeted that Beauty came in and relieved DC from incubating their eggs. Thank you! I returned to downtown but couldn’t find DC. I did however, see a Turkey Vulture floating above the Powers building and then behind Times Square. The fact that DC didn’t chase it out of the territory makes me think he left the area to hunt. I caught up with Larry before we both had to get going. I was sorry I didn’t see DC but I still had reason to smile as I spent close to an hour with Beauty! 🙂

One link below of Beauty click on it to view


9 Responses to “Morning watch 4-26-14”

  1. Alison in Indiana Says:

    I think that Annette was the lynch pin of the team that did extensive brooding change charts back in the days of Mariah and Kaver. It was from them we first learned how much brooding peregrine tiercels actually do in the course of a season. I hope those brooding charts are still somewhere in the archives.

  2. MAK Says:

    I hope so too Alison! 🙂

  3. Beth Walters Says:

    I’ll give you another reason to smile. Durand (big sister to Piggot) is a mother for the second time! Her first egg of the season hatched around 7:30 pm today.
    Looking forward to Beauty and DC’s eggs hatching for even more smiles.

  4. MAK Says:

    Excellent news Beth. Durand, you go girl! 🙂

  5. click here Says:

    Highly descriptive article, I liked that bit. Will there be
    a part 2?

  6. MAK Says:

    click here-I write a blog everyday of Peregrine Falcons in downtown Rochester,NY 🙂

  7. Kris G. Says:

    Alison-go on top of this page to “Learn More” on right side. The drop down box will show “more information” and another drop down box will show “Shaky’s info page” where the archived egg brooding charts can be found. The 2014 egg sitting chart has been posted on the Forum under “Rochester Falcon Discussion”.

    Beth-good news about a second hatch for Durand and Spark!

    MAK-thanks for taking time out on your busy day for a watch and report! Good luck with the move! Your new place looks awesome and what a great view! I think you’re going to like it there!

  8. MAK Says:

    Thanks Kris-you and Bill have to come see sometime! Short watches only a while longer til I get settled, then I can take my time-seems like I’ve been rushing for months. First to pack up my stuff and weed thru what I couldn’t keep, then to find an apartment. I’m liking it here so far. 🙂

  9. Kris G. Says:

    I had a feeling that this was the right place for you and now, with Falcons, what more could you ask for! So glad it worked out…now if that house closing would just happen, you’d be set! We hope to visit sometime soon!

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