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All Six Rochester Falcons Seen During the Evening Fledge Watch! – 7/29/14

By Rochester Falcon Watcher Carol P.

What a difference a day makes.  No rain today, but cooler temperatures and raging water over the High Falls were the same as yesterday.  I arrived downtown close to 7:00 pm, first checking out the downtown area.  No luck finding any falcons there.  Brian H texted from the pedestrian bridge that he had a juvie male at the north end of the Beebee Station (just across the street from Kodak Office), so that’s where I headed.

By the time I arrived at the pedestrian bridge, the juvie was gone, but there was a juvie on the Frontier Communication Tower platform and another falcon (maybe adult) on top of the apartments on the corner of St Paul Blvd and Andrew St.

Falcon on Top of St Paul Apartments 7-29-14*





During the time I spent on the pedestrian bridge, I was joined by Brian, Lisa, Dana, Shaky and Carrie.  Joyce and Kathy O reported from downtown.  Everyone but Shaky, Carrie, Brian and I headed downtown when all the falcon activity was happening there.  From the pedestrian bridge we were able to see a large part of all the activity, including a food transfer that one juvie carried to the old IBM Bldg on State St.  We could see Beauty on the southwest corner of the of the Hyatt and Dot.ca on the top arm of the Frontier Communication Tower.  Most importantly, we saw all 4 juvies go for the food transfer and do some talon tagging over City Hall and the City Place Bldg!  That was the highlight of my evening watch.  🙂

At 8:40 pm, it was time to join the others.  We all gathered on Aqueduct St aka “the hole”.  Another juvie was eating on the east side ledge just above the nest box level.  The others were flying here and there, one knocking Beauty off Mercury.  There was some talon tagging and Beauty chasing a small bird that got away.  Not sure where Dot.ca ended up by this time.  Maybe up in the elevator shaft?

After 9:00 pm, we all said our goodbyes and headed home.

The following pictures were taken during the evening watch.  They are all of the falcons downtown, taken from the pedestrian bridge.

Juvie on the Times Square Bldg on the SE Wing Ledge 7-29-14Beauty on the SW Corner of the Hyatt 7-29-14*





Two Juvies on Top of Bldg on City Place 7-29-14Juvie with Food on Old IBM Bldg 7-29-14*





It was fantastic seeing the whole family this evening.  I’ll leave you with one more picture, this one showing all the spots we saw falcon land during the evening watch.  It’s not all the spots, but I wanted to give you and idea of what we saw tonight.  Goodnight everyone!

*Note: All my pics were taken from the pedestrian bridge.  The far distance and low lighting explains the poor quality of the pics in my report today.

Falcon Landing Spots Seen from the Pedestrian Bridge 7-29-14

4 Responses to “All Six Rochester Falcons Seen During the Evening Fledge Watch! – 7/29/14”

  1. Patricia Rose Says:

    That last pic looks like a postcard, Carol- nice to see all the places they were tonite!

  2. Carol P. Says:

    Thanks Patricia Rose! That’s not even all the spot we saw them. They were very active tonight. 🙂

  3. WLABarb Says:

    That’s great you mapped out all the landing/food transfer spots, Carol. Also that you got to see the whole family!

  4. Carol P. Says:

    Thanks Barb! We are always happy to see all 6 of them. 🙂

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