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Morning watch 12-24-14

By Rochester Falcon Watcher MAK

It was a balmy 49 (F) 9 (C) with a slight breeze to start and light rain falling. Overcast throughout my watch but the rain stopped and the wind steadily increased

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For the 4th day in a row I started my watch at Seneca Towers. As I got settled on Seth Green Drive, Billie was settled on the west side railing.


At 7;45am 99 flew in from the south and landed close to his girl-they did a quick bow then stay perched for the next hour.

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They seemed more interested in looking at each other than looking for breakfast. Each of them took turns stretching and turning around and back.

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Buffalo Billie did most of the stretching as a squirrel came down a tree to check me out. Billie turned her head sideways to watch 99 poop-very funny!!!

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Billie spread her wings and flew south at 8:40am and about a minute later 99 dropped off the railing and into a stoop as fast as missile down the west face of Seneca Towers and out of sight.

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I left for downtown when they didn’t come back.ย  In the 45 minutes I spent searching downtown for a PEFA I found some nice decorations on Alexander St.

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At just about 9:30am as I was pulled over on the Andrews St. bridge, I noticed a falcon on the top ibeam north corner of OCSR. I drove down to State St. for a closer look but all I could see was its back.


This wouldn’t do-I had to see more to ID it so I crossed the riverย  to look from Bragdon Place by the Radisson Hotel where I was able to identify this falcon as Beauty.

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She seemed like she was looking for DC to show up-I know I was, as she preened and kept an eye out on her territory.

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Beauty flew southeast at 9:55am and I followed in the same direction. Leading me to the Broad St. bridge where I saw the Beautyful one flying above Xerox. I went over to Court St. across from the Court St. garage to be closer. I shot a video of her flying until she left my sights.


Once I realized Beauty had left the area I made a u-turn and drove down to the Court St. bridge where I spotted Beauty and Dot.Ca (DC) circling the Times Square building (TSB). Beauty flew to the deck and DC landed under the northeast wing of TSB. I left for the hole and when I got parked on Basin St. I heard DC chirping but couldn’t see Beauty, so I didn’t know if she had gone to the nest box or left all together.

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I stayed with DC for about 10 more minutes before wrapping it up and calling it a watch at 10:25am.

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I left downtown smiling after spending Christmas Eve morning with our 4 Rochester Peregrine Falcons! ๐Ÿ™‚

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4 Responses to “Morning watch 12-24-14”

  1. tapper gal Says:

    Wonderful Christmas Eve Day watch.Great show and colors.Thanks as usual.Diane

  2. MAK Says:

    Thanks for your comment Diane-always good to hear from the people that follow me. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Alison Says:

    This cozy behavior of our two falcon pairs reminds me that it is only about 60 days until courtship begins in earnest. ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. MAK Says:

    Wow Alison, it’ll be here before we know it! ๐Ÿ™‚

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