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Morning watch 12-27-14

By Rochester Falcon Watcher MAK

A dark, overcast morning with a temperature of 40 (F) 4 (C)-the sun came out after I ended my watch

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I started my morning watch with Billie at Seneca Towers-she was on the northwest corner of the roof railing as I made my u-turn to park on Seth Green Drive.

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Buffalo Billie was looking around the territory intently, almost falling off the railing once as I think 99 buzzed by her on the north side. At 7:51am 99 arrived coming up from the south and landing on the west side railing as Billie spotted him and watched as he landed.

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99 started feaking and picking at his talons with a full crop making it obvious he had just eaten. They took turns stretching and preening.

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Suddenly, a small falcon appeared to buzz Billie and 99 a couple times before flying to the south end and come to rest on the tall antenna. The pics of it were so dark I couldn’t really say if it was a Kestrel or a Merlin.

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At this time I started getting tweets from Larry and Donna saying Beauty was on the Mercury money bag and Dot.ca (DC) was on one of the Times Square wing rings. While I was reading them Billie and 99 left the building so I headed for downtown-when I got there around 8:30am I found the Beautyful one on the Mercury money bag and Larry’s car on the Broad St. bridge, but no DC or Larry. I assumed Larry was off walking his dog Harold.

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I pulled over on Broad St. by the Blue Cross Arena for the best view-the dark conditions were making for some pretty dark pics. Beauty did some stretching and preening atop Mercury and Larry appeared with Harold and came down to chat for a minute before taking off for home.

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At 9:08am Beauty turned around and flew off Mercury crossing over the river to circle above it near OCSR and ended up under the northeast wing of Times Square.

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I drove over to the parking lot by Times Square-the back lighting was horrible but it was the best view of Beauty.


I had to get going-I wish I had found DC but at least Larry saw him, so all 4 Rochester Peregrine Falcons were seen today. I ended my watch around 9:45am smiling! 🙂

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4 Responses to “Morning watch 12-27-14”

  1. tapper gal Says:

    Have been catching up in viewing past few days.Good falcon shots and videos.Also,Christmas view of Nativity Scene at St,Mary’s outstanding. Hope all the falcons did well over Christmas,they looked pretty good to me.Thanks for your dedication.As always,Diane

  2. MAK Says:

    Everybody’s been doing just fine Diane. 🙂

  3. Ciuciek Says:

    It’s definietly Merlin 😀

  4. MAK Says:

    Thanks Ciuciek-that’s what I was leaning toward because of the coloring. 🙂

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