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Morning watch 2-21-15

By Rochester Falcon Watcher MAK

It was a dreary, overcast morning with a starting temperature of 8(F) -13(C). By the end of my watch it was snowing and the temperature had risen a few degrees

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After checking the OCSR elevator shaft (nobody there) I went over to Elm St. to check Legacy Tower (LT) formerly known as Bausch & Lomb. I found Beauty on a northwest corner eating. I chose to get closer to her by going up to the roof (8th floor) of the South Ave. garage. She finished up soon after, cleaned up a bit then took off toward OCSR disappearing behind it to the north as I was taping her.

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I left to check things out from the Andrews St. bridge and spotted the Beautyful one on the top I-beam northwest side of OCSR. I drove down State St. parking across from the Rochester Plaza Hotel to observe our downtown queen. She was sleepy and after dozing and doing a little preening she turned her back to me and stayed that way for the remainder of the time I was downtown.

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I left her to it as I set out to look for Dot.ca (DC) who gave me a hard time finding him today. I found pigeons all lined up on window ledges huddled together trying to stay warm and a gull laying on top of a light post.

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On my 4th trip around the city I stopped for coffee and decided to go to the hole to check the Wilder green strip which I hadn’t checked and as I pulled down Bank Place I spotted DC up on the base of Mercury eating around 8:30am. I went up on the Broad St. bridge to watch him as he was facing that way.

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I didn’t see him pluck any feathers so I think he must have started elsewhere or he had cached food. Nevertheless,DC ate both legs/feet filling his crop up nicely.

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DC finished off his meal, cleaned himself up and flew southeast over the river making a big semi-circle over the east side, turning by the Radisson Hotel to head over and up into the OCSR elevator shaft at 9am.

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I had a couple stops to make before going home but when I got there I spotted Billie on the northwest corner of Seneca Towers. She flew off toward the river gorge just as I was about to tape her.

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On a hunch I decided to go back out and check the north end of the building from the Northridge Church at St. Paul St. and East Ridge Road. It worked out great as I found both Billie and 99-she was back on the northwest corner and he was on the top window ledge across from her.

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99 was doing some preening along with a couple leg stretches while Buffalo Billie watched down in the gorge. Neither one looked to have food in their crop.

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This is how I left them at 10:30am, as I ended an enjoyable falcon watch in which I saw all 4 Rochester Peregrine Falcons that made me smile! 🙂

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3 Responses to “Morning watch 2-21-15”

  1. patsy6 Says:

    Thanks so much, MAK. I’m so glad you saw Billie. I was getting worried about her.

  2. MAK Says:

    I was a little concerned myself Pat even though it’s not unusual to go days without seeing these two at Seneca Towers. 🙂

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