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Friday Afternoon Falcon Watch – May Day! – 5/1/15

By Rochester Falcon Watcher Carol P.

2:45 to 3:45 pm

I only had about an hour to go downtown and watch the falcons.  It was a beautiful afternoon; sunny, blue skies and temps in the mid-60’s.  When I left work, Dot.ca had just taken over incubation duty in the nest box.  From Broad St (Falcon Watch Central), I found Beauty on the OCSR top Ibeam, south corner.

View of TSB from Falcon Watch Central -5-1-15Beauty on OCSR -5-1-15Beauty on OCSR -5-1-15

Beauty took off and headed for the nest box.

Beauty Takes Off From OCSR -5-1-15Beauty Takes Off From OCSR -5-1-15Beauty to the Nest Box -5-1-15

Beauty entered the nest box and Dot.ca flew out, landing on the west end of the top IBeam on OCSR.

DC to OCSR -5-1-15

While I was watching Dot.ca, I was being serenaded by a beautiful Purple Finch.  Love these little ones!

Singing Purple Finch -5-1-15

A line of Turkey Vultures flew by to the north, one passing behind Dot.ca who remained where he was.

DC on OCSR -5-1-15DC on OCSR -5-1-15Turkey Vulture Passes Behind DC -5-1-15

Dot.ca (DC) never made a move to go after the Turkey Vulture, but when a Crow came to close, it was a whole different story. DC took off and chased the Crow, caught up to it very quickly over the Blue Cross Arena (aka Rochester War Memorial) and SMACK!  That Crow never knew what hit it.  The Crow recovered from the hit and flew back towards the Times Square Bldg (TSB).  Dot.ca continued to chase and dive on it, until the Crow went down on the roof of the condos that are directly across the street from the TSB.  Dot.ca flew towards the nest box, turned and headed towards Mercury and turned again.  He was searching for the Crow.  When he didn’t find it, he headed back over to the top Ibeam on OCSR.  I assume that the Crow was in hiding.  Here are some of the pictures I got of Dot.ca and the Crow.

DC Hits the Crow Hard -5-1-15The Crow Tries to Escape -5-1-15

DC Flies Up to the Nest Box Searching for the Crow -5-1-15DC Flies Over Searching for the Crow -5-1-15

When I ended my watch at 3:45 pm, Dot.ca was back on guard duty on OCSR and Beauty was in the nest box incubating the eggs that will soon hatch.  All was peaceful and quiet.  Just how I like it!

Dot.ca on Guard on OCSR -5-1-15Dot.ca on Guard on OCSR -5-1-15

During my watch a UFO aka strangely shaped balloon floated over.  I just liked it.  lol

Strange Balloon 5-1-15Strange Balloon 5-1-15

18 Responses to “Friday Afternoon Falcon Watch – May Day! – 5/1/15”

  1. Patricia Rose Says:

    Got some amazing shots of DC & that crow, Carol! I don’t blame DC, crows are bad dudes! lol Hope this good weather holds out for a while longer! Sure will make hatching nicer for our pefas! 🙂

  2. Carol P. Says:

    Thanks Pat! I am so loving this weather after that long, cold, snowy winter. Dot.ca does NOT like Crows!

  3. glenn g Says:

    To MAK, Hope you have a speedy recovery and will soon be back with your wonderful morning reports of the Rochester Falcons. I am not from Rochester but have always loved the pictures and your colorful comments. God bless you!

  4. MAK Says:

    Thank you Glenn, unfortunately my surgery turned out to be a much bigger deal than was anticipated so my recovery will be way longer. You can be sure I will be back at it as soon as I can. God bless you too! 🙂

  5. tapper girl Says:

    Another flying object.Do love the color of it though. Great pictures as usual of DC and the crow.He is a wonderful protector of Beauty and the eggs.HAPPY SPRING, at last!!!

  6. patsy6 Says:

    Wow, that’s what I call a proverbial “swift kick.” Yikes! Awesome shots, Carol!

  7. Carla Says:

    Great pictures, I love the purple finch and the craw pictures.And the first two bigger pictures.And the way you describe it.Greetings

  8. MaryAnn Says:

    Crows can be vengeful and attack in groups – a murder of crows! I wonder if that has been known to happen? I am wary of crows!

    Thanks, Carol, for your observations. They are always excellent.

  9. Glenn G. Says:

    Thanks to all the rest of you falcon watchers for making this site the best one I have found. I really enjoy all the pictures and the way you follow the falcons all year long. No doubt most of you are still in the workforce so it is really wonderful to give so much of your time to this.

  10. Joyce Says:

    Now that’s what I call an action shot of DC and the crow. One of your finest Carol!

  11. Alison Says:

    Let us not bad-mouth crows. They are some of the smartest birds on the planet, and their “murderous ways” are not any different from the falcons taking the bright songbirds or parakeets for their dinner.

  12. June Kogut Says:

    Thanks Allison..I was having a bad time with all the denigration of the crows..I find them an entertaining group to watch.They communicate with each other loudly and effectively, I’ve noticed .They are very smart and help clean up..Considering how many species we (humans) have made extinct, I think we should be more understanding of other species who are just trying to survive..(I do wish they would leave this particular pair alone, though!)

  13. Carol P. Says:

    Thanks everyone for the nice comments. 🙂

    I very much respect the Crow. A very handsome and smart creature.

  14. Carol P. Says:

    Hatching has started! A pip has appeared in one of the eggs! Woohoo!

  15. June Kogut Says:

    I see half a shell near the front of the nest area!! Whoopee!!!

  16. June Kogut Says:

    Now I see white fluff peeking out under the breast of Beauty AND she is watching it ,too!! Oh, what fun!

  17. Carol P. Says:

    Hi June! We have one hatch (yesterday afternoon) and one on the way soon. Beauty just showed off a pipped egg a little while ago! 🙂

  18. Carol P. Says:

    Eyas #2 arrived just a short while ago!

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