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Morning watch/Banding day 5-29-15

By Rochester Falcon Watcher MAK

It was a beautiful day for a banding and a return to our beloved falcons for me! Bright and sunny and a temperature of 80(F) 27(C)

I parked by the Blue Cross Arena and set up my chair. Joyce and Larry joined me followed by SusanC, Ken Martinez, Lynda and Tim and Pat. Beauty hung out near the nest box at first and Dot.Ca (DC) stayed over on OCSR. The Beautyful one joined her mate after feeding the kids a snack.


She then flew off out of view and a minute later DC took off at mock 1 speed toward the nest box telling me that the banding people were out and about to take the eyasses to put bands on their legs. Unfortunately DC kept to the sky and since he is so fast I didn’t get many pics of him.


Beauty took a breather on the ledge in front of the metal grid a few times then back to the business of trying to rid the nest box area of those bad, bad humans. She also landed on cam 4 and I believe DC landed on the corner of the deck as well-both doing their best to protect their babies that they couldn’t see.



DC flies like a rocket as you’ll see on my video he’s much faster than Beauty-he dive bombed on the bad humans more than Beauty. They saved their newly banded kids from the bad humans as they were all returned to the nest box safe and sound. They have 2 boys and a girl-Cadence is the female, band number 91/BA with blue tape. The males are named Bronx, band # 20/BA with red tape and Genesee band # 24/BA no tape. 3 very good reasons to smile on this banding day 2015! 🙂

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20 Responses to “Morning watch/Banding day 5-29-15”

  1. Jeannine Says:

    Wow, great videos, so happy to see you reporting MAK, thanks.

  2. kathy from toronto Says:

    Welcome back MAK!! Great to see a report from you again and very happy you got to attend while the banding was going on!

  3. Kris G. Says:

    Good to hear you were out on a watch today and to read your report..it was quite a day for our Falcons! Great pics and videos (new camera?)..thanks for sharing, take care and continued healing, MAK!

  4. Margaret Says:

    Great report, and happy you are out and about with the Falcons on banding day!

  5. MAK Says:

    Thanks Amy! I was just going to post the videos but then I couldn’t stop myself from doing a report and pics as well! Addiction can be a beautiful thing!!! 🙂

  6. MAK Says:

    Hey Carly, it was pretty good timing to get out of the hospital in time for banding. I’d say I’m a lucky gal to have cheated death twice in the last couple months to get ack to our beloved falcons!! Oh yeah! 🙂

  7. MAK Says:

    Same camera Kris. Congrats on naming a falcon-great name too! It was quite a day for our falcons and for me. 🙂

  8. MAK Says:

    Thanks Margaret, that makes two of us happy that I’m back out and about with our falcons or anything else! 🙂

  9. Annie M Says:

    Welcome back MAK! I love the pictures and the videos. To hear them calling and to see DC in action –
    Wow – made my day! Thanks so much for the report and it is good to have you back. Annie

  10. tapper girl Says:

    Congratulations MAK on your participation on banding day.Great pictures and videos as usual.Golly,I can’t imagine how it felt for you to be out there and be a part of the event.Am sure you had moments of wondering just when you would be able to again be present with the falcon family.You have been blessed and continued healing and recuperation.Just remember not to overdo it!!! Happy for you.

  11. MAK Says:

    Annie, isn’t DC like greased lightning!? At times he made Beauty look like she was standing still! 🙂

  12. MAK Says:

    Thanks Diane! I wondered every day when I’d get back to doing what I love more than anything else-share space with our beloved falcons! I truly am blessed!! 🙂

  13. Glenn G. Says:

    MAK; So glad and happy to see you are back with your beloved Falcons and doing so great! As a two time cancer survivor I know how nice it is when you begin to feel better. Keep up the wonderful posts and make sure you take care of yourself. Glenn G.

  14. MAK Says:

    Thank you Glenn and I will do my best to take care of myself! 🙂

  15. patsy6 Says:

    MAK, it was so good to see you yesterday and to read your report! The videos are excellent too. They really capture the action as we were viewing it. Thanks so much, and keep on keeping on.

  16. MAK Says:

    Thanks a lot Pat, it was good to see you as well! 🙂

  17. OlRedHair Says:

    MAK, so glad to have you back doing your great reports. I’ll bet it sure felt good! Womderful pictures, descriptions, and videos! Thank you!

  18. Alison in Indiana Says:

    It is always exciting to read about the watchers’ view of banding day, but it is especially wonderful to read a report posted by MAK for the first time in many weeks.

  19. MAK Says:

    You’re most welcome Nora! It did feel pretty darn good!! 🙂

  20. MAK Says:

    I always feel bad for the parents during banding and as much as I enjoy seeing the actual banding I’d rather be outside keeping track of the action. I’ve attended many banding ceremonies in Canada but never in the states. I was away for 7 weeks and 3 days-yes, I was keeping track!!! 🙂

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