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Morning watch 9-28-11

By Rochester falcon watcher MAK

Let’s see, on my last watch Beauty was very active and this morning was more of the same. Since Archer has not been seen in a couple days and Beauty seems restless I’m thinking he has left the area. Perhaps on a short trip or winter migration and she is looking for him. This is just my opinion.

Now for my report. It took awhile on this dark and humid morning but I finally spotted a falcon on the FCT top arm south side from the Broad St. bridge. I drove over to city hall just in time to check it out and determine that it was the Beautyful one before she flew off.


I followed her with my binocs as she flew over to the Kodak Office tower and landed on the launchpad. I waited a couple minutes to see if she would fly off and when she didn’t I headed over there. Unfortunately she left while I was in transit and it would be nearly an hour before I caught up with her again. I parked on the Broad St. bridge to see what was happening down in the river and I found the juvie Black-crowned Night Heron fishing and then it flew up to a tree right in front of me.

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After that I spotted Beauty on the 2nd arm of the FCT. She stayed just long enough for a few pics and then she was off again.

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20 minutes later I could barely make out the shape of a falcon over on the jail tower and just as I pulled up and took a look through my binocs Beauty flew off and headed north. I backed the truck up and pulled out onto Plymouth Ave, where I was able to watch her fly over to the FCT and circle above it before flying off to the east and of my field of vision. I decided to leave at this point but as I was stopped at a traffic light I spotted her up on the platform of FCT and naturally I had to investigate. I found a spot where I could get a shot  of her and then I ended my watch.


Have a super day everyone and don’t forget to smile often! 🙂

8 Responses to “Morning watch 9-28-11”

  1. Kris G. Says:

    If he’s left the area already, that’s about 2 weeks earlier than the past 2 yrs. when he’s migrated. Thanks for your report and pics, MAK!

  2. margaret Says:

    Yes, hasn’t A been leaving somewhere around October 10th or 11th? Maybe A and U wore him out!

  3. mkurtz Says:

    You’re welcome Kris. I don’t know if he’s left or not ladies, it is early, but I’ve never seen Beauty so active! Just sayin’… 🙂

  4. djweeds Says:

    LOL, maybe she is happy for the break and is waiting for MR T to arrive. He was more fun. Archer left on Oct. 10 for his annual migration last year.

  5. djweeds Says:

    Well Archer is still around, Carol saw him DT tonight! 🙂

  6. Bobbie Ireland Says:

    That sneaky Archer is playing games with you, MAK!

  7. Bobbie Ireland Says:

    Forgot to say – how lovely to get that heron.

  8. mkurtz Says:

    Bobbie that sneaky Archer is ALWAYS playing games with me! lol Yes it was way cool getting that Heron up so close to me. I was thrilled! 🙂

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