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Fledge Watch 7-31/8-1-15

By Rochester Falcon Watcher MAK

A nice morning for Β watch with sunshine and blue skies after mostly cloudy conditions to start-temperature was 62(F) 17 (C)

For the first time in a few days I saw a juvie at night here at Seneca Towers. Sellie was on the bridge eating when I checked from the west side balcony. It was around 8:30pm and starting to get dark so I walked down to the north end of my 16th floor to observe from the window at the end of the hall which got me much closer. He finished a small bit of food quickly then turned around so I could see his light colored front, enabling me to identify him as Sellie.


I stayed with him til dark then I went home to my apartment. I checked for him first thing this morning from the west side balcony but he wasn’t there so I can’t say if Sellie roosted on the bridge all night. I found Seth on his north end top window ledge when I checked from my car.


I decided to go downtown right away rather than stay with Seth as I wanted to see if I would have better luck than yesterday in finding falcons by getting there earlier. As is my routine, I checked everywhere before heading across the river to the east side. As I was driving around the traffic circle behind HSBC I spotted Beauty on the northeast corner. She was in hunt mode and watching pigeons that were flying around the area.


She pooped and readied herself and then off she went into a flock of pigeons and zeroing in on one near Midtown. Missing that one, she regrouped and set her sights on another one but failed to catch that one either.


Beauty then flew over to the RGS antenna as I found her there when I drove to Euclid St. behind the Hotel Cadillac. The sun was behind her making for dark images so I moved to get a better angle at which time the Beautyful one flew off.


I never did find Beauty again. 15 minutes later while stopped on the Broad St. bridge (BSB), I spotted Dot.ca (DC) on the southeast corner of the Frontier Communications tower (FCT) around 6:40am. I drove over to the parking lot next to the Hochstein School of Music to watch.


Not satisfied with looking at his back I drove down to the City Hall parking lot where I could see DC better and as a result could see that he had a small prey bird in his talons.


DC stood there with his small package for 15 minutes looking around for what I assume was a juvie to give it to, but one never showed. He flew off to the southeast and that would be the last I saw him or any other falcon this morning.


I searched high and low then ended my watch at the High Falls with a mama duck and her 2 ducklings swimming on the north side of the Pont de Rennes pedestrian bridge.


Arriving home I found no falcons to be at Seneca Towers-I called it quits just before the 9 o’clock hour. No juvies seen this morning but a nice watch just the same as I saw 3 of 4 adults and a couple cute ducklings to make me smile! πŸ™‚

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6 Responses to “Fledge Watch 7-31/8-1-15”

  1. Tapper Gal Says:

    Another grand watch this AM. Sounds like you are having fun MAK.Carry on!!!

  2. MAK Says:

    Fun is relative to falcon watching Diane! Good to hear from you. πŸ™‚

  3. Ginny Says:

    Don’t know what is going on at FB but I tried twice and posted a comment and then a little later it is gone πŸ™
    Anyhow I had said the pics of Beauty and DC and the ducklings were great.

  4. MAK Says:

    Thanks Ginny! FB can be evil sometimes. I’ve had the same thing happen to me lately. πŸ™‚

  5. June Kogut Says:

    The picture of DOT ca holding some food for his kids seemed a bit sad..Are the young ones feeding themselves lately?..I feel like I’ve been missing something..Loved the ducklings..(babies always win the day!!) Thanks, MAK. And I AM smiling! J.

  6. MAK Says:

    I feel like I’ve been missing something too June-JUVIES! They most likely are catching their own food now since they haven’t been seen coming for food. It’s that sad time of year when the juvies are seen sparingly as they strike out on their own. And yes, babies of any kind always steal the show. πŸ™‚

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