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Morning watch 11-28-11

By Rochester falcon watcher MAK

Well kids this was the last day with access to a vehicle for a morning watch so I was hoping and prayingย  Beauty wouldn’t play hide and seek with me. As luck would have it I found her right off the bat on her favorite(and mine too) perch atop the money bag hand of Mercury!


She IS the top dog of her territory and she so looks it when she’s parked up there! Anyway, Beauty soon flew off to the southwest and out of sight. I went on a little jaunt to find her and ended up right back on the Broad St. bridge as she had caught breakfast and was now on the base of Mercury. She rested for a bit before she started tearing into her catch.

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It had rained much of the overnight and things were wet so when the Beautyful one started plucking feathers they were sticking to everything!

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As Beauty ate,ย  a crowd was gathering above her. Crazy birds don’t you know to stay away from a bird of prey! lol

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Beauty decided to turn around so I drove down to Aqueduct St. When I got there she was just sitting there taking a breather. I thought she was done eating because her crop looked pretty full. Wrong…she started picking at the remains again.

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Just check out that crop!!! She couldn’t fit more in without having it stick out of her beak for crying out loud! lol When she was through with her meal and a half she went up onto the foot to stash it.

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Beauty kinda ducked behind where I couldn’t see her and snuck out the back door. I drove back up to the bridge to see but she was gone.ย  I took a quick drive around downtown without finding her so I left to check for Unity at KP. She was no where to be seen so I ended my watch and went home. I made 3 videos and an album of the Beautyful one today. Thought I’d make my last morning watch for awhile go out with a bang. As always they will be at the end of this report. It was really great to share space with our downtown diva, Beauty for 2 hours today. Already I can’t wait til next time but in the meantime I’ll keep smiling and you do the same!ย  ๐Ÿ™‚

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

  1. Donna Says:

    My word, that’s a mighty huge crop she has!! She just gorged herself. Great pics MAK!!

  2. Lola Says:

    Thanks again for your reports. Really appreciate them !!

  3. MAK Says:

    Thanks D! I’ll say she gorged herself! I’m surprised she could even fly after that meal!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. MAK Says:

    You’re welcome Lola! It’s always a pleasure to share with everyone! ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Ginny Says:

    MAK….I have so enjoyed your morning watch reports again!
    I can’t believe Beauty ate so much…..she was having THANKSGIVING DINNER a few days late…LOL !!!
    The photos and the videos were great!
    Thank you!
    Smiling….. ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Kris G. Says:

    Thanks for your report, MAK! Always good to read about Beauty and see her in action!

  7. MAK Says:

    Ginny she shouldn’t have gone back for seconds!
    And Kris it’s always good to see Beauty in action! ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. Alison Says:

    It would seem that pigeons know that the peregrine aways attacks from above, so as long as she was below them gorging on a meal, they were safe.
    The series with the plucked feathers sticking to the base of the statue, as if caught in the act of floating down, as has been described so many times, is especially endearing to me.

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