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Rochester Falcon Watch – Let the Season Begin! – 2/28/16

By Rochester Falcon Watcher Carol P.

As I type this report, it is a balmy 60 degrees (F) here in Rochester, NY.  During my falcon watch, it was 51 degrees and sunny. What a gorgeous day!

This was a great day for a falcon watch and what a fun watch it was.  When I arrived downtown, I spotted Dot.ca up on top of the Mercury statue.  He took off, heading south.  From the Broad St Bridge, I could see Beauty at the Times Square Bldg (TSB) nest box.

Beauty at the TSB Nest Box -2-28-16

Dot.ca was on the top arm of the Jail Communication Tower (JCT).  He took off and Beauty was gone too!  I moved closer to the TSB and found Beauty on the ledge just above the nest box.

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Dot.ca flew in and approached Beauty and ……. Copulation #1! (8:10 am) Let the season begin!  🙂

Copulation #1 Beauty and Dot.ca -2-28-16

Beauty remained on the ledge.  Dot.ca entered the nest box and then out to the pan cam (Camera #1).

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Dot.ca took off from Pan Cam and flew south.  Beauty took off and up to the ledge under the northeast wing of the TSB.  Dot.ca turned back towards the Times Square Bldg and again approached Beauty. Copulation #2! (8:37 am)

DC Takes Off -2-28-16DC Takes Off -2-28-16Beauty to NE Wing Ledge TSB -2-28-16

Copulation #2 -2-28-16

Dot.ca again flew down to the nest box and dug in the scrape, prepping it for his eggs.  lol  He then came out and up to pan cam.

Beauty on NE Wing Ledge -2-28-16DC on Pan Cam -2-28-16DC on Pan Cam -2-28-16

Kathy O joined me at this point. We could hear a high pitched wailing coming from Beauty.

At 10:23 am, Dot.ca took off.

DC Took Off -2-28-161

He circled around the Wilder Bldg and up to Beauty.  Copulation #3! No picture this time, but I did a quick video snippet.

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Beauty and Dot.ca Copulation #3 Video

Dot.ca went to the nest box and scrapped and back to Pan Cam.  Seems to be a pattern here.  lol

DC to TSB NB After Copulation #3 -2-28-16

Kathy and I spotted a Red-tailed Hawk fly overhead.  Beauty and Dot.ca started to kak loudly, but neither of them left the building.  The hawk flew off to the northeast, and Beauty and Dot.ca were quiet again.

RTH Overhead -2-28-16

Dot.ca took off at 11:26 am.  He stooped towards the building on the north side of the Times Square Bldg and took a swipe at the pigeons there.  They took off, flying in all directions.  Dot.ca returned to the nest box.

At 11:37 am, Beauty and Dot.ca copulated for the 4th time during my watch.  Again on the ledge below the northeast wing.  Here is another short video.  This time you can hear Kathy and I talking.  🙂

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Beauty and Dot.ca Copulation #4

Afterwards Dot.ca landed on the southeast wing ledge across from Beauty.  That’s when we ended our downtown falcon watch.

Beauty and Dot.ca on TSB -2-28-16

I did check Seneca Towers, Medley Center and Russell Station, but found no falcons at any of those locations.  While I was checking out Seneca Towers from Maplewood Park I saw two adult Bald Eagles flying low over the river gorge.  No pictures because they both went below the tree line.

I’ll leave you with a picture I took before my falcon watch.  Do you see what I see!

Surprise! -2-28-16

11 Responses to “Rochester Falcon Watch – Let the Season Begin! – 2/28/16”

  1. Kris G. Says:

    Lots of action today! Let the season begin is right! Thanks for your watch, report and videos, Carol!

  2. Joyce Says:

    Thanks for the report. So glad Kathy was there to make sure you got Copulation #4. I missed hearing her say oo-oo-oo. Looks like Beauty and Dot.ca plan on using Times Square nestbox. Your pic looks like a mum great-horned owl in a nest.

  3. Carol P. Says:

    You’re very welcome Kris! It was a really fun watch today. 🙂

  4. Carol P. Says:

    Ding, ding, ding! You are correct! It is a Great-Horned Owl in a Red-tailed Hawk nest. I was so surprised to see her.

  5. patsy6 Says:

    I was getting your tweets yesterday morning, Carol, and wishing I could join you, but I figured it would all be over by the time I got my act together and went downtown. It probably wouldn’t have been over, though. Four matings in one watch! Wow! Thanks for the exciting report, and for that owl pic with the amazing eye staring out at us.

  6. Carol P. Says:

    Thanks Pat! You should have definitely joined us. 🙂

  7. June P Kogut Says:

    I wish I could join you, but its a long drive from Cape Cod. A great report..Let the games continue!!! Looking forward to a busy summer..And a happy good DAY to the owl who I am sure was preparing for a good day’s sleep!

  8. TapperGal Says:

    Thanks Carol,you picked a great day for your “watch” Exciting time for sure.

  9. Braveheart2665 Says:

    What an awesome way to get things started 🙂 Great pics !

  10. Carol P. Says:

    Thanks Diane. It was a lovely day.

  11. Carol P. Says:

    Thanks Linda! 🙂

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