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Wednesday Early Morning Fledge Watch – 6/29/16

By Rochester Falcon Watcher Carol P.

After all the back and forth between our Peregrines and the Kestrels, that appear to be nesting near the Powers Bldg, I decided to get out early this morning.

I arrived on the Court St Bridge at about 6:00 am this morning.  Dan was already there (of course! lol).  Larry and Zaph soon joined us.

Dan told us that he had seen all 6 Rochester Falcons before we arrived.  That was great news!.

We all settled down to watch all 4 juvies flying around the jail communication tower.  Beauty was there, higher up on the tower and Dot.ca (DC) was on the Time Warner communication tower, which is south of where we were watching from.

2 Juvies Playing Near the Jail Comm Twr. 6-29-162 Juvies Together on the Jail Comm Twr -6-29-16

Both DC and Beauty were in hunt mode, over Cornhill.  We figured that one of them was successful when two of the juvies flew out to greet them.  It was Beauty and she was carrying a pigeon back towards the jail communication tower.  We were thrilled to see her do a food transfer over the jail.  The juvie who received her offering flew towards the Times Square Bldg.  Two other juvies joined it on the Widow’s Walk.

Dan and Larry had to leave, so Zaph and I headed over to Aqueduct St (aka the hole).

The three juvies were still on the Widows Walk.  We could hear the Kestrel vocalizing over at the Powers Bldg.  Yep, there it was on the SW corner of the railing.

Kestrel on Powers Bldg -6-29-16Kestrel on Powers Bldg -6-29-16

Beauty flew in and landed on Mercury’s foot.

Beauty on Mercury's Foot -6-29-16

The Kestrel flew in heading towards Beauty.  Off they went!  This time, the Kestrel was chasing Beauty out over the  river.  She turned back and the Kestrel headed back towards Powers.  To give you a better idea of size difference of a Kestrel vs a Peregrine, here is a picture of the Kestrel chasing Beauty.  They are small in comparison, but oh, so feisty!

Kestrel vs Peregrine Comparison -6-29-16

In the meantime, the juvies decided it was time to play.  They flew over us, one landing on the TR bldg and one landed on the Philippone Bldg.  I was unable to ID either juvie.

Juvie Flying Overhead -6-29-16Juvie on Philippone Bldg -6-29-16Juvie on TR Bldg -6-29-16

Beauty came in and landed on the Wilder ladder.

Beauty on Wilder Ladder -6-29-16

One juvie decided to join his/her mom on the ladder, landing on her and knocking her off!  lol

Move it Mom! -6-29-16

Zaph and I returned to our chairs to relax for a bit.  That’s when we saw a falcon fly low, to the street in front of the Times Square Bldg (TSB).  That wasn’t good!  We headed towards the TSB and saw what the problem was.  There was a dead pigeon on the sidewalk in front of the TSB.  Beauty had landed on the corner of the Philippone bldg above it, one juvie was on the Wilder bldg and 2 were visible on Widows Walk.  We figured that the meal that the juvies were eating this morning, somehow made it to the sidewalk, dropped by one of the falcons.  Beauty had tried to retrieve it.

Beauty on Philippone Bldg -6-29-16

We took care of moving the pigeon somewhere safe.  Away from the street where one of them could have been injured.  Crisis averted!

At a little after 9:00 am, we ended our watch.  I hope to get back out later today.

11 Responses to “Wednesday Early Morning Fledge Watch – 6/29/16”

  1. Alison in Indiana Says:

    Thank-you for falcon food rescue efforts 🙂

  2. Carol P. Says:

    lol We aim to please Alison! 🙂

  3. kathy Says:

    Thank you for moving the pigeon away from danger!

  4. TapperGal Says:

    This was a most interesting “watch”to read about.I always learn something about these great birds. I still marvel how you spot them and pick up on them so quickly.Know it comes with practice and getting out there and looking. Carol,I was wondering,do you have any idea where the falcons sleep at night?

  5. Carol P. Says:

    We’re not sure exactly where they’re spending their evenings Diane. But I wouldn’t be surprised if they weren’t somewhere on the Times Square bldg.

    You’re welcome Kathy!

  6. betty capuano Says:

    thanks for all you and the rest of the falcon watchers do.to share your love of our beautiful falcons to bring it home to us.god bless all of you***

  7. Carol P. Says:

    Thank you Betty!

  8. WLABarb Says:

    Good job seeing, and removing, the pigeon. I wonder if anyone retrieved it? Hopefully it didn’t go to waste. That was an exciting watch! Thanks for your report, Carol.

  9. Phillipa Says:

    Thanks for the pictures. Since they’re not at the scrape much it’s nice the pictures are especially welcome.

  10. Carol P. Says:

    Thanks Barb and Phillipa!

  11. Alison in Indiana Says:

    Someone will have eaten the dead pigeon, there are more scavengers out in the city than we can imagine. Raccoons, possums, rats, feral cats or dogs, other birds of prey…

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