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Quick afternoon watch at Seneca Towers 8-9-16

Hi folks!

I’ve been home from Arkansas for 5 weeks now and have grown increasingly concerned that I hadn’t seen Billie or Seth since my return. The mid-western PEFA, Buckee had been seen at the Hawkeye plant (half mile from Seneca Towers) with an unbanded adult male so I’d been thinking perhaps they had taken over the territory as I also saw an unbanded male on the west side railing of ST. Today as I was making my lunch, I got a tweet that Joyce and Cheryl spotted a pair of Peregrines on the top window ledge north end of ST. I got excited as that is one of their favorite roosting spots, so I grabbed my camera and went down to meet the ladies on St. Paul Street on the route 104W overpass. We could clearly see black over green leg bands but the distance was too great to get a clear picture of the numbers. After comparing my pics from today and some old ones in the archives, I feel pretty confident that this was Billie and Seth. The first set of pics below are from past watch reports of mine and the second set is today’s pics.


Billie would be the bird on the right and Seth on the end of the ledge in the pics below. Pay close attention to the side of their faces (auricular patch,moustache) and their chest feathers


Hopefully at some point soon we will be able to get clear pics of their leg bands in order to positively identify them. Stay tuned!!! Made me smile to see falcons back on that window ledge! 🙂

24 Responses to “Quick afternoon watch at Seneca Towers 8-9-16”

  1. WLABarb Says:

    A cautiously optimistic HOORAY!

  2. MAK Says:

    Yes Barb! Their movements and posture seemed familiar to me as well. Of course, I haven’t seen them in about 6 months!! 🙂

  3. Lynne Heroux Says:

    Glad you got to see them !!

  4. MAK Says:

    I can’t believe I’ve not seen them til now Lynne, but I sure am glad I finally did!!! 🙂

  5. Dumpsterkitty Says:

    So glad you saw them today! Hiding in plain sight!

  6. MAK Says:

    Ei, can’t tell ya how many times I’ve checked the perimeter of the building when leaving and returning to my building. Not a fly by past my window-no sign whatsoever of them for over a month.Yeah, I’m glad to see them!! 🙂

  7. patsy6 Says:

    Me neither, MAK. I check ST for them twice every workday, going to and from work, and I haven’t seen either of them in quite a while. Crossing my fingers that it is Billie and Seth.

  8. MAK Says:

    I’m fairly sure that it was them Pat! 🙂

  9. Annie in Montana Says:

    I am glad you saw them and hope they stay. Have you had any word on Pigott?

  10. Glenn G. Says:

    Mak, so glad to hear from you. God Bless and keep up your wonderful watches

  11. Donna Says:

    I think it’s them also, same spot on building!! Sweet!!

    Annie in Montana: Pigott is just fine after raising her 2 kids!! Their building is being refurbed and has scaffolding around it but they are still seen around town on other buildings!!

  12. MAK Says:

    Annie, as you can see from Donna’s comment, Miss Pigott is doing fine! 🙂

  13. MAK Says:

    Donna, as soon as Joyce tweeted that there were 2 on that window ledge I felt relieved as that is their spot! 🙂

  14. MAK Says:

    Hi Glenn! Sorry I haven’t been out watching falcons much since I came home from Arkansas. I’ll get back into it at some point. 🙂

  15. Pa Gal Says:

    Oh MAK, so happy to see your post. I’ve been thinking about you and thrilled that you wrote about Seth and Billie! Take good care of yourself.

  16. MAK Says:

    Thanks Pa Gal! Taking some time for myself right now. I hope my peeps understand. 🙂

  17. Margaret Says:

    So happy to read your post, MAK, and happy that it appears to be Seth and Billie! Good news!
    I was glad to read about Pigott too. She popped into my mind the other day, as did our Quest! Any word on Quest?

  18. MAK Says:

    Margaret, Quest has been seen and seems to be doing fine. 🙂

  19. Braveheart2665 Says:

    All is well in the pefa world & it’s great to see MAK hot on their trail

  20. MAK Says:

    Linda, it was good to see Billie and Seth and finally know that all is well in the Rochester PEFA world! 🙂

  21. the Romulynn Says:

    yay for you ! hope to get to town soon.. and of course lets do Montezuma !

  22. MAK Says:

    Ok Romulynn! 🙂

  23. TapperGal Says:

    Glad you saw your falcon birds MAK.I had been wondering what may have happened to them.Take care of self,you need to rest body and mind. I am in Michigan now for several weeks with sister.She needs some company!!

  24. MAK Says:

    Have fun with sis Diane! Take care!! 🙂

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