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Falcon watch 2-26-12

By Rochester falcon watcher MAK

Well, what a difference a day makes! Yesterday was poor weather and poor falcon watching having only seen Unity for a brief time. Today sunshine and lots of falcon action prevailed! Joyce picked me up and when we arrived downtown Dana was down on Aqueduct St. and CarolP was parked by falcon central. A police helicopter appeared right in front of us very low flying over the broad St. bridge and headed slowly down river to the north.

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We made a u turn and joined Carol. Unity was in the nest box and a male falcon was on the gridwork of the Times Square building east side(nest side).

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Both falcons left heading east diving on a Red-tail Hawk and then landing on Xerox. Unity on SW corner and male on NW corner. Make sure to click on pics for full version.

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They weren’t there long when both flew to the nest box.

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The male left and went over to the 3rd ibeam southeast side of OCSR.

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Meanwhile Unity flew from the top of cam 4 to the top of the main cam.

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Unity flew to Mercury landing on the money bag hand while the male went to the nest box.

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Suddenly the male flew over to Mercury and landed on the feather of the cap. Unity hacked up a couple pellets while up there of which I have video that I will put the link to at the end of my report. It looked to me like she was not happy with him following her and she took off .

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She flew to the southwest corner of the Hyatt on the lower roof while the male stayed on Mercury. Unity brought up another pellet there. Joyce and I decided to go to the top level of the South Ave. garage for a closer look.

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The male then joined Unity on the Hyatt landing just a couple feet away from her. And it seemed like she was trying to give him the slip for she flew up to the top roof southwest corner of the Hyatt hotel.

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I took this opportunity to take a couple pics from this location to give everyone a lay of the land so to speak.

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Unity left followed by the male. We lost them and then we saw 1 flying near Xerox. We believe the male landed on the southwest corner of the Chase building. On the ledge of the garage some brave pigeons had gathered.

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Unity had flown to the money bag hand of Mercury and the male to the ring of the southwest wing on the Times Square building.

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Both falcons flew off and with daylight fading we decided we would fly too! It was a busy watch and it is this watchers opinion that Unity doesn’t seem too interested in this male. I reckon she’s waiting for Archer to return. Let’s hope when that day comes we can all smile! 🙂

Videos and a photo album are below. Enjoy!




7 Responses to “Falcon watch 2-26-12”

  1. Paul Says:

    This album is great! It really shows the enormity of the space these birds live in.


  2. margaret Says:

    Really wonderful photos! Thank you. I am in awe of your dedication and running around to get all this great shots. Every shot that I look at Unity, it strikes me how large she is compared to Beauty, and her feathers always seems to be ruffled up. Is it just the wind?
    I just hope it has a happy ending…I think I’ve said that before here!

  3. Donna Says:

    Geeze Louise! What a day, what great pics. OY!! What will tomorrow bring!! Nice pellets Unity!! Thanks MAK!! BP 180/90 SOON!!

  4. Kathy Says:

    Thank you…Thank you.

  5. Ginny Says:

    Thank you MAK! I watched your videos earlier tonight as I get notified of my subs from YT.
    The photos are great and I think this is going to be a very interesting season.

  6. MAK Says:

    Thanks everyone! Paul I put a lot of stock in your opinion. Margaret- Unity is a big girl,bigger than Beauty for sure! Donna as usual you crack me up! And Ginny I believe this season already is interesting! 🙂

  7. Braveheart2665 Says:

    Great Pics ! Was very exciting watching the cams yesterday

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