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Christmas Morning Watch 12-25-16

By Rochester Falcon Watcher MAK

It was overcast with light misty rain at times and a temperature of 37 (F) 3 (C) degrees

Merry Christmas from our Rochester Peregrine Falcons and myself!

I started my watch about 10 minutes before sunrise at Seneca Towers (ST) but nobody was home so I drove to downtown. From the hole (Aqueduct St.) I spotted both Beauty and Dot,ca (DC) on the top I-beam southeast side of OCSR. She was near the south corner and he was at the other end nearer to the elevator shaft eating. There were white down feathers all along the ledge surrounding him.

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When I wasn’t paying attention they both left OCSR and flew over to the Mercury statue. I watched DC land on the money bag (MMB) while she was already on the base eating what I assume were cached leftovers as she didn’t spend much time chowing down.

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DC was quite content to watch the Beautyful one from above with his very full crop. She soon went out of view before I realized she had flown off back over to OCSR on the same spot she had been earlier.

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Beauty didn’t stay there for long when she left and flew to the MMB to replace DC who had flown over to the Times Square building (TSB) under the southeast wing.

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Beauty was on the hunt as she flew off to chase pigeons over the river near the Blue Cross Arena. She was unsuccessful and returned to the MMB as DC kept an eye on her.

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I decided to check out the Genesee River scene from the Court St. bridge. Gulls were flying and ducks were swimming as I taped a couple videos of them. Beauty could be seen still on Mercury and DC on TSB from there as I left them to check the Brighton site (BS).

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I had no luck finding our visiting winter falcon friend but on the way over I saw a juvenile Red-tailed Hawk land on a South Avenue light pole.


I was unable to find any falcons in Charlotte/Summerville or Irondequoit today. When I got home to ST I found only Billie on the south end top window ledge with a full crop too! She was busy looking over her surroundings perhaps waiting for Seth to show up as I was.

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Seth never joined us so I ended my watch at 11am and left Buffalo Billie to relax and digest her BIG Christmas breakfast. So glad to have seen falcons this morning-no other gift makes me smile more! 🙂

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12 Responses to “Christmas Morning Watch 12-25-16”

  1. Annie in Montana Says:

    Thanks for the report and Merry Christmas to you

  2. MAK Says:

    Thanks Annie and the same to you! 🙂

  3. Kathy Says:

    Merry Christmas MAK! Thank you for the Rfalcon family updates 🙂

  4. MAK Says:

    You’re welcome Kathy and Merry Christmas! 🙂

  5. Joyce Says:

    Boy, can these peregrine’s crops bulge one more fraction? Nice Christmas report MAK.

  6. Alison in Indiana Says:

    Thanks for the great falcon pictures. I wish you and all the other watchers here Happy Holidays.

  7. MAK Says:

    They do know how to stuff themselves Joyce! 🙂

  8. MAK Says:

    Wishing you and yours Season’s Greetings Alison! 🙂

  9. Paul L Hamilton Says:

    Looks like you and our falcons both had a merry Christmas!

  10. MAK Says:

    Ho! Ho! Ho! Paul!!! 🙂

  11. TapperGal Says:

    Thanks for the Christmas Walk and grand falcon pictures.WOW!!
    Beauty,DC,and Billie. Perfect. Red Tail Hawk pretty handsome as well,I watch them on Cornell site so nice seeing that we have some around us as well.

    Blessed Christmas Season to you MAK, Be safe and healthy.

  12. MAK Says:

    Good to hear from you Diane! Hoping all is well in your world. Seasons Greetings to you and yours as well! 🙂

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