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Short but sweet Falcon Watch 1-9-17

By Rochester Falcon Watcher MAK

It was 20 (F) -7 (C) degrees with a few snowflakes Β in the air under an overcast sky

I dedicate this Peregrine Falcon Watch report to the late, great Genesee-son of Beauty and Dot.ca from the year 2015

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I didn’t see Billie or Seth at Seneca Towers when I left home this morning around 8am. After an early appointment and running some errands I made my way downtown to check on our falcons. My first stop was the Andrews St. bridge where I spotted Dot.ca (DC) on the northeast corner of the Crossroads building with his back to me. Right across from him on the top I-beam northwest side of OCSR Beauty was perched and she too, had her back to me.

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I then drove over to State St. across from the Holiday Inn for a closer view of them albeit was just a side view. They both were alert, looking around their falcon world.

Please click on any pics to see a full version of them

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DC pooped a couple times and after the second one he quickly jumped down off the edge and turned around as the Beautyful one came flying in and knocked him off the building. He flew off around the north end of OCSR and disappeared to the east side where I figured he went up in the elevator shaft. Beauty started nibbling on some leftovers that were up there on the Crossroads roof.

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There wasn’t much more than a few bites left as Beauty stopped eating a couple minutes later. At that point I drove over to Bragdon Place by the north end of the Radisson Hotel where I did in fact, find DC on the south side ledge of the OCSR elevator shaft. I could also see Beauty from there as she remained perched on Crossroads.

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I left them as they were to go check the Brighton Site (BS) and to walk Bella. No falcons in sight there and when I returned to downtown Beauty was nowhere to be found and DC was back on the northeast corner of Crossroads.


I called it a watch and headed home, but still there was no sign of Billie or Seth when I got there. I ended my watch at 3pm smiling after seeing our downtown pair doing well! πŸ™‚

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12 Responses to “Short but sweet Falcon Watch 1-9-17”

  1. Kathy Says:

    Great photos of B showing DC who is boss ..lol..gotta keep that boy in line! I still can’t believe that G is gone, he really was ‘great’ and we’ll never forget him. Thank you MAK.

  2. Kathy Barnard Says:

    What happened to Genesee? I missed it πŸ™

  3. MAK Says:

    Sometimes Beauty has to remind DC of who runs the show around here. I won’t forget how Genesee kept coming back last fall to grace us with his presence Kathy. Love that boy!! πŸ™‚

  4. MAK Says:

    Kathy Barnard-Genesee was most likely hit by a car on the Irondequoit Bay bridge. Dana and Carol found him and the DEC retrieved his precious little body. πŸ™

  5. Alison in Indiana Says:

    For a moment there I thought you had caught early mating. But no such luck.
    Thanks for a great report and good “in memoriam” of Genesee.

  6. MAK Says:

    Alison, it won’t be long now and they’ll be getting started on the mating season! πŸ™‚

  7. Pamela Thomas Says:

    Thank you for your love and dedication. I feel like our local Falcons are part of my family. Heartbreaking that it had to be an auto to take one of their precious lives.

  8. MAK Says:

    Unfortunately Pamela, it happens more than you might think. I don’t know if you were a forum member back when Unity was around, but she was killed by a car as well. Thank you for the heart warming comment! πŸ™‚

  9. betty Says:

    max so sorry about genesee. i love my falcons and enjoy all the pics you so lovining bring to all of us i didn’t know about genesee until today. i feel so bad. it;s hard when you have been following them. we lost one of our own. again thanks for the pics& your dedication.

  10. MAK Says:

    You’re welcome Betty and I’m sorry for your loss as well. They’re very easy to fall in love with and twice as hard to say goodbye to after watching them grow up and all. I’m thankful to have seen Genesee as much as I did. πŸ™‚

  11. TapperGal Says:

    Thanks as usual for the pictures and videos.Always enjoy. I so remember Genesee,just loved having one of our falcons named after our river.It was so sad when he died. On that note however,have a Happy New Year MAK.Keep safe and healthy.

  12. MAK Says:

    Diane, thanks as usual for commenting! Happy New Year to you as well. πŸ™‚

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