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Falcon Watch 1-16-17

By Rochester Falcon Watcher MAK

It was a bright, sunny day with a temperature of Β 41 (F) 5 (C)

I started my watch this morning around 10:30am with no falcons at Seneca Towers (ST). When I arrived downtown, I found Dot.ca (DC) in the OCSR elevator shaft on the south side ledge.


I left him quickly as I wanted to check for Beauty before heading over to Brighton to walk Bella and check for falcons at the Brighton site (BS). I found the Beautyful one under the northeast wing of the Times Square building (TSB).

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On my way over to BS, I came upon the Red-tailed Hawk (RTH) I saw the other day on a pole near the Ford St. bridge while I was waiting for the traffic light.


After finding no PEFA’s at BS and walking my buddy Bella, I spotted the RTH again on a different pole this time.

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It was noon by the time I got back downtown. I spotted Beauty on the Mercury Money Bag (MMB) where she was preening and looking around the river and surrounding area.

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After a while, I left the hole to check the elevator shaft for DC but he was gone. From the Andrews St. bridge I spotted him over on the Frontier Communications tower (FCT). I drove over to Fitzhugh St. in front of City Hall for a closer look at him.

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DC was preening and stretching as I drove around and parked near the Open Door Mission for a different angle on him.

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I left him to it as I went Β to run a couple errands on East Ridge Rd. To my surprise I saw a falcon on the glass peaked roof at the Medley Center Mall in Irondequoit. I immediately thought of Big Frankie as this used to be her hunting place. Unfortunately, it wasn’t her but I believe it was Billie from ST. She had a black over green leg band on her left leg and a silver band on the right leg. I didn’t get a clear enough shot to see the numbers/letters on the band but it sure did look like her to me.

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She took off to the west and I left to finish my errands.

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I then spotted her on a light pole over by the Target store but couldn’t stay as I was running behind-she flew off going really low around the northwest corner of the mall and I didn’t see her when I was leaving. I finally got home around 3:15pm and was happy to see who I believe was Seth on the northwest corner of Seneca Towers. I stopped at the Northridge Church where I first saw him but his back was to me so I went to my spot on Seth Green Dr. He was just hanging out all scrunched down looking around his territory.

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I ended my watch smiling as I always do after seeing Rochester’s Peregrine Falcons! πŸ™‚

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6 Responses to “Falcon Watch 1-16-17”

  1. Pamela Thomas Says:

    What great shots! Thank you so much! You had a busy day!

  2. Joyce Says:

    Yep it’s Billie. Your first pic clearly shows 7 over A. That’s half of her ID 77 over AX. Nice watch.

  3. MAK Says:

    You’re most welcome Pamela! Busy is good-it keeps me out of trouble! πŸ™‚

  4. MAK Says:

    Thanks for confirming Joyce. Sure would like to know what happened to Big Frank! πŸ™‚

  5. patsy6 Says:

    All great shots, but the take off from the Medley Centre shot is superb! Thanks, MAK!

  6. MAK Says:

    You’re welcome Pat and thanks for the nice comment! πŸ™‚

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