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Weekend Falcon Watch – Beauty & Dot.ca Hanging Out Together – 8/5 & 8/6/17

By Rochester Falcon Watcher Carol P.

I keep checking out the downtown area in hopes of seeing and hearing a juvie Peregrine.  So far, I’ve had no luck.  But I love seeing Beauty and Dot.ca hanging out together too.

Saturday morning (8/5/17)

When I first arrived downtown, it was sunny and cool.  But coming in from the west was a mass of dark clouds.  For just a couple minutes, a beautiful rainbow came into view behind the Times Square Bldg.


It took me awhile, but I finally found our downtown pair sharing a meal on a chimney on Irving Place.  This is Rochester’s old City Hall.  At first I didn’t see Dot.ca, until his head popped up behind Beauty.  He was eating a small piece of the pigeon that Beauty was standing over.  Her crop was already full, but she reached down now and then to take a bite and pluck a feather or two.



After Beauty finished eating, Dot.ca moved in to take the remainder of her meal.  He flew off with it heading north.  Beauty followed a few moments later.

8-beauty-on-irving-place-8-5-179-beauty-on-irving-place-8-5-17<— Beauty after Dot.ca left.

I drove over to the Frontier Communication Tower (FCT).  There I found Dot.ca eating on top of the large white drum on FCT.  Beauty was up under the platform over the northeast box.


This is where I left them at the end of my Saturday morning falcon watch.

Sunday morning (8/6/17)

It was a quiet and cool morning.  After checking most of the downtown area and not finding any falcons, I decided to check out the OCSR elevator shaft.  Yep!  There he was!  Dot.ca was up there on the south side ledge.

1-dotca-fct-elevator-shaft-8-6-17<— Dot.ca OCSR Elevator Shaft.

I continued my search for Beauty.  She was being very elusive.  While parked on the Court St Bridge, I found three fisher birds down on the river.  A Great Egret, a juvie Black-Crowned Night Heron and a Great Blue Heron.


I moved over to the Andrews St Bridge to watch from there for awhile.  I could see Dot.ca in the elevator shaft, but still couldn’t find Beauty.  After about an hour, I decided to end my Sunday morning watch.  Just after I texted that I was leaving, Beauty took off from the FCT platform.  She headed south chasing a flock of pigeons.  Beauty then turned back and again landed on the Frontier Communication Tower.  So nice of her to show herself to me before I ended my watch.  Thanks Beauty!  lol

On July 17th, Kathy O, Lisa, Dana and I took a road trip to Montezuma.  I finally took some time to look through my pictures.  It rained on and off, but it was still an enjoyable ride through this lovely area.  Here are some of my favorite pictures from that day.

4-montezuma-eagle-sculpture-7-17-173-montezuma-eagle-sculpture-7-17-17<— Montezuma Eagle sculpture.  Awesome!

2-young-bald-eagle-at-montezuma-7-17-171-young-bald-eagle-at-montezuma-7-17-17<— Young Bald Eagle drying its wings.

5-red-headed-woodpecker-7-17-17<— This was the best pic I could get of a Red Headed Woodpecker we found.  Only the 2nd one I’ve ever seen!

6-osprey-montezuma-7-17-17<— Osprey Fly Over.

8-swallow-at-the-audubon-ctr-7-17-17<— Swallow Nesting at the Audubon Ctr.

I’ll leave you with some beautiful views from Montezuma.


8 Responses to “Weekend Falcon Watch – Beauty & Dot.ca Hanging Out Together – 8/5 & 8/6/17”

  1. Dot in PA Says:

    I enjoyed all your photos, especially the beautiful redheaded woodpecker and the Montezuma eagle sculpture. Thanks!

  2. BETTY Says:

    i love all the pics. i have to get out to montezuma one of these days. i get to see a lot of red headed woodpeckers in my yard. i ave a family of them. & cardinals. they are a wonder.

  3. Carol P. Says:

    Thanks Dot! That eagle sculpture is beautiful! 🙂

  4. Carol P. Says:

    Thank you Betty! How cool to have a family of Red Headed Woodpeckers in your backyard! 🙂

  5. mary Says:

    My word, Carol, you sure have eagle eyes as you follow and find those elusive falcons! I’ll have to get a map of Rochester and the surrounding area to follow your (and the birds’) peregrinations. THANKS!

  6. WLABarb Says:

    Nice work finding Beauty and Dot.ca. Beauty’s crop looked like it was about to burst! Funny how she’s always been a good provider for Dot.ca. ;^) I hope he stays and keeps her company again this winter.

    I can only imagine how much fun your trip to Montezuma was. You got some nice shots! I’m glad you posted them.

    Thanks for your report, Carol!

  7. Carol P. Says:

    You’re very welcome Mary! Maybe you can visit Rochester some day to see the falcons. 🙂

  8. Carol P. Says:

    Thanks Barb! Watching Beauty and Dot.ca interact is so much fun! lol

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