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Morning Watch/5 PEFA’s seen 9-29-17

By Rochester Falcon Watcher MAK

It was partly cloudy and a bit dark until the sun rose above the clouds. The temperature was a chilly 49 (F) 9 (C) at the start.

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I began my watch Before the sun came up so the pics of Billie are a bit grainy as I found her on the south window ledge of Seneca Towers from my parking lot.

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After checking the rest of the building unsuccessfully for Seth I left for downtown. From Chestnut St. in front of the Martin Luther King Jr. Park I found Beauty on the south side of Xerox 6 columns over from the southeast corner. She appeared to be napping at first and when she woke up she did some scratching.

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A few minutes later the Beautyful one pooped and flew off heading southwest only to double back and fly northeast behind the 5 Star Bank.

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I had a feeling she went to the RGE antenna and after getting thru the morning rush hour traffic I found her there from Elm St. The back light was bad so I moved to Lawn St. next to the Columbus building.

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Beauty flew off while I was watching a guy parallel park in front of me so I flew off too! As I was making my way across the Broad St. bridge I spotted Dot.ca (DC) on the top I-beam south side of OCSR but he didn’t stick around until I could get parked somewhere so I continued on to City Hall to check the Frontier Communications tower. Nothing on the tower but as I checked the Powers building from the back of the parking lot I caught a glimpse of DC going into the nest box. I then headed over to the Andrews St. bridge (ASB) where I could see him better.


DC left the nest box after a few minutes and flew up to a camera in front of the box. On my tiny LCD camera screen it looked like he had food in his crop and I tweeted as such, but actually it was quite empty.

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I left him just before 9am to go check the Brighton location before I walked Bella. Once there I found our young, visiting, female Peregrine Falcon on the east face of the south extension 3 windows down in the corner where it meets the east extension. She was a bit sleepy at first sight but woke up after a minute or so. She had her back to me but was showing me the side of her face.

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I didn’t visit with her for too long-just a few minutes. After walking Bella I returned to downtown and found DC on the same Powers camera as I left him with his back to me this time. Beauty was over on the top I-beam of OCSR near the north corner with a feather (fascinator) stuck to her beak so I assume she had eaten recently.

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I left them to it as they could see each other and when I got home to Seneca Towers I found Seth on the north window ledge. He was mainly looking back over his shoulder towards the river-most likely on the hunt.

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I ended my watch a little before 11am with a smile after seeing all 4 resident Rochester Peregrine Falcons and a bonus PEFA at the Brighton site! 🙂

Click on the link below to see today’s snippet video


6 Responses to “Morning Watch/5 PEFA’s seen 9-29-17”

  1. WLABarb Says:

    You scored big today, MAK, with Five PEFAs in one watch! The cooler temps must’ve been a nice change. Thanks for a most enjoyable report. As always, loved your stills and video. Have a wonderful “Autumn” weekend!

  2. MAK Says:

    Thanks for commenting Barb! I’m definitely enjoying the cooler temps and I’m sure our falcons are as well! 🙂

  3. SueC67 Says:

    Thanks for another terrific report. The new girl looks like a pretty little thing and here’s hoping D.C. hasn’t met her yet. Hope all is well with you and we hear from you again soon.

  4. MAK Says:

    You’re welcome Sue and thanks for your comment. Funny you should mention DC-every time I check that site I expect to see him with this new, young female. Pigott was just a year old when she first came to town as well! Time will tell!! 🙂

  5. TapperGal Says:

    Am hoping DC doesn’t wander away from Beauty,guess time will tell.Thanks for great pictures as usual MAK. Enjoyed your watch.

  6. MAK Says:

    Hey there Diane, thanks for coming along!! 🙂

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