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Sunday Morning Falcon Watch – Gorgeous Fall Day! – 10/22/17

By Rochester Falcon Watcher Carol P.

What an absolutely beautiful late October day here in Rochester, NY!  After reading Larry O’s tweets this morning, I just had to get out to get in a game of tag with our falcons.  Larry had reported seeing both Beauty and Dot.ca on the Powers Bldg, Frontier Communication Tower and Widow’s Walk.

But first, I wanted to see if I could find our visiting, unbanded female at the Brighton Site (BS).  It didn’t take me long to find her in a bit of shade on the south side of the east extension, two windows down.  A favorite spot for her.

1-bs-visiting-unbanded-female-10-22-17<— Unbanded Female visitor at BS location.

I remained there for about a 1/2 hour, hoping that she would turn around.  But, she was very settled, preening and pulling out small fluff feathers.  After she finished preening, it was nap time.  Time for me to leave her.

My next stop was downtown Rochester.  But, instead of a game of falcon tag, it was more like a game of falcon hide-n-seek!  When I went out looking for the falcons last Sunday, I was unable to find any of them.  This time I was determined to find Beauty and Dot.ca!

After checking all the usual spots and having no luck finding them, I headed over to the east side.  I looked at the west, south and east sides of the Xerox Tower and the surrounding buildings.  Nothing!  Finally, from Elm St, I found our elusive duo!  Both Beauty and Dot.ca were together on the north side (near the NW corner) of the Xerox Tower.  They were on the metal framework of the lights that lit the building at night.  That was a first for me seeing both of them up there.



6-bdc-on-xerox-10-22-178-bdc-on-xerox-10-22-17 <— Beauty and Dot.ca on the Xerox Tower, north side.

Now that it’s the off season, I love seeing these two together like this.

I watched them for about an hour before heading out.  They were quite comfortable up there, preening and just enjoying the warmth and sunshine.  All was quiet and peaceful.  Just how I like it!  🙂

On my way home, I did check on the ST pair, but had no luck seeing them from Maplewood Park.  MAK just tweeted that Seth was home and I did see one of them last Sunday morning on the north end window ledge.

A quick check at KP west and Charlotte.  No falcons seen at either location.  It was time to end my very enjoyable Sunday morning Falcon Watch.

Oh, before I go, I took a picture of the Broad St Bridge from the east end.  Looks like they’re getting closer to completing the construction.  I noticed that there are bike path lines on both sides, instead of areas to park.  Not sure if this is how it will remain.  I sure do hope that we will be allowed to park on the bridge after it’s complete.

9-broad-st-bridge-10-22-17 <— Broad St Bridge from east end.

I’ll leave you with a couple pics of fall.  Enjoy!

10-fall-leaves-10-22-1711-orourke-bridge-10-22-17 <— 2nd pic is of the O’Rourke Bridge.

8 Responses to “Sunday Morning Falcon Watch – Gorgeous Fall Day! – 10/22/17”

  1. Larry Says:

    Nice catch on that Xerox thing. I checked later in the day but they were gone by then.

  2. Carol P. Says:

    I was surprised to see them both up there Larry. Almost missed them! lol

  3. Sage Says:

    Wonderful you found them on such a great day!

  4. patsy6 Says:

    They look so cute together, just hangin’. Thanks Carol.

  5. Carol P. Says:

    Thanks Sage! It was a gorgeous day!

  6. Carol P. Says:

    Love when they are together! You’re welcome Pat!

  7. TapperGal Says:

    You sure are tenacious in your search Carol.Great job tracking them down.Also,love the fall colors so thanks for that!!!!!

  8. Carol P. Says:

    You’re very welcome Diane! Thank you!

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