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All I can say is WOW! – Monday Morning Falcon Watch – 7/2/18

By Rochester Falcon Watcher Carol P.

By the time I made my way downtown at 6:30 am, the temperature was already climbing and almost unbearable.  Larry O had reported that he and Dan had witnessed an up close and personal stoop by Beauty from over Xerox to the river on the south side of the Court St. Bridge (CSB).  She missed what she was after and settled on the Jail Communication Tower (JCT).

I decided to check the Frontier Communication Tower (FCT) first.  When I parked in front of City Hall, I could hear the very loud vocalization of a juvenile Peregrine Falcon.  It was Letchworth on the platform of FCT looking up at Dot.ca on the middle arm.


First Dot.ca, then Letchworth and another juvie I hadn’t seen, followed.

4-letchworth-off-fct-7-2-18<— There goes Letchworth!

Larry O and Dan saw all three heading down Main St. towards downtown.

I joined Dan and Larry on the Court St. Bridge, just in time to see four falcons flying high above the Xerox Tower (XT).

I quickly grabbed my camera and practiced my flight shots, of which there were a lot!

Dan, Larry and I enjoyed the air show by this year’s juvies, Letchworth, Sundara and Mike.  Dot.ca was flying above them, showing them all kinds of impossible maneuvers.  Impossible for us un-winged watchers, but the juvies did their best to mimic their dad.  In between, they had lots of fun chasing each other and talon tagging high above the Xerox Tower.  At one point, we had five in the air, but only for a moment.

Here are some of my favorite flight shots.

*Be sure to click on each one to see the full image.*







This was our view from the Court St. Bridge.



Both Dan and Larry left me, so I headed over to Woodbury Blvd, where I had a closer view of the Xerox Tower.


I only had one juvie in view on top of the light tower on the roof of the Xerox Tower.


and then there were two!  A second juvie flew in and the chase was on!



Both juvies flew west towards the Times Square Bldg.

Back at the Frontier Communication Tower, I found Letchworth on the middle arm.


Letchworth flew down to the platform of the shorter FCT.  There was a lot of wing action up there, so I assume food was involved and at least one other juvie up there.  Of course Letchworth was the loudest.  lol


Letchworth again took off and I found her on the north railing on Widows Walk.  That’s where I left her, when I decided to end my watch.  As I was driving away, I spotted a falcon on the base of Mercury.  It was Beauty!


I was very happy to see her, since we had mostly seen Dot.ca and the 3 juvies during the morning watch.  It was a nice way to end it!

Keep cool everyone!  There are more really hot temperatures on the way!

10 Responses to “All I can say is WOW! – Monday Morning Falcon Watch – 7/2/18”

  1. Kris g. Says:

    Awesome to see so much great flying by the 3 juvies! How different this year is that they aren’t frequenting the Powers box like the past 2 yrs…miss seeing them. Thanks for sharing your watch and great pics!

  2. patsy6 Says:

    Those are awesome shots of the juvies, Carol. I’m glad they are getting a lot of flight lessons.

  3. tapper gal Says:

    Wow! These pictures are so great,love each and every one. The picture of D.C. Is beautiful,,,,,Thanks so much for your efforts Carol.

  4. Carol P. Says:

    Thanks Kris! I keep hoping they’ll visit either nest box so we can all get a look at them.

  5. Carol P. Says:

    Thank you Pat! I love watching them at this stage. 🙂

  6. Carol P. Says:

    You’re very welcome Diane. Thank you for your wonderful comment! 🙂

  7. WLABarb Says:

    That looked like a fun Watch, Carol! Have you experimented with doing videos of the in-flight action?
    Thanks for your report and great shots!

  8. Carol P. Says:

    It was really fun watch Barb. Funny you should ask about the video on my camera. I just figured it out! lol Hopefully I’ll get some next time. 🙂

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  10. Carol P. Says:

    Thanks Barb!

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