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The Visitors….Time for a Break – 9/26/18

By Carol P.

My heart hasn’t been into falcon watching for awhile and yesterday I found out a good friend had passed away.  Donna loved the falcons and every living creature.  Well, she wasn’t too fond of snakes and spiders. lol  When I heard she had passed away, it broke my heart.  It just goes to show that life is too darn short.

So, that being said, this will be my last report for awhile.  Time to take a break.  Beauty and Dot.ca are continuing to guard their downtown territory.  If anything changes with our pair, it will be reported.  There are other watchers that keep an eye on things too.  So hopefully they’ll report and share pictures now and then.  That would be nice.  🙂

On Monday, Kathy O and I saw both Beauty and Dot.ca together on the Frontier Communication Tower.  We even got to hear some ee-chupping.  Love that sound!

So, here are some pictures of the off-season visitors and other things.  There is a young male, hatched in 2017 hanging out at a nearby mall (Marketplace).  His name is Fission and he comes from Canada.  We also have a visitor at the BS location again this year.  By size, I’d guess a female, and she’s unbanded.  I can’t be sure, but it may be the same female that we’ve had past Winters.

Fission (at Marketplace Mall)


BS Girl


Miscellaneous Birds and Stuff




I’ll end with a couple pics of Beauty and Dot.ca from Monday.


Fly Free Donna.  You will be truly missed.  🙁

6 Responses to “The Visitors….Time for a Break – 9/26/18”

  1. Dot in PA Says:

    I’m so very sorry that Donna’s passing was just about the last straw for you. I’ll really miss your watch reports and other postings, and can’t begin to tell you how much I appreciate the enormous amount of time you’ve spent with the falcons and keeping them safe. I hope your break isn’t too long, and that your spirit recovers sometime in the near future. Bad enough to lose Donna – I don’t want to lose you too.

  2. Alison in Indiana Says:

    Have a restful winter (not a good time to be running round looking for falcons in chilly, snowy Rochester), Carol P, and may you return renewed and refreshed when the mating season begins again in the spring.

    It is admirable how long you have been carrying on here, through all the changes in personnel at the nest boxes. Some of my old favorites (like Lord Garavin) from the now distant Kodak days have long ago left the scene, but you have been a faithful eye witness for many years, delighting the Bathrobe Brigade at computers around the world.

  3. patsy6 Says:

    Thank you, Carol, for all that you do for our falcons and for rfalconcam. You have been there to see the youngsters close up at banding time, you’ve been there to rescue our falcons when they needed it, and sadly, you and Dana were there at the Irondequoit Bay Bridge to discover that Genesee had left us. You even rescued that tiny young bird in the garden bed at Thomson Reuters this past fledge season, and safely delivered him/her to a wildlife vet.

    Take a breath or two, and refresh. Maybe continue to go out and take photos of other wildlife with that great new camera. Perhaps the snowy owls will be back in a month or so. I look forward to a time when you’re ready to get back to the falcons.

    Take care.

  4. Margaret Says:

    Carol – I just saw this.without you and Donna or Mak reporting, it just won’t be the same. ThAnk you for your years of dedication to the PeFas . You will be missed.

  5. Kris g. Says:

    I can’t say it any better than what everyone here has said but to add my thanks for all your dedicated Falcon watching and reporting, Carol…it means a lot to all of us that don’t live in the area. Take care.

  6. Carol P. Says:

    I really appreciate all the kind words. I am still here and keeping an eye on the falcons. I don’t think I could ever stop doing that. I’m just taking a bit of a break. Time to recharge my batteries. I do hope that other watchers will start posting reports now and then. I will definitely post reports if anything important happens. 🙂

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