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First of the Year Rochester Falcon Watch – 2/2/20

By Rochester Falcon Watcher Carol P.

Well, here we are.  It’s 2020 and January has ended.  Hooray!  We always used to be so excited when February came, especially February 14th.  That was the date that Kaver returned home every year to join Mariah.  The Rochester Watchers would be out on that day just to see their reunion.

With Beauty and Dot.ca, it’s different.  Dot.ca remains in Rochester through the winter.  Most days we see them interacting with each other year round.  I and other watchers have been out keeping an eye on our Rochester pair.

Today I arrived downtown around 8:30 am.  After driving around for a while, I finally found Dot.ca on the north end of the Cross Rds bldg.

1-dotca-on-xrds-bldg-2-2-20 <– Dot.ca on the Cross Rds Bldg.

I was parked on State St, keeping an eye on DC, when he took off and landed on the building above me.  I got out of my car and looked up.  lol

2-dotca-on-eb-bldg-2-2-20 <– Dot.ca above me on the Ellwanger & Barry Bldg.

I turned around and parked on the other side of the street.  DC was on the Ellwanger and Barry bldg.  I could see his black over black band and the “Y”.

3-dotca-on-eb-bldg-2-2-204-dotca-on-eb-bldg-2-2-20 <– You can see most of Dot.ca’s band here.

I got out of my car to get a better view.  From further down the street, I could see the American flag from the Powers Bldg, waving behind Dot.ca.  I love these pictures.  🙂

5-dc-flag <– Dot.ca and the flag.

Dot.ca took off and came back to the same corner.  When he returned, he started chupping softly.  I could hear a responding chup coming from the building.  Beauty was up there somewhere.  He took off again and landed on a lower ledge.  There she is!

6-dc-b-2-2-20 <–Dot.ca joins Beauty on the ledge.

Beauty had been up there the whole time eating breakfast.  It was time for Dot.ca to get a bit of what remained.  He approached her and grabbed a small piece.

7-dc-b-2-2-20 <– Dot.ca taking a small piece of Beauty’s leftovers.

Dot.ca took his small morsel back up to the corner of the building, while Beauty watched from the ledge.  She was surrounded by feathers (pigeon) and had a full crop.

8-beauty-with-huge-crop-2-2-209-beauty-on-eb-bldg-2-2-20 <– Beauty on the Ellwanger & Barry Bldg.

After a few minutes, Beauty took off and flew north.  I found her on top of a nearby church’s cross.

10-beauty-on-cross-2-2-20 <– Beauty on a Church Cross.

She took off heading towards OCSR while Dot.ca continued to eat above me.

11-dc-on-eb-bldg-2-2-2012-dc-flag-2-2-20 <– DC with food on the Ellwanger & Barry Bldg.

I drove over to the Andrew St Bridge.  From there I could see Dot.ca finishing his meal.

13-dc-on-eb-bldg-2-2-20 <– DC finishing his meal on the Ellwanger & Barry Bldg.

After he finished, he joined Beauty on the top Ibeam on OCSR.  It started to snow, so it was time to end my morning watch.

14-beauty-on-ocsr-2-2-2015-dc-on-ocsr-2-2-20 <– Beauty and Dot.ca on OCSR.

On my way home, I stopped to check out Seneca Towers.  I could see one falcon on the north west corner of the building.  Yesterday, I saw both Billie and Beau up there.

Can’t wait for the start of our falcons nesting season!!!

8 Responses to “First of the Year Rochester Falcon Watch – 2/2/20”

  1. Lynne Says:

    Thank you for the report! I miss having them!!

  2. Annette Says:

    That picture with the flag is stunning!

  3. Alison in Indiana Says:

    Happy to see the falcons and read Carol P.’s vivid prose.
    Also happy that the cameras are back. Not much snow, maybe the groundhog is right and we will have an early spring with increased courting activity.

  4. Kathy Braman Says:

    Such great pictures and wonderful updates, Carol. Thank you so much. Let the season begin!!

  5. Carol P. Says:

    You’re welcome Lynne! I’m always happy to report on our pair.

  6. Carol P. Says:

    Thanks Annette! I do love those flag pictures. 🙂

  7. Carol P. Says:

    Thanks Alison! Can’t wait for spring!

  8. Carol P. Says:

    Thanks Kathy! I’m so ready for the falcon season to begin!

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