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Saturday Fledge Watch (10:30 am – 1:30 pm) – 6/27/20

By Rochester Falcon Watcher Carol P.

There was a lot of rain this morning in Rochester, NY. Things started clearing up around 10:00 am, so I headed downtown to join Dana for a fledge watch.

Watchers: Dana and Carol P.

Weather: Warm and more humid that it has been. Temps in the 80’s today.

When I arrived, Dana was watching Beauty up on the railing below the Mercury statue. Both Hope and Geraki were on top of the old Thomson Reuters roof.

First Hope and then Geraki took their turn at the food that was up there. While Geraki was eating, Hope was taking a nice bath in a large puddle on the roof. Geraki bathed after she finished eating. We could not see them bathing from below, but the rfalconcam cameras were able to see them from above.

After both had bathed and were preening, Beauty flew down to the roof, followed by Roc. Roc ate his fill, and then Beauty. Nothing goes to waste.

Hope flew over to the Widows Walk railing, then Geraki followed. Roc landed on the Philippone Bldg and watched all the pigeons around him, before heading over to Widows Walk.

The three juvies flew south and back to Widows Walk, where two settled before we ended our watch.

Larry O arrived just as we were leaving.

On my way out of downtown, I searched for Dot.ca and found him on the Frontier Communication Tower (FCT) below the platform, from the Andrews St Bridge. I drove over to City Hall and with some difficulty I was able to find him through the grating.

All five Rochester Falcons were accounted for today.

Here are some of my favorite pictures from today’s watch. Enjoy!

Beauty on the Railing Below the Mercury Statue
Hope and Geraki on Thomson Reuters (TR)
Hope on TR
Hope on TR
Hope After Her Bath on TR
Geraki All Wet on TR
Geraki on TR
Roc on TR
All Three Juvies on TR
Roc and Hope on TR
Geraki on TR
Beauty & Hope on TR
Beauty Strolling on TR
Roc Chases Beauty Off the TR Roof
Geraki and Roc on TR
Roc on Philippone
Nest Box Behind Him
Roc on Philippone
Dot.ca on Frontier Communication Tower
There’s Dot.ca!!!

3 Responses to “Saturday Fledge Watch (10:30 am – 1:30 pm) – 6/27/20”

  1. patsy6 Says:

    I love the after bath photos. So cute!

  2. Carol P. Says:

    Thanks Pat! Just wish we had been able to see them bathing. lol

  3. Alison in Indiana Says:

    I remember when a watcher reported the first sighting of a peregrine falcon bathing, right down in the river. As I recall, back then no one thought falcons took baths, although there was no reason why they would not. Thanks to the citizen scientists of Rochester for the many discoveries and documentation about the lives of peregrine falcons.

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