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Monday Morning Fledge Watch (6:30 – 10:30 am) – 6/29/20

By Rochester Falcon Watcher Carol P.

Morning Watchers – Kathy O, Dana, Larry O & Carol P.

Weather – Very warm and humid, Sunny & Blue Sky. Temps in the 80’s today.

When I first arrived in the hole (Aqueduct St), I found Geraki on Mercury’s head. She was quite comfy up there, watching everything that moved around her.

I walked out to Main St and to the west side of the river. From there I had a wonderful view of the area, with the sun behind me. Better for pictures. From there I was able to see Hope on the east side of Wilder, behind the Chimney. She had a scrap of food up there. Hope took off heading NW.

Geraki started wailing just before Beauty flew in and landed on the base of Mercury below her. Roc was close behind, landing on the SW corner of the old Riverside Hotel. They both took off also heading NW. Kathy O and Dana were at the Frontier Communication Tower (FCT). They reported that first Hope and then Beauty & Roc arrived at FCT. I stayed with Geraki.

She took off and landed on the east side of Wilder where the leftovers were. From there she took off and landed on the top of the fire escape on the south side of Wilder. There were a lot of small birds there that were not very happy with her. Geraki took off again and landed on the SW corner of Wilder below the green strip. Then off again to the railing on Widows Walk.

After that, all 3 juvies were flying and so was Beauty. At one point food came in and 2 juvies ate on a building near the Civil Parking Garage. Beauty sat on the corner of the building watching over them.

There was a lot of flying and talon tagging. So much fun to watch. All 3 landed on their favorite antenna near the Jail Communication Tower where Beauty was watching from.

Larry O had gone out to the pedestrian bridge to see if any of the falcons had headed out there. We would all LOVE to see that. 🙂

Here are some pictures from my morning watch. Enjoy!

Geraki on Mercury’s Head
Geraki on Mercury
Hope on East Side of Wilder
Geraki on Mercury
Beauty on Base of Mercury
Roc on Riverside Hotel
Geraki on Wilder
Geraki Takes Off From Wilder
Geraki on Wilder Fire Escape Watching the Little Birds
Geraki on SW Corner of Wilder
Geraki Takes Off From Wilder
Geraki on Widows Walk
Incoming! 2 Juvies on Their Favorite Antenna
Beauty and Juvie on Jail Communication Tower
All 3 Juvies Flying High Over Cross Rds
Beauty on Building Near Civic Parking Center
Where Juvies Were Eating
Juvie on City Place
Beauty Takes Off!
Juvie Flying Overhead
All 3 Juvies to Antenna Near Jail Communication Tower
All Three Juvies on Antenna
Roc, Geraki & Hope
Roc, Geraki & Hope on Antenna
Hope, Geraki & Roc on Antenna
Juvie Flying Up to Jail Communication Tower

Just one more thing. Now that everyone is wearing masks, I’ve notice many discarded on the ground, everywhere. Please think about holding onto your old masks and throwing them out when you get home. There was even a momma duck sitting on her nest with a mask entwined in the nesting material. Thankfully, the ducklings hatched and left without getting tangled in the elastic. These cannot be good for wildlife. I’m going to bring a garbage bag downtown tomorrow with gloves to pick them up and throw them in the garbage properly. Thanks!

Discarded Mask

8 Responses to “Monday Morning Fledge Watch (6:30 – 10:30 am) – 6/29/20”

  1. Carolyn Lukaszewski Says:

    Wonderful pictures Carol! These juvies are like the 3 Musketeers.

  2. Lynne Heroux Says:

    Love the way they hang out together! Shame on the people throwing masks. Thank you for picking them up-Be Careful!!

  3. Carol P. Says:

    Thanks Lukka! They are so much fun to watch!

  4. Carol P. Says:

    Hi Lynne! I just don’t understand why people are just dumping them on the ground. 🙁

  5. patsy6 Says:

    What stunning pictures, Carol! And a good reminder about the masks.

  6. Carol P. Says:

    Thanks so much Pat! 🙂

  7. Alison in Indiana Says:

    The problem of mask litter is all over. What I cannot understand is why anyone in an urban area like Rochester would think it was the right time and place to take off the mask! I take mine off when I get in the car and not before, and then it is in my car not outside on the ground.

  8. Carol P. Says:

    I don’t get it either Alison. People need to think before throwing a mask on the ground that could possibly be contaminated with the corona virus. Plus, it’s just dangerous to wildlife. 🙁

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