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Fledge Watch Report – 6/20/21

By Rochester Falcon Watcher Carol P.

Watchers: Dana, Kathy O, Linda, Larry O, Dan, Pat, Lisa, Brian (During my watch.)

6:00 am – 2:30 pm

Happy Father’s Day!

I made it downtown early this morning to check on Golden’s progress. Dana was already there when I arrived. Golden was still on the lower ledge where he spent the night and Freyja was above on the north side wall.

It wasn’t long before Golden started flying back and forth across the lower bumps on the east side of the Times Square Bldg. He paused for a moment on the south side bump and looked up intently at the nest box above him. Freyja was there looking down at him. It was now or never.

Golden started to flap his wings and he leaped into the air. The strong beat of his wings carried him up to the ledge next to the nest box and his sister. Dana and I let out a cheer, that was heard by our friend Jackie who was jogging by with a couple of her friends. They had seen Golden’s flight too.

Kathy and Linda joined us on the watch. Beauty brought food down to Golden as a reward for a job well done. Of course Freyja got some too.

Now that Golden and Freyja were reunited, our watch was fairly calm. There was a lot of activity by Beauty, Dot.ca and the two young ones. Golden discovered the well and became quite curious about it. Freyja loves to stand or lay down at the north end of the wall. She loves to lean over to watch the activity below her, including the comings and goings of her parents.

Dan joined us around noon. It was wonderful to see him doing so well. I was going to leave at 1:00 pm, but that all changed when Freyja took flight from the north wall. At the time, I wasn’t sure if it was her or Golden. We all watched as she flew out from the building heading north. She circled back, towards the Times Square Bldg, wing beats strong and sure. Her altitude was good too. We lost sight of her just as she approached the back of the building. It looked like she was heading for the back section of the Times Square Bldg or maybe beyond. Time to call in the watchers and spread out to look for her.

Pat, Lisa, Larry O, and Brian joined the search. I found Beauty on the south side of the old City Hall. She didn’t seem concerned and it was usually safe to take the parents lead. Beauty took off heading north.

The watchers continued to search, but we had no luck finding Freyja. I had to end my watch, but I later got word that Joyce found her on the back of the Times Square Bldg, looking great. It was so wonderful that she was ok.

A huge thank you to all the watchers that joined the search for Freyja on a Sunday afternoon.

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

Golden and Freyja First Thing This Morning
Golden on Lower Level
Golden’s Flights
Freyja & Golden Together Again
Beauty Makes Sure that Golden Gets a Good Meal
Dot.ca on the Wilder Fire Escape – Happy Father’s Day Dot.ca!
Golden Makes it Up to Main Camera
Golden on Main Cam
Golden Flying Down from Main Cam
Freyja & Golden Together at North End of Wall
This is where Freyja fledged from.
Beauty on Old City Hall
This is where I found her when I was searching for Freyja.
She was looking up at where Freyja was found by Joyce.
Beauty on South Side of Old City Hall

4 Responses to “Fledge Watch Report – 6/20/21”

  1. Annette Says:

    Great fledge watch report!

  2. Alison in Indiana Says:

    Thanks for the report. I also thank all the many fledge watchers who scoured the area for Freyja after she took flight – or did flight take her? (I think it is an overstatement to say Freyja flew from the wall – watching Dana’s video, it looks more like she just fell off the wall, but was sufficiently strong to start flying, taking advantage of the moment to broaden her horizons;-).
    Your pictures are, as always, expressive. I particularly like your image of Dot .ca as a working Father.

  3. Carol P. Says:

    Thank you Annette!

  4. Carol P. Says:

    Thanks Alison! Dot.ca is a very hard working dad. 🙂

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