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A Visit to Rochester by Maureen & Laura from MA! 7/22/12

By Rochester Falcon Watcher Carol P.

I always love to meet fellow falcon fans.  Today I got to meet Maureen from MA and her friend Laura.  They were on vacation and passing through Rochester on their way to Niagara Falls.  So, this morning I picked up MAK and we went to the Broad St Bridge to meet Maureen & Laura at 10 am.  Brian H joined us and we spent a wonderful 2 1/2 hours visiting.

A Visit from our Friends Maureen & Laura from MA - 7/22/12

We were more than happy to show them all the Rochester falcon landmarks.  All the things they heard about in our watch reports over the years.  Maureen had been watching them since 2005 and she felt she knew all of us.  I love that these falcons bring so many people from all over the world together in friendship.  It truly amazes me.

I set up the scope and Maureen & Laura were so happy to see Orion and Beauty, who were at the nest box, up close and personal.  They were only able to stay for a couple hours, so we decided to head down to the pedestrian bridge we spent so many hours watching Mariah and Kaver’s young from.  Maureen especially wanted to see the gorge and the High Falls area.

Joyce met us there and we all walked out onto the bridge.  So many things were the same, but many things had changed.  The most noticeable change, to me, was the building missing at the east end of the bridge.  This had been Skye’s building, but so many of the Rochester Falcons would sit and rest on that building.  It was kind of sad to see a gaping hole.  Only the foundation remained.  This had been an old brewery building that had been falling apart for so many years.  I believe there are plans to build a visitors center & beer garden in it’s place.  Maureen and I walked to the end of the bridge and I showed her all the special spots, including the bowed tree and the falcon sucking tree where so many of our young would rest.  I even checked out the gorge wall looking for a falcon.  🙂

Maureen from MA on the Pedestrian Bridge 7/22/12

Just as we rejoined the others, Brian yelled out “What’s this?” and pointed north of the bridge.  We all looked up in time to see a falcon coming towards us, flying low.  It passed over us and we noticed the missing tail feather and split in the wing.  It was Beauty!  Yes, Beauty now has a split wing tip due to her molt.  Beauty flew over us and headed back towards the brewery, flying higher and higher.  We all watched as she eventually headed back towards downtown and we all saw her land on the nest box at the Times Square Bldg.

What an absolutely perfect way to end our visit with Maureen and Laura!  Thanks Beauty!

Beauty appears overhead at the Pedestrian Bridge - 7/22/12

We all said our goodbyes.  I was really sad to see them go.  Safe trip ladies!

Here’s a link to my Shutterfly album with some more pictures from today.


7 Responses to “A Visit to Rochester by Maureen & Laura from MA! 7/22/12”

  1. Rita Syr Says:

    Nice pictures and great how out of towners are welcome

  2. Maureen in MA Says:

    It was one of the most incredible experiences for me to finally meet a few of the dedicated rFalcon watchers, finally see Beauty and Orion “in person”. Carol, MAK, and Brian were/are incredible, gracious hosts. They REALLY know their falcon stuff!! And if anyone wants a historical tour of Rochester NY, see Brian!! 😀 Thank you so much – please keep up the GREAT work!!

    And Carol… please remember to tell me as soon as you open that Falcon exhibit – I will be one of the first in line to see your passion in a public forum!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂

  3. Joyce Says:

    Maureen – so glad you and Laura were able visit. It was a pleasure to meet you. I am so happy you had something an exciting falcon watch. I forgot to ask…what do the symbols mean on your arm? Let us know if you get to see any of the Niagara falcons flying around your hotel.

  4. Maureen in MA Says:

    @Joyce – Thank you 🙂 As for my Chinese symbols, the first is a IChing “sun” symbol representing a horoscope, the second means elder sister, and the bottom means Auntie. Me in a nutshell. 😉

    Laura and I did look for falcons today at the Falls. I’m nearly positive I saw one early this morning, probably looking for breakfast. I did spend some time looking at the “U” in Suites (as in Embassy Suites) as you suggested but had no luck. It may be because my eyes are just not as well trained as yours in looking for falcons on “I-beams”, LOL! 😀

    A message for Carol… I went to a tattoo place in Canada today and priced out the rFalconcam logo from the pin you gave me. I’ll let you know if I end up getting it!! 😉

  5. Carol P. Says:

    It was so nice having you and Laura here in Rochester to finally see the falcons you’ve been watching on line since 2005. 🙂 I hope you’re both able to come back again someday soon!

  6. Carol P. Says:

    Oh, and so cool about the tattoo! 🙂

  7. Maureen in MA Says:

    I got the tattoo!!! 😀 I will email you a picture as soon as I’m back in MA!! 🙂

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