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Fledge watch 7-24-12

By Rochester Falcon Watcher MAK

As I approached the Times Square Building(TSB) at 6:40am I spotted Beauty on the northeast column directly above the nest box. img_7391-b

When I got to the intersection of Broad and Exchange Streets I could see LarryO up on the Broad Street Bridge(BSB) so I walked up there and joined him. He showed me Orion in the nest box on his phone. Beauty flew to the base of Mercury.


We saw Orion hanging out on the front of the deck before Larry had to leave for work.


Orion looks more grown up with each passing moment. I had checked the archives back to 4:00am before I left this morning and there were no feedings. Beauty was totally in hunt mode for most of my watch. She stooped over the river flying south behind the Blue Cross Arena(BCA) where I lost sight of her. After Larry left I moved to Falcon Watcher Central(FWC). Beauty came back from the southeast without prey in her talons landing on the base of Mercury again.

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DebbieH stopped on her way to work. Beauty left and made her way to the southeast column one level above the nest box.


Beauty went back to the base of Mercury 15 minute later. I left her there and took a break down to Tim Hortons and when I came back out I saw Beauty fly from the west over to mercury again. She was really trying hard to find some prey birds in order to feed her hungry son. She stayed there a while and in the meantime Orion had found his way to the front rail of the deck on the north side of the main cam.


He was looking at mom and squawking! An hour passed when the Beautyful one left Mercury. Half hour later I spotted her on the west corner top ibeam of OCSR after Brian joined the watch with me on the BSB. 30 minutes passed and then Beauty flew over to the southeast corner of the deck just long enough to land by the main cam and fly back off. Her route took her directly above me where I was stationed at the bottom of the steps in the hole. She proceeded to go out around Mercury and head north down river out of view. A couple minutes later she appeared on the east end of the Wilder building green strip.


DebbieH joined Brian and I at FWC on her lunch break and Beauty flew off Wilder. After Deb went back to work I headed out myself for the bus. With my first official fledge watch in the books I was content that things were quiet. However, I would have been smiling more if Orion had gotten fed! As I’m writing this report I have the livestream on a split screen and watching daddy feed his son. Good stuff that makes me happy! 🙂



4 Responses to “Fledge watch 7-24-12”

  1. Alison Says:

    “He showed me Orion in the nest box on his phone”
    Wow, Orion is barely a teenager but already has his own phone! Wonder who he is talking to?

  2. MAK Says:

    Alison, Larry had the livestream of Orion in the nest box on his cell phone and showed it to me. lol 🙂

  3. Ginny Says:

    Orion is so grown up looking already and the Beauty-ful one is just gorgeous to behold!

  4. MAK Says:

    You’re absolutely right Ginny! 🙂

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