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Morning watch 9-1-12

By Rochester Falcon Watcher MAK

No watch yesterday as I was at my uncles’ funeral but I returned to the Broad St. bridge(BSB) this morning with my mentor Dan arriving at about 6:15am.  As I walked up Exchange Blvd. after getting off the bus I looked at Mercury and saw a falcon on the base. I blinked and it flew off heading east. When I reached Dan I asked if he saw the falcon and he informed me it was Orion. A good start to my day seeing our upstart young Peregrine Falcon first thing! A few minutes after I arrived CarolP drove up followed by LarryO. Carol spotted Orion on top of the elevator shaft of OCSR.


At 6:30am Dana and then Jeanne came along to join the watch.  Orion flew off OCSR heading east across the river and out of view near Midtown. KathyO showed up just as we got a tweet from Joyce saying she had Orion over on the southeast corner of the old skeleton of it’s former self Midtown Plaza. 15 minutes later Joyce tweeted that Orion was now on the southwest corner of Midtown and now we could see him from the BSB.


At about 7:30am Orion left and so did Larry and Dan. Joyce joined us on the bridge and with no falcons to be seen we directed our attention to the river where we had a Green Heron who flew to a tree after fishing, an immature Black-crowned Night Heron fishing right across from a Great Blue Heron. They both caught themselves some grub.

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Joyce took a ride and found Dot.Ca(DC) on the Frontier Communications Tower and soon after Orion joined his dad. At one point DC had a small package and wouldn’t share it making Orion get his vocal chords working. lol Eventually DC couldn’t take it anymore and flew to the OCSR top ibeam north side. Meanwhile KathyO left and Dana made friends with a young gull who landed next to her looking to get a Timbit(donut hole from Tim Hortons).

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Dana and Carol left around 10:30am and then about 11:00am Jeanne headed out followed by Joyce and I. I asked Joycie if we could go check for Pigott before she dropped me off home and she obliged. I hadn’t seen Pigott in about a month and really wanted to get some pics to share with everyone since I had been hearing how grown up she looks now. Well we weren’t disappointed for Joyce spotted her on a west side window ledge. I grabbed my camera, got out the car and started clicking away! Boy she really has grown into a pretty Peregrine with the slightest salmon color on her chest.

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I didn’t see Beauty or DC but I was smiling for having seen the lovely Miss Pigott once again to end my watch! 🙂

Links for my photo album and a short video look at Pigott are below



7 Responses to “Morning watch 9-1-12”

  1. Alison Says:

    My sympathy on the loss of your uncle.

  2. kathy from Canada Says:

    MAK, so very sorry to hear about your loss. Thank you so much for going out to check on the falcons in spite of dealing with all that.

    Does Miss Pigott ever look like her parents. I see a lot of Madame X in her and some of dad and grandma Angel..the cap and salmon coloring. She’s quite lovely indeed.

  3. MAK Says:

    Thank you Alison and kathy he was a great man. 🙂

  4. Ginny Says:

    MAK, again let me tell you I am sorry for the loss of your Uncle 🙁

    I loved the pics of the herons! The gull is adorable too and Miss P is quite grown up now.

    Thank you! 🙂

  5. MAK Says:

    Thanks Ginny and Miss Pigott has become quite the lovely young lady. The Herons are quite entertaining for us watchers when there are no falcons around to watch. 🙂

  6. Campgee Says:

    MAK, I hope you find comfort in knowing your uncle is no longer suffering. Sending thoughts of sympathy and support to you as you begin your journey without him. Remember how much he enjoyed your videos of the falcons and how much pleasure you brought him by sharing them with him.

    Your a good niece and friend girl!

  7. MAK Says:

    Thank you so much for your kind words Camp! 🙂

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