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Peregrine Falcon at Kodak Park – 6/13/10

Falcon Sighting – Southend of Kodak Park – Sunday, June 13, 2010 – Falcon Watcher: Carol P.

After a busy weekend of Falcon Watching at the Times Square bldg, it was time to head home around 3:00 pm.

I was on Lake Ave heading north.  Just after crossing Rte 104, I looked over at the southend of KP.  There was a familiar shape on top of one of the buildings.  Could it be?

I quickly found a place to park and clicked a few pictures before grabbing my binoculars.  Hmmm, it looked suspiciously like a Falcon.  So, far away, darn.  All I could hope for was a 1/2 way decent picture, so I clicked away.

The Falcon took off and zipped around the buildings, scaring up pigeons as it passed, finally landing again, even further away. Drats!

I made an attempt to get closer, but by the time I parked my car, the Falcon was gone.  After an hour of looking around the area, I gave up and headed home.

Here are a couple of pictures I was able to get, zoomed in and lightened.  I’m pretty sure it was a Peregrine Falcon and based on size, a female.

Last fall we saw Mariah and at least two other Peregrines hanging out in the Kodak Park area, including a juvenile.  So was this Mariah?  There is no way of knowing.  But, you can bet the Watchers will be keeping an eye on the area and we’ll report any further sightings. 


12 Responses to “Peregrine Falcon at Kodak Park – 6/13/10”

  1. Alison in Indiana Says:

    What an intriguing bit of news. Mariah, maybe. If anyone would recognize Mariah it would be Carol P. and she is not committing. I tend to think it is another falcon – wishful thinking pumps for a female from a previous nesting on Kodak Tower. But this is also evidence of the recovery of peregrines, there are so many out there that any passing bird could recognize the wonderful opportunities the Park offers.

  2. Kathy Villone Says:

    I sure hope it was her..have been wondering where and how she is. Her life sure changed. Kaver not coming back, Kodak tower not her home..had to be confusing..but guess nothing stays the same.I wish Beauty and Archer the same long life here.Thanks for letting us know..will keep on checking in.

  3. Maureen in MA Says:

    I ditto the two previous posts, but I’m also secretly hoping it was Mariah. Hopefully we’ll know for sure one day soon. Either way, it’s very exciting to see so many falcons in the Rochester area!

  4. chrissy Says:

    Kodak Park is about 2-3 miles from the Mall where Mariah was seen last fall. And wasn’t an adult PF with a split wing sighted around Irondequoit Bay a while back? Irondequoit Bay is about a mile away from that Mall. There used to be a nestbox in that area. I wonder if it’s still there?

  5. Carol Says:

    @Chrissy – Yes. Over the last month, there have been multiple sightings of a Peregrine (or different Peregrines) at Irondequoit Bay (by Joyce and Brian) and now KP. Jeanne also reported seeing a Peregrine flying near Mt Read Blvd. which is very close to Kodak Park. I always hope that we’ll see Mariah again. I refuse to believe that her story is over. 🙂

  6. Maureen in MA Says:

    @Carol – I’m with you on that one! 😀

  7. Alison in Indiana Says:

    Does a falcon, whose story people cannot follow, have one? It is a question related to the one about the tree falling in the forest…

  8. Carla Provenzano Says:

    Hi Carol,
    I loved your report and your pictures. I choose to believe this was Mariah, legendary Mariah, the Queen.
    Time (and Watchers!) will tell.
    See you soon, I hope,
    Carla P

    PS. This is the 4th time I’ve tried posting my comment (6/14@8:31 PM; 6/15@10:29PM; 6/16@6:08PM; NOW!! If it doesn’t post this time, I’ll send it by carrier pigeon, although with my luck, Archer or Beauty will decide it’s dinner for the girls!!!

  9. Ashira Says:

    I wonder if it was Mariah? : D Heehee. They should have fitted her with a transmitter before they released her. ;D

  10. Carol Says:

    @Alison – Why of course she still has a story. Even if we don’t see Mariah, her saga continues. 🙂

    @Carla P – Hmmm, I have no idea why your comment wouldn’t post. Very strange. But it made it this time and all carrier pigeons were spared. 🙂 See you soon.

  11. Lu Ann Says:

    Carol, I think you are amazing! In my heart, I know it’s Mariah. Keep up the good work.

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