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Morning watch 9-24-12

By Rochester Falcon Watcher MAK

Todays theme was staying close to home for our downtown pair Beauty and Dot.Ca(DC). I guess having a visit from another tiercel put things into perspective for DC cuz he wasn’t spending a whole lot of time downtown since Orion left on his life journey. Spending more time with Pigott over at BS stopped when a new tiercel,NG came to town. DC has been present in the downtown area a lot more and he has gone to the nest box with Beauty to renew their bond more than he was before too. This is a good thing!

It was a cold morning with the thermometer by my back door reading 39 degrees when I left the house for the bus. After checking the Broad St. bridge(BSB) area I went east stopping in front of Clinton Square to find Beauty on the northeast corner of HSBC.


As I made my way further east to be closer she left when I wasn’t looking so I turned right around and went back toward the river. Looking from the intersection of Broad and Clinton I could see a falcon on the base of Mercury.

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As I made my way closer to the BSB the falcon left Mercury and flew to the Times Square building(TSB) coming to rest under the northeast wing.


Upon arriving at Falcon Watcher Central (FWC)I was able to determine that it was DC under the northeast wing and then I got a text from Donna saying that Beauty was at the nest box.ย  15 minutes later DC flew up to the northeast wing ring where I haven’t seen him land in quite a while.


It’s interesting how they get in different patterns of where they hang out. You won’t see them on certain favorite perches and then all of a sudden they will frequent them and stop going to ones they were frequenting. It keeps us watchers on our toes I’ll tell ya! Anyway, DC only stayed a few minutes before he was off to perch on the top ibeam south side of OCSR.


I went down to the hole for closer viewing as Beauty returned to the nest box and then left flying south. DC also left OCSR while I was watching Beauty. I decided to get some hot coffee while there was a break in the action but before I could take one step Beauty returned to the nest box and DC went under the northeast wing.

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Stationed now by He’s Chinese I could see both of them. DC flew off twice presumably going after prey and returned to the wing as he was in hunt mode giving his head and neck a good workout this morning.


I left for the BSB so I could see Beauty better after she went to the front ledge of the nest box where I couldn’t see her from my position. I found Mr. Green Heron in the river and a Cormorant that had a feather stuck on its face. I taped them both from the north side of the BSB and then I crossed over to the south side and taped all the falls and birds that were congregated over there. I can never get enough of the sound ofย  the river. It really makes you forget that you are in the middle of the city. I ended my watch at this juncture as I wanted to get home and warm up. Seeing Beauty and DC hang out on the TSB for most of my watch sent me home smiling! ๐Ÿ™‚

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4 Responses to “Morning watch 9-24-12”

  1. Ginny Says:

    Love these pics and the videos MAK….The cormorant is so cute…I love them too ๐Ÿ™‚
    Let’s hope DC keeps up his devotion to Beauty!

  2. MAK Says:

    Ginny, I just love the cormorants feet and tail and their great swimming abilities both above and under the water. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Lola Says:

    I enjoyed the individual pictures and the videos. Especially the ones of the Genessee River. I loved hearing the moving river and
    watching all the Gulls, Cormorant and Green Heron.

  4. MAK Says:

    Lola, I’m so glad I could bring the river to you! Thanks for commenting. ๐Ÿ™‚

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