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Beauty and the Bees Video from 10/14/12

By Rochester Falcon Watcher Carol P.

I don’t have much time to go through my videos and download them, but here is one that I really wanted to share.  I took this video on 10/14.  Beauty was just finishing eating up on the ledge above the nest box.  Dot.ca was above her at the base of the northeast wing patiently waiting for her to finish.  At first I didn’t notice that she was being bugged by what I assume were Yellow jackets (YJ’s).

Most of us know about Yellow jackets are.  Yellow jacket is the common name in North America for predatory wasps of the genera Vespula and Dolichovespula.

The Falcon Watchers were bothered by these pesky critters most of the summer, especially out on the Broad St Bridge.

I do believe that it is Yellow jackets bothering Beauty and that they were after the remainder of the prey.  Of course that didn’t bother Dot.ca who came down for his share after Beauty walked away.

At the end of the video, you can hear Beauty vocalizing when Dot.ca comes down.

Be sure to keep watching Beauty and her reactions to the YJ’s.  Hope you all enjoy.

I will try to post more videos in the near future.  I have a couple I would like to share showing Beauty (I believe) flying over the river.

Over this past weekend, I did see all 4 Rochester Falcons; Beauty and Dot.ca downtown, Pigott at the BS location and KPF at Kodak Park (KP).  There were also three falcons seen downtown this weekend.  Thankfully it has been quiet the last few days.  We will definitely keep an eye on the situation.



Here are a few pics from this past weekend.
Click on each picture to enlarge.

Beauty on Base of MercuryKPF at KPBeauty on Base of MercuryPigott at BS LocationDot.ca & Beauty on Top IBeam of OCSR; South Side

4 Responses to “Beauty and the Bees Video from 10/14/12”

  1. nycbyrd Says:

    Interesting about the bees…. wonder if a sting might have caused her foot problem this year.

  2. Barb W. in L.A. Says:

    That’s a good question, nycbyrd. Beauty sure jumped when one was on her leg/foot. I remember those tenacious little buggers from my visit a couple Saturdays ago. Thanks for sharing that video, Carol. Interesting to watch how Beauty dealt with them. For some reason they didn’t seem to bother DC much.

  3. Ginny Says:

    That was very interesting to watch how Beauty reacted.
    Thank you for sharing this with us Carol!

  4. Carol P. Says:

    nycbyrd – I had wondered the same thing about the bee sting. We’ll never know what caused the injury on her foot. Thankfully it has healed.

    Thanks nycbyrd, Barb W and Ginny for your nice comments. 🙂

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