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An all day Falcon Watch 1-27-13

By Rochester Falcon Watcher MAK

Well today went a lot different than I would have ever imagined but nature is like that don’t ya know! I arrived downtown about 7:10am hoping Beauty didn’t get up early again today. As I sat on the Broad St. Bridge(BSB) looking for her the Aqueduct pigeons came flying up from under the bridge in their usual fast manner about a half dozen at a time coming to settle on the Blue Cross Arena roof telling me that the Beautyful one was not in the immediate area. Ok so where was she off to already-that is the question every day that she goes to her secret place where none of us can find her. 20 minutes later as I was scanning the roof tops I spotted something on the northeast corner of the Crossroads building. It was 7:38am and still a bit dark out and the distance was too far for a positive ID but at first glance I thought it was cached prey. I took pics from the BSB,Andrews St. Bridge,Bragdon St. and finally Graves St. which is right by Aqueduct Park. Each pic looked more and more like a pefa to me and when I zoomed the last one and saw the big yellow foot my heart sank!


I broke out in a sweat and felt nauseous thinking it was Beauty. I made a few calls and waited – pacing back and forth, looking up at that corner,talking to myself with tears in my eyes. KathyO,Lisa,Dana and CarolP were about to leave for Buffalo to see Diamante at Central Terminal but they came down to check things out first. Luckily they found Beauty on Widows Walk eating and let me know. I went over there, immediately got out the car, took a pic and was satisfied it was our girl Beauty breathing a sigh of relief and yelling ” it’s Beauty”.


I then high fived Carol and Kathy and showed everyone the Crossroads pic. They all agreed that it looked like a pefa. So who was it if not Beauty-maybe the big female KathyO and I saw on Lake Ave. yesterday or perhaps one of ours. The girls left for their trip and I went to the Brighton Site(BS) to rule out that it was Pigott or BST up there. Arriving at BS about 10:15am I found BST immediately on the east extension on a south facing window.


Ok no Pigott- I thought no big deal she isn’t always here in the morning when I am so I sat back and watched BST do BST things. He did have one little nap when I first got there but for the rest of my watch he mainly just looked around at his surroundings and preened. At 11:30am BST walked to the end of the ledge where the east extension meets the main building and hopped over to a kiddie korner window ledge across from where he was.

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In the hours that I spent at BS I periodically drove around the property and looked for Miss Pigott- getting increasingly nervous that she wasn’t showing up and praying it wasn’t her on Crossroads. At 1:50pm BST made a move off the building flying to the back of the property and coming to rest in the tree I had seen him in a couple weeks ago(not the pefa tree). 3 crows were dive bombing and jabbering at him but he seemed unbothered by them.


After the crows left BST flew out to BS circled it a few times landed on a southwest corner briefly and returned to the tree. A while later he flew off and grabbed something small and as I started taping BST with his catch a man came out of the building and asked if he could help me. I said nope, turned the video off and pointed out our little BST up in the tree-I never dreamed I’d be an educator of sorts but I can’t help myself when people ask. Anyway the guy said I could park up in the parking lot if I wanted to so I said thanks and he was on his way.Β  After looking at my pics I think it looks like it could be a bat that BST caught.


Now about this time I was getting antsy to go downtown and check on Beauty who had been on Mercury all this time for any possible injuries from a battle. I left BST to finish his little snack and was happy to find Beauty in fine condition and looking Beautyful up on her money bag at around 2:50pm.


15 minutes later she spread her wings and flew off to the north out of sight. She flew just fine and her wings looked flawless!

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Back to BS I went satisfied that Beauty was ok. BST was still in the tree when I returned at 3:20pm. 15 minutes later he flew to BS landing onΒ  the northwest corner of the west extension. Minutes later a falcon came flying in from the northwest knocked him off and took his place on the corner. BST flew over to the scrape window ledge and as I took a good look I was ecstatic to see that it was Miss Pigott come to join us with an extraordinarily huge bulging crop. So while everyone was worried about her she was out gorging herself! Fine by me!!!

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Joyce and Steve joined the watch and after I chatted briefly with them I ended my watch at 4:08pm- almost exactly 9 hours after starting my morning watch. Sadly there is a dead raptor up on the Crossroads building but our 3 current Rochester Peregrine Falcons are safe and sound tonight and I am so smiling about that! πŸ™‚

Click on the links below to view my photo album and 7 videos from my day



19 Responses to “An all day Falcon Watch 1-27-13”

  1. Kristin Says:

    MAK, I don’t know how you do it! I would have been so stressed, but you kept your head about you, and made sure that all the Rochester Pefas were safe! I know we all appreciate what you do…more than you’ll ever know. Great reporting as usual, and pictures are beautiful! Thanks for all you do!

  2. MAK Says:

    Kristin thank you for your kind words I appreciate them. I do it for the love and respect that I have for these extraordinary creatures as any falcon watcher can attest to! πŸ™‚

  3. Kristin Says:

    I appreciate that you do! I don’t always comment, but I keep track each day and appreciate that you keep me in “the loop”. Love your posts and pictures, as always!

  4. kathy barnard Says:

    Will DEC retrieve body from building so we can find out who this may be? Thank you MAK for all you do for the humans and Falcons πŸ™‚

  5. patsy6 Says:

    Thank you, MAK, for your marathon watch today. It was a great comfort to know that you were there at Brighton to let us know about BST and Pigott, as soon as you saw her.

  6. Barb W in L.A. Says:

    Oh MAK, my heart goes out to you! Just reading your account brought tears…Then seeing the sad photos of the deceased…Well…you know. Thank goodness you and the other Watchers saw Beauty, BST and Pigott today! That does, indeed appear to be a bat with BST. Is that an unusual “delicacy?” Much gratitude for all the hours and anxiety you put into today’s watch, photos, videos and report.

  7. Paul Says:

    Thanks, MAK, for your dedication in tracking down our falcons.

  8. Ginny Says:

    Thank you so much MAK for everything. I am so relieved “our” falcons are safe but I feel so sorry for that poor pefa up on the roof πŸ™
    I have never been more thankful though to see the pics and videos of our precious little friends and to know that are ok.
    Thank you again!

  9. Carol P. Says:

    So glad that Beauty was ok and that you saw both BST & Pigott. Thanks MAK!

  10. Sue Hannon Says:

    So glad that all three Rochester falcons are okay. Sorry for the unfortunate one on the Crossroads. Always sad to hear of a pefa loss, even if it isn’t one we know.

  11. Braveheart2665 Says:

    MAK, amazing job you did you today tracking down all our pefa’s, TY so much & so glad everyone is accounted for. May the pefa that was lost R.I.P. whomever it was

  12. MAK Says:

    Thank you all for your very much appreciated comments. You make my heart smile! πŸ™‚

  13. Campgee Says:

    MAK! You go above and beyond. 3 cheers went up in the forum for you when we got the report Pigott was ok and had been in the diner while everyone was on pins and needles. I’m surprised the girl didn’t come back with her toes done too all the while your heart was in your throat.

    Smiling to know BST, P and B are fine but oh so sad about the pefa on Crossroads. Hopefully they can get to it and be able to report any id found on the bird. Not that DEC reports much back to us though, still have no news on the eggs from last year but that’s ok, the falcons are fine and so are you.

    Thanks MAK, very small little word but with a really big meaning today.

  14. margaret Says:

    What a day! Glad that I didn’t check in yesterday, i wouldn’t have been able to do anything else! I am so glad to read this now and know it is not one of “our” beloved falcons, but RIP to hte falcon on Crossroads. Thank you for your dedication to the falcons, and for keeping us updated on the falcons.

  15. MAK Says:

    Camp! Ya know I never checked her nails, they might have been done!! lol I’m just glad everyone is ok and this was a good warm up for the new season. I’m sure it’s not the last scare we’ll be having.
    Margaret, as you can see I certainly couldn’t do anything else!
    Thanks for your comments ladies! πŸ™‚

  16. Donna m Says:

    Mak I don’t think you can EVER get enough thanks for all you do! I was holding my breath hear in Florida as well. I thing we are all going to need either bp medicine to get thru another season. Thank goodness you’ve got Zepplin to keep you sane. THANK YOU SOOOO MUCH!!!!!

  17. Kim Says:

    This brought back all the memory’s from last year! I’m glad our Pefa’s are well, but so sad for the one that didn’t make it. I still hold on to hope for Archer, and this just made it all the sadder!!! Thanks MAK for all you do!!!

  18. MAK Says:

    Well Donna, I actually got enough yesterday! Having a hard time with my arms and neck today from over doing it but that’s ok- another day or two and it’ll be better. It’s that “Whole Lotta Love”(my fav Zep song) I have for the falcons that compels me!
    Kim you’re not alone in that hope! πŸ™‚

  19. Alison Says:

    I wonder (and will never know) if this dead bird might have been involved in the fight Carol P. observed on Jan. 24th. It could have flown to this building and died of its injuries or there could have been another, unobserved fight that brought it down.
    Hope we hear something about the raptor’s identity. Whether it is a falcon, if it is banded or not….

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