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Morning watch 2-26-13

By Rochester Falcon Watcher MAK

It was forecast to be sunny this morning with clouds and snow coming in the afternoon. The temperature when I left for my watch at 6:15am was 26 (F) -3 (C).

I went straight away to the Broad St. Bridge (BSB) to check the Hyatt Hotel for that’s where the new mystery tiercel(male) Peregrine Falcon was last seen. I have named him M as in Mystery for ease of tweeting and IDing. M was still on the Hyatt on a lower roof south corner.


I left the bridge to go up to the top level of the South Ave. garage for closer viewing since it’s connected to the Hyatt. I was able to get many pics of M and some leg shots that showed he was wearing no leg bands.

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M stayed up there for an hour before flying toward the Times Square Building (TSB). At 7:40am I could see Beauty at the nest box and M circling above the TSB. Beauty left the nest box to fly with M briefly and then he flew behind TSB and came around the south side landing somewhere. From my vantage point I couldn’t see where exactly and neither could Beauty for she flew to Mercury and was looking for him.


I decided it was time to get down off the garage at this time and while I was in transit Beauty left Mercury but as I parked in front of the Blue Cross Arena on Exchange St. I had  a clear view of M on a south side column of TSB.

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There was no aggression shown between Beauty and M at any time during my watch. Beauty came flying in above M checking him out and then she disappeared for half hour. At 8:44am M flew off and met Beauty for a brief fly together near the Wilder building and then Beauty flew to the nest box with M going to the ledge on the south side of TSB across from the nest box where Calidora in 2010 and Orion last year fledged to.

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Then they both flew off going behind the TSB where I lost them. At 9:24am M went to  the south column opposite nest box one level up and Beauty to the west corner top ibeam of OCSR.


A few minutes later M flew over near Beauty on OCSR and did a little display flying for her. She flew off with him going behind OCSR and she returned to her west corner top ibeam of OCSR as M never returned and that was the last time I saw him on my watch. She flew off a few minutes after that and then I couldn’t find her either so I took a ride to the Lake Tower and Brighton sites to check but I could find no PEFAs at either location. I then returned to downtown and parked on the BSB where I spotted the Beautyful one back on the OCSR west corner top ibeam at 11:00am.


She was in the bright sunshine as she stayed there for the next 30 minutes. At first I thought Beauty had flown north but Donna let me know she had just gone around the corner as I parked on State St. across from the Rochester Plaza Hotel to observe. At 11:41am Beauty flew off OCSR and came straight  across between the Crossroads building and the hotel to land on a pole directly above me. The address on the front of the building was 39 State St. and it’s connected to the Powers building.

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Beauty flew off the pole heading southwest and I quickly lost sight of her being surrounded by buildings. I took a ride around the city without finding Beauty or M and ended up on the Andrews St. Bridge where Joyce and Steve met me. It was at this point I ended my 6 hour watch which flew by and seemed more like just a couple hours. Keep smiling as we begin the season here in Rochester with 3 females and one unbanded male-I know I will! 🙂

Click the links below for more pics and videos of  M



13 Responses to “Morning watch 2-26-13”

  1. christiane Says:


    Just a comment about the pics of “M”–he kind of looks like the Brighton site male in #34 and #36; has anyone considered him as the new male courting Beauty? Christiane

  2. MAK Says:

    It’s possible christiane he could be him but we’ll never know for sure since no leg bands. I wondered the same thing when looking at my pics. 🙂

  3. Donna M. in Atl. Bch Says:

    I guess we’ll know if we see him sleeping alot, right? Wow, Mak what a day and such nice pictures – thank goodness for the Angel car and super camera!!!!

  4. MAK Says:

    You got that right Donna-actually the fact that he didn’t sleep makes me think it wasn’t him. And yes thank goodness! 🙂

  5. margaret Says:

    Wonderful pictures of M – and he sure showed off his legs and BYF to you! So no wondering about that. He seems too active to be BST — unless that’s what hormones do to them! What do you and Joyce think? I think it’s a new male. Maybe just passing through.
    What were the dates Archer returned last year? And what date did Dot.ca show up? Really need a score card now. You watchers are amazing!

  6. Ginny Says:

    I thought too he could be BST because in one of the pics he had sleepy eyes but I think BST is a little smaller. He really showed off those legs for you though :-))))

  7. MAK Says:

    Margaret and Ginny M didn’t have the same mannerisms as BST in my opinion. I’m thinking maybe one of the males that have visited Beauty in the past. He seemed familiar with the area. Yeah he was very cooperative in giving me some leg. We’ll see what tomorrow brings. One day at a time now. 🙂

  8. Maureen in MA Says:

    Great report and pics! Thanks MAK!

  9. MAK Says:

    Thanks Maureen-good to hear from you. It’s been a while. 🙂

  10. Maureen in MA Says:

    I’m always lurking. 🙂

  11. MAK Says:

    Oh a lurker eh!? lol 🙂

  12. Maureen in MA Says:


  13. Maureen in MA Says:

    Hey, I saw the Genesee gorge tonight when I watched this week’s Biggest Loser episode! It was great to see it again!! :D. They were showing some Rochester sights because of a Rochester girl who is on the show this season. Too bad they didn’t show you watchers on the foot bridge. 🙂

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