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Fledge Watch Report – 6/22/21

June 22nd, 2021

By Rochester Falcon Watcher Carol P.

Watchers (during my watch): Dana, Kathy O, Larry O and Carol P.

6:00 am – 2:00 pm

I want to start out with some good news! Falcon Watcher Joyce has found Freyja on the Ellwanger and Barry Bldg, which is just a little north of the Times Square Bldg. She’s looking great! We are all very happy that Freyja has been found safe and sound and hope that she will soon join her brother Golden.

We all spread out early this morning to search for Freyja. She was not ready to show herself to us, so we continued to keep a close eye on her brother, Golden. He had quite a busy morning, flying here and there. He even landed on the base of Mercury and found a food cache there. Needless to say, that made him very happy! lol

It was just reported that Freyja is back in the area around the Times Square Bldg, so hopefully we’ll see her on camera again soon. This is such a happy day.

Here are some pictures from today’s watch. Enjoy!

Golden on the NE Wing Ledge on the Times Square Bldg
Dot.ca on the SW Wing Ring
Peek-a-Boo Beauty
Golden on the Metal Work at the Top of the Times Square Bldg
Golden on the South End of the Cross Rds Bldg
Golden on Wilder
Golden on the Base of Mercury Where He Found a Cache of Food
Beauty Watching Over Him
Golden on Wilder Near the Stovepipe
Golden on Wilder Just Before Taking Off for the Cross Rds Bldg
A Bonus Picture of a Billie and Beau Baby!

Fledge Watch Report – 6/21/21

June 21st, 2021

By Rochester Falcon Watcher Carol P.

7:00 am to 2:00 pm.

Watchers (during my watch): Dana, Larry O, Dan and Carol P.; Pat came as I ended by watch at 2:00 pm.

We got a little later start, due to some pretty hefty thunderstorms and winds, so I started my watch at approximately 7:00 am. The first thing we (Dana, Larry and I) did was to spread out and check all the buildings in the area for a sighting of Freyja. None of us had any luck finding her.

Golden was on the east side, lower level of the Times Square Bldg, below the nest box. After a long walk around the area, I arrived at the hole just in time to see Golden spread his wings and take off. He headed east, towards the Mercury statue. I really thought he was going to land there, but he missed and headed towards the Wilder building where he landed safely. Both Beauty and Dot.ca came off the Times Square Bldg. to follow him. DC landed on Mercury and Beauty headed back to the Times Square Bldg.

After a few moments, Golden popped up on a black square shaped structure. Wings out, ready to take off again. He settled down and explored his new surroundings. When he had enough of that, he took a small flight to the top of the Wilder fire escape ladder, making an excellent landing.

He did some wind surfing there (it was quite breezy today and very warm), before settling on firmer footing on the Wilder roof. For the majority of my watch, that’s where he spent his time. Walking around and sleeping on and off.

Golden once again took off, this time heading towards the red brick building behind the Telesca Bldg. He missed the landing on the corner and slid down the building before throwing his wings out and catching the wind for a return trip to the Wilder Bldg, where he landed once again on top of the ladder. More wind surfing and a return to the roof.

When I ended my watch at 2:00 pm, he was dozing on the Wilder roof. Pat took over the watch.

I’ve been reading through the evening reports. Joyce, Pat and Brian have reported that Golden took off from Wilder and ended up on Cross Rds (reported by Pat). He has now returned to the Times Square Bldg to the ledge just below the SE parapet (reported by Joyce). They have been actively searching for Freyja. Hopefully she will show herself soon.

Here are some of my favorite pics from today’s watch. Enjoy!

A Very Wet Beauty on the Ledge Above the Nest Box
Golden on the Lower Level Below the Nest Box
Golden on the Bump
Golden on the Wilder Bldg
Golden on Wilder Bldg
Golden Made an Excellent Landing on the Wilder Ladder
Golden Made it to the Wilder Eagle’s Nest
This is what Dan calls it. lol
Golden Behind the Stovepipe
Most of the juvies make it here. Sometimes it’s the only shade on a sunny day!
I was happily surprised to see RFalconcam.Com streaming in the
Times Square Bldg Lobby!
There’s Beauty!!!

Fledge Watch Report – 6/20/21

June 20th, 2021

By Rochester Falcon Watcher Carol P.

Watchers: Dana, Kathy O, Linda, Larry O, Dan, Pat, Lisa, Brian (During my watch.)

6:00 am – 2:30 pm

Happy Father’s Day!

I made it downtown early this morning to check on Golden’s progress. Dana was already there when I arrived. Golden was still on the lower ledge where he spent the night and Freyja was above on the north side wall.

It wasn’t long before Golden started flying back and forth across the lower bumps on the east side of the Times Square Bldg. He paused for a moment on the south side bump and looked up intently at the nest box above him. Freyja was there looking down at him. It was now or never.

Golden started to flap his wings and he leaped into the air. The strong beat of his wings carried him up to the ledge next to the nest box and his sister. Dana and I let out a cheer, that was heard by our friend Jackie who was jogging by with a couple of her friends. They had seen Golden’s flight too.

Kathy and Linda joined us on the watch. Beauty brought food down to Golden as a reward for a job well done. Of course Freyja got some too.

Now that Golden and Freyja were reunited, our watch was fairly calm. There was a lot of activity by Beauty, Dot.ca and the two young ones. Golden discovered the well and became quite curious about it. Freyja loves to stand or lay down at the north end of the wall. She loves to lean over to watch the activity below her, including the comings and goings of her parents.

Dan joined us around noon. It was wonderful to see him doing so well. I was going to leave at 1:00 pm, but that all changed when Freyja took flight from the north wall. At the time, I wasn’t sure if it was her or Golden. We all watched as she flew out from the building heading north. She circled back, towards the Times Square Bldg, wing beats strong and sure. Her altitude was good too. We lost sight of her just as she approached the back of the building. It looked like she was heading for the back section of the Times Square Bldg or maybe beyond. Time to call in the watchers and spread out to look for her.

Pat, Lisa, Larry O, and Brian joined the search. I found Beauty on the south side of the old City Hall. She didn’t seem concerned and it was usually safe to take the parents lead. Beauty took off heading north.

The watchers continued to search, but we had no luck finding Freyja. I had to end my watch, but I later got word that Joyce found her on the back of the Times Square Bldg, looking great. It was so wonderful that she was ok.

A huge thank you to all the watchers that joined the search for Freyja on a Sunday afternoon.

Here are some of my favorite pictures from today’s watch. Enjoy!

Golden and Freyja First Thing This Morning
Golden on Lower Level
Golden’s Flights
Freyja & Golden Together Again
Beauty Makes Sure that Golden Gets a Good Meal
Dot.ca on the Wilder Fire Escape – Happy Father’s Day Dot.ca!
Golden Makes it Up to Main Camera
Golden on Main Cam
Golden Flying Down from Main Cam
Freyja & Golden Together at North End of Wall
This is where Freyja fledged from.
Beauty on Old City Hall
This is where I found her when I was searching for Freyja.
She was looking up at where Freyja was found by Joyce.
Beauty on South Side of Old City Hall

Fledge Watch Report – 6/19/21

June 19th, 2021

By Rochester Falcon Watcher Carol P.

Watchers: Dana, Kathy O, Lisa, Larry O, Ron and Sue. More Watchers through the day and evening. Hopefully they will leave their own accounts.

6:45 am to 1:00 pm.

Oh, what a beautiful day for a fledge flight and Golden did not disappoint. When I arrived at 6:45 am, I had just missed Golden’s fledge flight from Cam #4 to the south side well. It’s not a long flight, but he did a great job! The first thing I saw when I arrived, was Golden on the south side well wall, looking over at the nest box, and Freyja on the north side well wall being fed by Beauty.

Dana and I spread out and we found that Golden had walked around the perimeter of the building, ending up on the NW corner. Although he was on the same level as the nest box, there was no way for him to return without flying.

Kathy O joined us and she set up to keep an eye on Freyja, just in case she decided to go. Larry O was watching from further out at the Court St Bridge.

Golden made his way back to the south side of the well wall and looked longingly at the nest box, where his sister was watching from. He made an attempt to fly back across, but could not keep the altitude he needed to land there. Instead he landed on a lower ledge, just below the nest box.

This is where he remained for the rest of my watch. Golden did a lot of practicing, so hopefully he’ll soon make another attempt.

Lisa McK, Sue, and Ron joined the watch while I was there.

Other watchers will be there for the afternoon and evening watch. Will Freyja take her first flight? Will Golden return to the nest box? Stay tuned!

Here are some of my favorite picks from today’s fledge watch.

Beauty Feeding Freyja
Golden on the South Side Well Wall
Golden on the North Side of the TSB
Beauty Flying Overhead
Dot.ca on Fledge Watch
Golden Practicing
Beauty Returned After Taking a Bath
Dot.ca Brought Food to Golden (You can just see Golden behind DC)
Dot.ca Ever Vigilant
Golden Practices
Golden Practices
Golden Practices
Golden Practices (Practice Makes Perfect!)

First Fledge Watch Report of 2021 – 6/18/21

June 18th, 2021

By Rochester Falcon Watcher Carol P.

Watchers: Dana and Carol P from 7:00 am to 2:00 pm

There was a lot of activity by our two young eyases. Both were running the wall and flapping their wings, strengthening them for their soon to be first flights. Golden actually knocked Beauty off of Cam #4 and took her place for a few seconds. She brought in a small snack to entice him to come down from the camera. Freyja is a bit younger, but she’s keeping up with her brother.

The watch started out chilly and mostly cloudy. It did warm up and by the time we left, just before 2:00 pm, it was raining steadily. Both eyases had settled on the wall, so we decided it was a good time to leave.

Here are some of my favorite pictures from today’s fledge watch.

Beauty and Eyas.
Dot.ca on NE wing ledge.
Poop Shot!
Beauty, Golden & Freyja.
Beauty & Golden.
Golden & Beauty.
Golden, Freyja and Beauty.
Freyja Wingercizing on the Wall.

2021 Pre-Fledge Watch Report 6/15/21

June 15th, 2021

By Rochester Falcon Watcher Carol P.

Well, here we are again. It’s almost time for the Rochester Falcons Fledge Watch to begin. Golden & Freyja are quickly losing their white fluff feathers and both are wingercizing like crazy. As of today, both have made it out to the wall. It won’t be long before they take their first flights!

Here’s Golden on the Wall!

Here are some pictures of our favorite couples, Beauty & Dot.ca; Billie & Beau. I can verify that Billie and Beau have successfully nested, but cannot say where.

I truly hope that all Rochester eyases fledge safely and successfully!

Beauty on Cam 4.
Dot.ca on Wilder.
Billie in a tree.
Beau in a tree.

March 2021 Falcon Watch movie of Dana’s pics and vids.

March 31st, 2021

I have published a movie containing some of my pics and videos during my DT Rochester Peregrine Falcon visits in March of 2021. Hope you enjoy!

Fall Falcons and Other Stuff! 10/30/20

October 30th, 2020

By Rochester Falcon Watcher Carol P.

I and other watchers have been continuing to keep watch over the Rochester Falcons. There has been no further sightings of our young falcons; Hope, Geraki and Roc. We really miss them and wish them well.

There have also been reported sightings of falcons at Seneca Towers (ST). Hopefully Billie & Beau are also doing well.

All has been peaceful and quiet in our Rochester Falcons world.

Here are some pictures I’ve taken over the past few weeks. Enjoy!

Beauty on the Times Square Bldg. (10/3/20)
Squirrel! (10/3/20)
Dot.ca & Beauty on the Frontier Communication Tower (10/10/20)
Beauty’s Wings (10/10/20)
Beauty, Ready for Take-off! (10/10/20)
Genesee River – Fall Colors! (10/10/20)
Dot.ca & Beauty on the Cross Rds Bldg. (10/11/20)
Dot.ca and Beauty Bowing on the Times Square Bldg (10/18/20)
Dot.ca & Beauty Together on the Times Square Bldg. (10/18/20)
Beauty (with lunch) on the Ellwanger & Barry Bldg. (10/18/20)
Beauty Eating on the Ellwanger & Barry Bldg. (10/18/20)
Beauty on Ellwanger & Barry Bldg. (10/18/20)
Dot.ca on Top of Mercury (from the Powers Bldg) (10/23/20)
Falcon View from the Powers Bldg Looking West. Nice Fall Colors! (10/23/20)

Falcon Watch Report & Pics (9/12, 9/19 & 9/20/20)

September 20th, 2020
It’s two days until fall and the trees are starting to change colors!

By Rochester Falcon Watcher Carol P.

The Rochester Watchers have been out, keeping an eye on Beauty and Dot.ca. Both have been seen hanging out near the Times Square Bldg and downtown Rochester. They are doing well.

Here are some pictures I took over the past two weeks.

Dot.ca (left) & Beauty (right) on the Frontier Communication Tower (9/12/20)
Hey! Where do you think you’re going Dot.ca!!! (9/12/20)
Beauty at the Times Square Nest Box (9/12/20)
Dot.ca (left) & Beauty (right) on the Time Square Bldgs NW Wing Ledge (9/12/20)
A Merlin on the Blue Cross Arena (9/19/20)
Beauty on Wilder (9/19/20)
Dot.ca on Cross Rds (9/19/20)
Beauty on Wilder (9/19/20)
Dot.ca on Cross Rds (9/19/20)
Dot.ca on Cross Rds (9/20/20)
Beauty on Mercury’s Foot (9/20/20)
Beauty gets ready for take-off! (9/20/20)
Upbeat of Wings!
Downbeat! I love the power of a Peregrine’s Wings!
Dot.ca soaking up the sun on the Cross Rds Bldg (9/20/20)
Found a Wood Duck Pair on a Pond Near Lake Ontario!
Love their colors!

Falcon Watch Report Catch-up! 8/29, 8/30, 9/5 & 9/6/20

September 11th, 2020
Beauty & Dot.ca on Mercury

By Rochester Falcon Watcher Carol P.

So much has happened here in Rochester, NY over the past couple weeks. I just wanted to assure everyone that the Rochester Falcons are doing well and don’t seem to be bothered by these activities. Thankfully.

I and other watchers have been out checking on Beauty, Dot.ca and all the other downtown critters.

On Sunday, I thought I saw a falcon fly over the Wilder Bldg and possibly land on the north side, while Beauty was on the base of Mercury. The falcon quickly took off, flew in front of OCSR and headed over to the north side. Beauty was up on the base of Mercury and both falcons vocalized a bit. I assume, incorrectly, that it was Dot.ca.

After checking my pics, I saw that the visitor was a juvie Peregrine Falcon and that I could make out eyebrows! Because Beauty showed no aggression and vocalized softly, I believe that it was Hope and she was looking great. Other watchers (Dana, Lou, Joyce, Kathy O & Jennifer) arrived and we searched for the juvie falcon, but could not find her. Darn.

I do love when one of our young falcons makes an appearance after not being seen for along time.

Here are some pictures from my last few falcon watches, starting with a few pictures of the juvie I believe was Hope. đŸ™‚

Hope (I believe) coming in to say hello!
Hope (I believe) coming in to say hello!
Hope (I believe) coming in to say hello!
Beauty on Wilder
Beauty (BASE) and Dot.ca (FOOT) on Mercury
Beauty & Dot.ca on Wilder
Beauty on Wilder
Dot.ca on Wilder
Dot.ca on Wilder
So Nice to See Casey, Abby & Joyce!
You Know I LOVE a Good Flag Shot! lol
We have a family of Osprey that Have been Fishing on the Genesee River.
This One Loves to Land on the Roof of a Bldg South of the Court St Bridge.

It’s been 19 years since 9/11, a day I will never forget!

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