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Falcon Watch 7/20/22

July 20th, 2022

By Rochester Falcon Watcher Carol P

Hot, hazy and humid! It’s a three H day! Temps will be in the mid 90s today. It’s already 90F at 1 pm.

The morning watchers, Dana, Kathy O, Larry O and Carol P have been arriving downtown early to get in a couple hours of watching the Rochester Falcons before it gets too hot.

On the way in, Dana found an adult on the north side of OCSR. Soon after parking on the Court St Bridge (CSB) we spotted both juvies, Kanfai Malachim (KM) and Blaze come flying in from the east, over the river, behind the OCSR, and landing on the east side of the Cross Rds Bldg. They both settled in for a nap.

An adult was seen on the Frontier Communication Tower (FCT). It then took off and landed on the Times Square Bldg (TSB) SW wing ring. Then back to FCT top arm.

Just before 8 am, we’re pretty sure it was Nova that brought in food and dropped it off on the Cross Rds Bldg for KM and Blaze. KM grabbed it, but Blaze got his share.

We still haven’t seen any food transfers between adults and juvies. We’ve only seen them drop off food. Hopefully we’ll start to witness more training soon.

By 9:00 am, the heat was unbearable, so we headed home.

Here are a few not very good pics of pics. Sorry for the horrible quality.

Kanfai Malachim and Blaze on Cross Rds
Adult, I think Nova, Dropping Off Food on Cross Rds
I couldn’t resist posting a pic of Gimli and Daisy

Falcon Watch Report 7/19/22

July 19th, 2022

After a very much needed day of rain, I went downtown to search for our Rochester Falcons. The first falcon I found was an adult on the Frontier Communication Tower (FCT). I’m pretty sure it was Neander.

Driving around downtown Rochester is extremely frustrating right now, construction around ever corner. Parking to watch falcons is almost impossible. The Court St Bridge is the only bridge open for parking and they were putting up cones when we left today. Hopefully we won’t find the Court St Bridge closed to parking tomorrow morning.

On with the falcon watch. Dana, Kathy and I found both Kanfai Malachim (KM) and Blaze on the FCT platform. It wasn’t long before they both took off heading south. We drove over to the Court St Bridge and joined Larry O there. Both juvies were together on the Times Square Bldg SW wing ledge. Nova was on the Jail Communication Tower.

First KM and then Blaze took off. Mom was the target. Blaze landed on top of the tower and KM knocked mom off and landed in her spot. Nova flew north and landed on the corner of the Powers Bldg.

Both KM and Blaze took off heading north, talon tagging and flying together. They both landed under the antenna on one of the jail buildings.

From there they both headed north behind Cross Rds. One juvie ended up on the level below Nova on Powers. Not sure where the second juvie ended up.

It was time to end our watch. The temps were rising and going up to 88F. Warm days are coming.

Here are some pic of pics from my morning watch.

Neander on Frontier Communication Tower
Juvie on Frontier Communication Tower Platform
Kanfai Malachim and Blaze on TSB
Kanfai Malachim and Blaze on TSB
Blaze and KM on Jail Building
Nova on Powers Bldg

Falcon Watch Report 7/17/22

July 17th, 2022

By Rochester Falcon Watcher Carol P.

Sunday morning watchers: Dana, Kathy O, Lisa McK, Larry O, Linda and Carol P.

It was a beautiful morning and since there wasn’t much traffic this morning, we decided to watch from across the river on the west side of the Convention Center. We had a terrific view of the whole area from there.

At first we only saw Nova and Neander. We could hear a juve now and then, but could not find it. One of the adults actually made it out to the Frontier Communication Tower (FCT).

Finally a juvie flew in and landed on the Wilder roof. Shaky was able to positively ID this juvie as Kanfai Malachim (KM) from the Rfalconcam cameras.

She stayed there for awhile before taking off and meeting Blaze high above the river. There was a short burst of talon tagging before they both headed back towards OCSR. KM went behind the building and Blaze landed on top of the disk. He took some short flights around the disk before settling for a short while on the south side.

Blaze took off again, heading towards us and we were treated to some very fancy flying by him. He then headed west.

There was no more activity during our watch. We did check the north side of OCSR on our way home, and found a juvie on the 2nd Ibeam and an adult below on the 3rd Ibeam. We searched the city, but were unable to find a 2nd juvie or adult.

Temps were rising into the 80s, so it was time to end our watch.

No pictures today.

Falcon Watch Report 7/15/22

July 15th, 2022

By Rochester Falcon Watcher Carol P.

Watchers Dana and Kathy O joined me early this morning on Aqueduct St, aka the hole. As usual, it was filled up pretty quickly by construction workers.

We first spotted Kanfai Malachim (KM) on the Wilder Bldg. She was enjoying the sun on a chilly morning, preening and watching the pigeons moving around on the building below her. Eventhough her crop was bulging, she was interested in checking out the bird life around her.

I kept hearing another juvie crying and tracked down Blaze who was sitting just below Neander, who was sitting on the NW wing ledge of the Times Square Bldg. Blaze’s crop was not as large as his sister’s.

Neander took off and landed on top of the Wilder chimney, above KM. He had food with him, but Blaze had spotted Nova on top of Cross Rds with a larger meal. He quickly joined her there and grabbed her offering. Not to let a good meal go to waste, Neander finished off his meal.

Both Neander and Nova flew over to the OCSR where they kept watch over their young ones.

KM took off and first landed on the Widows Walk and then joined Blaze on the Cross Rds Bldg, where they both enjoyed a long nap.

Larry O, who has been spending his time watching from the Court St Bridge during the morning watch, joined us for awhile.

At approx 10:30 am, Kathy, Dana and I ended our watch.

Here are some pics of pics from this morning.

Kanfai Malachim on Wilder
Blaze on the TSB
Blaze on Cross Rds Bldg
Kanfai Malachim on Widows Walk
Neander Enjoying Leftovers

Falcon Watch Reports/Videos 7/13 & 7/14/22

July 14th, 2022

By Rochester Falcon Watcher Dana

Please click on the following YouTube links to view my watch reports for July 13th & July 14th.



Falcon Watch Report 7/14/22

July 14th, 2022

By Falcon Watcher Carol P.

With the sadness of our missing Zara always on our minds, Watcher Dana and I shared a very enjoyable falcon watch this morning. Both Kanfai Malachim (KM) and Blaze are flying and landing well. They’ve started talon tagging with each other and chasing mom is especially great fun!

Nova, Neander, Kanfai Malachim and Blaze were all seen this morning.

Here are a few pics of pics I took this morning.

Nova on Times Square Bldg Main Cam
Kanfai Malachim on the OCSR Elevator Shaft
Blaze Flying by OCSR
Blaze Flying Over the Powers Flag
Kanfai Malachim Taking Off From the Wilder Chimney
Blaze Chasing Kanfai Malachim in Front of the OCSR

Falcon Watch 7/13/22

July 13th, 2022

By Rochester Falcon Watcher Carol P.

I just wanted to share a few more pics from my morning watch. Again pics of pics, so not such great quality.

Both Kanfai Malachim (Angel Wings) and Blaze are doing well. We see a lot of flying by both of them and they spend a lot of time together.

Kanfai Malachim and Blaze Playing on
Top of the Wilder Chimney
Kanfai Malachim and Blaze on the Wilder Chimney
Blaze and Kanfai Malachim on the Wilder Bucket Roof
Kanfai Malachim on the Times Square Bldg
I love this picture our Rfalconcam cameras captured
Of Kanfai Malachim and Blaze in Profile

Falcon Watch Reports/Videos 7/11 & 7/12/22

July 13th, 2022

By Rochester Falcon Watcher Dana

Please click on the following YouTube links to view my watch reports for July 11th & July 12th.



Falcon Watch Report Pics/Videos 7/5 & 7/10/22

July 11th, 2022

By Rochester Falcon Watcher Dana

Click on the following YouTube links to see my Falcon Watch Pics and Videos.

The first one is my 7/5/22 Video


The second one is from 7/10/22. Enjoy!


Falcon Watch Report 7/11/22

July 11th, 2022

By Rochester Falcon Watcher Carol P.

We were so happy to have a new pair this year after losing Beauty and Dot.ca. When Nova and Neander laid four eggs in the Times Square nest box, we were ecstatic. When three of the eggs hatched, we fell in love all over again with three tiny, white fluff balls.

We watched them grow up, their white fluff fell out, and their beautiful brown feathers revealed themselves. We now had a hint of what they would look like as adults. I’ve always said it’s like opening a present when their masks were revealed.

But, with happiness, sometimes comes sadness.

We started the fledge watch last Tuesday, sitting in the hole (Aqueduct St), surrounded by construction and loud noise. Sometimes, if we listened very hard, we could hear the eyases crying to their parents from above.

On the 4th day of the fledge watch (Friday 7/8), KM took flight for the first time. I wasn’t there to see it, since I had been on watch for several hours that morning. It was time to head downtown to check on KM. She had flown to a building behind the Telesca Bldg. When I arrived, KM had made a 2nd flight to the top of the Wilder Bldg. She was doing great!

I may have missed Kanfai Malachim’s (KM) fledge flight, but I was there to see Zara launch herself from the end of the nest box wall on the Times Square Bldg. It was a strong flight that took her to the top of the Wilder chimney. She landed on the corner, flapped a few times and then steadied herself. It was a very good landing for her first time. She did great! Sadly, that was the last place I saw Zara. She took a couple more flights for the evening watchers who last saw her flying up to Wilder from the Telesca Bldg. After that, the evening watchers ended their watch.

I was there early Saturday morning with fellow watchers Dana Kathy O, Lisa McK, Lukka (Zara’s namer) and Alyssa. We found KM immediately on the building behind Telesca. After that we searched for Zara, but we never found her. It’s been three days now and still no sign of our Zara.

Saturday was another happy day. At 9:23 am, it was Blaze’s turn to fledge. Blaze landed on top of the Wilder Bldg very close to KM. They’ve been pretty much inseparable since then.

We are continuing to search for Zara. I am still hoping for a miracle!

This morning, Monday 7/11, I arrived downtown at 7 am. Kathy O and Dana joined me. It was going up to 90F today.

We found all four Rochester Falcons on the Powers Bldg. First the adults took off. KM and Blaze stood up and started to walk around. When Nova came back with food, the chase was on!

Both juvies (yes, they are now juvies), took off from Powers and flew towards the Times Square Bldg (TSB). Nova landed on the Powers lower roof with food. The juvies landed on the Telesca roof. Nova took off with the food and landed on the TSB NW wing ledge, where she cached the food and settled on the light.

During the morning, there was a lot of flying by both KM and Blaze, before they both settled on the NE wing ledge where they could keep an eye on mom. Neander kept watch from the south side of the OCSR, 2nd Ibeam.

By 1:00 pm, we totally lost our shade and it was getting very warm. It was time to head home.

Now to explain why I haven’t been posting any pictures. I am not able to download pictures at this time. I have lots of pictures and videos I would love to share, but I can’t at this time. So I took some pictures of pictures to share. They’re not very good, but you get the idea. Hope you enjoy!

Nova Taking off From Powers With food
Kanfai Malachim Spreading Her Wings on the TSB
Kanfai Malachim Taking Off From the TSB
Blaze Taking Off From the Telesca Bldg
Blaze Lands Next to Kanfai Malachim on the Cross Rds Bldg
Blaze (left), Kanfai Malachim (right)
Looks Like They Have A Lot to Say to Each Other!

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