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Fly Free Freyja!

July 1st, 2021

It is with much sadness, that we must report that Freyja was found deceased on a building roof very close to the Times Square Bldg.

The Rochester Falcon Watchers had been tirelessly looking for her since they last saw her on Wednesday, June 23rd. They never gave up hope that she would return to her family and continue to grace the Rochester skies.

Fly free Freyja! We will miss you.

Today is Banding Day for Our Eyases! – 6/2/21

June 2nd, 2021

Great news, everyone! The eyases will receive bands this year!

Our friends from the DEC (Department of Environmental Conservation) will be coming to Rochester this morning to band Beauty and Dot.ca’s two eyases. Banding should happen at approximately 10 am. When they are banded, they will be given their chosen names!

You can watch the event on live streaming video, read commentary and view photos on our forum, or follow us on twitter @Rfalconcam and its chattier cousin @RfalconcamNow.

Eyas #2 Arrived at 1:45 pm This Afternoon!

May 11th, 2021

Lots of falcon fans were on Rfalconcam’s streaming video when our 2nd eyas arrived! Dot.ca had just arrived with food and he and Beauty were both there to see their 2nd eyas break out of its egg. So awesome!

Eyas (Baby Falcon) Photo Album – Week 1 (5/10-5/16/21)

May 11th, 2021

We’ll be posting pics of the Rochester Falcons and their eyases here in a weekly photo album. This will be a great way to see their progress and how quickly they grow! Enjoy!!!

5/10/21 – 4 Eggs, 1 with a pip and 1 infertile (right egg)
The infertile egg may have been caused by the stress when an intruder attempted to take over Beauty and Dot.ca’s territory.
5/11/21 – First Feeding for First Eyas
Dot.ca brought in a small 1st meal for the eyas at 3:30 am. Beauty fed the eyas and will control most of the feedings until the eyases are a little larger.
5/11/21 – Eyas Using an unhatched egg as a pillow 🙂
That little bit of of red in the scrape is leftovers from the first breakfast.
5/11/21 – Dot.ca gets a little alone time with the eyas
The unfertilized egg is still in the nest box. You can see the crack at the top of the egg. Eventually, they will dispose of it.
5/11/21 – 2nd Eyas Arrived at 1:45 pm just after Dot.ca arrived with food
5/12/21 – Beauty Feeding the two eyases
5/12/21 – Keeping the eyases safe and warm
5/12/21 – Dot.ca lends a wing to shade the eyases
5/12/21 – Peregrine Falcons are aerial hunters
Beauty will mostly hunt pigeons, Dot.ca, being smaller, will bring in starlings and other smaller prey. This is possibly a shore bird from the river, or maybe one migrating through the area.
5/13/21 – Beauty allowed Dot.ca to feed the eyases by himself for the first time
5/13/21 – Dot.ca watches Beauty feed from the corner of the platform
5/14/21 – Tandem feed
The eyases are getting bigger and stronger. It’s not looking good for the remaining egg.

First Hatch for Rochester Falcons Beauty & Dot.ca!

May 10th, 2021

Our first eyas arrived at approximately 9:19 pm this evening (5/10/21). Beauty has been very protective of her new arrival and has yet to allow our cameras to catch a picture of the little one. We’ll share pictures when they are available.

Hopefully Beauty will give us a glimpse of her young one soon!

Here’s a picture from earlier showing a pip (small hole) in the egg. You can see the eyases beak!

Then There Were Four! Four Eggs for Beauty and Dot.ca!

April 7th, 2021
Beauty Laid Her 4th Egg at 9:05 pm

There were a lot of falcon fans watching Beauty on Rfalconcam’s Streaming Video when she laid her 4th egg at 9:05 pm. Her average is four eggs, but we’ll have to wait to see if she lays a 5th egg this year. If she does, it would be due on 4/10 at approximately 6:00 am.

Hard incubation should begin now, so we’ll be seeing Beauty and Dot.ca taking turns on the eggs.

Four Eggs in a Row

Beauty and Dot.ca’s 3rd Egg Arrived Early This Afternoon!

April 5th, 2021
Beauty Lays Her 3rd Egg at 1:06 pm

Rochester Falcon Beauty laid her 3rd egg at 1:06 pm this afternoon. She left shortly after laying it and Dot.ca arrived to check out the new arrival. Hard incubation will usually start after the 2nd to last egg is laid.

If she lays a 4th egg, it should be on 4/7 at approximately 10:00 pm (using her average of 57 hours between eggs).

Rochester Falcon Watchers have been downtown watching for the intruder. So far it’s been quiet. Some on-line watchers have posted that Beauty has been agitated and flown off in a hurry. Migration is happening right now and many raptors have been moving through the area. Beauty and Dot.ca will defend their territory and chase off any birds that come too close. We’re hoping that the intruder has moved on, but we’ll keep watching.

Beauty with Three Eggs
Dot.ca Takes His Turn on the Eggs

After a Long Wait, Beauty Has Laid her 2nd Egg!

April 3rd, 2021
Beauty & Dot.ca’s 2nd Egg Arrives at 6:05 am, Saturday Morning

After dealing with an intruder over the past week, Beauty has finally laid her 2nd egg. She usually averages 57 hrs between eggs. It took twice that time for her to lay her 2nd egg. This was due to the 3rd falcon attempting to take her territory.

Shortly after she laid the egg, Dot.ca came in with her breakfast and took his turn on the eggs. When it comes to incubating his eggs, he is very willing.

If all goes well, we could see a 3rd egg on Monday afternoon. Crossing talons!

Dot.ca Brings in Breakfast for Beauty
Dot.ca is Not Happy that Beauty Has Returned so Quickly 🙂

Beauty & Dot.ca’s First Egg has Arrived!

March 29th, 2021
Beauty Laid her First Egg at 9:24 am Monday Morning (3/29/21)

At 9:24 am this morning, Beauty laid her first egg in the Times Square Bldg nest box! With all the stress she has been under over the last few days, due to a 3rd falcon attempting to take over her territory, this was a very welcome sight!

Beauty and Dot.ca on High Alert for the Intruder Yesterday 3/28/21

Here’s a video from Falcon Watcher Dana showing the arrival of the first egg from the Rfalconcam Streaming Video. Enjoy!

Please welcome Beauty & Dot.ca’s first egg of 2021!

As We Wait for Beauty & Dot.ca’s First Egg of 2021

March 22nd, 2021
Beauty at the Times Square Bldg Nest Box! Pic by Carol P.

It’s been a long Winter, which seemed even longer with the Covid situation. I don’t know about you, but we here at the Rochester Falconcam are ready for Spring and warmer weather!

After a successful 2020, with three young falcons (Roc, Geraki & Hope) well on their way, the Rochester Falcon Watchers have been out and about, keeping an eye on our downtown pair, Beauty & Dot.ca (DC). There have been many reports and sightings of our dynamic duo hanging out close to their Times Square Bldg nest box. In fact, if all goes well, we should see an egg there very soon.

Over the Winter, the falcon watchers have seen a juvie hanging out along Lake Ontario. Due to size, we believe it’s a female and she has eyebrows like our Hope. Without bands, it is impossible to positively ID this falcon. Due to Covid, none of our young were banded by the DEC last year.

We’ve also been keeping an eye on our other pair, Billie and Beau at ST. They have also been seen together recently by watchers checking out the area. Beau is an unbanded tiercel (male) and Billie is the granddaughter of Mariah and Kaver.

So, while we wait for Beauty to lay her first egg, we all hope that you are doing well and that you will join us for the 2021 Rochester Falcon season!


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