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

Wednesday, 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!

Monday, 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!

Saturday, 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!

Monday, 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

Monday, 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!

We Have Our First Fledge! Roc Fledged at 3:35 pm – 6/11/20

Thursday, June 11th, 2020

Our only male, Roc, fledged off the north end of the wall at approximately 3:35 pm. Rochester Falcon Watcher Carrie Shone witnessed his first flight from the wall. Roc flew north and then turned back, with Dot.ca flying above him. Roc ended up landing safely on the northwest corner of the Times Square Bldg, almost level with the nest box.

Carrie said he looks great, flapping and running, with Dot.ca keeping an eye on his young son.

This was the last picture our cameras caught of Roc, standing next to Geraki, just before he fledged.

Roc Fledged at Approx 3:35 pm.
Video of Roc’s Fledge!

Roc is now a juvie, no longer an eyas!

The watchers will continue their fledge watch for the girls, Geraki and Hope. The females are bigger than the males, so they usually wait a little longer to fledge.

Why Do Falcons Pant?

Wednesday, June 10th, 2020

You may notice the falcons panting. Falcons and other birds have a body temperature of 104° F. To keep themselves cool, they pant, sending air through the air sacs and lungs in their bodies causing evaporation, helping to cool themselves.

The Eyases are Named

Sunday, June 7th, 2020

If you’ve been following Rfalconcam over the years, you’ll know that the eyases normally receive their names when they are banded. However, banding by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation could not take place this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Without the colored bands to identify each eyas, arbitrarily naming them would lead to considerable confusion.

Now that the eyases are no longer white fluffballs, we can see the differences in their facial markings that allow us to tell them apart.

An additional complication in the naming process arose when we lost one of the eyases in May. We were already actively seeking four names at the time:

  • two longtime Fledge Watch volunteers were each asked to name an eyas
  • a school classroom was asked to name one
  • a naming contest was open to our worldwide community of followers

With only three eyases and four names, we had to find a way to politely reject one of them. This problem was quickly solved when both of our volunteers graciously bowed out, but that left us with only two names for three eyases!

Given the circumstances, we decided that the best course of action would be to use the 2nd-place name in the naming contest. That name was Hope.

So, without further ado, here are the 2020 eyasas.


Roc (male) – The winning entry in the naming contest was submitted by John Hoffman of Honeoye Falls, New York.

Roc’s name is not just a play on his city of birth. The Roc is an enormous legendary bird of prey in the Middle Eastern tradition. The book One Thousand And One (Arabian) Nights includes tales about the Roc. Marco Polo also reported on the legendary bird.

Roc’s smaller size, “blue” feet, and almost solid dark head distinguish him from his sisters.


Hope (female) – The 2nd place entry in the naming contest was submitted by Ethan Fernaays of Ontario, New York; Gayle Burroughs of Rochester, New York; Heidy May of Rochester, New York; Kevin Beebe of Spencerport, New York; and Susan Kowal of Batavia, New York.

Hope is named for a brighter and better future. It is something we need, and it’s understood by all. New life represents hope.

Hope has yellow feet and a light-colored head. The large light areas behind her malar stripes go almost to her eyes


γεράκι (Geráki in the Latin alphabet, female) was named by students at Algonquin Middle School in Averill Park, New York.

γεράκι is an ancient Greek word for falcon. If you’re wondering how it’s pronounced, you’re not alone. Here are two pronunciations: 1 and 2.

γεράκι also has yellow feet like her sister, but her head is darker with smaller light patches behind her malar stripes.

A big thanks goes out to Eileen Karle for helping us spot the differences between the eyases. Plus a very special thanks to our Rochester Falcon Watchers! Soon we’ll be gathered again to watch over the young fledglings as they take their first flights. If you’re able to help out with the fledge watch, please let us know. We could sure use your help!

Death of an Eyas – 5/20/20

Wednesday, May 20th, 2020

One of the four eyases in the nest box at the Times Square building in downtown Rochester passed away late last night due to natural causes. The remaining three appear to be healthy and continue to develop normally.

The New York State Department of Conservation has been notified of the situation.

There can be no attempt by our volunteer staff at Rfalconcam to remove the body. That is under the jurisdiction of the New York State Department of Conservation, which will decide on the appropriate action to take.

We join the many followers of Rochester’s Peregrine Falcon family in being truly saddened by this loss but must always remember that death is a part of the life of these magnificent creatures that chose Rochester as their home.

Fly free, little one.

The Eyas Naming Poll is Open

Monday, May 18th, 2020

It’s time to vote for your favorite name for one of Beauty and Dot.ca’s Eyases!


The poll is open! From the many excellent suggestions that were received, Rfalconcam’s Naming Committee selected 20 names from over 200 submissions. Thank you to everyone who submitted a name!

A poll has been created for members of the Rfalconcam Forum to vote for their favorite name. One of the four eyases will be given the winning name.

You must be a member of the forum to be able to vote for a name. Join the forum now if you’d like to participate! Use this link to register:


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If you are already a Forum member but don’t remember your password, you can reset it. Use the following link to have a “password reset” email sent to you. (Check your spam/junk folder if you don’t receive it.)


Once you have logged in, use this link to vote:


The poll closes at 11:59 pm EDT on Sunday, May 24, 2020.

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