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Rochester Falcons Banding Day 2015 – May 29, 2015

Friday, May 29th, 2015

This morning our friends from the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation arrived to band the three young eyases from the nest box on top of the beautiful Times Square Building located in downtown Rochester, NY. The tools needed were laid out and preparations were completed.

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At 11:15 am, the extraction team was ready. All three eyases were quickly and safely removed from the nest box and taken to the banding room.

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Their parents, Beauty and Dot.ca, were aggressively defending their young. Both were flying around and close to the building.

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Each eyas received two bands; the US Fish and Wildlife Band and the New York State Band. Color tape was placed over two of the USFWS bands. This color tape will aid the Rochester Falcon Watchers when identifying them after they fledge (first flights). They were all checked over and given a clean bill of health.

They were also given the names that were chosen for them. Please join us in welcoming the three newest 2015 Rochester Falcons.

CADENCE (Female) – New York State Band – 91 Black over BA Green. Blue Tape over USFWS band.

Named by Rochester Falcon Watcher Joyce Miller
Cadence means flow of rhythm and grace in movement, similar to a musical chord sequence moving to a point of rest and giving the sense of harmonic completion. There is nothing more rhythmic and graceful than a Peregrine Falcon in flight.

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BRONX (Male) – New York State Band – 20 Black over BA Green. Red Tape over USFWS band.

Named by Suzanna Lull’s 4th Grade Class, PS 62, The Bronx, NY.
Bronx is for Jonas Bronck who came to the New World in 1639. Bronck’s homestead later became known as The Bronx, a borough of New York City.

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GENESEE (Male) – New York State Band – 24 Black over BA Green. No Tape over USFWS band.

Submitted by Kristine Genagon of Batavia, NY and David Sabo of Chili, NY.

Genesee is for the river and valley over which he will first soar. Also, the Times Square Building was once the home of the Genesee Trust Company. The Genesee River flows through the heart of Rochester. Flowing northward from PA through New York, it is a tributary of Lake Ontario. It was seen in the early days to be a hydropower bonanza, providing original power to the 19th century mills and still provides hydroelectric power for downtown Rochester. The Genesee is also known for its beautiful and powerful waterfalls. High Falls is a famous part of the Genesee and is where many young Falcons have trained to fly before leaving Rochester.

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Banding was completed quickly and the eyases were returned to the nest box. Beauty landed on top of the main camera and kept a very close eye on her young. Dot.ca remained close by.

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Many thanks to the NYSDEC Team who did a wonderful job. We would also like to thank all the folks that chose names for the eyases. Thank you!

The 2015 Rochester Falcon Family

The Eyases Will be Banded Friday Morning at Approximately 10:30 am

Thursday, May 28th, 2015

Banding will take place Friday morning at approximately 10:30 am. There will not be live camera coverage of the actual banding. However, we plan to keep our nest box cameras running and post updates to our Forum, Facebook, and Twitter throughout the event.

Local watchers will be able to view the banding from the Broad Street bridge. We ask that people refrain from going onto rooftops of nearby buildings as this would further stress the adult falcons attempting to protect their eyases.

The Eyas Naming Polls are Open

Wednesday, May 20th, 2015

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

10373487_687095861325699_148845983982415519_nThe polls are open! We received 77 terrific name suggestions. Rfalconcam’s Naming Committee evaluated all submissions and pared them down to 11 names in each of the three categories: male, female, and gender-neutral. (The committee had planned to narrow them down to 5 in each category, but there were just too many great suggestions!) Thank you to everyone who submitted names.

Three polls have been created for members of the Rfalconcam Forum to vote for their favorite in each category. One of the three eyases will be given the winning name from either the appropriate gender-specific poll or the gender-neutral poll, depending on which winning name receives the most votes.

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:


A questionnaire will be sent to the email address you supply during registration. You must reply to this email in order to have your membership approved.

If you are already a Forum member but don’t remember your password, use this link to reset it:


Once you have logged in  to the Forum, use these links to vote:

Male Names: http://rfalconcam.com/forum/index.php?topic=14475.0

Female Names: http://rfalconcam.com/forum/index.php?topic=14476.0

Gender-Neutral Names: http://rfalconcam.com/forum/index.php?topic=14477.0

The polls close at 11:59 pm EDT on Monday, May 25, 2015.

Upcoming Unavailability of Rfalconcam.com Website

Tuesday, May 19th, 2015

We just received word from our web hosting provider that our server will be unavailable sometime in the next few days for approximately 2 hours to update software. They cannot specify the exact time frame, as this can only be determined immediately prior to the update.

What this means is you will not be able to access rfalconcam.com during this 2-hour period. However, you will still be able to access our streaming video channels on Ustream, and you will still be able to follow our updates on Facebook and Twitter.





Name One of the 2015 Eyases!

Wednesday, May 13th, 2015

Once again we are collecting suggestions for a name for one of Beauty and Dot.ca’s Eyases!

EyasWe are very happy to announce that once again falcon fans will have an opportunity to choose a name for an eyas in the nest box atop the Times Square Building, and it will be in the form of a naming contest open to all viewers.

Much care and thought was used to name past eyases. We’ve included the criteria we’ve always used when choosing a name. Please read the rules very carefully and use the link below to submit either a male and female name or a gender neutral name. Only one submission per person!

The deadline for name submissions is 11:59 pm (EDT) on Saturday, May 16, 2015.

Suggested Rfalconcam Naming Criteria Acceptable Categories for Names:

Explorers, Astronomers, Conservationists, especially those with
International appeal (e.g., Galileo, Amelia [Earhart], Magellan), or those who have played a significant role in Peregrine re-population efforts.
Names inspired by Nature–topographic, meteorological, geographic, etc. (e.g. Mariah, Kaver, Isaura, Fulmine, Alkyonis, Skye, Aconcagua)
Inspirational Names (e.g. Freedom, Hope, Destiny)
Mythological Beings (e.g. Isis, Thor, Zeus, Ananta)
Words that refer to falcons in languages other than Modern English (e.g. Thlotli, Hafoc)

Categories that do not fit the criteria:

Names derived from religious, political, or popular culture icons.
Names directly related to a human person either living or dead, except as noted in the acceptable criteria above.
Names related to a commercial product, or a copyrighted or trademarked name owned by any corporation, individual or organization.
Names that reflect negatively on any group, organization, individual or entity.
Names should be well researched whenever possible. Supporting rationale for the name is required, so give us a few sentences that explain the name and the reason you chose it.

Submitting a Name:

That’s easy! Just click on this link to open the submission form. Only one submission per person please! If multiple submissions are sent in, only the first one will be accepted.



Judging the Name Submissions:

The Rfalconcam Naming Committee will evaluate all name submissions for appropriateness, including (but not limited to) adherence to the naming criteria, well researched name, uniqueness of the name and how well it follows the “spirit” of past falcon names.

The committee will select the top five male, female and gender neutral names from those submitted and create a poll for members of the Rfalconcam forum to vote for their favorite in each category. 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!


Past Falcon Names that Meet the Criteria Above:


Isis – Egyptian goddess, mother of the Falcon god Horus


Isaura – A wind that blows off the Greek Isles
Chayton – A Native American word for Falcon
Thlotli – An Aztec name for Falcon
Edge – Named for Rosalie Edge, who founded the Hawk Mountain Sanctuary in Pennsylvania, USA


Alkyonis – Named in honor of the 2004 Olympic games in Greece
Gahastey – Native American word for a type of wind
Grissom – Named in honor of Virgil “Gus” Grissom, the second American to fly in space
Hafoc – Old English word for Falcon


Esperanza – Spanish word for Hope
Ihteram – Arabic word for Respect
Fulmine – Italian word for Lightning
Aconcagua – A mountain in Argentina, the highest in the Western Hemisphere
Skye – An island in Scotland where falconry is practiced


Aura – Latin word for breeze
Sabrina – Celtic goddess
Rhea Mae – Named for two famous Peregrines that were instrumental in repopulation efforts in the United States


Ananta – A Sanskrit word meaning “infinite” and “endless.”
It is one of the many names of Vishnu, the supreme being in the Hindu faith
Linn – Named in honor of Linn Pierson, a naturalist for the New Jersey
Dept. of Fish and Wildlife who was an educator and tireless advocate for Peregrine falcons in New Jersey
Sacajawea – In honor of the Shoshone woman who accompanied early American explorers Lewis and Clark on their historic trek through the western United States
Grace – Graces were sister goddesses in Greek mythology who had control over pleasure, charm, elegance and beauty in human life and in nature


Diamante – Spanish for “diamond”
Quest – A search or pursuit made in order to find or obtain something
Seneca – Named after the largest tribe of the Iroquois confederacy of North American Indians
Susan B – Named for the famed Rochester native and Women’s Rights activist
Zephyr – The name given to the West Wind in Greek mythology


Callidora – Gift of Beauty
Jemison – In honor of Mary Jemison, an American frontierswoman and an adopted Seneca


Orion – The constellation of “The Hunter” who watches over Rochester’s winter skies and is one of the most recognizable constellations





The deadline for name submissions is 11:59 pm (EDT) on Saturday, May 16, 2015.

Good Luck!

A 3rd Hatch for Rochester’s Beauty and Dot.ca! 5/7/15

Thursday, May 7th, 2015

A 3rd young falcon has arrived in the Rochester Falcons nest box! Here are a couple pictures captured by our main cameras this morning at 7:32 am! The first picture shows the moment the young eyas came out of the egg!

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2nd Hatch for Beauty and Dot.ca this Morning! – 5/6/15

Wednesday, May 6th, 2015

At approximately 10:43 am, Beauty and Dot.ca’s 2nd eyas hatched! Here is a series of pictures taken by Rfalconcam’s main camera showing the “break out”!

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Later in the day, Dot.ca brought food to Beauty in the nest box and he watched as Beauty fed the two young falcons.

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Sharp-eyed Rfalconcam watchers have spotted a pip in one of the two remaining eggs. A 3rd eyas should be arriving very soon!

An Eyas for the Rochester Falcons! 5/5/15

Tuesday, May 5th, 2015

We are happy to announce the arrival of the first eyas to hatch here in Rochester, NY in 2015!

At 12:28 pm, we got our first good look at a pip, a small hole in the egg.

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Falcon Fans around the world were thrilled at the appearance of the young falcon at approximately 1:47 pm.

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Both parents, Beauty and Dot.ca, welcomed the new arrival.

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There are 3 more eggs in the nest box, that should hatch within the next day or two.

Click here to watch the Rochester Falcons!

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