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Archive for March, 2024

And Then There Were Four Eggs! 3/28/24

Thursday, March 28th, 2024

Nova and Neander’s 4th egg arrived at 10:03 am, Thursday morning!

It wasn’t long before Neander joined Nova in the nest box to see the new arrival. They chatted with each other and beaked a few times. Finally, Neander left and Nova settled on their four eggs.

Neander Checking on the New Arrival

If there is a 5th egg, it should arrive Saturday evening. More than likely, there will only be four. We’ll just have to wait and see.

A Third Egg Arrived in the Nest Box Last Night! 3/25/24

Tuesday, March 26th, 2024

Last night at 10:52 pm, Nova laid a 3rd egg in the Times Square Bldg nest box! This egg came 58 hrs after her 2nd egg.

When can we expect to see a 4th egg? If Nova does lay a 4th egg, it should be some time between 9 am and 4 pm on Thursday, 3/28. Or whenever she decides. 🙂

Nova and Her Three Eggs
Yes Neander, They’re Your Eggs Too!
Did you Forget Something Neander?

Nova and Neander’s 2nd Egg Arrived at 12:51 pm! 3/23/24

Saturday, March 23rd, 2024

After an overnight snowfall of about 5 inches and a current temperature of 29 degrees (F), Nova laid her 2nd egg at 12:51 pm. It was a little over 65 hrs after she laid her 1st egg on 3/20.

Neander will show up soon to see their 2nd egg. But for now, Nova has settled in for a nap.

Earth Hour

Saturday, March 23rd, 2024

Assuming Nova isn’t in the process of laying another egg, we’ll be shutting off the cameras tonight at 8:30 PM EDT in observance of Earth Hour.


Nova Laid Her First Egg of 2024! 3/20/24

Wednesday, March 20th, 2024

On this first full day of Spring, Rochester is under a Winter Weather Advisory. The temperature is 27 degrees (F). The winds are gusting at 40 mph and the snow is flying!

That did not stop Nova from laying her and Neander’s first egg of 2024 at approx 7:31 pm!

Nova lays her first egg at approx 7:31 pm.
Snowy, windy evening!

Many thanks to Rochester Falcon Watcher Linda for letting us know!

Surprise! Surprise! Lilac, a Beautiful Rochester Flower, has been spotted in Utica, NY!

Sunday, March 10th, 2024

We absolutely LOVE to hear about past young from the Rochester nest site.

Our friends at the Utica Peregrine Falcon Project posted pictures on their FB page on Friday (3/8/24). Rochester Falcon Watcher Dana Mulhern shared the pictures with our watcher group, including an enlargement of the intruding female’s band. We all agreed, Black 86 over Green BA.

Lilac – 2016
Provided by the Utica Peregrine Falcon Project

After checking the banding list, we were surprised to see that it is Lilac from 2016! Lilac was last seen 8 years ago, after fledging from the Times Square Bldg nest box. Her parents are Beauty and Dot.ca.

2016 Names and Banding Information

So, where has Lilac been for 8 years after leaving Rochester in July, 2016? We’ll probably never know, but wouldn’t it be awesome if she could tell us about her adventures!

Lilac on Banding Day
Photo by Carol Phillips
Lilac (front), Aria (back)
Picture captured by Rfalconcam
Lilac (2nd from left) with Siblings
Matilda, Aria and Leo
Picture Captured by Rfalconcam

The following pictures were shared by Rochester Falcon Watchers from the 2016 Fledge Watch.

Photo by Pat Carey
Photo by Pat Carey
All 4 2016 Juvies on the Times Square Bldg
Leo, Aria, Lilac & Matilda (left to right)
Photo by Carol Phillips

Many thanks to Deb and Matt from the Utica Peregrine Falcon Project for providing the following pictures of Lilac’s visit from the Utica nest box cameras.

Lilac at the Utica Nest Box
Provided by the Utica Peregrine Falcon Project
Lilac at the Utica Nest Box
Provided by the Utica Peregrine Falcon Project
Lilac at the Utica Nest Box
Provided by the Utica Peregrine Falcon Project

We all hope that Lilac, Astrid & Ares (the current pair in Utica) all remain safe. Our friends in Utica will remain vigilant and report any further visits by Lilac.

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