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A Buffalo Falcon With Ties to Rochester – 10/10/13

There’s a new falcon in town! For the last month or so, the Rochester Falcon Watchers have been keeping their eyes on a juvenile Peregrine Falcon that has been seen hunting off of buildings along the Genesee River north of downtown Rochester, NY. There have been many pictures taken, but until now, its identity had eluded us.

On Wednesday afternoon, October 9, 2013, Rochester Falcon Watcher Dana Mulhern was out checking the area around the Charlotte and Summerville piers, where the Genesee River empties into Lake Ontario. She spotted a juvenile Peregrine Falcon on top of the tall antenna at the Coast Guard Station on the Summerville side. Dana tweeted out that she had spotted the falcon and fellow Watcher Carol Phillips joined her. For close to three hours, they watched the falcon hunt from the antenna, stooping on ducks and gulls along the river and chasing pigeons. Their patience paid off. Dana was able to get a picture that clearly showed 77 Black over AX Green on the band. The picture was shared with our friends at the NYS DEC. Joyce Miller and Dana recognized the band #’s as ones possibly being used in Buffalo, NY. So Joyce also sent an email to Connie Adams from the Buffalo DEC. She got back to us today, and it was really good news!

Billy at Lake Ontario Summerville by Dana 10-9-13Billy at Lake Ontario Summerville by Dana Bands 10-9-13

“Thanks for this information!! Yes, I would agree with you, the photos are 77/AX and that would be Billy from Central Terminal. Always good to see they have learned to become successful predators.” – Connie

Billy, is a 2013 female hatched at Central Terminal in Buffalo, NY. So, why are the Rochester Falcon Watchers so excited? Billy’s parents are Gleig and Diamante. Diamante hatched on top of the Kodak Tower in 2008. He is the son of Mariah and Kaver. So Billy is Mariah and Kaver’s granddaughter! Also, she is Pigott’s niece, since Gleig and Pigott are sisters. What a small Peregrine world we live in!

We here at Rfalconcam would like to thank all the Rochester Falcon Watchers who are out every day and reporting what they see and to Dana for getting the picture that allowed us to be able to ID this young falcon. Also a big thank you to Connie Adams of the NYS DEC. It is always good to see a juvenile doing so well.

We have lots of pictures to share thanks to Rochester Falcon Watchers Dana & Joyce.

Pictures of Billy at Summerville, NY on 10/9/13 by Dana Mulhern

Billy #1 Dana 10-9-13Billy at Summerville #2 Dana 10-9-13Billy at Summerville Dana 10-9-13Billy at Summerville Dana 10-9-13Billy at Summerville Dana 10-9-13

Pictures of Billy at Central Terminal in Buffalo, NY at the nest site before she Fledged by Dana Mulhern

Billy Before Fledgling #1 DanaBilly Before Fledgling #2 Dana

Joyce Miller sent us these pictures: 1 – Billy (left) with her brother Edward, 2 – Diamante in Flight, and 3 – Gleig in Flight

CT Billy (left) and Edward (right) 6-20-13 JoyceDiamante in Flight 6-14-13 JoyceGleig in Flight 6-14-13 Joyce

16 Responses to “A Buffalo Falcon With Ties to Rochester – 10/10/13”

  1. Donna Says:

    YAHOO!!!! Way to go all!! Mariah & Kaver <3 live on and on!!! This can go on for a long time!! 🙂

  2. Kris G. Says:

    Fantastic news and great job in finally getting an ID on this juvie! A Rochester connection is a great bonus too! Kudos to all!

  3. Ginny Says:

    What great news! She is beautiful!
    Thank you!!!

  4. Margaret Says:

    Wow! So exciting! diamanté of the 2008 hatch with Quest! Now his offspring is here! That 2008 hatch was/us special in so many ways! Love this. Thank you to all the devoted and tenacious watchers!

  5. patsy6 Says:

    Now that’s what I call the money shot. Congratulations, Dana! It’s so nice to know that young Billy has come to visit Grandma & Grandpa’s place.

  6. MAK Says:

    Great find and ID Dana!! M&K legacy carries on! She’s a lovely young Peregrine.:)

  7. Joyce Says:

    This is awesome! Another Buffalo-Rochester connection. Based on several comparison pics, I am confident that BILLY is the same juvenile peregrine seen at Hawkeye and at Seneca Towers that watchers have been keeping an eye on. I even had a photo from ST with 7 on the band. Perseverance pays off. Thanks Dana for capturing her ID and thanks to all the watchers for being so vigilant.

  8. carla Says:

    Thanks Dana and Joyce ………..Great news .This is so exciting…..Greetings

  9. kathy from toronto Says:

    She’s beautiful and your photos are awesome! Wonderful to see another one making it, may she live long and prosper!

  10. patsy6 Says:

    Another connection is that Billy is Dot.ca’s first cousin. Dot.ca’s dad, Jack, and Billy’s mom, Gleig, are brother and sister, both children of Madame X in Hamilton. So Billy is a first cousin once removed to Orion, Baron, Rosetta and Voyager.

  11. Sage Says:

    So exciting to hear news of our Central Terminal 2013 hatch being in Rochester now! Many hugs to Rochester determined watchers, who nailed the ID and got pix! Thanks especially to Dana, Carol, Joyce!

    Hmmmm, have Billy and UT met yet?

  12. kathy from toronto Says:

    Patsy6..you are almost there with the DC relation to Gleig but it was Jack’s father who is an offspring of MadameX so DC is her grandson. Still in the family 🙂

  13. patsy6 Says:

    Ah, okay, I was missing a generation. Thanks Kathy! So DC would be Madame X’s great grandson, Pigott’s great nephew, and Billy’s first cousin once removed. And Billy is first cousin twice removed to Orion, Baron, Rosetta and Voyager.

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    What wonderful news — and she is sooooo pretty! Helps to keep M&K in our hearts.

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