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Today is Banding Day for Our Eyases! – 6/21/22

June 21st, 2022

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 Nova and Neander’s three eyases. Banding should happen at approximately 9:30 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.

Videos of the Rochester Falcons Three Hatches and More by Rochester Falcon Watcher Dana!

June 1st, 2022
1st Hatch, May 26 at 6:03 am
2nd Hatch, May 26 at 8:45 pm
3rd Hatch, May 28 at 4:10 pm

A big thank you to Rochester Falcon Watcher Dana for making these wonderful videos of Nova and Neander’s three hatches and for sharing them with us on her YouTube channel!

Our 3rd Eyas Has Arrived!

May 28th, 2022

At 4:10 pm this afternoon our 3rd eyas broke out of its eggshell. Like the first two, Nova was there to help. Nova handles hatching differently than Beauty did. She will chew on the cracked egg and assist the eyas to break out. This is something we’re not used to seeing, but it’s not harming the eyases. We believe that Nova and Neander are first time parents, so they’re learning.

Once the eyas was free, she immediately tucked it under her. It was a couple hours, before we got a good look at the three eyases as Nova fed them. The first meal wasn’t enough to feed all three, so Nova went out for a larger meal while Neander came into the nest box to comfort the eyases. Nova soon returned with more food and made sure that each eyas was fed.

It’s now 9:30 pm, and Nova is in the nest box covering the eyases and the remaining egg, which we hope will hatch soon.

Every day, the eyases will grow bigger and stronger!

First Views of Our Two Eyases!

May 27th, 2022
After bringing in breakfast, Neander watches intently
as Nova feeds their two eyases

Since it was too dark to see much after Nova and Neander’s 2nd eyas hatched last night at 8:45 pm, we thought we’d share a few captures from our Rfalconcam cameras early this morning.

It looks like there may be a pip on one of the remaining two eggs. Stay tuned!

Our 2nd Eyas Finally Breaks Free!

May 26th, 2022
Eyas #2 Arrives

At approximately 8:45 pm, our second eyas broke free from its egg.

Welcome #2! The last two eggs should hopefully hatch soon.

Neander has been providing food to Nova throughout the day. At this time she will do the majority of the feedings.

Happy Hatch Day for the Rochester Falcons!

May 26th, 2022
Nova & Neander’s First Hatch

We are so very happy to announce the arrival of our first eyas early this morning at 6:03 am. While most of us were sleeping, this little one was fighting to break free under the watchful eye of momma, Nova.

As you can see in the picture above, there is a pip in the egg next Nova. So it shouldn’t be long before the arrival of a second eyas.

We’re still waiting for Neander to get his first look.

Stay tuned for news of new arrivals!

6:03 am Hatch!
Nova Protecting Her Newly Hatched Eyas

Fly Free Dot.ca

May 18th, 2022

We finally have closure for our loss of Dot.ca.

This morning we received an email from Neal, a Rochester Firefighter. While on a 911 call at the old Rochester Riverside Hotel (it was the Radisson Hotel before that), he and his partner found a deceased Peregrine Falcon.

Our contact at the DEC, Amy Mahar, was notified and she came to Rochester this afternoon. She was able to verify that the deceased falcon was Dot.ca, Black Band/13 over Y. It looked like he collided with the building and died instantly.

Dot.ca was an awesome dad. He loved his eyases and after a rocky start, became a devoted mate to Beauty. He did not abandon her.

Fly Free Dot.ca! We have no doubt that you and Beauty are together again watching the sunset.

Introducing Our New Rochester Falcons Nova & Neander!

May 2nd, 2022
Nova & Neander

Since our new pair arrived, we’ve been calling them UF for Unbanded Falcon (female) and UT for Unbanded Tiercel (male). Well, it’s about time they received their new names.

After a week of intense voting, our Rochester Falcon Fans have chosen their favorite names from a list of names submitted by the Rochester Falcon Watchers. We received 533 votes! Thank you!

UF will now be known as Nova and UT will now be called Neander. These names were chosen by Rochester Falcon Watcher Linda King. Congratulations Linda!

Please join us in welcoming Nova and Neander!


Our 4th Egg Arrives on a Beautiful Warm Day!

April 25th, 2022

UF entered the nest box, chasing UT out. It was time to lay egg #4!

It didn’t take very long. UF stood with her tail into the corner, making it hard to see her deliver her 4th.

Mostly standing motionless, with just a few little shimmies, her new egg arrived at approx 12:08 pm.

Will there be a 5th? Stay tuned!

Please check out the previous Imprints for instructions on how to vote for UF’s and UT’s new names!

Name These Falcons!

April 25th, 2022

Finally! This is the moment you’ve all been waiting for. It’s time to name UF and UT!

They’d better not name me “Falcony McFalconface”!

The polls are open! From the many excellent suggestions that we solicited from our local bifocaled, bespectacled, balding, binoculared, and/or big-lensed bipedal bird watchers, we have selected 13 candidate name pairs. And now everyone gets a say on which pair of names will be given to Rochester’s fastest couple!

Voting is easy. Just click/tap on the link below. It will open the ballot form where you’ll start by filling in your name and email address. Then select your favorite pair of names and click/tap the Submit button. Be sure to read the brief description we’ve included with each name. It might help you make your decision. We’ll announce the winning names on Monday, May 2nd.

Use this link to vote:


Voting closes at 11:59 pm EDT on Sunday, May 1, 2022.

Good luck!

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