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Rochester Falcons Beauty & Dot.ca Have Their First Hatch! 5/1/20

May 1st, 2020

Happy first day of May! We are very happy to announce the arrival of Beauty and Dot.ca’s first eyas at 6:11 pm.

To see the larger version of the pictures, please click on them.

It wasn’t long before Dot.ca arrived to check out the new arrival.

As you can see in the picture above, there is a pip (small hole) in the darker egg. It won’t be long before the first eyas is joined by his/her siblings.

Be sure to check out our streaming video! Enjoy!

Upcoming Website Maintenance

April 14th, 2020

While things have slowed down a bit at the nest box, now might be a good time to do some website maintenance. Over the next few days, the server that runs the site will be upgraded. This will not affect the appearance of the site, but it may cause some interruptions in service. If this happens, try reloading the page you were viewing. You may also need to clear your browser cache or restart your browser. You can also watch our streaming video channels directly on YouTube by entering “Rfalconcam Live” in the search box on the YouTube.com home page.


And Then There Were 4! Four Eggs for Beauty and Dot.ca! – 3/30/20

March 30th, 2020

This morning, at approximately 10:52 am, Beauty laid her 4th egg.

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She has never laid more than four eggs in a season. If she does lay a fifth egg, it should happen on April 1st at approximately 8:00 pm (give or take).

In the meantime, they will probably start hard incubation now. It won’t be long before small, white fluffy eyases make an appearance!

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Please stay safe everyone!

Earth Hour

March 28th, 2020


Please join us tonight in the observance of Earth Hour.

Rfalconcam will turn off the cameras at the nest boxes located on the Times Square and Powers buildings for one hour starting at 8:30 PM EDT. During that time, we ask that you turn off your lights, computers, and non-essential electrical appliances.

For more information, visit https://www.earthhour.org.

While Rochester Slept…Beauty Laid Her 3rd Egg at 3:12 am! 3/28/20

March 28th, 2020

Very early this morning, at 3:12 am, Egg #3 arrived. We may have missed it, but our cameras are tireless. They caught the whole happy event. We even have a video snippet for your viewing pleasure!

Video of just after 3rd egg was laid (Click link below.)

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A few hours later, Dot.ca came in to check on all three of his eggs!

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If there is a 4th egg, it should arrive around noon-1 pm on Monday. Beauty and Dot.ca average 4 eggs each year.

We here at Rfalconcam hope that everyone is doing well and staying healthy.

Beauty and Dot.ca’s 2nd Egg Arrived this Afternoon! 3/25/20

March 25th, 2020

Woohoo! Egg #2! 🙂

It took approximately 57 hours for Beauty to lay her 2nd egg at 4:42 pm. It didn’t take long for Dot.ca to check it out. The 3rd egg will probably arrive early Saturday morning. Stay tuned!

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Beauty and Dot.ca’s 1st Egg Arrives at 8:02 am! 3/23/20

March 23rd, 2020

I believe we all needed a bit of good news! On this cold, rainy morning here in Rochester, NY, Beauty laid her first egg of 2020. We here at Rfalconcam were eggstatic to see the arrival of this beautiful egg!

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Remembering the 2019 Rochester Falcon Season

March 7th, 2020

Let’s take time to remember our 2019 Rochester Falcon Season as we patiently, or not so patiently, wait for our 2020 season to begin.

It was a year full of happiness and sadness.

Four beautiful eyases arrived and were banded on May 31st.

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All four grew strong under the watchful eyes of their parents Beauty and Dot.ca. Their faithful watchers witnessed all four successfully fledge.


Soon after fledging, on June 23rd, we lost our only female, Donna. She was found, deceased, on the road near Cornhill Landing. She was very close to home.


The three boys continued to thrive after the loss of their sister. For the next two months, the Rochester Falcon Watchers continued to keep an eye on them.

On August 4th, Jupiter was found injured on the ground near Kodak Office. He was taken to a local rehabber and vet. The X-rays showed that he had a broken coracoid bone in his shoulder and possible soft tissue damage on the other side. His prognosis was good. After a successful rehab, he was released on November 6th. Jupiter was seen once in Rochester after his release. He has not been seen since.

On August 24, we were notified that a third Rochester juvenile was found injured. Phoenix was found on the ground in Brockport. He was transported to the Cornell Wildlife Veterinary Clinic by the DEC and a rehabber. They did everything they could to save his life, but he did not survive his injuries. It was determined that he had hit a window on a building at a high rate of speed. He was probably hunting. It is so important that windows be marked so that the birds are able to see them.

Lakota was seen a few times downtown with Beauty, looking for food. There have been no sightings since then. We all hope that he and Jupiter are doing well.

Now we wait. Both Beauty and Dot.ca have been seen frequently in the new nest box on the Times Square Bldg. They are both very busy working on digging scrapes that will hold their eggs.

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As I’m typing this report, I have received word that a Rochester Falcon Watcher has just witnessed Beauty and Dot.ca copulating on the base of the Mercury statue! Let the 2020 season begin!!!

ROC The Day: A Huge Success!

December 4th, 2019

Thanks once again to the generosity of our dedicated falcon supporters, we raised over $2,600 yesterday, including two $500 bonuses for the outstanding teamwork demonstrated by those who stayed up late to make their pledges at just the right time. Well done, folks!

ROC the Day officials will send us a financial statement and donor list sometime in the next few weeks, at which point we will know who to thank individually. Until then, thank you to everyone who donated. Your contributions will be used to fund Rfalconcam operations and improvements throughout 2020 such as additional repairs to the Times Square nest box platform and a new Camera 1 (weather permitting).

ROC the Day Reminder – Tonight at Midnight!

December 2nd, 2019

ROC the Day is December 3!

Join us tonight at midnight to ROC the Day for Rfalconcam.

Get the latest news on ROC the Day activities at our Forum.

Let’s ROC the Day together!

ROC the Day 2019

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