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Death of an Eyas – 5/20/20

May 20th, 2020

One of the four eyases in the nest box at the Times Square building in downtown Rochester passed away late last night due to natural causes. The remaining three appear to be healthy and continue to develop normally.

The New York State Department of Conservation has been notified of the situation.

There can be no attempt by our volunteer staff at Rfalconcam to remove the body. That is under the jurisdiction of the New York State Department of Conservation, which will decide on the appropriate action to take.

We join the many followers of Rochester’s Peregrine Falcon family in being truly saddened by this loss but must always remember that death is a part of the life of these magnificent creatures that chose Rochester as their home.

Fly free, little one.

The Eyas Naming Poll is Open

May 18th, 2020

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


The poll is open! From the many excellent suggestions that were received, Rfalconcam’s Naming Committee selected 20 names from over 200 submissions. Thank you to everyone who submitted a name!

A poll has been created for members of the Rfalconcam Forum to vote for their favorite name. One of the four eyases will be given the winning name.

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. Be sure to check your spam/junk folder if you do not receive it.

If you are already a Forum member but don’t remember your password, you can reset it. Use the following link to have a “password reset” email sent to you. (Check your spam/junk folder if you don’t receive it.)


Once you have logged in, use this link to vote:


The poll closes at 11:59 pm EDT on Sunday, May 24, 2020.

Name a 2020 Eyas

May 8th, 2020

We are requesting suggestions for a name that will be given to one of this year’s Eyases!

We 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 for choosing a name, which have been changed this year. Please read the rules very carefully and use the link below to submit one (1) gender neutral name.

Please, only one submission per person!

The deadline for name submissions is 11:59 pm (EDT) on Friday, May 15, 2020.

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. Kaver, Isaura, Fulmine, Alkyonis, Skye, Aconcagua)
Inspirational Names (e.g. Freedom, Hope, Destiny)
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 10 names from those submitted and create a poll for members of the Rfalconcam forum to vote for their favorite. 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:

2002 Freedom

2003 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

2004 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
Hafoc – Old English word for Falcon

2005 Esperanza – Spanish word for Hope
Ihteram – Arabic word for Respect
Fulmine – Italian word for Lightning
Aconcagua – A mountain in Argentina
Skye – An island in Scotland where falconry is practiced

2006 Aura – Latin word for breeze

2007 Ananta – A Sanskrit word meaning “infinite” and “endless.”

2008 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
Zephyr – The name given to the West Wind in Greek mythology

2010 Callidora – Gift of Beauty
Jemison – In honor of Mary Jemison, an American frontierswoman

2012 Orion – The constellation of “The Hunter”

2013 Baron, Rosetta, Voyager

2014 Tesh, Nettie, Nor’easter, Mercury

2015 Cadence, Genesee, Bronx

2016 Matilda, Aria, Lilac, Leo

2017 Seabreeze, Ontario, Charlotte, Rachel

2018 Mike, Letchworth, Sundara

2019 Lakota, Phoenix, Jupiter, Donna

The deadline for name submissions is 11:59 pm (EDT) on Friday, May 15, 2020.

Good Luck!

Then There Were Four! 5/3/20

May 3rd, 2020

We were very happily surprised by the arrival of our 4th eyas at 7:55 am Sunday morning. There were many fans on our streaming video who were able to witness Beauty helping the last eyas to hatch.

Beauty and Dot.ca now have a full nest box. It’s going to be so much fun watching them raise their little family.

Hope you’re all able to join us!!!

The 3rd Eyas Arrived Earlier This Afternoon! 5/2/20

May 2nd, 2020

Sometimes it’s really hard to tell when a hatch occurs. Beauty is really good at covering her young ones and keeping them warm. A big clue is when a shell pops out from underneath her. This happened at approximately 1:40 pm.

Thankfully, our cameras were able to catch the hatch happening at 1:23 pm.

3rd Hatch at 1:23 pm.

It wasn’t long before Dot.ca brought in food and both he and Beauty fed the two older eyases. The newly hatched eyas was a little too young for its first meal.

3rd Eyas
3rd Eyas

Hopefully the 4th egg will hatch soon. Be sure to keep watching!

Waiting for the last egg to hatch.

Our 2nd Eyas Arrived Late Last Night – 5/1/20

May 2nd, 2020

On line watchers witnessed a half shell pop out from under Beauty around 9:12 pm last night. It wasn’t until 11:19 pm that we had a good view of the 2nd eyas.

Confirmation of a 2nd Hatch!

Early this morning we had some wonderful views of both eyases during a tandem feeding by Beauty and Dot.ca!

Mom! We’re hungry!
Dad brings in breakfast!
3rd Egg Hatching!

Sometime today, we should have a 3rd hatch and hopefully, soon after that, a 4th.

Stay tuned to our streaming video to watch for the new arrivals!

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.

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