Saturday morning around 10:45 am (2/20/10). Brian and I arrived at the Times Square Bldg in time to see a Falcon eating on the platform at the base of the main camera. We could see a 2nd Peregrine sitting on the perch in front of the nest box. Had Archer returned?
This bird seemed to be big, but it didn't look like Beauty. This Falcon was much lighter. I got the Watchers scope out and we were able to see that this bird was unbanded. It wasn't Archer.
It's hard to determine size difference between the male and female when you don't see both of them together. Was this a male or female? If it was a female, why was Beauty sitting calmly watching her eat? Or was it just a large male? So many questions. :-)
The unbanded Falcon finished eating and looked out towards the river, snow falling.
The visitor (that's what I'll call this new Falcon) grabbed what was left of the meal and took flight. Beauty gave chase. The Visitor landed on top of the Times Square Bldg, SW corner. Beauty landed on the top I-Beam of the old Changing Scenes Restaurant. Both took off and we eventually lost sight of both of them. Later that afternoon, other Watchers reported seeing a juvenile Peregrine that Beauty chased out of the area.
Sunday - 2/21/10 - It was all about Beauty today and this was her favorite perch, the statue of Mercury. She was on and off of this upraised hand most of this beautiful Sunday. It was cold, but the sun was very welcome.
When I returned after lunch, I found Beauty on the Powers Bldg. Most of you will remember that the original nest box taken down from the Kodak Tower is located here. I'm not sure if she has ever been on this building before.
Beauty on the Powers Building, SE corner.
Beauty left the Powers building and returned to the Mercury statue.
She attempted to hunt the pigeons lining the rooftops of the buildings on the river edge. She was not successful while I was there.
She flew up to the Times Square nest box.
Then back to Mercury. She started to softly kak-kak-kak and then louder KAK-KAK-KAK and she was off!
This time she chased off what we believe to be another Peregrine Falcon. It all happened so quick.
and then she was back on Mercury. This time contentedly preening. Small, white fluff feathers floating in the air.
She made a few false starts, like she was going to fly.
But she stayed where she was. The crowds were filling in the area for the afternoon Amerks game. It was time for me to go. Watchers from this weekend were Brian H, Lisa McK, Kathy O, Dana, Joyce, Larry O & Carol P.