I started my Falcon Watch in Irondequoit, NY. No luck finding Mariah or the unbanded juvie that Dana has seen earlier this week. I picked up Brian H and we headed downtown. We quickly found Beauty sitting on the Mercury statue near Broad St.
Beauty on Mercury. It was bitter cold and a light snow was falling.
Beauty on Mercury.
Beauty rousted, but remained on the statue. Brian and I decided to head over to the building where Zephyr and (we believe) Beauty were spotted last Winter.
We drove around to back of the building and spotted an adult Peregrine sitting on the metal venting near the top of the building.
This Falcon looked a lot like Mariah. Could it be her? I parked my car and set up the Watcher Scope. :-) While I was checking out this Falcon, Brian told me to take a look at the top corner of the building.
Oh, my goodness! It was another adult Peregrine. This was definitely a Tiercel, a little smaller than the other one and a very handsome one.
He took off and ......................
landed above the female on the corner of the roof. The sun was finally starting to shine. Watchers Dana, Dan S, and Kathy O joined us.
Even with the scope, we could not see if the Tiercel was banded.
The female showed her right leg a few times, and we saw no bands. Although she looked like Mariah, it wasn't her. Darn.
Last year, we had a visiting Winter pair in Rochester. Could this be them? They may have been chased out of the city by Beauty.
The Tiercel took off and flew around the top of the building.
Was he doing a little fancy flying for his mate? :-)
He ended up landing on a nearby window. After leaving the pair, we checked the downtown area again and found Beauty eating on a building on the south side of Times Square. On the way home, we received a call from Kathy O.............
Guess what! Peregrine #4! Yep, on her way home, Kathy spotted yet another adult Peregrine on the SE corner of the Research Lab at Kodak Park. This is where we had seen Mariah earlier. Could this be her? There was not way to know for sure, since this Falcon had his/her back to us the whole time. We never had a chance to see if s/he was banded. Darn! Oh, well. We definitely had a wonder Falcon Watch today. A Four Falcon Watch! It doesn't get much better than that.