Aug 19 2009

Read the Fine Print

Published by at 7:01 am under Peregrines


Kathy Braman sent me this recent webcam photo from the Times Square building in Rochester, New York.

This is Beauty, born at the University of Pittsburgh in 2007 and now living in Rochester with her mate, Archer.  She hasn't nested yet because she was too busy this spring taking part in a territorial drama.  She fought with and injured the reigning queen, Mariah, who required treatment at Syracuse.  Mariah was released and returned to her favorite spot in Rochester, the Kodak Building, while Beauty and Archer appeared to nest in the gutter of Midtown, an unused building. 

Eventually Beauty and Archer stopped focusing on Midtown and came over to this fancy nest box on the Times Square building, complete with high definition webcam.  They've been seen courting here so if all goes well they'll probably nest at this site next spring.

In the meantime Beauty visits the nest box to check out her new home.  In this picture it almost looks as if she's reading the words written on the back wall of the box, "BSA Troop 134, Rush NY."  Good for her.  It's important to read the fine print.   😉

(photo from the main camera at the Times Square building, Rochester, NY)

9 responses so far

9 Responses to “Read the Fine Print”

  1. Kathy McCharenon 19 Aug 2009 at 8:43 am

    Hi, Kate–do you have a list of all the peregrine webcam sites around the country?? Thanks. Kathy

  2. Steve Von 19 Aug 2009 at 9:16 am

    Hi Kate, sorry, but I don’t have an email address for you. But I saw this story on Digg just now. Isn’t it a bit late for young falcons?

  3. Kate St. Johnon 19 Aug 2009 at 9:38 am

    The bird in the article is a baby American kestrel, the smallest falcon in North America. They nest in cavities such as church steeples (mentioned in the article) and woodwork on old buildings. This baby is late but not outside the breeding window for Kestrels.

  4. Kittyon 19 Aug 2009 at 9:54 am

    I love this picture and knowing what happen to one of OUR babies! Are there other peregrine falcons in Rochester who could take over the new nest if its not guarded by Beauty?

  5. Kate St. Johnon 19 Aug 2009 at 10:06 am

    Oh yes, there are others! Mariah lost her mate (Archer) to Beauty. After she recovered from her injuries she was released in the Syracuse area and flew right back to Rochester and her favorite place, the Kodak Tower. Mariah is likely to challenge Beauty next spring. We’ll just have to wait and see.

  6. Kate St. Johnon 19 Aug 2009 at 10:07 am

    Kathy, this website has links to nesting bird webcams all over the world – and for all kinds of birds. See

  7. Kathyon 19 Aug 2009 at 12:22 pm

    Here are 3 shots from yesterday that were captured on the cam. One of Archer and Beauty and then one of each. I also noticed that there is a “no-longer needed” feather left behind in the nest box.

  8. Kathy McCharenon 20 Aug 2009 at 8:03 am

    The webcam site is amazing! Thanks so much for the info.

  9. Steve Von 20 Aug 2009 at 9:50 am

    Thanks Kate!

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