18 February 2012
Peregrine falcons are jousting for territory now that nesting season is only a month away. On February 10 Rochester, New York falcon watchers reported that Beauty, the queen of the Times Square nest, was found injured on the ground near the Xerox Tower. She’d been in a fight.
Beauty was taken to a rehabber and is undergoing treatment. By now her wing no longer droops and the vet has confirmed that the vision in her injured eye is OK. She just needs time to heal.
Meanwhile, Rochester falcon watchers are trying to determine who won the site from Beauty. The new female is banded black-over-red with the same red “H” as Unity, a female who attempted to nest four miles away at Kodak Park.
If the new female is Unity, it would be a twist in the saga of Dorothy’s offspring. Beauty is Dorothy’s daughter, hatched at the Cathedral of Learning in 2007. Unity is Dorothy’s grand-daughter from Toledo, Ohio, making her Beauty’s niece. Both of them mated last spring with Archer, Rochester’s resident male peregrine, but neither nest was successful.
Eventually someone will identify the new female peregrine at the Times Square Building. Only then will we learn if this is another chapter in Peyton Place for Dorothy’s girls.
(photo of Beauty on Mercury’s fist by Carol Phillips, winter 2009-2010)