Aug 19 2009
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)