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Finish Of An Period: Magnificence is Gone

Beauty with two eggs, 2 April 2019, Rochester NY (photo from rfalconcam)

6 April 2022

For those of you who remember Dorothy, the matriarch peregrine at the Cathedral of Learning 2002-2015, you may also remember her daughter Beauty who nested in Rochester, New York. Sad to say Beauty passed away yesterday at her nest. She was 15 years old.

Beauty had a very colorful life:

  • She hatched at the Cathedral of Learning in May 2007, daughter of Dorothy (from Milwaukee, WI) and Erie (from Columbus, OH).
  • By Spring 2009 she was in Rochester NY where she won nesting rights from the 13 year old matriarch Mariah. See Pitt Alumna wins nest site in Rochester, NY.
  • In Spring 2011 Beauty’s mate, Archer, neglected her for a while. Peregrine watchers figured out that Archer had another mate 4 miles away and that female, Unity, was Beauty’s niece! See Peyton Place for Dorothy’s Girls.
  • In February 2012 Unity injured Beauty in a fight. Unity reigned while Beauty went to rehab. Beauty Injured in Rochester, 10 Feb 2012.
  • Seven weeks later Beauty was released from rehab and immediately flew back home, only to find an egg in her nest. Who put it there and where was she? The story is incredible! See Whose Egg is This?
  • The 2012 nesting season worked out after all — Family Portrait in Rochester — and so did the subsequent years.
  • At age 15 Beauty lived nearly as long as her mother Dorothy who died at 16.

It’s the end of an era for Rochester peregrine watchers. Their Queen is dead, but soon I’m sure they will have a new queen.

Read more about Beauty at the Rfalconcam Imprints blog.

See a video tribute to Beauty embedded in this tweet:

(photo of Beauty from Rfalconcam in 2019)

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