Cooper’s Hawk Visits Us Today


11Dec2014_1b_Backyard-Hawk_Coopers-With-PigeonThis beautiful juvenile Cooper’s Hawk was having dinner in the alley beside our house this evening. At about 5:30pm our neighbor called and said she saw the hawk take the pigeon and now her was on the ground eating. I grabbed my camera and these photos document what I found. Enjoy! And just to let you know, I have received no reports about the whereabouts of the Boise peregrine falcons. No news is good news. Left-Click any of these photos to see them enlarged.

Juvenile Coopers Hawk at 19th and State Streets in Boise tonight.

Juvenile Coopers Hawk at 19th and State Streets in Boise tonight.

Juvenile Coopers Hawk

Juvenile Coopers Hawk

Juvenile Coopers Hawk

Juvenile Coopers Hawk

No Peregrines Today


26June2013_1b_Falcon-Watch-Fledglings_Fledgling-In-Flight_Enlarged-GoodNope. None today. Oh yes! I did see one on the Banner Bank early this morning while going to Alia’s for a Manhattan Breakfast. And then, while munching away on the lox from Alia’s and enjoying a Hendricks and Tonic – it’s 5:00 somewhere – I did see 2 Hummingbirds in the backyard. But wouldn’t you know it – I did not have the camera set. But I did get some photos of other delightful wildlife sorta in our backyard. And as for this photo I took in 2013 of one of “our” falcons, it’s not from this year. But I like the shot. Worth a repeat. Enjoy! Keep Looking Up! Left-Click any of these photos to see them enlarged.

Rose Finch at our feeder. Love the natural lighting.

Rose Finch at our feeder. Love the natural lighting.

At 98 degrees and 27% humidity, even the bees need water. We try to oblige.

At 98 degrees and 27% humidity, even the bees need water. We try to oblige.

Cormorant on the Boise Greenbelt yesterday.

Cormorant on the Boise Greenbelt yesterday.

Here are some fledgling Ospreys who have made a territory of the Sports Center right along the Boise Greenbelt.

Here are some fledgling Ospreys who have made a territory of the Sports Center right along the Boise Greenbelt.

Falcons Have Fledged – Time For Greenbelt


08July2014_1_Boise-Greenbelt_BoarderIt seems as though there never was a complete falcon season this year. Maybe that is because the Fledge Watch Teams have all seemingly been eliminated and their volunteerism is no longer needed. So sad. It was fun while it lasted.
So, we go from watching the falcons to riding the Boise Greenbelt. Maybe I will be able to locate the Osprey family that has a nest at the sports center off of State Street. I will have to really look. But I did get to add new sugar water to my Hummingbird feeders. I have only seen one this year so far. And from what I understand, the hummingbird banding in Pearl, ID in the Fall, has also been discontinued. In the meantime, here are some photos of today’s trip. Enjoy!

Must keep ones balance while on a surf board.

Must keep ones balance while on a surf board.

One will be dumped if that balance is not kept.

One will be dumped if that balance is not kept.

Great to see the teens at Quinn's Pond enjoying the cool water on a hot summer day.

Great to see the teens at Quinn’s Pond enjoying the cool water on a hot summer day.

Just love the ducks on Sand Creek when the sun is just poking through the trees and create a shaft of light on the Mallard. This is the second time I have been there at the right time.

Just love the ducks on Sand Creek when the sun is just poking through the trees and create a shaft of light on the Mallard. This is the second time I have been there at the right time.

Back To The Greenbelt


01July2014_1a_Greenbelt_Bike-Path_GoodSince the Boise falcons have all fledged successfully and from all reports they are doing fine, it is time to return to the Boise Greenbelt and my bike rides. 15.81 miles yesterday and 13.31 today. The river is running high, swift and cold, about 45 degrees. Some folks are enjoying the Boise River Waterpark and the controlled rapids. Some are in kayaks and others are trying their kills at surf boarding. Here are some photos I took today. Enjoy them and Left-Click any of the to see the photo enlarged. Keep Looking Up!

Mallard Duck

Mallard Duck. Love the natural light and no enhancement of the photo. It’s all natural.

The Boise River

The Boise River

Bad lean!

Bad lean!

Headed down!

Headed down!

"Hello wave!!"

“Hello wave!!”

Getting up on the board. Takes some skill and strength.

Getting up on the board. Takes some skill and strength.

Eyasses Have Left The Nest


17June2014_1_Boise-Falcons_Fledglings_Empty-NestYup! Our little Boise falcon “fuzz balls” have decided to fly. So far as I can tell, at least two of them. I was downtown this morning between 10 am and 11:30 am and saw only two little ones. I didn’t even see or hear the adults, although I know that they were around. The 3rd eyass needs to be spotted, too. The camera view has been changed from the inside of the nest box to the runway ledge. Too bad they can’t do a split image between the inside of the box and the runway. The service is donated, I think, so we need to appreciate what we have. The photo here is the nest box from the Eastman parking garage. Here are some photos I took this morning. Enjoy and Keep Looking Up!
I did receive this notice from the Peregrine Fund late last night.

June 16
The chicks fledged over the weekend. The Idaho Department of Fish and Game received two calls about birds on the ground. On Saturday, the fledgling eventually flew from the sidewalk into a tree and so it was not retrieved. On Sunday, the young falcon could not be located when the rescuer arrived, but three birds (the fledglings?) were observed atop the nearby Wells Fargo building while one bird (an adult?) was flying overhead.
If anyone has photographs of the new fledglings, we will create a slide show for this page. Please send your photographs (medium resolution) to tpf@peregrinefund.org and include your name and contact information.

One of the fledglings on the 13th floor ledge, SE corner of the Cap One BUilding.

One of the fledglings on the 13th floor ledge, SE corner of the Cap One BUilding.

The same falcon as above.

The same falcon as above.

A second fledgling on the 13th floor ledge on the same side as the falcon in the above photo.

A second fledgling on the 13th floor ledge on the same side as the falcon in the above photo. They are neighbors on this ledge.

The second fledgling.

The second fledgling.

Both birds. Hard to see, so look hard.

Both birds. Hard to see, so look hard.

17June2014_1f_Boise-Falcons_Fledglings_Cap-One_SE-Corner-Both_Pointers

Important Message


12Mar2014_1b_Boise-Falcons_First-Spotting-DowntownThe Peregrine Fund had this posted on the camera site. Please keep these phone numbers in case you find or see a “downed” falcon. Fledging could start at any time now. Keep Looking Up!

June 10

The chicks are out on the ledge almost exclusively now as they prepare to take their first flights, which should begin next week. Fledging can be risky for young birds because they are unpracticed in the art of flight and may find themselves in unsafe situations, especially when they land on the ground.

After fledging occurs, authorized personnel should be notified if a chick is injured or in danger. If you encounter a chick on a street or sidewalk, do not attempt to capture or handle it. Instead, call:

Fish and Game at 208-465-8465 (8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday)
Idaho State Police at 208-846-7500 (after business hours, weekends and holidays)

Skilled personnel will assess the bird’s condition and return it to One Capital Center where the youngster can resume its journey to independence. The falcon parents will carefully watch the fledging process and provide food for the chicks until they learn to hunt for themselves.

Boise Fluff-Balls Are On The Move


(Used By Permission: The Peregrine Fund, Idaho Department of Fish and Game and Fiberpipe Data Centers)

(Used By Permission: The Peregrine Fund, Idaho Department of Fish and Game and Fiberpipe Data Centers)

On the 23rd of May, these little “Fluff Balls” have moved from inside the nest box, as pictured here, to the ledge just outside the nest and out of camera view. They are truly Wandering. The do not have flight feathers yet, but they are starting to appear – the black colored ones. And yes, they will flap these little under developed wings. Lets just hope they do not go over the edge. Wonder if the Peregrine fund and/or the Fish and Game have people “on call” in case something happens. I have not heard. When and if I do hear something, I will let you know. In the meantime, enjoy these photos. Keep Looking Up!

(Used By Permission: The Peregrine Fund, Idaho Department of Fish and Game and Fiberpipe Data Centers) One of the eyasses on the ledge.

(Used By Permission: The Peregrine Fund, Idaho Department of Fish and Game and Fiberpipe Data Centers)
One of the eyasses on the ledge. There may be another one or two on the east side of the nest and out of camera view.

(Used By Permission: The Peregrine Fund, Idaho Department of Fish and Game and Fiberpipe Data Centers) Two of the "Fluff Balls" on the ledge.

(Used By Permission: The Peregrine Fund, Idaho Department of Fish and Game and Fiberpipe Data Centers)
Two of the “Fluff Balls” on the ledge. The second one “just appeared” and was eating.

(Used By Permission: The Peregrine Fund, Idaho Department of Fish and Game and Fiberpipe Data Centers)

(Used By Permission: The Peregrine Fund, Idaho Department of Fish and Game and Fiberpipe Data Centers)