Nope. 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.
It 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!
Since 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!
Yup! 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org and include your name and contact information.
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.
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!