09 April 2015 – Boise Peregrines


PFund-GraphicIt is always interesting to watch the incubating sequence. The adults seem to know exactly when to turn the eggs; when to cool them down and when to warm them more. At some point in time, they will start to “talk” to the eggs, probably the start of the hatching process, which may take several hours.
In these screen captures, which are used by permission, we see a sequence of “cooling” the eggs down, and then eventually, returning the one egg to the brood patch to keep it warm. Enjoy the photos in the sequence and Keep Looking Up!

At 1201 today, I noticed that one of the four eggs was laying outside of the warmth of the brood patch. The egg is visible here.

At 1201 today, I noticed that one of the four eggs was laying outside of the warmth of the brood patch. The egg is visible here.

At 1206 the one egg was still visible, approximately 5 minutes at 54 degrees F.

At 1206 the one egg was still visible, approximately 5 minutes at 54 degrees F.

At 1208, the tiercel places the exposed egg back into the brood patch. Interesting. He also re-arranged the scrape.

At 1208, the tiercel places the exposed egg back into the brood patch. Interesting. He also re-arranged the scrape.

08 April – Boise Peregrines


PeregrineWebCam_Logo_BoiseThe Boise Falcons seem to be doing well this cool and rainy morning. Not a heavy rain – just light showers. Both parents look good as do the eggs. I have had several comments thanking the Peregrine Fund and Fiberpipe for allowing us to see the falcons “live” through the use of the FalconCam. It is greatly appreciated. Here are some screen shots – Used By Permission: The Peregrine Fund, Idaho Department of Fish and Game and Fiberpipe Data Centers – of the action today. I may add more throughout the day. Please rate these articles as you look at them. Thanks and enjoy! Keep Looking Up!

The female prepares to "Change the Guard" and get something to eat. The tiercel - male peregrine falcon  - is not far away.

The female prepares to “Change the Guard” and get something to eat. The tiercel – male peregrine falcon – is not far away.

Probably the tiercel incubating the eggs.

Probably the tiercel incubating the eggs.

Eating "left-overs".

Eating “left-overs”.

Boise Peregrine Falcon Cam Is Up and Running!


Shawn-Carmen_Falcon_Graphic-TitledI just received this information from the Peregrine Fund.

“Welcome to the 2015 FalconCam Season! We are thrilled to provide you with a front-row seat for watching downtown Boise’s Peregrine Falcon family once again.

This year the big news is that the female Peregrine has laid four beautiful eggs and so the exciting watch to see when they will hatch is on! The camera is also equipped with audio so you can hear the interactions between male and female and listen to the chicks as they anticipate food delivery.

We are looking forward to another great season with these impressive birds and welcome your input as you record live events viewed while watching the FalconCam. Data collected by Falcon watchers will be used to better understand the nesting habits of this Peregrine pair.”

I have placed a more permanent link to the cam in the sidebar. But here it is also: Peregrine Webcam. Enjoy the cam and a big Thank-You to the Peregrine Fund and to Fiberpipe for providing this service to the world! Here is a “teaser” capture, used by permission.

(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)

Both parents and 4 eggs! (Used By Permission: The Peregrine Fund, Idaho Department of Fish and Game and Fiberpipe Data Centers)

1154, 07 April 2015 – Both parents and 4 eggs!
(Used By Permission: The Peregrine Fund, Idaho Department of Fish and Game and Fiberpipe Data Centers)

30 Mar 2015 – Waiting For The Live Cam


29Mar2013_1a_Raptor-Survey_One-HomesteadJust patiently waiting for the Live Falcon Cam to go online. In the meantime, we were downtown this morning and found one of the birds sitting on the edge of the box. Was he – or she – looking at the scrape? eggs? the other bird incubating eggs? Wilmington, DE has 5 eggs; San Jose has piping. Our time really is coming. Hopefully soon. In the meantime, we will keep posting photos that we take or, if you take some and want them published, send them to me with your name and I will post them. Cheers and Keep Looking Up!

One peregrine falcon sits on the ledge of the nest box.

One peregrine falcon sits on the ledge of the nest box.

26 Mar 2015 – Boise Falcons


Shawn-Carmen_Falcon_Graphic-TitledIt ‘s been pretty quiet in downtown Boise for the peregrines. Cool. Rainy. Windy. Not much action. And no, the Nest Cam is not up and running yet. Maybe Monday. Those “In Charge” are working on it. Please be patient. Until then, you may just have to “put up with” my photos. I do think, though, that they have changed their “schedule” and are active maybe earlier in the day/morning? We were downtown at around 10am. Here’s what we saw. Keep Looking Up and if you see the birds and take photos of them, send them to me and I will post them here for you.

The empty box at 10am this morning. I don't think there is anyone home. There was a single bird inside, and then it flew off.

The empty box at 10am this morning. I don’t think there is anyone home. There was a single bird inside, and then it flew off.

There was one peregrine on the SW corner of the Banner Bank at the same time the one left the box. The birds spent a lot of time at this location last year "guarding" the nest. Old habits?

There was one peregrine on the SW corner of the Banner Bank at the same time the one left the box. The birds spent a lot of time at this location last year “guarding” the nest. Old habits?

SW corner of the Banner Bank.

SW corner of the Banner Bank.

"Life In The Alley"

“Life In The Alley”

Mar 18 2015 – Boise Falcons


18Mar2015_1_Boise-Falcons_Empty-NestActually, we did see them today. When we arrived downtown, 1150, they were flying down and around Main Street. One then perched on the point of the Wells Fargo Bank. By the time we arrived on the 5th floor of the Eastman Garage, they had left. We left after about 40 minutes and ate at Mai Thai – awesome buffet!. Here are some photos, though, that we took after lunch and from Idaho Street at the old Macy’s. Enjoy! Keep Looking Up!

Waiting on the falcons and enjoying "Reflections".

Waiting on the falcons and enjoying “Reflections”.

The Boise castle. The Idanha Hotel.

The Boise castle. The Idanha Hotel.

The birds return for lunch.

The birds return for lunch.

Unless you see the two together, it is difficult to tell which sex they are. The male (tiercel) is generally smaller and a more vibrant plumage. The female (falcon) is much larger. You can see the difference here. The tiercel is on top of the box. The female, on the ledge, is feeding.

Unless you see the two together, it is difficult to tell which sex they are. The male (tiercel) is generally smaller and a more vibrant plumage. The female (falcon) is much larger. You can see the difference here. The tiercel is on top of the box. The female is on the ledge and she is feeding. (Sorry for the spelling error.) “… The female peregrine falcon is properly called a falcon, and the male — which, in common with most species of raptors, is smaller than the female — is known as a tiercel.” (Encyclopedia Britannica)

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13 March 2015 – Flight of the Peregrine


13Mar2015_1_Boise-Falcons_Old-Drug-StoreA beautiful day in downtown Boise. I even found this old drug store sign that had originally been on the side of a building. The lettering is almost gone.
Both birds were spotted at the box at about 1156. Then one took off, the one sitting on the ledge in front of the box, and flew east. Then the second peregrine appeared from the deep inside of the box and “chased” after the first one. I wonder if they are preparing a scrape – a space to lay the eggs. Here are some photos Robin and I took of the peregrines and where we go to spot and photograph them. They soon disappeared and did not return before we left the area. Left-Click any of these photos to see them enlarged. Keep Looking Up!

Robin took this of me looking at the peregrine on the ledge in fron of the box. See him? Top floor at the breezeway in the white building.

Robin took this of me looking at the peregrine on the ledge in front of the box. See him? Top floor at the breezeway in the white building.

Photographing the bird on the ledge.  See the next photo.

Photographing the bird on the ledge. See the next photo.

Both birds are there, but one is deep inside the box and out of sight.

Both birds are there, but one is deep inside the box and out of sight.

The peregrine that sitting on the ledge in from of the box, took off and flew east past the Wells Fargo Bank building.

The peregrine that was sitting on the ledge in front of the box, took off and flew east past the Wells Fargo Bank building.

In front of the Wells Fargo Bank building. The same bird as above.

In front of the Wells Fargo Bank building. The same bird as above.

Here are some really good flight photographs. Enjoy! They are all of the peregrine that was inside of the box.

I like this photo.

I like this photo.

Great wing conformation.

Great wing conformation.

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One of the better shots.

One of the better shots.