Boise Falcon Chicks Have New Bracelets


PFund-GraphicI received word this week from the Peregrine Fund that the Boise falcon chicks were checked medically – they passed with flying colors – and they were banded. There was no word on the probable sex of each bird. Here is the complete text of the notification from the Peregrine Fund. Keep Looking Up and Left-Click any of these screen shots to see them enlarged.

“The Peregrine Fund chicks are sporting new jewelry today after having been banded by biologists from the Idaho Department of Fish and Game this morning. In addition to banding the chicks, wing and leg measurements were taken, and health was observed. All four falcon chicks appeared to be healthy and thriving, and the data collected will help researchers to continue monitoring the condition of the Peregrine Falcon population within our region.”

The Boise Chicks

The Boise Chicks. 27 May 2015, 1400

“Did you know that the earliest recorded use of “bird bands” was made around 218-201 B.C. when a thread was tied to a crow’s leg to send messages between Roman officers during the Punic Wars? Since that time, the technology of banding birds has improved greatly. Bands are now often made of aluminum or another lightweight material imprinted with a series of unique numbers to help identify the bird, and people who band birds are required to obtain a special banding permit from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. In fact, scientists rely on banding for data collection so much that in 1909 the American Bird Banding Association was formed to organize and assist the growing number of bird banders throughout North America.”

Wing stretches!

Wing stretches! 27 May 2015, 1515

“So the next time you are watching the FalconCam, make sure to keep an eye out for the chick’s shiny new bands!”

Feeding time.

Feeding time. 27 May 2015, 1522

Still hungry!

Still hungry! 27 May 2015, 1524

Mom has her hands full with these chicks! 27 May 2015, 1529

Mom has her hands full with these chicks! 27 May 2015, 1529

Nest Cam of the Month


17May2015_1d_Boise-Falcons_Mom-Feeds-1457It is great to see that the Peregrine Fund’s Falconcam has been selected as a Nest Cam of the Month: Peregrine Falcons by the Nature Conservancy. The link will take you to the article and explain a little about the Peregrine program and the history of the falcons. Interesting information. Be sure to read the comments, too. Keep Looking Up!

Boise Peregrine Falcons – 19 May 2015


PFund-GraphicLate last week, one of the followers on this blog and on FaceBook, was concerned that one of the chicks was not getting enough food or fed. I said that I would look into this. What I found was that all four chicks seem to be doing very well, and the small chick – the one that the reader was concerned about – was being fed and ate a large lunch. Here are some screen shots from the Peregrine Fund Falconcam showing the chicks on 17 May. Enjoy and Keep Looking Up! Left-Click any of these photos to see them enlarged.

The female is feeding the chicks.

The female is feeding the chicks. The chick that the reader was concerned about is the small one right in front.

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The Little One being fed.

The “Little One” being fed.

Still being fed.

The “Little One” still being fed. So why is this one so small? Probably because he/she was the last to hatch. They will all grow up to be “Big Birds” at about the same size. Then again, this one could be a male and the others female. We will just have to wait and see. Fun, isn’t it?

Se? The "Little One" did get a full lunch. Plenty to eat. The adults will not let them starve.

See? The “Little One” did get a full lunch. Plenty to eat. The adults will not let them starve.

And as the sun slowly settles in the West, the Boise Peregrine Chicks huddle down, close their  eyes and go to sleep.

And as the sun slowly settles in the West, the Boise Peregrine Chicks huddle down, close their eyes and go to sleep.

And this morning, 19 May 2015 at 0950, the chicks are sleeping quietly. Raining outside, but comparatively warm. And don't worrfy, at least one adult is very, very close. The chicks are not unguarded.

And this morning, 19 May 2015 at 0950, the chicks are sleeping quietly. Raining outside, but comparatively warm. And don’t worry, at least one adult is very, very close. The chicks are not unguarded.

Boise Peregrine Falcons – 12 May 2015


PeregrineWebCam_Logo_BoiseThe chicks – all four of the – are looking good this morning. Eating. Bobbing around. Moving their wings, although weakly. Nice weather: 69 degrees F, 42% humidity and winds at 5 mph. The bottom of the nest box looks like there was a buffet there recently – wings and legs leftovers. Here are some screen captures from the Peregrine Webcam from the Peregrine Fund camera. Enjoy and Keep Looking Up! Left Click any of the pictures to see enlarged.

Mom and the four chicks.

Mom and the Four Chicks. She left and went and sat on top of the box to eat. 1115

The Four Chicks all huddled together. 1118

The Four Chicks all huddled together. 1118

The Four Chicks. Look at those faces. 1126

The Four Chicks. Look at those faces. 1126

Boise Peregrine Chicks – 11 May 2015


PFund-GraphicA warmer morning this morning and the four Boise peregrine chicks were left alone, but not unguarded, for a while. I will almost guarantee that the adults were close by …. very close by. Here are some screen captures from this morning. You can see how well the chicks are doing. They look healthy. Enjoy and Keep Looking Up!. Left-Click these pictures to see them enlarged. These captures are Screen Shots Courtesy Peregrine Fund Falconcam.

Living quarters for the chicks may be a little crowded. 0834

Living quarters for the chicks may be a little crowded. 0834

Adult decides to move elsewhere. This adult left the nest for a while. 0853

Adult decides to move elsewhere. This adult left the nest for a while. 0853

The tiercel(?) flies in and looks from the edge of the nest box. The chicks are in a huddle. 0857

The tiercel(?) flies in and looks from the edge of the nest box. The chicks are in a huddle. 0857

Alone again and huddled for warmth and protection. 0859

Alone again and huddled for warmth and protection. 0859

An adult comes into the nest and now stays. This is just before the parent started to brood the chicks again.0908

An adult comes into the nest and now stays. This is just before the parent started to brood the chicks again.0908

07 May 2015 – 3 Chicks and 1 Egg


PFund-GraphicWhile watching the falconcam this morning, the tiercel brought in some food when the female was brooding. She left the chicks for an instant. There were 3 chicks and 1 egg clearly visible. That fourth egg should hatch soon. Here are some screen captures from the feeding this morning. Enjoy and Keep Looking Up! There is a link to the Boise Falconcam in the sidebar. Watch the falcons via live feed. And as a Note: It is very noisy around the nest this morning. Voices; scaffold/equipment moving?; and not from street level. Close enough to hear voices. Mom is on constant alert.

Mom gets some food from Dad and brings it back to the chicks. 0927

Mom gets some food from Dad and brings it back to the chicks. 0927

She begins to "clean" and prep  the food for the chicks. Feathers fly! 0936

She begins to “clean” and prep the food for the chicks. Feathers fly! 0936

Starting the feeding process. 0938

Starting the feeding process. 0938

The chicks are being fed. 0941

The chicks are being fed. 0941

First Boise Peregrine Chick Hatches


PFund-GraphicThe Peregrine Fund announced today that the firtst Boise peregrine falcon chick has hatched and it looks well! Here is their announcement,
“FalconCam Update
It’s a chick!
The first Peregrine Falcon chick hatched from its egg late yesterday afternoon. You’ll have to keep close watch on the camera to see it, though, as the parents have been doing an excellent job of keeping it and its still-shelled siblings safely incubated. The other chicks should hatch in the coming days, so keep your eyes on the webcam and let us know via the observations section of the webcam site or on our Facebook page if you see anything exciting! Follow the FalconCam at Boise Falconcam.”

The first of four Boise Peregrine Falcon chicks has arrived!

The first of four Boise Peregrine Falcon chicks has arrived!

Keep watching the Falconcam! Keep Looking Up! And as of 1347 today, 6 May 2015, there are three chicks hatched. I just got this screen capture. Looking good!

Three Boise Peregrine Falcons chicks feeding. May 6, 2015 1317hrs

Three Boise Peregrine Falcons chicks feeding. May 6, 2015 1347hrs