I just received this “Official Word” from the Peregrine Fund about the Boise falcons fledging. It really has been an exciting season, although short. Keep Looking Up! – You still may see them.
After a few false starts, the young Peregrine Falcons in downtown Boise have fledged successfully. The falcon-watching team ended their official duties Thursday, although we know that they and many other people will continue to delight in watching the falcon family fly and call to one another for weeks to come. We are grateful to all those who volunteered to monitor the fledglings and keep them safe.
If you haven’t done so already, be sure to check out the slide show on the falconcam page featuring photos of the youngsters perched throughout downtown Boise. (See the link in the sidebar) The young birds will continue to stay close to the adults for a while as they learn the finer points of flying and hunting. Family groups usually stay together for at least three weeks after the young fledge. By then, the young are capable of capturing prey on their own. By fall, they will begin to disperse, though it’s impossible to say where they will go. The word “peregrine” is derived from the Latin word for “wanderer,” an apt description of this species. Peregrine Falcons are found on every continent except Antarctica and live in a variety of habitats from tropics to deserts, from seashore to tundra, from sea level to 12,000 feet.
We thank all those who donated money, volunteered time, asked interesting questions, and sent notes of appreciation and encouragement during this year’s falconcam season. We also thank our partners, Idaho Fish and Game Department and Fiberpipe, whose generous donations of time and resources make this project possible.
And as participants in this project and the owners of this blog, Robin and I thank all of those who have been on the Falcon Watch Team and we thank our team leader Anna Ravegum for the hours she put into this project getting all of the team members together. As in the past, we will continue to post articles, photographs and links that are related to wildlife and particularly along the Greenbelt. I encourage you to submit photos of the wildlife along the Boise Greenbelt or located in the foothills and desert and I will post them here. See Ya! Cheers!