Boise "Fluffy" Update – 04 June 2012


Ripples

It is good to see that the Boise eyases (Peregrine falcon chicks) are all doing fine. We have three good hatches that arrived yesterday. The parents are taking turns in sheltering them and feeding them. They seem to be eating fine. We had a question as to when they will fly (fledge) – Usually 4 weeks, 30 days after hatching. That will put it right around the Fourth of July, when downtown Boise can be very full, loud and busy. Oh this will be fun between the fire truck sirens, jet flybys and general people noise. Do you want to help to keep and eye on them? Let us know. In the meantime, enjoy the following photos from the Greenbelt this morning. Now is the time to Keep Looking Up!


Kayakers on the Boise River this morning. It looks like the workers got the wave maker fixed yesterday. That heavy water flow behind the kayakers is the part that was not working. Looks like it works now!


Black Cormorant


Osprey


Osprey


Cottonwood Seeds

The Peregrine Fund just signed in with the following update. 

Posted 04 June 2012 13:45 MDT
Chicks! Three chicks hatched over the weekend, starting Saturday afternoon and ending Sunday afternoon. The chicks weighed about 1½ ounces (40 grams) when they emerged from their shells, yet they will be full grown when they leave the nest. By the time they fledge in July, these little fluff balls will be 18 inches tall and have a wingspan of more than 3 feet!

The adults will brood the chicks for about 10 days, depending on the weather. The young birds are not yet capable of regulating their own body temperatures, so they need the adults for warmth. The young ones also can huddle together to keep warm.

You may see the adults leave the chicks alone for short periods, but you can be assured that at least one adult is close by, ready to spring into action if there is any threat. The chicks can appear vulnerable without one of the parents in the nest, but the adult birds have a lot invested in their offspring at this point and are not likely to abandon or neglect them.

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