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.
Yes. It has been a while! I can tell you this, though. The Boise downtown Peregrines have been spotted around town at different locations and they look healthy. The photo to the left is a Sharp-shinned Hawk that landed in our alley last February and has been seen around the area this year. He has left some “tell tale” signs. Robin forwarded this article to me about how to identify Coopers Hawk and a Sharp-shinned Hawk. It can be extremely difficult. Coopers Hawk and Sharp-shinned Hawk from Feederwatch. From the article,
Sharp-shinned (Accipiter striatus) and Cooper’s (Accipiter cooperii) hawks commonly prey on feeder birds, and they are frequently reported by FeederWatchers. Despite their common occurrence, these hawks present a significant identification problem for many beginning and intermediate (and even more advanced!) birders. There is great variation in plumage and in size for these two species. Therefore, perhaps more than any other similar-looking birds, no single field mark is likely to distinguish one species from the other. Instead, the careful observer must use a combination of field marks and draw from the overall “gestalt” of the hawk for proper identification. No field guide will substitute for plenty of practice in the field.
If you participate in Project FeederWatch, observed one of these two hawks during a FeederWatch count, and are not absolutely certain which hawk you observed, please report the bird as an “Accipiter sp.” (the genus in which these two species are classified).
If you are going to participate in the Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC), and this is a national event, you can get information from the site listed above. It is free and they do provide you with all the information and resource you will need. Cheers and Keep Looking Up!
The Boise downtown peregrine falcons look pretty well. What appears to be the female – the size looks quite large – was brooding the eyasses today with her body parallel to the opening of the box, thus blocking the air with more surface area facing the wind. She had her wing dropped and touching the gravel to form a seal against the wind. It is windy up there and the windchill is about 55 degrees. All is quiet and calm at the Peregrine House.
At our backyard humming bird feeder, the female Black-chinned hummingbird made an appearance. But not before this House Finch took a drink in the bird bath, and then flew away. The photo to the left is the House Finch leaving the water. Enjoy the photos and Keep Looking Up! Please cast your VOTE above. Thanks! Left-Click the photos to see them enlarged.
After checking on the Boise downtown peregrine eyasses this morning, who are doing very well – they look healthy, I went out to our feeders and saw this little guy feeding. I saw one earlier in May, but this is the first time I have seen him recently. Robin saw him the other day, but he was just checking out the feeder and did not feed that we saw. Here are some more photos I took. Enjoy and Keep Looking Up! Left-Click to see the photo enlarged.
Watching the Boise downtown Peregrine Falcon eyasses. By this time, there may be three that have hatched today. I have only seen two, but several reports of watching an egg hatch. And here is the definition of eyas or the plural, eyasses.
Definition of EYAS
: an unfledged bird; specifically : a nestling hawk
Origin of EYAS
Middle English, alteration (by incorrect division of a neias) of neias, from Anglo-French niais taken in the nest, from Vulgar Latin *nidax nestling, from Latin nidus nest — more at nest
First Known Use: 15th century [New Merriam Webster Dictionary]
So while watching on a mobile device, I am also watching for the humming birds and the American Goldfinch at our backyard feeders. Good luck today. I caught a House Finch with an attitude and a beautiful American Goldfinch. Look at these photos – Left-Click to see enlarged – and Keep Looking Up! Cheers and good sightings. Please VOTE above. Thanks.
Our backyard feeders are doing their job – keeping us broke in filling with seeds! If you look in the sidebar for the National Bird Feeding Society logo, you can get some good info on backyard feeders. And, for your information, the Boise downtown falcons are doing good. The parents are “talking” to the eggs and rolling them. The signs look good for hatching soon – very soon.
And while we are waiting for the first hatching, we watch our backyard. I have spotted 1 Black-chinned hummingbird, but only one. The Mourning Doves, pictured here, English Sparrows and House Finches are abundant. I even saw a Swainson’s Hawk soaring high over head. Here, take a look. Keep Looking Up and please VOTE above. Cheers! Left-Click to enlarge.
At about 4:00pm this afternoon, we had a visit from a female Black-chinned Hummingbird. This is the first one for us this year. It stayed around for about 20 minutes and then left as a thunder storm was moving in. Lots of noise and lightning. But at least we saw her. Wonder if she has a nest in the area or if she is just “passing though”? Here are some more photos that I got. Left-Click any of them to see enlarged.
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