Boise Downtown Falcons

Boise Peregrine Falcons Have Fledged


Boise Falcons Fledge!
 

The season seemed to be shorter this year. Maybe faster. At any rate, the latest from the Peregrine Fund is,

“June 27
We have received confirmation that all of the chicks have successfully fledged the nest! We wanted to thank all of you for watching the FalconCam this season and please come visit us at The World Center for Birds of Prey in Boise, Idaho this summer!”

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News From the Boise Peregrines


PFund-GraphicHere is the latest word from the Peregrine Fund today. Interesting information.

If you’ve been keeping up with Boise’s Fastest Family, you’ve probably noticed that we have four fluffy chicks in the nest, they’re growing like weeds, and mom hasn’t been spending as much time incubating.

In the next 3-4 weeks, the chicks will be going through a lot of changes. Their fuzzy hatchling down will give way to full feathers and they will grow to be the size of a full adult Peregrine. Because of their increased size and the warmer weather, the parents do not need to spend as much time incubating. They do, however, need to spend significant more time hunting to feed the growing chicks.

Fortunately for our chicks, both parents are talented hunters. During one 20 minute viewing session last week, we watched dad deliver small prey items to the nest ledge twice! Later that day, mom brought back a full-sized pigeon and spent approximately 30 minutes feeding the chicks and herself from the large quarry.

One of the most interesting things about watching the FalconCam at this stage of chick growth is to see what prey items are brought to the nest and how the chicks eat. Not all chicks eat at every feeding. Often one or two chicks in the back of the cluster won’t be fed during one session, but will get the majority of the food at the next feeding. The parents usually feed based on a chick’s feeding response – which is often just the chick opening its beak as the parent holds food nearby. A chick that is full from a previous feeding won’t exhibit a strong feeding response, which cues the parent to move on to another chick.

The chicks are huddled together. 1530 this afternoon, 19 May 2016

The chicks are huddled together. 1530 this afternoon, 19 May 2016

1535 19 May 2016 - The Boise chicks.

1535 19 May 2016 – The Boise chicks.

Boise Peregrine Falcon Chicks


PeregrineWebCam_Logo_BoiseYes, the chicks were visible this morning at about 1250 pm on 9 May 2016. Very windy and somewhat cooler than normal, but all are doing well. Sorry for the bad “screen captures” but the camera lens needs cleaning. That won’t happen until the chicks are banded. But ewnjoy these photos in the meantime. Keep Looking Up!

The chicks

The chicks

Mom keeps them out of the wind and warm

Mom keeps them out of the wind and warm

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At around 1540 this afternoon, Mom came back to the box with food. Ansd to make a correction: There are only 3 chicks, not four! There is no report from the Peregrine Fund of any “accidents” so my count was wrong! 3 chicks! Here they are eating thisafternoon. Enjoy!

3 chicks eating. Only 3!

3 chicks eating. Only 3!

3 chicks.

3 chicks.

The Boise Chicks Have Arrived?


Shawn-Carmen_Falcon_Graphic-TitledAt least that is what it looks like to me. At least 1 chick; maybe two. See the two very dark eyes peering out from under Mama? See the fresh broken egg shell? We must be more diligent now and watch the cameras close. Here is a link to the Boise Peregrine Fund Web Cam, there is also a permanent link in the sidebar. If you are watching the web cam and see the chicks, please do a “Screen Capture” and send me the photo. I will post it here. In the meantime, here are two screen shots I got today at about 1500, May 5, 2016. Keep Looking Up!

One chick peering out from under Mom. No egg shell visible.

One chick peering out from under Mom. You must look close – sorry for the poor image. No egg shell visible.

Tiercel, on edge of box and Female incubating. TYhey are "talking" to one another.

Tiercel, on edge of box and Female incubating. They are “talking” to one another. New egg shell fragment on gravel.

And So The Season Begins!


PFund-GraphicYea! The Boise falcons have returned and the female is incubating eggs. Here is the latest from the Peregrine Fund. There is a new, 2016, hot link to the Boise FalconCam in the sidebar.

This just in from the Peregrine fund…

2016 FalconCam Update 4/11/16

Welcome to the 2016 FalconCam season! This is the eighth year a webcam has provided you with a front-row seat for watching the daily activities at a nest box in downtown Boise.

The female Peregrine Falcon is already incubating eggs, and we’re all eager to get a glimpse to see how many have already been laid. Peregrine Falcon eggs are typically incubated for an average of 34 days before hatching which means our first chicks should make an appearance at the beginning of May.

The Peregrine Fund was instrumental in the recovery of Peregrine Falcons in the United States and our work led to them being removed from the U.S. Endangered Species List in 1999. It is particularly neat to get to watch a pair doing so well right in downtown Boise!

We would like to thank our FalconCam partners Idaho Department of Fish and Game and Fiberpipe Data Centers for their support in monitoring the birds and for providing live streaming video. We hope you enjoy watching the Boise Falcon Family grow!

First screen shot of the Boise downtown falcons. Looks like the camera lens needs cleaning.

First screen shot of the Boise downtown falcons. Looks like the camera lens needs cleaning.

June 18 – Boise Falcons


Shawn-Carmen_Falcon_Graphic-TitledCan’t say that it has been exciting watching the falcons from the camera in the box. Generally, they are not there but rather probably on the ledge somewhere and out of camera sight. As of 1635 this afternoon, I have heard of no “incidents” with the falcons. Although, Robin and I did see people on the roof of the Cap One Center and the adults were not happy! The chicks were probably below the “intruders” on the ledge. The people knew that the Peregrines were there – I think they were dived on. Here is what Robin and I saw. Enjoy and Keep Looking Up!

Took this with my IPhone zoomed in. You can just about see the falcon. That is a long way up!

Took this with my IPhone zoomed in. You can just about see the falcon. That is a long way up!

Took this with my IPhone zoomed in, too. You can just about see the falcon. That is a long way up!

Took this with my IPhone zoomed in, too. You can just about see the falcon. That is a long way up!

Better view with my 500mm lens on my Nikon.

Better view with my 500mm lens on my Nikon.

Guarding the chicks from under the Zion sign.

Guarding the chicks from under the Zion sign.

Same photo as above, but zoomed in a little more.

Same photo as above, but zoomed in a little more.

Flying over me and checking my threat level out.

Flying over me and checking my threat level out.

Still looking at me.

Still looking at me.

Hope the folks on the roof are under cover. 'Cause here I come!

Hope the folks on the roof are under cover. ‘Cause here I come!

Like Zorro! Out of the sun so you can't see me. Very protective parents.

Like Zorro! Out of the sun so you can’t see me. Very protective parents.

Boise Falcons – June 4, 2015


PeregrineWebCam_Logo_BoiseOh my, how these “guys” have grown! Actually, 3 females and 1 male. If I were to guess, I would say that the last one to hatch is the male. It just looks smaller, even at this stage in their development. The Peregrine Fund put a great post on the falconcam site about their development and activities at this age. Interesting.

“June 2
You may be noticing that the chicks are becoming much more active now that they’re a bit older and are actually jumping out onto the ledge on occassion. They do eventually jump back into the nest, but this is a normal part of development for nestlings. Soon, they will enter a stage of life where they’re referred to as “branchers.” During this stage, chicks will spend more time out of the nest and flapping their wings. This helps to build muscle so that their breast muscles are ready to support their wings in the air when they take their first flights.”

Enjoy these screen shots from this morning! Keep Looking Up!

They have really grown and notice, too, their feathers are also changing.

They have really grown and notice, too, their feathers are also changing. 0901

The falcons are very alert.

The falcons are very alert. 0904

Great pose!

Great pose! 0908

"The Actress"

The Actress” 0911

Look at the size of her feet! 0913

Look at the size of her feet! 0913