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2 Peregrine Chicks in Boise Confirmed


PeregrineWebCam_Logo_BoiseThe Peregrine Fund in Boise, today confirmed that there are two chicks in the box. Here is their notice – “FalconCam Update 5/6/16

Happy Mother’s Day to you and all the moms in your life! Just in time for Mother’s Day weekend, we’re excited to announce that two of the Peregrine Falcon chicks have hatched! We’re keeping a close eye out to see when the others hatch, but Mom is doing a great job of sitting tight on them to keep them warm!

If you do catch sight of the chicks, you’ll notice that they currently look like little white fluff-balls, but they won’t stay like that for long. Within the next 5-6 weeks they’ll grow to be full-sized Peregrines! At that time they will have all of their feathers and be ready to fledge the nest.

This is when the FalconCam becomes really fun to watch! We also recommend turning on your sound and listening to the camera as the parents usually vocalize when switching places or bringing food back to the nest. Those vocalizations can be a good indication that you’ll be able to catch a glimpse of the chicks. As the chicks grow, you’ll notice new development and an increase in size almost every day.

Tune into the FalconCam at: Web Cam Link” [Peregrine Fund, May 6, 2016]

Mom stretches to get some "left-overs" while continuing to keep the chicks warm and the remaining two eggs incubated.

Mom stretches to get some “left-overs” while continuing to keep the chicks warm and the remaining two eggs incubated. [6 May 2016, Boise, Idaho]

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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.

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

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.

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

13 March 2015 – Flight of the Peregrine


13Mar2015_1_Boise-Falcons_Old-Drug-StoreA beautiful day in downtown Boise. I even found this old drug store sign that had originally been on the side of a building. The lettering is almost gone.
Both birds were spotted at the box at about 1156. Then one took off, the one sitting on the ledge in front of the box, and flew east. Then the second peregrine appeared from the deep inside of the box and “chased” after the first one. I wonder if they are preparing a scrape – a space to lay the eggs. Here are some photos Robin and I took of the peregrines and where we go to spot and photograph them. They soon disappeared and did not return before we left the area. Left-Click any of these photos to see them enlarged. Keep Looking Up!

Robin took this of me looking at the peregrine on the ledge in fron of the box. See him? Top floor at the breezeway in the white building.

Robin took this of me looking at the peregrine on the ledge in front of the box. See him? Top floor at the breezeway in the white building.

Photographing the bird on the ledge.  See the next photo.

Photographing the bird on the ledge. See the next photo.

Both birds are there, but one is deep inside the box and out of sight.

Both birds are there, but one is deep inside the box and out of sight.

The peregrine that sitting on the ledge in from of the box, took off and flew east past the Wells Fargo Bank building.

The peregrine that was sitting on the ledge in front of the box, took off and flew east past the Wells Fargo Bank building.

In front of the Wells Fargo Bank building. The same bird as above.

In front of the Wells Fargo Bank building. The same bird as above.

Here are some really good flight photographs. Enjoy! They are all of the peregrine that was inside of the box.

I like this photo.

I like this photo.

Great wing conformation.

Great wing conformation.

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One of the better shots.

One of the better shots.

09 March 2015 – Boise Falcons


Shawn-Carmen_Falcon_Graphic-TitledA beautiful morning this morning; full sun, cloudless skies and cool. Temperature about 48 at 10:15am on the Eastman Garage. The falcons seem to be on a schedule. For the past three or four times, they arrive at the box at about 10:20am MDT. People have also been asking what camera I use for these photos. I use a Nikon D5000, with a polarizer on a Sigma 150-500mm zoom.
Usually, but not always, I am on the 5th floor of the Eastman Parking Garage. I was lucky enough this morning to capture the tercel (I think) coming in to the box. The female was already there and came in about a minute earlier. Enjoy these photos and remember, to see them enlarged, Left-Click and of the photos. Keep Looking Up!.

The "Empty Nest" at 1020 this morning. Notice  the "leftovers" on the ledge and on top of the box.

The “Empty Nest” at 1020 this morning. Notice the “leftovers” on the ledge and on top of the box.

The female in the box.

The female in the box.

The Falcon (female) was already at the box. Here comes the tercel (male)!

The Falcon (female) was already at the box. Here comes the tiercel (male)!

The female in the box.

The female is in the box as the tiercel approaches.

Great reflection.

Great reflection.

Closer to a landing.

Closer to a landing.

"Honey! I'm home!"

“Honey! I’m home!”