Idaho Wildlife

Eagles at Barber Park, Boise


24Dec2015_1a_Barber-Park_Eagles_SnowRather cold this morning at 9:00 – 29 degrees. But the Eagles were flying. The fish were active and other predators were around. Namely hawks. It was snowing lightly, but the activity along the Boise River was good. There was a report that there were several Eagles and yearlings further downstream from where I was. Robin was waiting in the car, hungry and cold. Best not follow up on that observation. I saw 2 adults and two yearlings, but only got to photograph the adults. Here’s what I saw. Keep Looking up! Left-Click any of these photos to see them enlarged.

Can anyone ID this hawk? Thanks.

Can anyone ID this hawk? Thanks.

Or ID this one?

Or ID this one?

The Boise River looking east from Barber Park.

The Boise River looking east from Barber Park.

Beautiful Eagle!

Beautiful Eagle!

Same one, different pose.

Same one, different pose.

Eagle flying west - downstream.

Eagle flying west – downstream.

Evidently he caught breakfast.

Evidently he caught breakfast.

The Boise River has many fish.

The Boise River has many fish.

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Good pose!

Good pose!

Coopers Hawk


Shawn-Carmen_Falcon_Graphic-TitledLast night at about 7:20pm, our neighbor Becca called and said that she was out in her backyard, went inside for something and returned to her back yard. She said that “…this bird” was where she was working and that it had not been there before. She brought it to me.
I believe it is a Coopers Hawk. We have had one, or several, in the neighborhood for several years now. I hope this is not one of them. There are no visible trauma marks on the hawk and no signs of anything broken. Here are some post-mortem photos of the hawk. Left-Click to see a larger view. If someone from the Idaho Fish and Game, The Peregrine Fund or The Idaho Bird Observatory would like to have it or examine it, I will keep it for a short time. Please contact me.

Frontside view.

Frontside view. Coopers Hawk a neighbor found in her yard. No apparent wounds. Our neighbor called me last night and said she was in her backyard. Went inside. Came back out and saw this bird on the ground. It was not there before. Looks to me like a Coopers Hawk. No intrusive markings or wounds on the body. Neck is broken as if it hit something. No broken windows, “dusted” glass or prey pieces.

Back view.

Back view.

08 April – Boise Peregrines


PeregrineWebCam_Logo_BoiseThe Boise Falcons seem to be doing well this cool and rainy morning. Not a heavy rain – just light showers. Both parents look good as do the eggs. I have had several comments thanking the Peregrine Fund and Fiberpipe for allowing us to see the falcons “live” through the use of the FalconCam. It is greatly appreciated. Here are some screen shots – Used By Permission: The Peregrine Fund, Idaho Department of Fish and Game and Fiberpipe Data Centers – of the action today. I may add more throughout the day. Please rate these articles as you look at them. Thanks and enjoy! Keep Looking Up!

The female prepares to "Change the Guard" and get something to eat. The tiercel - male peregrine falcon  - is not far away.

The female prepares to “Change the Guard” and get something to eat. The tiercel – male peregrine falcon – is not far away.

Probably the tiercel incubating the eggs.

Probably the tiercel incubating the eggs.

Eating "left-overs".

Eating “left-overs”.

Cooper’s Hawk Visits Us Today


11Dec2014_1b_Backyard-Hawk_Coopers-With-PigeonThis beautiful juvenile Cooper’s Hawk was having dinner in the alley beside our house this evening. At about 5:30pm our neighbor called and said she saw the hawk take the pigeon and now her was on the ground eating. I grabbed my camera and these photos document what I found. Enjoy! And just to let you know, I have received no reports about the whereabouts of the Boise peregrine falcons. No news is good news. Left-Click any of these photos to see them enlarged.

Juvenile Coopers Hawk at 19th and State Streets in Boise tonight.

Juvenile Coopers Hawk at 19th and State Streets in Boise tonight.

Juvenile Coopers Hawk

Juvenile Coopers Hawk

Juvenile Coopers Hawk

Juvenile Coopers Hawk

Boise Falcons Doing Great!


03April2014_1a_Boise-Falcons_4-EggsThe Boise Falcons have been very attentive towards their four eggs. The weather here in Boise has warmed up and the temperatures under clear skies are forecasted to be in the low to mid 70’s. The falcons will like the slightly warmer and dry weather. I received this information from the Peregrine Fund this morning about the eggs and incubation.

With the arrival of egg #4 on April 2, incubation is in full swing. The incubation period is 33-35 days. With a body temperature of 104 degrees F, the adults are able to keep the eggs warm even in cold spring weather. During incubation, a “brood patch” develops on the chests of the adults. This bare spot keeps the eggs in close contact with the parents’ bodies for maximum heat.

The patch remains for up to two weeks after the eggs hatch because new chicks are unable to regulate their own body temperatures for that long and continue to depend on their parents for warmth. The brood patch fades and feathers fill back in as the youngsters grow older.

I did get out on the Greenbelt today and found the Osprey nest with two adults building the nest. Enjoy these photos.

Spring blossoms on the Greenbelt

Spring blossoms on the Greenbelt

Sand Creek along the Greenbelt.

Sand Creek along the Greenbelt.

Red-Winged Blackbird

Red-Winged Blackbird

Osprey pair building their nest.

Osprey pair building their nest.

Kayaker enjoying the higher water level on the Boise River. They are also filling the irrigation canals.

Kayaker enjoying the higher water level on the Boise River. They are also filling the irrigation canals.

Another kayaker. But one thing I did not realize when I took this photo is the Memorial Alter on the far shore. Was there n accident here?

Another kayaker. But one thing I did not realize when I took this photo is the Memorial Alter on the far shore. Was there an accident here?

Boise Downtown Falcons Have 1 Egg!


Shawn-Carmen_Falcon_Graphic-TitledI received the following notice from the Peregrine Fund tonight. We have 1 egg in the nest downtown and the camera is up and running, although I did not notice any sound. Maybe later. Again, many thanks to Shawn Carmen for designing this logo. We appreciate your work. There is a hotlink to the Boise Falcon Cam in the sidebar which I will keep active all season. And for now, you can link to the cam From Here. Enjoy!

Welcome to the 2014 FalconCam season! This is the sixth year a webcam has provided you with a front-row seat for watching the daily activities at a nest box in downtown Boise.

We are launching the season with big news – the female Peregrine Falcon laid her first egg today! This is the earliest date for a first egg since the webcam was installed in 2009. The timing is almost two weeks earlier than last year, which also was earlier than ever. Wild birds keep their own schedules.

We appreciate your patience as we continue working on the web page. The video can take up to a minute to load, and the audio is not yet available. You may notice various refinements in the days ahead.

The photo of the falcons at the nest was taken by Bob Young on March 12.

1st Day of Spring – Boise Falcons


20Mar2014_1c_Boise-Falcons_From-Berryhill-BaconWow! Can’t believe that it is the First of Spring already! 49° F and about a 10 mph wind blowing. Feels like 45°. Just a little chilly up on the Eastman Garage roof. But worth it. I know there was one falcon there, and maybe two. Hard to tell as I think it was in the back of the box. I did send some photos to the Peregrine Fund and they did acknowledge them. From what I understand from Peregrine Fund posts, there will be a camera installed at the nest when the logistics get worked out and the equipment is installed. I have no idea when that will happen. I will let you know when I know. In the meantime, enjoy these photos and remember to Left-Click any of them to see enlarged. Keep Looking Up!

At the nest box. There may be another falcon deep in the box.

At the nest box. There may be another falcon deep in the box.

In flight from the nest box. This one flew, then I think another flew.

In flight from the nest box. This one flew, then I think another flew.

In flight from box.

In flight from box.