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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.

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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]

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.

April 19, 2016 Update


Mostly the parents are being “good parents” and keeping the eggs protected and warm. There are at least 4 eggs in the nest and no reports of 5 eggs. The weather in Boise is warming up this week, mid to high 70’s and close to 80, but then a cool down next week to the low to mid 60’s. It’s Springtime in the Rockies! This screen capture was taken this morning at 0900. Keep Looking Up!

Teirsil just stopped incubating and is out for a flight. 62 degrees F already and clear skies. Look close and count the eggs.

Tiercel just stopped incubating and is out for a flight. 62 degrees F already and clear skies. Look close and count the eggs.

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.

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.

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.