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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.

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 Fluff-Balls Are On The Move


(Used By Permission: The Peregrine Fund, Idaho Department of Fish and Game and Fiberpipe Data Centers)

(Used By Permission: The Peregrine Fund, Idaho Department of Fish and Game and Fiberpipe Data Centers)

On the 23rd of May, these little “Fluff Balls” have moved from inside the nest box, as pictured here, to the ledge just outside the nest and out of camera view. They are truly Wandering. The do not have flight feathers yet, but they are starting to appear – the black colored ones. And yes, they will flap these little under developed wings. Lets just hope they do not go over the edge. Wonder if the Peregrine fund and/or the Fish and Game have people “on call” in case something happens. I have not heard. When and if I do hear something, I will let you know. In the meantime, enjoy these photos. Keep Looking Up!

(Used By Permission: The Peregrine Fund, Idaho Department of Fish and Game and Fiberpipe Data Centers) One of the eyasses on the ledge.

(Used By Permission: The Peregrine Fund, Idaho Department of Fish and Game and Fiberpipe Data Centers)
One of the eyasses on the ledge. There may be another one or two on the east side of the nest and out of camera view.

(Used By Permission: The Peregrine Fund, Idaho Department of Fish and Game and Fiberpipe Data Centers) Two of the "Fluff Balls" on the ledge.

(Used By Permission: The Peregrine Fund, Idaho Department of Fish and Game and Fiberpipe Data Centers)
Two of the “Fluff Balls” on the ledge. The second one “just appeared” and was eating.

(Used By Permission: The Peregrine Fund, Idaho Department of Fish and Game and Fiberpipe Data Centers)

(Used By Permission: The Peregrine Fund, Idaho Department of Fish and Game and Fiberpipe Data Centers)

GBBC Visitors


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It has been a pretty good 4 days this year for the Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC), at least in our area of Boise. And I know, the Squirrel pictured here is not even a Flying Squirrel. But he did visit us. Many times. Enjoy these photos of some of the birds that we have seen during this event. Left-Click any of these photos to see enlarged. Keep Looking Up!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mourning Dove

Mourning Dove

Rock Pigeon

Rock Pigeon

American Robin

American Robin

Black-Eyed Junco (Oregon Race)

Black-Eyed Junco (Oregon Race)

House Finch

House Finch

House Finch

House Finch

When you look at these birds enlarged, it sure does emphasize their colors and their markings. Cheers!

Neighborhood Sharp-shinned Hawk


04Feb2013_1_Backyard_Sharp_ShinOur neighborhood Sharp-shinned Hawk, an Accipiter hawk, is still flying around. He was in our backyard. I found where he was sitting, but did not see any “left-overs”. He then flew to the alley as pictured here. Enjoy these photos and Keep Looking Up! You’ll never know what you will see. Also, the Boise Downtown Peregrines have been seen here most of the winter. Time is drawing near when, hopefully, a family will be using the hack box downtown. Hope so. Left-Click any of these photos to see enlarged.

On the ground in the alley.

On the ground in the alley.

Into a nearby tree.

Into a nearby tree.

Backyard Visitor


11Dec2012_1c_Backyard-Hawk_Merlin-Back-ViewI was wondering today why the English Sparrows and the Oregon Junkos were staying away from our feeders. We usually have many, many feeding. Today, very few. But then I look in the top of one of our Russian Olive trees – the birds usually like to be in these trees as they have large spikes and the olives are good – and I see our neighborhood immature Sharp-Shinned hawk. Most times we have a Coopers Hawk or sometimes a Merlin. But on occasion, we have this immature (eyes are yellow and not turned red yet and the tail is not the right shape – it is square.) Sharp-Shinned hawk. I think I got some good photos of him this year. What do you think? Here are some more photos of the hawk.
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