At 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!
Can’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!
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!
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!
When you look at these birds enlarged, it sure does emphasize their colors and their markings. Cheers!
Our 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.
I 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.