Screen Shot Courtesy Peregrine Fund Web Cam

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.

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.

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.

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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 Falcon Chicks Have New Bracelets


PFund-GraphicI received word this week from the Peregrine Fund that the Boise falcon chicks were checked medically – they passed with flying colors – and they were banded. There was no word on the probable sex of each bird. Here is the complete text of the notification from the Peregrine Fund. Keep Looking Up and Left-Click any of these screen shots to see them enlarged.

“The Peregrine Fund chicks are sporting new jewelry today after having been banded by biologists from the Idaho Department of Fish and Game this morning. In addition to banding the chicks, wing and leg measurements were taken, and health was observed. All four falcon chicks appeared to be healthy and thriving, and the data collected will help researchers to continue monitoring the condition of the Peregrine Falcon population within our region.”

The Boise Chicks

The Boise Chicks. 27 May 2015, 1400

“Did you know that the earliest recorded use of “bird bands” was made around 218-201 B.C. when a thread was tied to a crow’s leg to send messages between Roman officers during the Punic Wars? Since that time, the technology of banding birds has improved greatly. Bands are now often made of aluminum or another lightweight material imprinted with a series of unique numbers to help identify the bird, and people who band birds are required to obtain a special banding permit from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. In fact, scientists rely on banding for data collection so much that in 1909 the American Bird Banding Association was formed to organize and assist the growing number of bird banders throughout North America.”

Wing stretches!

Wing stretches! 27 May 2015, 1515

“So the next time you are watching the FalconCam, make sure to keep an eye out for the chick’s shiny new bands!”

Feeding time.

Feeding time. 27 May 2015, 1522

Still hungry!

Still hungry! 27 May 2015, 1524

Mom has her hands full with these chicks! 27 May 2015, 1529

Mom has her hands full with these chicks! 27 May 2015, 1529

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.

Boise Peregrine Falcons – 12 May 2015


PeregrineWebCam_Logo_BoiseThe chicks – all four of the – are looking good this morning. Eating. Bobbing around. Moving their wings, although weakly. Nice weather: 69 degrees F, 42% humidity and winds at 5 mph. The bottom of the nest box looks like there was a buffet there recently – wings and legs leftovers. Here are some screen captures from the Peregrine Webcam from the Peregrine Fund camera. Enjoy and Keep Looking Up! Left Click any of the pictures to see enlarged.

Mom and the four chicks.

Mom and the Four Chicks. She left and went and sat on top of the box to eat. 1115

The Four Chicks all huddled together. 1118

The Four Chicks all huddled together. 1118

The Four Chicks. Look at those faces. 1126

The Four Chicks. Look at those faces. 1126