Special Information

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.

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 Peregrine Falcon Cam Is Up and Running!


Shawn-Carmen_Falcon_Graphic-TitledI just received this information from the Peregrine Fund.

“Welcome to the 2015 FalconCam Season! We are thrilled to provide you with a front-row seat for watching downtown Boise’s Peregrine Falcon family once again.

This year the big news is that the female Peregrine has laid four beautiful eggs and so the exciting watch to see when they will hatch is on! The camera is also equipped with audio so you can hear the interactions between male and female and listen to the chicks as they anticipate food delivery.

We are looking forward to another great season with these impressive birds and welcome your input as you record live events viewed while watching the FalconCam. Data collected by Falcon watchers will be used to better understand the nesting habits of this Peregrine pair.”

I have placed a more permanent link to the cam in the sidebar. But here it is also: Peregrine Webcam. Enjoy the cam and a big Thank-You to the Peregrine Fund and to Fiberpipe for providing this service to the world! Here is a “teaser” capture, used by permission.

(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)

Both parents and 4 eggs! (Used By Permission: The Peregrine Fund, Idaho Department of Fish and Game and Fiberpipe Data Centers)

1154, 07 April 2015 – Both parents and 4 eggs!
(Used By Permission: The Peregrine Fund, Idaho Department of Fish and Game and Fiberpipe Data Centers)

Important Message


12Mar2014_1b_Boise-Falcons_First-Spotting-DowntownThe Peregrine Fund had this posted on the camera site. Please keep these phone numbers in case you find or see a “downed” falcon. Fledging could start at any time now. Keep Looking Up!

June 10

The chicks are out on the ledge almost exclusively now as they prepare to take their first flights, which should begin next week. Fledging can be risky for young birds because they are unpracticed in the art of flight and may find themselves in unsafe situations, especially when they land on the ground.

After fledging occurs, authorized personnel should be notified if a chick is injured or in danger. If you encounter a chick on a street or sidewalk, do not attempt to capture or handle it. Instead, call:

Fish and Game at 208-465-8465 (8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday)
Idaho State Police at 208-846-7500 (after business hours, weekends and holidays)

Skilled personnel will assess the bird’s condition and return it to One Capital Center where the youngster can resume its journey to independence. The falcon parents will carefully watch the fledging process and provide food for the chicks until they learn to hunt for themselves.

News From The Peregrine Fund


This news just in from the Peregrine Fund about the unhatched egg. We will probably end up with three chicks.

(Photo Credit and Used By Permission: The Peregrine Fund, Idaho Department of Fish and Game and Fiberpipe Data Centers) Feeding the chicks May 8, 2014

(Photo Used By Permission: The Peregrine Fund, Idaho Department of Fish and Game and Fiberpipe Data Centers) Feeding the chicks May 8, 2014

May 9

From Monday to Wednesday, three chicks successfully emerged from their eggs. The fourth egg is not expected to hatch. The adults will eventually roll the egg out of the scrape and off to the side of the nest box. The chicks are not yet capable of regulating their own body temperatures, so they will need their parents to keep them warm for about 10 days.

The yolk inside the egg, which nourished the embryos during incubation, was absorbed into the body cavity of the chicks immediately prior to hatching. Although the yolk keeps the chicks well-nourished for a few days, their begging instinct kicks in right away. The adults feed the chicks bits of food by tearing off small chunks of meat and delicately placing them in the chicks’ beaks.

From our experience of successfully raising thousands of falcons in captivity in the last 40 years, we know that a begging chick is not necessarily a hungry chick. The adults know how much food each chick requires. As effective as The Peregrine Fund is at feeding chicks, we can’t do it as well as the natural parents. [Peregrine Fund Webcam]

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.