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!
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!
While watching the falconcam this morning, the tiercel brought in some food when the female was brooding. She left the chicks for an instant. There were 3 chicks and 1 egg clearly visible. That fourth egg should hatch soon. Here are some screen captures from the feeding this morning. Enjoy and Keep Looking Up! There is a link to the Boise Falconcam in the sidebar. Watch the falcons via live feed. And as a Note: It is very noisy around the nest this morning. Voices; scaffold/equipment moving?; and not from street level. Close enough to hear voices. Mom is on constant alert.
It is always interesting to watch the incubating sequence. The adults seem to know exactly when to turn the eggs; when to cool them down and when to warm them more. At some point in time, they will start to “talk” to the eggs, probably the start of the hatching process, which may take several hours.
In these screen captures, which are used by permission, we see a sequence of “cooling” the eggs down, and then eventually, returning the one egg to the brood patch to keep it warm. Enjoy the photos in the sequence 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 beautiful here in Boise the past week. High 70’s and 80’s. No rain. Clear skies. And the Boise Triplets are really doing quite well. Here are some screen shots of them this morning. Notice the “black spots” on at least one of the chicks. Feathers are forming! And we are not the only ones with “new falcons”. Salt Lake City had the first of their eggs hatch yesterday morning! 0744 – Oops! Just saw that there are now two falcon chicks in Salt Lake City!! The second one made it in time for lunch. See note below!
Here is some information from the Peregrine Fund about the chicks being “left alone”.
Although the chicks appear to be alone at times, at least one adult is close by, out of camera range but ready to spring into action at any threat. The adults have a lot of time and energy invested in their offspring and are not likely to abandon or neglect them.
What happens if one of the adults is hurt or dies? Could the other one raise these demanding youngsters alone?
When something happens during incubation, the eggs usually must be abandoned so the adult can survive. After hatching, it would be possible to raise the chicks solo, but it would not be easy. These chicks have the best chance to survive if both parents are present to provide food, protect them from predators, and help them become independent.
Note: At 1117 this morning while I was watching the cam, one of the adults flew in to the nest and started to clean the area. I noticed what could be a band on the females right leg – maybe silver? Let’s see if anyone else spots this.