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Mon., May 13, 2013, 2:29 p.m.

All four peregrine falcon chicks downtown have now hatched…

Four newly hatched peregrine falcon chicks huddle in their nest high atop a downtown Boise skyscraper, while their mother prepares to fly out to bring back food (Peregrine Fund)
Four newly hatched peregrine falcon chicks huddle in their nest high atop a downtown Boise skyscraper, while their mother prepares to fly out to bring back food (Peregrine Fund)

Here’s the latest update from the Peregrine Fund on all the activity over a busy Mother’s Day in the peregrine falcon nest that sits high atop a downtown Boise building:

“It was a busy Mother’s Day for the female Peregrine Falcon! She had three new chicks in the nest on Sunday and gained another one on Monday. Both the male and female will brood the four chicks for about 10 days, depending on the weather. The young birds are not yet capable of regulating their own body temperatures, so they need to sit under the adults for warmth. The young ones also can huddle together to keep warm. The empty shells visible in the nest today will be blown out of the nest or removed by the adults along with feathers, bones, and other litter.”

You can watch live here. Early this morning, I found it very hard to stop watching the adult feed the fuzzy white chicks, a couple of whom were stretching their mouths up expectantly, while the others alternately snoozed, bobbed their heads, or were stepped on by their siblings as they cuddled together in a rough pile of fuzz.




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Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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