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Peregrine falcon chicks explore ledge outside their downtown nesting box, as they prep to learn to fly

A peek at the Falconcam just now showed all three Peregrine falcon chicks out of their nesting box, exploring the concrete ledge outside. According to the Peregrine Fund, this is natural behavior as the chicks prepare to learn how to fly. “Like toddlers learning to walk they must test their limits,” the fund reports. The ledge outside the nesting box, which is atop the 14th floor of One Capitol Center in downtown Boise, extends the length of the building and is about 40 inches wide, providing lot of room for the chicks to practice flapping their wings and taking short practice hops.

The three chicks are a couple of weeks away from fledging, or taking their first flights. You can watch live here.

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Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.

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