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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.

Falconcam update: Fuzzy chicks getting bigger very quickly

The three very fuzzy, white down-covered peregrine falcon chicks in a downtown Boise nesting box high atop an office tower are growing at a remarkable rate; you can see them here. The Peregrine Fund reports that the chicks typically weigh only an ounce and a half when they hatch, but by the time they fledge and fly out of their nests for the first time, they’ll be 18 inches tall and have a wingspan of more than 3 feet. At fledging, female peregrines typically weigh more than two pounds, and males a little under a pound and a half.

When they fly, peregrines can reach speeds of more than 200 mph as they dive for their prey in mid-air.

Three chicks have hatched in downtown Peregrine falcon nest

Three chicks have hatched in the Peregrine falcon nest that’s high atop One Capitol Center in downtown Boise; the fourth egg is not expected to hatch. The Peregrine Fund reports that the three chicks had emerged by Wednesday; the parents will eventually roll the fourth egg out of the “scrape” area and off to the side of the nest box.

Viewers on the “Falconcam” now can see the adults brooding and feeding the nestlings, which need their parents to keep them warm for about 10 days until they can regulate their own body temperatures. “The yolk inside the egg, which nourished the embryos during incubation, was absorbed into the body cavity of the chicks immediately prior to hatching,” the Peregrine Fund reports. “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.” You can watch live here.

First egg has hatched in downtown Peregrine falcon nest

The first of the four eggs in the downtown Peregrine falcon next hatched at 3 this afternoon, the Peregrine Fund reports, and the others are expected to follow soon after. As the first hatched, the second had already “pipped,” which is the first stage of the hatching process.

According to the Peregrine Fund, “The first egg was laid on March 26th and the fourth and final egg was laid on April 2nd when incubation began in full earnest. If all of the eggs were fertile they should hatch within the next day or so.” The nesting box is on a ledge high atop One Capitol Center downtown; you can watch live here on the Falconcam.

Boise’s downtown Peregrine falcons now up to three eggs…

There are now three eggs in the Peregrine falcon nest high stop the One Capitol Center building in downtown Boise; you can watch on the Falconcam here. There could still be one or even two more to come. The Peregrine Fund says both parents will be sitting on the eggs at times over the next few days; occasionally, the eggs will appear to be left alone for short periods of time, “But even when the adults are out of camera range, you can rest assured that at least one is always nearby to protect the nest.”


Downtown Boise’s Peregrine falcon lays first egg of the season

Downtown Boise’s FalconCam caught a big development today: Downtown’s Peregrine falcon pair has its first egg. This is the earliest date a first egg has appeared in the nest box high atop the One Capital Center building at 10th and Main streets since the webcam first was installed in 2009. It’s almost two weeks earlier than last year’s, which also was the earliest at the time. “Wild birds keep their own schedules,” says the Peregrine Fund. Typically, a Peregrine falcon lays an egg roughly every other day until she has produced a “clutch” of three to five eggs.

Then, for about a month, both the male and female will help incubate the eggs until they hatch. Both parents then typically care for the checks after hatching, keeping them warm, bringing them food and feeding them for six to seven weeks before the chicks begin learning to fly and hunt their own prey. That process also unfolds under the parents’ watchful eyes – and those of everyone in downtown Boise. The FalconCam, sponsored by the Peregrine Fund, the Idaho Department of Fish & Game and Fiberpipe Data Centers, went up in 2009, but peregrines have been using the nesting box on a 14th floor ledge of the office building since 2003.

The Peregrine falcon was removed from the endangered species list in 1999, after an extensive captive breeding and release program by the Boise-based Peregrine Fund helped restore its population numbers. Eight were released in downtown Boise in 1988 and 1989, where tall buildings mimic the cliffs the birds like for their nesting areas. There are now an estimated two dozen breeding pairs of the swift-flying Peregrines in Idaho. You can watch them on the Falconcam here, which features live, streaming video; right now, it takes up to a minute to load, and there’s no audio, but it’s coming.

Sad news on one of four peregrine falcon chicks downtown

There’s some sad news on the peregrine falcon front downtown: One of the four fledglings, all of whom had successfully fledged and were trying their wings and learning hunting skills in downtown Boise, has died after crashing into a window. Idaho Fish & Game reported today that the juvenile female died this morning; three males remain. “Our Fish and Game Department has been doing an incredible job following up on the falcons this year,” the Peregrine Fund reported. “After rescuing all four of the fledglings and banding them, it is unfortunate that they also had to report on the first mortality.”

Young peregrine falcons face steep odds, the fund said, with more than 50 percent of young peregrines, and raptors in general, not surviving their first season in the wild. After that first season, the mortality rate drops to about 12 percent.

A pair of peregrines laid four eggs in a nesting box atop One Capitol Center in downtown Boise this spring; the first three eggs hatched May 12, and the fourth the next day. Between June 17 and June 20, three of the chicks were rescued by Idaho Fish & Game after being blown off the building ledge by strong winds; another, one of the males, was rescued on Wednesday after it became stuck behind a structure on the roof of the Banner Bank building, two blocks north of its nest. All the chicks were banded for identification.

The Peregrine Fund and Idaho Fish & Game maintain a “Falcon Cam” where people can watch the peregrine family in its nest; on June 24, after all four chicks had moved out of camera range, it replaced the live feed with a photo gallery.

All four peregrine falcon chicks downtown have now hatched…

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.

Peregrine chicks hatch downtown

At least some of the four eggs in the peregrine falcon nesting box atop a downtown Boise skyscraper have hatched, and tiny, fuzzy chicks are now being brooded, or kept warm, by their mother on this Mother’s Day.  You can watch live here. There’s some info here on how peregrine falcon chicks grow and develop and what to expect in the coming days and weeks. When I peeked at the webcam this afternoon, the mom was brooding the chicks, then flew out of the nest and returned with some food, ate most of it, and fed some of it to the softly cheeping chicks, concentrating on one of the two. There appeared to be two chicks and two remaining eggs still to hatch.Then the proud mom settled back in, huddling over the chicks and eggs.

Hatch nearing for four peregrine falcon eggs in downtown nesting box…

The chicks in the four eggs in the peregrine falcon nesting box atop a downtown Boise building are preparing to break out of their shells, the Peregrine Fund reports this morning. When I looked at the Falconcam, an adult falcon was looking down expectantly at the eggs. Click below for more info on what’s happening, and 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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