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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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.