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Two peregrine falcon chicks fledge from downtown nest box

Two peregrine falcon chicks born in a nest high atop a downtown Boise office tower fledged this morning, the Peregrine Fund reports, testing their wings between 6 and 7 a.m. today. The young birds are doing well, and a third is thinking about following them. Anna Ravegum Taafe of Idaho Fish & Game reported that the two fledglings are perched safely on tall buildings downtown, and their watchful dad is nearby. One made it to a building a block away that's higher than the nest box at One Capital Center. You can check out the nest box on web-cam here, but there may be little activity there, as the third chick is out on a wide ledge, where the young birds have been flapping their wings and taking short hops to experiment with flying. A “fledge-watch” team is prepared to rescue any fledglings that land on the ground or in an unsafe location.

Three peregrine falcon chicks hatch in nest atop downtown Boise office tower

Three chicks hatched over the weekend in the peregrine falcon nest high atop a downtown building, One Capitol Center at 10th and Main streets. You can see their progress, and that of the parents who are  carefully tending them, on a live webcam here, sponsored by the Peregrine Fund, Idaho Fish & Game and Fiberpipe. The chicks weighed about an ounce and a half when they hatched, but will be full grown by the time they leave the nest. According to the Peregrine Fund, by the time they fledge in July, the young falcons will be 18 inches tall and have a wingspan of more than 3 feet. Young falcons typically fledge five to six weeks after hatching.

For now, the adults are brooding the chicks, keeping them warm as they're too small to regulate their own body temperature; that will continue for about 10 days. The nest box, on the 14th floor of the office tower, has been used by wild peregrine falcons each spring since 2003; falcons typically nest on rocky cliffs or tall buildings like the one in Boise that simulate a rocky cliff environment.

Once an endangered species, the peregrine falcon was restored through a captive-breeding and release program by the Peregrine Fund. The fast-flying bird of prey, known for its spectacular high-speed dives, was removed from the endangered species list in 1999. Today, there are about two dozen breeding pairs in Idaho.

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

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