This is billed as the first of its kind. Well, for that particular species, maybe. Otherwise, no, not to my knowledge.
It is a pleasure to report that Boise has had our third straight year of 100% brood survival success. Three strapping brownies are still zipping around the area, hale & hearty, occasionally dropping a hapless pigeon hunting experiment onto Boise’s downtown streets. This debut brood, from the new set of very young parents, has been a markedly strong one since their initial flights from their home on One Cap. This despite a lack of coddling on the part of their parents, extreme heat, & much smoke from wildfires settling upon their territory. We have striven to safely usher them into independent lives as much as we could, which proved easier this year than the previous two, owing in part to the remarkable precociousness of these fledges. I am still amazed that we only had one rescue event this season, and even that one was easy as rescues go. The result is another season with a happy ending. My intern, Ryan Carpenter, was an immeasurable help to me as we generally kept well behind the scene, keeping things running as smoothly as possible. I also happily inherited another intern ( & her mom!) toward the tail end of the project, who was terrific, & shows much promise. They pulled very long shifts in severe heat, did great jobs, & deserve much gratitude. Also deserving of our boundless appreciation are the hardy staff of trusty IDFG volunteers, & Master Naturalists, who also put in many hours in terrible weather, always done cheerfully despite such unusually harsh conditions. Bob & Robin Young have been generous again with their time, & sharing fotos. Heather Biggs, of the JUMP project, & Katina Dutton of CCDC, were solidly professional, & truly kind, regarding their respective construction/urban renewal sites around One Cap, & goings-on at One Cap itself. The trio of guys at One Cap that I always rely on – Coby, Steve, & Thinh – were as great as ever. Nearby businesses that hosted our posters, and staff, were the ultimate good neighbours – these include a shoe repair shop, the Alaska Building, several restaurants & coffee houses, hotels, a hiking-oriented store, & an indie book shop. This project was made possible by passionate people at IDFG, as we try to move forward with rebuilding the peregrine population in Idaho, & The Peregrine Fund, who help in too many ways to cite here. Lastly, none of this would have happened at all but for the mighty Bruce Haak, & his original gang, getting a base of peregrine falcons set up here some years ago. Thanks to them, look at us now. And, thank you out there. Stay tuned.
Images below – of the rescue a month ago today – are property of Ryan Carpenter, & are not to be used inappropriately, or without credit.
No bonded pair as yet, but, things should be getting sorted out here shortly with these guys. Then, maybe I can halfway plan my Summer. New falcon’s still killing much time at the current box, usually within view/earshot of the webcams. Tiercels showing off for some days now, which makes for some fun viewing for all around. Very funny vignette yesterday with the now hot-to-trot falcon when she saw one of the tiercels coming toward her. She ee-chupped like a nympho, threw herself onto the gravel, & presented her fanny. Beat. Beat. Beat. She looked up, & all around, in obvious confusion & disappointment. Hopped up, went to the ledge, searching for the cause of her excitement – where did he go? Ok, I did feel a bit bad for her, but, her body language was stereotypical sit-com. When it comes to courtship, PEFAs aren’t very different from ourselves.
Bob braved the weather, & here’s his report for today.
She’s calling to the tiercel now. His buzzing was so intense at times, she lost a secondary.
Artwork is new to a utility box a block away from the box site. We love it.