This is billed as the first of its kind. Well, for that particular species, maybe. Otherwise, no, not to my knowledge.
Boise’s own peregrine babies are venturing onto the ledge since last evening. The ledge appears considerably smaller than it actually is – there is ample space up there for several people, & therefore sufficient margin for klutzy error on the part of our little charges. They are as safe as can reasonably be expected. Currently, there is one eyass immediately outside the box. As there’s a notable size difference between this one, & the other two, it’s likely that this is a tiercel. He’s a bit further along in his transitioning from down to proper feather, as well. Perhaps he will be the first to take a tumble in a matter of days. Rest assured that we are on top of this, & that I am a few short minutes away should something happen. Well, now all three are out & about.
The parents have lately taken to sticking with the site, as opposed to their more diversified resting spots. For the past few days we have seen them positioned on the box side of One Capital. Presumably, this is in anticipation of the eyasses ledge wanderings. I continue to be favourably impressed by these new parents. It eases my mind quite a lot to see them so diligent, & perspicacious.
Two kiddies in view now….
The three eyasses currently gracing the scrape at One Cap (http://www.peregrinefund.org/subsites/webcam-peregrine/) continue apace. A frantic pace. They are all developing at the same rate, & are anxious to get going. But, their little bodies aren’t quite there yet – they will be, & soon. They appear to be hale & hearty, often fractious, which will make my life all too interesting once they take that first 14 storey tumble off of the ledge. People from all over the world seem to love ‘our’ baby peregrines, & quite a few coordinate a visit to gorgeous Idaho with fledge time. It’s always a pleasure meeting such people every Summer.
We have new hazards to accompany our new family, promising a lively season for myself, & my staff. Contrary to this inglorious economy we’re suffering, we somehow have 3 major construction/urban renewal projects in the immediate area. However, they’re good citizens, & we’re all trying to make this process as easy as possible on all of us.
Let’s hope for a great season. All we can do is preserve the safety of our cranky little wards as best we can, & usher them into independent lives. After that, it’s up to them, & Lady Luck.
Check out a great regional treasure, Falcon Research Group: http://www.frg.org
Get ready for the ramblings, & rumblings, of this “citizen scientist” as I experience the usually wonderful world of Idaho natural history. Of course, I’ll also be detailing my newish life with raptors, specifically Boise’s urban peregrines which have been my pet project through IDFG since Summer of 2010. Because of my status as an ID Master Naturalist, I have to maintain a fairly neutral tone regarding certain issues, such as wolf ‘management’ via shooting from helicopters when the wolf hunt/trapping results are deemed too low by certain policy makers. You’ll get relevant, actionable facts when it’s important, & then you’re encouraged to spread the word – accurately. I’ll include links to whatever matter is at hand.
One motivation for blogging, which I hate, frankly, is to point out that IDFG is not a trigger-happy hick agency. Far from it. It’s brimming with fantastic, caring biologists who do more good than you can imagine. I’ll be relating past field work anecdotes to illustrate this, like a close call with a hungry bear.
I welcome commentary, within reason, & also ideas for future postings, i.e. the current trapping controversy, what’s to become of our downtown peregrine falcons, whatever strikes your fancy. I’m particularly keen on hearing from others who work with urban raptors.
In the meantime, have a great T’giving.