FOURTH PEREGRINE FALCON EGG HATCHES AT BOISE NEST

The title above refers to May 17.  Right now, at 6:30 p.m. May 19, the parent on the nest appears to be huddled around the babies, his/her feathers ruffling wildly in the brisk wind.  The chicks can’t regulate their own thermostats yet, so the parent birds stay right on duty.  What a time they must have had during last weekend’s storm!  Isn’t it fascinating that our Creator equipped them with such parenting skills?  And who says that His animals are not capable of love?  Click the Peregrine links in the side bar and watch their webcam.  They’re wonderful!

18 May   Latest update in the Peregrine Fund Newsletter

“Immediately prior to hatching, the yolk inside the egg, which nourished the embryo during incubation, was absorbed into the young birds’ body cavity. The yolk continues to sustain a chick for several days, even without supplemental feeding by the parents. However, the chicks’ begging instinct kicks in right away and the adults are feeding the chicks small amounts of food every day. The adults know just how much each chick needs to eat daily.

“Back in the 1970s, The Peregrine Fund became highly effective at raising chicks in captivity, but knowing when and how much to feed chicks proved tricky at first because of the chicks’ constant begging. Biologists soon learned exactly how much the chicks needed and, thus, avoided overfeeding them in response to cries that sound to human ears like, ‘more, more, more.’ The Peregrine Fund successfully raised and released more than 4,000 Peregrine Falcon chicks to the wild, but we know we can never do it as well as the chicks’ natural parents.”

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My moving away from the Boise area, and thus away from this Peregrine Falcon nest and the World Center for Birds of Prey, has not diminished my interest!  In fact, at this  moment, I’m very excited.  I just now checked the Peregrine webcam and saw the parent bird pushing aside an egg-shell.  I do believe that the fourth chick has hatched!  See below for yesterday’s news and watch the PEREGRINE FUND NEWS ALERT for official confirmation.  Click the Peregrine link in the sidebar to the right of this note.

:} Smiles

news alert
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Peregrine Falcon Webcam

16 MayHatching began Sunday afternoon and three chicks were visible in the nest about 8:40 a.m. today. If all is well, the fourth chick will emerge within the next three days. The hatching took place during cold, windy, wet, even snowy spring weather, but the parents will keep them close for up to two weeks to ensure that the chicks stay warm until they are old enough to regulate their own body temperatures.

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