Signs of spring Baseball's opening day, forsythia flowers popping, irrigation canals filling and the return of Boise's beloved falcon camera.
Spectator sport For five years, fans have watched the daily life of a wild peregrine falcon family living and working in Downtown Boise.
In the dugout Peregrines do not build nests from grass or twigs. Usually they create a "scrape," a shallow gravel depression on ledges, cliffs or - in this case - a protected nest box outside the 14th floor of One Capital Center at 10th and Main.
Leading off The female laid her first egg Monday, the earliest date since the webcam project began.
On deck Look for a second egg to appear soon. Falcons produce three or four eggs at intervals of about 50 hours. Incubation, which takes about 32 to 35 days, does not begin in earnest until the laying period ends.
The rookies Called eyas, the chicks stay in the nest six to seven weeks. They prepare to leave by flapping their wings, then taking short test flights. They continue to be fed by their parents while honing their flying and hunting skills.
Follow the action at www.peregrinefund.org/webcam-peregrine