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It’s time to watch kestrel eggs online, plan for summer bird-banding opportunities

Watch kestrel lay its first egg of the season in Boise

The Peregrine Fund offers webcams of a kestrel family that nests on its roof.
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The Peregrine Fund offers webcams of a kestrel family that nests on its roof.

The Peregrine Fund has launched its Bosch KestrelCam for the season, where viewers can watch American kestrels produce their young for this year. One egg already has been laid. The pair that nests at the Peregrine Fund’s headquarters south of Boise has hatched and fledged five chicks each of the past two years.

The birds won’t start incubating the eggs until all have been laid. The birds typically lay one egg every other day, according to the Peregrine Fund.

New this year, American Kestrel Partnership Coordinator Delora Hilleary will host a live chat at noon Tuesdays and Thursdays. Viewers also can record their observations as they watch.

You can watch the laying of the first egg above.

The American Kestrel Partnership at the World Center for Birds of Prey banded and examined the five kestrel chicks hatched on the building roof.

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Boise State’s Intermountain Bird Observatory has opened registration for its summer hummingbird-banding program in Idaho City. The banding dates are June 6, June 17, July 1, July 15 and Aug. 2. All banding runs from 7 to 11 a.m. and requires free registration here.

All ages are welcome. You can arrive anytime during the four-hour window but there is more activity earlier in the window.

The IBO will be doing songbird banding at its new Boise River site in East Boise on June 8, 18 and 27 and July 8. More dates, and more info, to come later.

It’s still unknown whether the IBO will be able to do public events at its raptor-banding spot atop Lucky Peak this summer. The public wasn’t allowed to visit last year because of fire damage.

Want to see a hummingbird up close? Every two weeks during the season (late April to late August), the Intermountain Bird Observatory invites the public to come watch as they net, band and gather data on the hummingbirds that frequent Jennifer Alb