Thursday, March 23, 2017

Tuesday, March 21, 2017


The female eagle took off after an incubation change of duties and flew with about forty ravens, but couldn't get a photo straight up into the sky just at dark. Actually, didn't even try. That was a view I will never forget, a slow twirl en masse hundreds of feet up, and so mesmerizing, watching for ten minutes.

Sunday, March 19, 2017


A shot from St. Patrick's Day of a Bald Eagle that begs, "Hurry up, tail molt!"

Saturday, March 18, 2017

First Robin

How appropriate that the first Robin in the yard was perched on the Gyrfalcon sculpture. Below is a "slide" I included in my PowerPoint last Saturday at the Falconry Rendezvous in Boise. That's a sketch by Hans Peeters instructing me how to weld that critical ventral area of "cleavage." Got a laugh from the fellow falconers!

Friday, March 17, 2017

iPod on Airplanes!

I just flew to Boise for a speaking engagement Saturday at the Falconry Rendezvous, Archives of Falconry at The Peregrine Fund. Our friends Dan and Sue Anne Lass showed me this photo of a Pygmy-Owl on the tail section of a Frontier airplane, Sue Anne's employer as she is a flight attendant. That's iPod! My first time to see our little owl appearing and he's on 119 jet tails, thanks to Frontier CEO Bill Franke who loves our Raptors of the Rockies program. 

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

The Otters

Back to the Beach

After a four month hiatus spent in St. Patrick hospital and now Village Health Care with my mother, it's back to the beach with the camera and dogs! The deep snow also made it a post-hole nightmare getting down there and I only made it once on Feb 28th. Beginners luck with the male eagle and OTTERS! Yes otters right across the rover. They looked like youngsters from last year perhaps, and not too spooky. From observations through the scope in the living room, I'm guessing incubation began around March 5th, so chicks week of April 10th, sure hope.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Land, Land, Then Land

Falcon flights with Sibley are sure rusty, both of us out of shape after nothing for the last few months. She had a little play time yesterday near Hamilton, but by the third time she landed on the car, I knew it was time to call it quits. Hawking in a t-shirt and no snow that far south was sure a luxury. We are looking for pheasants as the upland game bird season lasts until March 31st but Sibley never makes it quite to the end. The sky is filled with territorial hawks and eagles catching thermals that time of year! There's always next season, I guess and hope, starting in September.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

The View

That speck at the top of the tree just to the right of center is the eagle standing over the nest. This is the view we have from the living room, spying the scene through a scope. Last year incubation began on March 12th, about two weeks later than the previous year. The way the eagles are behaving now, looks like we will have another nesting season coming up, fingers and toes crossed. I'm anxious to get back into the evening routine at the river with the camera and dogs.

Friday, February 17, 2017


See Sib by the Bill Harley poster?

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Montana Public Radio Day

After a big hiatus we're back on the Pea Green Boat today, with host Annie Garde and human guests. Teacher Kevin Cashman is bringing a few fourth graders from Chief Charlo School and we'll discuss our favorite book, "My Side of the Mountain" by Jean Craighead George. Sibley the Peregrine will be along for the ride, and we'll finish up with a Great Horned Owl. Annie has a song from Kevin's band the Whizpops cued up. Check us out at 4 pm MST, left of the dial at 89.1 fm Missoula and live and streaming on the web, always!

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Raptor Round-Up In the Works

I am finally sitting down to write the Holiday Issue of our Newsletter, a little bit late. Or perhaps we're way early, depending on your point of view. This will be a fun one, re-visiting a bunch of late autumn photos like these waxwings, and lots to report like the Raptor Research Foundation Conference in Cape May, program at the Peregrine Fund and a new owl on the Team. Like I always say, takes a week to write, a moment to read! Or just "look at the pictures..."

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Montanan Magazine

This book review just appeared in the University of Montana thrice-a-year publication, another fun review by our friend Ginny Mirriam. I think my proudest moment in the bird world was making the cover in 2012, photo by Keith Fialcowitz. I always say that I'm the first female, non-athelite, bachelor of science recipient to score such an honor. Nearly 100,000 copies printed and the best story ever, thanks again Ginny!