Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Monday, February 19, 2018

Hey, Cool Harris's Hawks

Spent last weekend with Gretchen, Pat, Don and Jerry hunting with these hawks, chasing non-native Eastern Cottontails that were introduced in the Seattle area in the 1940's as game. Industrial parks with thick thorny bushes seem to be falconry on Sundays! Very much fun and quite different than the falcon hunts over water for ducks that I am used to. It's been a while since I've hunted with Harris's Hawks, three birds at once with my friend Randy Scanlon.

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Harris's Hawk Hunting


A view out the window, and NOT Mount Rainier in Seattle. Sunday our afternoon flight made it to Missoula, circled high over the airport for an hour and headed back to Seattle. The runway was too icy we were told, at least four flights turned around and couldn't land.  We had a mile-long line at the Alaska Airlines desk, people trying to get home and many were told not until Tuesday. I had planned on feeding the birds when I got home, and thankfully Tom took care of that Monday morning. Then an afternoon flight to Portland and home by 8 pm. Thanks Gretchen and Pat for putting up with me two nights, and hawk photos next.

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Skagit and Seattle

This was the greatest audience EVER for a PowerPoint Raptors of the Rockies program, and thanks Bud Anderson for the invitation and privilege. I was signing books at the finale and a man shook my hand and offered, "You should do this for a living." I couldn't tell if he was kidding. In the corner pal Ed Deal is tallying the census numbers for the morning and one group saw 127 Bald Eagles, no fair! Totals for the 100 or so hawkophiles were 706 Bald Eagles, 248 Red-tails, 128 Harriers, 32 Rough-legs, and a surprising 39 kestrels, birds that had been declining in numbers but a good showing that day. And, drum-roll please, 15 Peregrines!

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Back From the Coast!

What a whirlwind, and the story of the 29th Annual Skagit Flats Raptor Survey next.
Team 4 with Head of Operations/Hero Bud Anderson just to our right of the scope. The wise-looking one.

Friday, February 9, 2018

Eagle Magnet

Look what's been hanging out here all week, waiting to be fed (won't happen.) This young Bald Eagle  may be from the nest just across the river, as every year the fledgings come and hang out in the yard for a few weeks. Max the Golden Eagle doesn't seem to mind, just a bit curious.
And off to Seattle this afternoon, a program for The Falcon Research Group, Bud Anderson in charge. Thankfully I am flying and staying with Ed Deal tonight, who is conducting the Annual Skagit Flats Hawk Census tomorrow, then my PowerPoint program for the 100 or so "hawkophiles!"This will beg fun and news on the way, cameras all packed.

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Peanut The Golden Retriever!

Running like a young gazelle and rolling in the snow, with Sibley flying all over One Horse Creek this afternoon. They are both 15 years young!

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Almost Omnipresent Eagles

We are delighted to have the eagle pair either in the nest tree or in the Scenic Snag nearly all the time. Sure makes me excited for Photography Season, which can last until mid-October. Here they are right now taken from the deck, and the nest is right where my name is attached. Last year incubation began around March 3rd, and this would be there seventh year in a row, hopefully!

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Suet Feeder Scores

We have lots of bird feeders and definitely aren't targeting House Sparrows (seed) and magpies (suet) but hopefully the good species learn as well. Although magpies are native and cool, we have Eurasian Collared Doves in droves. Here's a nice Pileated Woodpecker in the front yard.

Friday, January 19, 2018

Thursday, January 18, 2018

1979 Mad Dog Blues Band

In a previous life I was the singer in a blues band, this photo re-surfacing from the Olden Days of Missoula - Luke's and the Top Hat and a couple of tours in 79's including the first ever Sweet Pea Festival in Bozeman. They had mistakenly booked us as a folk band and I think we changed the audience blend when we came on stage with some hard core blues. That's Diana Redlin (harmonica), Kate Phillips (vocals), Kevin Canty (guitar), Mark Ellsworth (piano), Erik "Fingers Ray" Gustafson (guitar) and Don Mazolla (drums). What a trip.