Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Garrison Elementary School

The whole school was here for the day, 90 miles away for a drive in the little school bus, and we lucked out with the weather. K-6 student population = 11 students. These kids were pretty darn savvy- one boy knew that Peregrines top speed is 240 mph (!) Everyone observed the difference between the Pygmy and Saw-whet Owls, and told me the size of their eyes indicates day-time and night-time hunting, little versus big. Yep, Junior Zoologists and way fun, especially for Nico the Dog.

Saturday, May 8, 2021

Thursday, May 6, 2021


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Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Beach Party

 The male brought in a Columbian Ground Squirrel (yea!) and feeding at least one chick but never got a good peek. And White-faced Ibises!

Sunday, May 2, 2021

Nico and the Bridge

Hope our bridge across the slough heading down to the river doesn't float and have to be re-installed when the water drops; 18 of 20 years this has happened. Nico and The Bridge.

Saturday, May 1, 2021

Project Number 2

Okay, back photographing the eagle nest after a three year hiatus, not of my choosing but of the eagles. She is feeding at least one here, unfortunately blocked by nest material. Project Number 1 is a new dry-point etching (Peregrine Flight) and Number 3 is photographing the Red-tailed Hawk nest. Gotta get your ducks in a row, so to speak.

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

A REAL Program

 First REAL program since last February 2020 (Zooms don't count) and 52 kindergartners at Florence Elementary today, courtesy Mrs. White. Sib and Owen and question number one from the kids: "Can your falcon do any tricks?" Answer: "Yes, steal hats off people’s heads and fly away." So glad to be back at it!

Sunday, April 25, 2021

Kestrel Namesake's Birthday

Another jazz birthday, Ella Fitzgerald's is today, our American Kestrel named for her when she joined us eight years ago. Ella is the best vocalist, ever, period. Ella the kestrel here with a mouse and her brother Wes (Montgomery, best guitarist ever) share the building by the eagles, singers in their own style.

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Saturday, April 24, 2021

Big Guy

The big guy in the neighborhood, while she's in the nest - looking like a week since chicks started hatching. Stay tuned, this will be fun!


Friday, April 23, 2021


 Belted Kingfisher on the beach. For this species, the females sport a nice belt.

Thursday, April 22, 2021

Jazz Hero Mingus Birthday

Happy Birthday, Charles Mingus! He would have been 99 this Earth Day, and here I am doing "Jazz Sessions" with Annie Garde at Montana Public Radio two years ago, filling in for Terry Conrad. Sib also digs Mingus, has since she was a chick.

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Eagles Hatch

I think so anyway. A flurry of activity Sunday and looks like one brooding female last evening. Canada geese in there the last two years, empty the year before that so a welcome event. Here's the scope in the living room the day it snowed, and we can watch until the leaves block the view. I can guess when she settles down and add 35 days for chicks. My Project!

Monday, April 19, 2021

Sonora In the Snow

Our Aplomado Falcon sure looks out of place in the snow - desert denizens, and 4 inches of fluffy stuff last night!