Tuesday, December 7, 2021

Another Trumpeter...and Mallard

We got our first sort-of snow yesterday and took me 2 hours and 20 minutes to drive home from Mom's, 23 miles. Listened to two and a half jazz CD's - Freddy Hubbard, Joe Zawinul, and half of an Ahmad Jamal before I pulled in the driveway. Thank goodness for CD's, a little sanity on the trip.

Sunday, December 5, 2021

Saturday, December 4, 2021

Raptor Ranch Yesterday

 I was up on the rooftop (click-click-click) cleaning out the wood stove chimney, and had to get some snapshots. Top is the whole facility from the Simon/Aplomado building on the far left to the eagle enclosure by the river on the right, taken right over my office. Also featured are a bunch of my metal sculptures, and we planted all those trees, a dozen fitting in my car 20 years ago. The other shot is the pigeon loft with some impressive weather cruising by. The Raptor Ranch!

Thursday, December 2, 2021

Tuesday, November 30, 2021

KPAX Story

Here is a link to the KPAX News web site, and a spot we had on TV with host Jill Valley Allard and the birds. Great fun.


Monday, November 29, 2021

Sibley's Skill

She is great at landing this season. Getting better and a few good flights yesterday, punctuated by spells of perching. I'll take it!

Thursday, November 25, 2021


Yesterday's trip on Montana Public Radio's Pea Green Boat, host Sam and guests Kate, Joan and Simon the Owl on his best behavior. We ran out of time and will be back the Wednesday before Christmas next, to play some owl recordings I made, discuss Merlins in the winter, and jingle some (falconry) bells.

Turkey Day


Tuesday, November 23, 2021

Wednesday - Pea Green Boat!

Our first visit to Montana Public Radio Childrens' programming show Pea Green Boat since skipper Annie retired. Tomorrow we'll be there with host Sam Manno, our pal for 30 years- formally Sam the Reptile Man when we would share the stage in education programs. See you tomorrow at 4 pm on MTPR and a discussion of Turkeys and Bald Eagles, plus Merlins and guest Simon the Great Horned Owl with some nice snippets of owl recordings made here years ago. See you on the radio!

Monday, November 22, 2021


Yesterday I spotted this porcupine scooting through a plowed field on private land in Corvallis. I know you don't believe me but I was JUST thinking of porcupines, and how we never see them any more.


Friday, November 19, 2021

Wednesday, November 17, 2021

Monday, November 15, 2021


Jill Valley Allard was over today for an excellent visit, filming a story for KPAX television news, broadcasting on Thanksgiving. More news on the way... News.

Saturday, November 13, 2021

Annual Shower Curtain Day

The festivities have just begun, Nico sharing in the excitement. I will cut up the whole shower curtain liner and install the pieces on the raptor enclosures, ideal windbreaks for the winter. Last year I tried to do the kestrel building in below zero temperatures and high winds, and the plastic was shattering. And my tears were freezing on my cheeks, a nightmare.