Sunday, December 31, 2017

And Another

Tundra Swans in the Bitterroot today:

Friday, December 29, 2017

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Our Vets

Special thanks this year to our veterinarians, Dr. Melinda Robin and Janna Lukomski here in front of Willow Mountain Veterinary Clinic in Hamilton, pre-snow. We have enjoyed their medical services for 16 years and Dr. Lynn has retired, mostly, working one day a week. Unfortunately we required her services several times this year with bird emergencies, and luckily she's "on call" day and night with advice. Here she shows off our calendar, Janna and Tom on the right. Plus Sonora the Aplomado Falcon's new hang-out in the office, birdwatching outside.

Monday, December 25, 2017

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Radio Day

Live, on the radio, take a cruise on the Pea Green Boat with host Annie Garde and avian guests Sibley the Peregrine and iPod the Northern Pygmy-Owl. We are joined by two junior guests and even my sister Betsy! From 4 - 5 pm MST on the left of the FM dial (89.1 in Missoula) and heard 'round the world streaming at

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Colleen Tells Her Tale

We just had an evening gig for the Bitterroot Cross Country Ski Club/Bitterroot Audubon in Hamilton, packed crowd. Right after my PowerPoint, Colleen Powell spun the yarn about picking up our new Red-tail Simone on East Side Highway back in June. The main problem was the hawk nailed her in the hand and had to be extracted in the emergency room in Hamilton an hour later! The 87-year-old Colleen made a grab for her legs, so I pretended that we were going to re-enact the event right then and there when I got Simone out of her kennel. Colleen didn't go for that idea. A fun program and almost finished for the year, one more on Thursday on Montana Public Radio from 4-5 pm. Plus our frosty front yard.

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Sib Rules!

Sibley the Peregrine today cutting loose after a week of Raptors of the Rockies programs. Bitterroot College, Kiwanis Club, and Bitterroot Cross Country Ski Club/Audubon.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Twelve Years Apart

A photo of Sibley this week, and our logo from about a dozen years ago.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Front and Center

No one asked me why I was taking pictures of the magazine rack at Rosauer's yesterday. There is my magazine cover Montana Outdoors eagle, right next to the ever-popular World War II issue for December!
Plus, order your calendar soon - we are running out fast. $15

Saturday, December 2, 2017

December's Fun

December is here, hunting 'em up.
Join us for a program for the Cross Country Ski Club, Thursday December 14th: Open to everyone -6 p.m. potluck, 7 p.m. program with PowerPoint and raptors. At the Presbyterian Church, 1220 West Main St. in Hamilton, and lots of fun for all. Meet Sibley, Simon, Simone and Owen, books and calendars to benefit our program, 30 years!

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Raptor Round-Up #54

It's "up" in living color on our website (click here) and a few hundred in the mail, the old-fashioned way. This one is packed with  photos of our birds and see neighborhood birds, and a few squirrels! Plus a fire flier that I made this summer. Whew. Sure takes a while to put these together, and hopefully fun to read. Thanks Webmaster Steve Palmer!

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Salish Language School Field Trip

The very shy (!) youngsters were back, and we were worried about the snow of late November. Teacher Shanna assured me, “They love snow!” And apparently pigeons, dogs, and birds of prey.  We lucked out on the weather end. Below, the scope really was on the eagle nest to start with (not for long.)  And this 5-year-old with a kestrel bookmark informed me privately several times, “They ARE predators.” Brilliant.

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Anne and Eric's Reunion

My pal Anne Iverson from Mountain Press Publishing Co. and husband Eric Edlund hosted a gala reunion over Thanksgiving, a tradition for many years. They booked the stone chalet in Stevensville, just a hop,skip and a jump from Florence so I suggested a tour of the Raptor Ranch. Twenty folks from mostly Seattle and California but also Iowa and Illinois spent a few hours exploring, which culminated in this customary singing of “Happy Tails” as a finale. They had substituted their own special lyrics that one new friend told me they added in 1973 in San Francisco. Wow, I thought my ears were playing tricks on me. Apparently they call themselves The Nitwits, a fun group and inappropriate moniker as they identified the last names of all of our Jazz Birds, especially Wes (Montgomery) the kestrel. Okay, Becky got them all correct, and thanks for your generosity, not Nitwits at all!

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Eagles at Dawn

A photo from the deck at the house just now, and these eagles have been down hanging at the river quite a bit lately. The nest is right above where I signed my name, and easier to see with the leaves gone. On a roll with editing photos from the Raptor Research Foundation Conference (down to 566 from 800 taken!) Plus working on our Raptor Round-Up Newsletter Number 54, and wait 'till you see this one - birds and fires. Hope to have it out by mid-week, thanks to Pyramid Printing in Missoula. Yep, I still mail out 200 copies.

Monday, November 20, 2017

Caddy Family

So happy to post these photos from Pam Voth, and here is Simon the Great Horned Owl meeting Adrian Caddy and the sculpture brought over from the UK, a perfect rendering in chain saw art. Simon is named for Adrian's son that was tragically killed in a motorcycle accident this spring, and Adrian had this likeness of the owl made by an artist friend.  He brought it over in carry-on by airplane and we had a tender meeting at the Raptor Ranch a month ago. Thanks Pam for capturing the moments.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Sibley Today

Chasing game! Actually Mookie the black lab dog...
And check out our newish photography web site:

Thursday, November 16, 2017


Back from RRF

Made it home safe and sound from the Raptor Research Foundation Conference in Salt Lake and what fun, with 300 attendees, I swear 1/3rd were students. Great hope for the future of research and this fine organization. Banquet night and student award winners, including long-time friend Tempe Regan on the left. She told me she saw a Raptors of the Rockies assembly when she was a kid. “You came to my school in Superior, Montana when I was 9 years old. I remember you standing there with a bird on your arm and being in awe and thinking I want to do that!"  Yep, Feb. 21st 1996, ad her second such award from RRF, her first in 2015!

Monday, November 6, 2017

Off To RRF

The highlight of the year since my first conference in 2004 has been the Raptor Research Foundation annual gathering, leaving tomorrow for Salt Lake City. This time the hosts are heroes HawkWatch International and I'll be photographing the events, attending the scientific program, and helping Nick Dunlop out with the photography competition. I presented at that first meeting in Bakersfield, which was in conjunction with the California Hawking Club. I'll never forget the last question at the desk when I arrived, "Will you be checking in with a hawk?" I was hooked.
I am entering this shot of Sib standing on my buddy Dale Simmon's head in the humor category of the contest. Cracks me up - she had knocked a pheasant down there somewhere.

Sunday, November 5, 2017

More of the Caddys

At the shooting range at Michael DeNeve's (thanks Mike!) then down to the river and the eagle nest, Adrian and son Alex, our pals since 2002.

Friday, November 3, 2017


Just Hitting the Stands...

...and mailboxes! I have the cover, inside spread, and four other photos story by Julie Lue, also of Florence. "Our" nest on the Bitterroot River, 55,000 copies printed and sent across the country. Montana Outdoors editor Luke Duran reports that 60% are mailed out of state, cool.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Simon's First School

This was even more earth-shattering as we had a special guest sitting here in the front row. Our young Great Horned Owl is named for a dear friend that was killed in a terrible motorcycle accident right when the baby bird arrived at his new home. Simon's brother Alex was visiting from Britain and perfect timing for him to see avian Simon the Owl dazzle the kids. And our best buds Vern Argo and Kristen Wood in the Grizzly football wear there in front as well. It was quite the experience, emotional for many of us and glad to have Alex back in the Big Sky.

Monday, October 30, 2017

Saturday Chase

I thought the Ospreys were long gone, but this one flew by Saturday evening, chased by a youngish Bald Eagle! Glad I had the "little" camera handy, 400 mm on the Nikon D810.

Sunday Flights

Sib flew around and grabbed a few ducks that got away, half-heartedly hunting. Fine with me as I would have gotten soaked wading across a muddy slough to retrieve them. Then a magpie posed and flew in the last shot. Our hunt was cut short when huge winds kicked in mid-afternoon. Fun!

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Colorful Day

Sibley the Peregrine cruised around the field and slough at my friends Mike and Ginny DeNeve's, then decided she was ready to go home and perched , view of the Kootenai Crags and golden larch trees in the Bitterroots. The aspen trees went from bright yellow to gone in two days, skipping the bright red stage this year. A glorious fall day today!

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Frosty Morning

This is the path to the river with frost and so far, so snow here in the valley. But on the way!

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

One More!

This was on the beach by the house last night. Another juvenile Osprey on her way south! Just when you thought they were all gone...

Monday, October 23, 2017