Saturday, July 14, 2018

Nearby Nest

The Ospreys are close to fledging time in our pal and neighbor Kathy Price's yard. She watches them like a hawk and reported that the male left for a full day, no food for 24 hours when the chicks were much younger. Two nestlings are easier to feed than three, she observed - three the last few years. More news on the way and thanks, Kathy!


Monday, July 9, 2018

Sunday, July 8, 2018

River Activities

A robin crashed into the river before me and bathed as if in a bird bath until out of sight downstream. He looked like a tiny duck. Then what, mating Spotted Sandpipers? They have chicks by now...

Saturday, July 7, 2018

Nest Tree

Yep, nest tree still intact. 

Thursday, July 5, 2018

OH NO!

Tragedy for Kate Davis, River Photographer -the floodwaters took out our favorite tree. The "Scenic Snag" across the river is now laying in the Bitterroot. I was down there a minute and thought, something is wrong, then discovered what: the skyline had changed. I'll bet 75% of my photos are birds in that tree - eagles, Ospreys, Peregrines, Kestrels, Merlins, you name it. That' the ex-snag right under the eagle in this composition photo used in the Audubon Bird Festival. Plus featured quite a bit in the Birds Are People, Too book. Bummer, but at least the nest tree is still standing.

Monday, July 2, 2018

Bobolink!

They migrate to South America! Embrace the Bobolink as your favorite songbird.

Friday, June 29, 2018

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Blackfoot Peregrines

Mom and I paid a visit to our favorite Peregrine cliffs up the Blackfoot River only to be baffled by behavior. Both adults were flying around, female e-chupping as if it was breeding season. She went back to the old, old cliff ledge and begged for a half hour. What's up with that and we'll head back and make a guess. Chicks should be ready to fledge soon...stay tuned.

Monday, June 25, 2018

Tough Trip to the River

My choice was to either finish mowing the lawn, or try to get down to the river, two eagles in the nest tree. Treacherous is the word of the day, and will need to have the water drop a lot more before I try that again, wading with a camera and tripod. I won't tell you how much the camera gear is worth. Okay, more than my car. (However, I drive a 2013 Subaru Outback, just about to pass the 200,000 mile mark any day now.)


Sunday, June 24, 2018

Poster Kids and Milltown Park

The 2nd and 3rd graders Friday were rewarded a gift for every correct answer to a zoology question. First one by a little boy that answered, "Peregrines are the fastest animals in the world with stoops up to 230 mph catching birds in the air." Everyone answered questions perfectly, so our posters the take-homes. And Dr. Erick Greene yesterday afternoon at the NEW Milltown State Park discussing Ospreys, a beautiful mounted bird and site of the old dam in the background. We had Sibley along to talk about Peregrine recovery and too bad about the rain but a hard-core audience, for certain.

Friday, June 22, 2018

What the Heck is That?

My pal Bruce Haak and I were swapping Prairie Falcon photos yesterday and boy, does he have some dandies. So I sent him this snapshot from last Christmas. Yep, a Prairie Falcon fighting with a Northern Harrier in a blizzard, you were right!

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Saturday!

The day has come, Grand Opening of Milltown State Park at the site of the dam removal and superfund clean-up. Events all day and we are on at 4 pm with Dr. Erick Greene who will discuss the Montana Osprey Project. I'll have a chance to recount Peregrine Falcon populations and recovery from extirpation (local extinction) with Sibley on hand. And...Kettlehouse beer!

Friday, June 15, 2018

MAM Birds And Art for Kids Camp

Our junior zoologists and artists with their paper mâché raptors! Missoula Art Museum and volunteers Paul, Anna, Beth, Dan, and star instructor Bev Beck Glueckert, top row. You can see we had our fair share of Peregrines, Red-tails,Snowy Owls, Barn Owls, Great horned and one Saw-whet Owl, plus our first ever White-tailed Hawk and Harpy Eagle. Plus two Rainbow Hawks, leave it to your own imagination, kids!

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

MOSQUITOES!

Yardbirds last night, with one hundred thousand million mosquitoes. Baby Buffleheads and Sandhill Cranes, man o man.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Two Very Different Programs With Our Team

Top photo is a little appearance for a party at our friend and neighbor Ken Siebel's home Saturday at Bitterroot Springs Ranch.  Guests including Gavin Newsom former mayor of San Francisco and Huey Lewis music star, plus Ken's daughters - Brooke's birthday.
Then all week is Birds and Art for Kids at the Missoula Art Museum, the students drawing and painting our owls today.  A genuine Montana experience for guests at Ken's and paper mâché raptors for the kids the next two days, more photos on the way. It's ALL great and makes me so proud.

Saturday, June 9, 2018

Those Crazy Ospreys!

Yesterday at my sister Betsy's home in Turah, Mom and I spotted three Ospreys flying around as we pulled in the driveway. Bets has two adjacent nests on a big steel power pole nearby, vacant so far this season. Not yesterday, as a fourth Osprey showed up, one even bringing in a fish, both nests "occupied." Strange to see three adults standing around like they were nest mates. Ospreys are peculiar in that the juveniles stay on the wintering grounds for a year, many for two years before migrating back north. They would then return their second or third spring, breed on their fourth. Then may have a mate/nest site for 15 years if they are lucky! These are probably young-ish birds, goofing off.

Friday, June 8, 2018

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Monday, June 4, 2018

Sat.Sun.Mon.

Sibley the Peregrine was the Star at Ninepipes Museum Art Opening Saturday, getting a little restless after 2 hours on her perch. Thanks Kathy Senkler for a fantastic afternoon, and John and Jeanne Grant for some beverages afterwards. Sunday we hosted a tour, the top bid winner at the Missoula Humane Society Jan and her friends Kathy and Meg, our pals for life now. And just now, Mookie at the ex-flood. What a muddy mess, and will have to reinstall the bridge over the slough, if anyone want to come help.
 

Friday, June 1, 2018

Join Us Saturday at Ninepipes!

We are excited to be exhibiting 28 framed photographs at one of our favorite places, Ninepipes Museum of Early Montana. Adjacent to Ninepipe National Wildlife Refuge in the gorgeous Flathead Valley in Charlo, the museum celebrates First Saturday with a showcase of local art. This month it's my photos plus Sibley the Peregrine, tomorrow from 2- 4 pm. I'll have a bunch of books to sign as well (of course...) See you there! Then the show will be up all June, and I'll take my Mom for a tour.

Monday, May 28, 2018

THE Book


Kevin's Kids

Here is our favorite 4th grade, Kevin Cashman's kids at Chief Charlo Elementary. The school has a number of life-size "heroes" in paper mâché and the students made their own Sam Gribley, complete with falconry glove and Peregrine Falcon. You remember reading My Side of the Mountain when you were in 4th grade, don't you? The wonderful book by Jean Craighead George tracing the adventures of a boy who ran away from home (but his parents blessings), lived in a hollowed out tree in the mountains, and hunted with a falcon named Frightful. That book is why I started (trying to) train kestrels when I was 13 or 14 with the Cincinnati Zoo's Junior Zoologists Club. Have a great summer, kids.

Saturday, May 26, 2018

Saturday

The water is back covering the "island" but hovering right around a safe level. However, sump pumps are running practically non-stop in the crawl space. Not too worried. And look what UPS brought - these are 20" x 30" metal prints of my favorite photos to be installed at the Florence Pharmacy next week. Took me a bit to navigate the web site, but they were produced by Costco, arriving in days, and I am delighted. You need to see them in person - they glow! Many more of these in the future.

Friday, May 25, 2018

Sky Scuffle

"Always root for the Ospreys, " I tell the kids, this attack on a young Bald Eagle yesterday
. I point out that Ospreys only eat live fish and are often robbed by eagles that eat anything - ground squirrels, road kill, and of course fish. Kevin Cashman's 4th grade class from Chief Charlo all agreed to cheer on the Osprey in such an encounter, then one young man pointed out to me that, "It's really our choice, isn't it Kate Davis?" Yep, well put.

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Tough Guy, Huh?

I mean tough gal and I am getting jumped upon by Ella the American Kestrel when I go in her enclosure to feed her and brother Wes. And not just the "take the mouse and split" but all-out ferocity. Spunky little gal, and a little nest in the corner. Kestrel are cavity nesters and that lacking, they make these little scrapes or hollowed out bowls in the sand and pine needles. When she is done laying (a few more eggs) I'll pull then when they are not looking. We are not breeding kestrels, sorry Jazz Birds (Ella Fitzgerald and Wes Montgomery.)

Monday, May 21, 2018

"You Should Have Been Here..."

Fill in the blank. "You should have been here five minutes ago," when a Pygmy-Owl was so close some friends got heroic photos with their cell phones. Or "You should have been here this morning," powder skiing up at SnowBowl but I was hunting ducks across the street with my falcon. Or "You should have been here last week," when the Arrowleaf Balsamroot was at it's peak right across the road. Still impressive and I'll get some more photos between rain showers.

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Pigeons!

With the water way up, it has been impossible to head to the beach, so I "shot" the pigeons the other evening instead. On Thursday We had a great Pea Green Boat with Simon, Sonora, and author Sneed Collard,  and Annie was joined in the control room by Joan Richarde. Plenty of fun with a discussion of woodpeckers, and it's archived on the Montana Public Radio website for a few weeks. On http://mtpr.org then Listen - Program Archives, May 17th.  Terry's Jazz show then Annie and the gang!

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Montana Public Radio Thursday

WOW! We are on the air on Montana Public Radio tomorrow with fellow guest, Sneed Collard, my pal since 1999 when he took this photo of me and Sal the Gyrfalcon. He is the author of over 80 books, and we have appeared in several. He will discuss his excellent career and new book "Woodpeckers" from Mountain Press Publishing. It's the Pea Green Boat with host Annie Garde - left of the FM dial (89.1 In Missoula) at 4 pm MST and live on the internet at mtpr.org.