Monday, October 14, 2019

Sunday, October 13, 2019

Donate Today!

Make a pledge today to Montana Public Radio, Fall Fundraiser for our favorite radio station, essential to life!

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Seeing Double?

A snapshot in the garage, Sibley on a poster, and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology Calendar.
By the way, our 2020 Raptors of the Rockies Calendar will be ready to order/purchase next week, news on the way.

Monday, October 7, 2019

Sunday Hunt

Opening day duck hunt for Sib and what? 95 Sandhill Cranes in the Bitterroot! No birds were harmed in the making of this day.

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Sib Today

And Sonny seems to be recovering nicely, just doesn't like being in a smaller building than his 40 foot enclosure with Nigel. Get over it, Sonny, for a week at least.

Monday, September 30, 2019

Sonny the Bald Eagle Surgery

Our hero, Dr. Scott Bovard at Missoula Veterinary performed the removal of a huge growth at the tip of our Bald Eagle's wing today. Sonny joined us as an adult eight years ago, and Dr. Scott over twenty years ago as our vet. Sonny banged that wingtip in the 40 foot enclosure and had a infected ball as big as a lemon, removed with some bone by Scott. Thanks and recovery news on the way.

Sunday, September 29, 2019

Sunday Snow

As promised and kind of sporadic. Our resident Pheasies in the front yard just now. And Sib flying earlier this week. Two very different seasons, and wish I'd wound up the garden hoses going out to the hawk buildings...yesterday!

Saturday, September 28, 2019

Friday, September 27, 2019

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Pea Green Boat Time Tomorrow

    I'll be back on Montana Public Radio, this time with birds and two guests. Host Annie Garde is the skipper of the Pea Green Boat childrens' programming from 4-5 pm weekdays, and this time we'll have falcons and an owl in the studio.  Little Jake the Peregrine will have his radio debut, and his namesake 8-year-old Jake and his brother Luke Snowden are joining us. Plus iPod the Pygmy-owl and a kestrel. Way fun, and see you tomorrow, Thursday the 26th.In Missoula - 89.1 FM, left of the dial across the state, and streaming live at

Sunday, September 22, 2019

1989 to 2019

My first etching, "A Clockwork Owl" on zinc with nitric oxide.
Now the new one, "Great Horned Owl and Offspring" 9 1/2" x 10 1/2" dry-point on plastic and water-based inks, gouache paints and Arteza Brush Pens -  30 years later exactly!

Friday, September 20, 2019

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Little Jake Today

I did a little experiment with Little Jake today when I drove to Missoula to go see my Mom.  He was installed in the back of then Subaru without a hood (!) and he did the whole trip there and back looking out the window. A trip to Rockin Rudy’s to deliver some cards - here with Bruce Micklus, then an hour in Mom’s living room without a peep or any problem. (And yes, Mom has a stuffed Mountain Lion on her piano….gave it to her in my taxidermy days!) What a champ you are, Little Jake.
He has his debut on Montana Public Radio next Thursday the 26th at 4 - 5 pm, and will remind you to tune in, Pea Green Boat with Annie.

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Two Birds

Sib starts her 17th hunting season, flying like a pro already and only a few swoops on the puppy. One big happy family now as Mookie and Nico hunt 'em up.
And, newly hatched homing pigeon, love these guys!

Sunday, September 15, 2019

As Promised

I said I would post this photo on the Blog when guesting on Montana Public Radio last week, and here it is. The last photo of an Osprey for the year, and two young raptors in a scuffle - October 28th!

Saturday, September 14, 2019

Friday, September 13, 2019

Jazz Sessions

Sure enjoyed my guest DJ spot on Montana Public Radio yesterday! I used to tape Jazz Sessions when I was in college living in the dorms, cassette days. Host Terry Conrad had Annie Garde and me take over for two hours and I spent days stacking up the CD's at home,  blue sticky notes and the song number written in red. A big stack, and we really didn't spin any vinyl from the KUFM collection.

Thursday, September 12, 2019

New Etching, First Run

Return to the Radio

Annie Garde and I are hosting Jazz Sessions on Montana Public Radio today, 2-4 pm MST. 89.1 in Missoula, left of the dial across the west, and streaming at Wes, Jaco, Freddie, and even Robben (Ford!) Then a visit on Pea Green Boat at after the jazz. No birds this time but Little Jake will be on soon.

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

KCSM Jazz!

My donation today (or one at the same time) just put our favorite jazz station over the $100 thousand mark for their Fall Fundraiser today! If you have never heard KCSM from San Mateo, the Bay Area of San Francisco, check it out. Spinning the best variety of tunes with real personalities live, playing their favorites 24/7.  Awesome music for jazz fans so, check it out live and streaming, variety galore.

Saturday, September 7, 2019

Little Jake the Helper

Yep. Helping me with the new Great Horned Owls etching up in the studio the last two days. He started screaming when in the house a few weeks ago for some weird reason, but doesn't make a peep in the studio, merci beaucoup. New etching finished by the middle of the week, whew.

Monday, September 2, 2019


Pretty much the only action on the beach last night, Mookie and Nico. That and some Killdeer. Oh and a Bald Eagle, two fishermen and a big flock of ducks. That's it.

Saturday, August 31, 2019

Thursday, August 29, 2019

Sonora's Prize

Sonora the Aplomado Falcon discovered her old peregrine toy from six years ago laying on the couch and wouldn't hand it over. Pretty funny.

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Monday, August 26, 2019

Kettlehouse Taproom Bonner ROCKS!

Thanks friends at the Kettlehouse, Tim O'Leary for allowing us to host our Raptor Backer Appreciation Party 2019 on Saturday!  A wonderful event in the most beautiful of settings. We had a great turnout for our “first ever” and hope to make it a “First Annual.” The PowerPoint was perfect, birds on their best behavior - two Peregrines, Little Jake and Sibley and and two owls, Simon and Owen. We can’t begin to thank you enough for your hospitality, Kettlehouse! Check it out.

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Ospreys on the Beach

The last hurrah before migration, still swooping on each other down by the old eagle nest. Crazy.

Friday, August 16, 2019


Our kitchen counter just now, flowers and a live rooster donated by Bitterroot friends. And Little Jake just before his little lure training this morning. He is so smart - knows his ABC's and can count to 10.

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Monday, August 12, 2019


Those Ospreys were still battling in the same place yesterday morning and we sure are scratching our heads. Even in breeding season Ospreys are not territorial. With their 100% diet of fish, their prey is transitory and can be found anywhere. Males will guard females at the nest, but no nest here. Plus, neither combatant, both adult males, had a fish to fight over - empty handed. Weird.

Sunday, August 11, 2019

Osprey Battles

We've been watching some amazing battles between two adult Ospreys on the beach, last night and still this morning. A Osprey third came in for a scrap as well. I even witnessed a Red-tail attack on an Osprey yesterday. I have never seen anything like this, ever.