Sunday, July 21, 2019

Saturday, July 20, 2019

Jake 'n Jake

Our friend Jake Snowden turned eight years old yesterday, and we were there to unveil our new Peregrine, Jake, who turned 25 days old.

Friday, July 19, 2019

Peregrine Watch

Up the Blackfoot with Jay Sumner looking for fledgling Peregrines and got one at Land Lindbergh's. On the left is Betsy McDonald and Land's daughter Erin in between rain showers. Jay thinks there may be as many as 800 breeding Peregrine pairs in the state, not bad and up from zero in 1980. Jay would spend a whole season in the field and and not see a single Peregrine, imagine that. Land and I always have lots of laughs and today's humor was the beverage - knowing my penchant for domestic beer in a can, he and Betsy asked at the store in Clearwater Junction, "What is the worst cheap beer out there?" and they decided on a six pack of Natural Light. HA!

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Swift Nest

Our new Peregrine hasn't made a peep...until this morning when he heard new hatchlings from a chimney in the office peeping for the first time. A nest of Vaux's Swifts started their begging calls, and now a duet. Feed me/us.

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

New Peregrine

Our new little boy - Peregrine, 22 days old now from Springhill Falcons, Sibley's sort of cousin. Thanks Jen Manning for the ride to Bozeman and what fun, news on the way.

Sunday, July 14, 2019


Last night, looking across the Bitterroot River.

AND got a new Peregrine baby, thanks Jennifer Manning for driving us to Bozeman! News on the way.

Wednesday, July 10, 2019


The GUTS (Girls Using Their Strengths) annual visit, friends from the Missoula YMCA, and a Spotted Sandpiper on the beach. Lots of visitors lately and need to take a break. I know - I'll go to Bozeman with Jennifer Manning and pick up a baby Peregrine.

Monday, July 8, 2019

Raptor Round-Up #57

Eight pages in Living Color on the web site, thanks Webmaster Steve Palmer. I sure with that InDesign would quit with the "updates" that totally change how you re-size and move images. This took hours longer to write than it should've.

Sunday, July 7, 2019

Thanks, Pat!

Nearly every year the slough/creek behind the house fills, the bridge to the river floats, and we have to pull it out and leave it on the bank for several months. Re-installing is always a trick, usually a bunch of friends helping out with brute strength. However, Pat Johnson has used a very clever pulley system to do it singlehandedly! This year was particularly tough as the bank on the near side had washed out, so Pat built another sturdy platform just downstream. Plus he reinforced the far side and hooked the pickup to the cables, tugged away and perfecto. Back to the beach and Pat is a genius.

Thursday, July 4, 2019

Happy 4th!

Our town of Florence has the best fireworks show, and I took this sitting in a lawn chair in our front yard!

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Birthday Girl

Nico is one year old!

Monday, July 1, 2019


Robin on the front porch swing. The second or third batch of chicks from the nest in the eaves this year.