Monday, August 3, 2020

Sunday, August 2, 2020

Edits and More Edits

I have been working on my latest book project, Falcons of North America 2nd edition since the day of the shutdown, March 12th to be exact and the end is in sight. I've been updating (and correcting in a few spots) our 2008 title, major new science and developments. You have to figure I wrote that 13-14 years ago! I just received excellent edits from experts Grainger and Terry hunt, the Peregrine Falcon Species Account, awaiting a few more chapter edits from the Experts in their Fields. And I've been starting on the 120 new/replacement photos, larger trim size, just wait!



Thursday, July 30, 2020

ZOOM Wisconsin!

Here is a little screen shot of our program for 100 4th-graders in Wisconsin in June with our teacher pal Dave Oberbillig, and thanks to the school's teacher Julia Massino. Dave's son Ian filmed the 60 minute tour on his smart phone (I don't have one of those) and what fun, Dave and I in the upper left corner, kids all over the place. We had them all hoot like an owl at the end, and perhaps they still are! Hooting that is.

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Snow Geese

Snow Geese winging their way over the river by the house.
Snow sounds great about now - 100 degrees tomorrow.

Sunday, July 26, 2020

Sonora is Spying

Our little Aplomado Falcon Sonora spent about 20 minutes on the jade plant by the window, watching the bird feeder. A bunch of baby pheasants and both parents have been showing up this week, cool. That vertical blue line is one of three strips of yarn with lead split shot at the end, hanging from the awning. With the reflective glass, it's a good idea to hang something in front to help prevent bird strikes. It seems to work, mostly.

Saturday, July 25, 2020

Bannack

We were supposed to be in Bannack State Park and Ghost Town today for a return engagement, seems like every two years. Anyway, cancelled or should I say, postponed until next July. Here we were in 2006 with Rob Domenech, Raptor View Research Institute, and Nigel the Golden Eagle. FUN!

Thursday, July 23, 2020

Flycatcher Friend

This nest is directly over my friend's road, on the way to and from taking the dogs for an walk/adventure every day. I have been watching these two young almost out-grow the tiny nest. Western Wood-Pewee by voice. You know those identical flycatchers - bust out your Sibley Guide to Birds!

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Sunday, July 19, 2020

Newish Book

Ever since the lockdown started, I have been working on my book Falcons of North America, 2nd edition. Here was Sonora helping me today to land on my shoulder and preen my hair as I worked on the Prairie Falcon Species Account, with thanks to expert editors Mike Kochert and Karen Steenhoff. Sonora was a gift to us from The Peregrine Fund 7 years ago, a champ. Almost ready to have the manuscript ready for publishers, Mountain Press. Then the 120 new photos!

Sunday, July 12, 2020

Urban Wildlife

One of two fawns at my Mom's yesterday - she lives in the Rattlesnake by Greenough Park so lots of visitors. One time a young bear walked into the dining room when we left the screen door open. Skedaddled in a hurry.

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Perches

Can you see one of the favorite perches in the yard? Actually, all the sculptures look like that!

Monday, July 6, 2020

Mom and Dad House Wrens

At least five fledglings flying around the yard begging, and two more nests with the same action in the yard. Love these tiny birds. Wren City over here! Than male is stand on a cow skull on the fence.

Sunday, July 5, 2020

House Wrens

(I posted this on FaceBook yesterday, 4th of July)
 House Wren on the fish sculpture. And just had Raptors of the Rockies education program number 1776 in Lolo. Does that seem like coincidence? Oh, come on. YES

Friday, July 3, 2020

Peregrine Time

The young have fledged at the Peregrine nest at Bonner, so stop, look and listen when you put in or take out your raft. Young chase the parent around, feigning starvation and screaming like a banshee! This will be the scene for several weeks to come, on the big cliff.

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Happy Birthday, Nico!

Two years old today, running like a young gazelle.
And a year ago:

Saturday, June 27, 2020

Osprey Fish

I have been leaving my camera in the garage when doing chores in the evening, just for this reason - a cool bird in the yard.

Friday, June 26, 2020

Our Multi-Purpose Feeder

Huge whitetail buck this morning and currently a turkey and pheasant, front yard feeder. Wood ducks and California quail, native red squirrels, oh, and song birds too. Cool.

Thursday, June 25, 2020

Food!

I always joke with the kids in programs, "Every night before I go to bed I brush my teeth, then go to freezer for bird food. There is the ice cream, pizza, hamburger, quail, mice, heart meat, squirrels..." working my way from top to bottom in an imaginary freezer. This is the real thing, packed to the max, and fit some more squirrels in the door. Tom suggested we get a separate "people food" freezer years ago...
And Mookie laying in the creek, every day walk.

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Osprey Tactics

When the river water is this high and murky, many Ospreys travel up to the clear, Bitterroot  mountain lakes for fish. Often a thieving Bald Eagle will try to rob their prize when they return. Once I saw an Osprey catch a fish only to have an eagle force him to drop it 100 yards upstream, and the fish swam away! Here comes an Osprey at dark last night, and an older photo with a whitefish.

Monday, June 22, 2020

Another Kestrel Nest!

Yea!  I found another nest about 200 yards from the doomed one, tree blown down and family killed. Hopefully better luck this time and about the smallest diameter tree I have ever seen for a cavity kestrel nest. How do they fit in there? This will be fun.


Sunday, June 21, 2020

My Favorite Photo

I didn't know it was Bald (American?) Eagle Day, so here is my favorite. That young eagle had fledged from the nest two hours prior, to have the cruel territorial American Kestrel perch on her head for a ride. Twice!

MAM Camp Creations

Safety protocol was followed and the first Missoula Art Museum Summer Camp during the pandemic was a success! I taught the first day with Sibley and Owen the Owl, then Bev Glueckert and our friend Paul helped the kids create paper mâché creatures, Raptors And Art. Bev and I have been holding this camp for 20 years and this was certainly a strange one. We'll Be Back, in full force we hope.

Saturday, June 20, 2020

Sandpiper Opening in Polson

Bev Glueckert,  me and about 50 art lovers attended the Opening at the Sandpiper Gallery in Polson last night, a bird Mecca. My second attempt at wearing a mask and talking for two hours, after our Missoula Art Museum class Monday. Bev's photos of the kids' paper mâché birds next, they had a great week!

Thursday, June 18, 2020

Calliopes Tonight

And tomorrow, join Bev Glueckert and me for the Friday Opening at the Sandpiper Gallery in Polson, birds in printmaking from both of us! From 5 until 7 pm, safe social distancing, promise.  306 Main Street

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Nighthawks at the Diner

(Get it, Tom Waits fans? 1975 record)
Just saw our first Nighthawk of the year and an archive photo. Not a hawk and sure not night, and certainly not "goatsuckers" for you bird enthusiasts. The same species that was hunting under the lights at Riverfront Stadium at Cincinnati Reds Games when I was an early ornithologist. Watched them and not Pete Rose.

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Camp During Covid

Nearly 20 years of Raptors And Art Camps with Bev Glueckert and the Missoula Art Museum and the new norm. Those kids are all smiling under their masks, Sibley posing as usual. A very different camp this year and hopefully back to normal next June.

Friday, June 12, 2020

Magpies Everywhere!

Hey, Best Friend Ron - We have three Black-billed Magpie nests in our yard, each fledging 5 or 6 babies and all over the place! This one youngster perched on my steel Gyrfalcon sculpture this morning, missed the shot of two others perched there just before!

Thursday, June 11, 2020

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Chichimoco

My Mom used to call chipmunks "Chichimocos" a colloquial Spanish term. Here is a lovely Yellow-pine Chipmunk on the way to our daily dog hike.

Sunday, June 7, 2020

The Metcalf

Nearby Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge denizens, in a recent "drive-by shooting,"   HA!

Friday, June 5, 2020

June Eagle

So now you show up! This was taken from the driveway, the famous nest across the river right where it says Kate. Canada Geese the last two years. Maybe next March the eagles will come to their senses and not hand over their fine abode.

Thursday, June 4, 2020

Montana Public Radio

It's a delayed fund-drive at our public radio station and Raptors of the Rockies donates a premium of greeting cards. I made collections of six different cards plus envelopes, looking for a bag for delivery to the station. I found a great old Rockin Rudy's bag with a totally faded receipt inside. It was dated 1/29/04 and totaled $140.88. Twelve jazz CD's! That inspired me to dig them all out and give them a listen.
And give MTPR a listen and donation, all this week, at MTPR.org - An Essential Service!

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Wow Wonderful Wisconsin!

We had our program/tour for the 100 3rd graders in Wisconsin, and way better than I even imagined, thanks to Dave Oberbillig's nice comments, and “filming” by son Ian. We met all the birds, had a chat with an irate-for-some-reason Sibley, checked out the sculptures in the yard, then hooted up some owls, little faces filling the computer screen. Sign us up for these! Teacher Julia Massino texted Dave just after we ended: 
AMAZING! Everything we wanted and anticipated!! Bravo!! We appreciate it so much!!!
Here is Ian over here about 18 years ago, and today. What a smile, thanks Oberbilligs.

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Virtual Program/Tour

Tomorrow morning we will be in the homes of 100 3rd graders in Wausau, Wisconsin in a virtual program and tour, via iPhone! My pal Dave Oberbillig and I met in the early '90's when he was teaching high school science. Our tour will start in the eagle building and finish in the office with Sibley the Peregrine. Of all places - I was accepted in the ultimate art show in 1993 for a monoprint etching of an Osprey- "Birds in Art" at the Leigh Yawkey Museum in Wausau, Wisconsin. We 100 artists in attendance were wined and dined that week, absolutely unreal. Love Wisconsin, especially Elkhart Lake Race Track, where we kids were raised watching Grand Prix auto racing. See you kids and teachers tomorrow!Plus that zinc plate etching, "Flipper."

Monday, June 1, 2020

Poor Kestrels

Wild wind and trees down all over the place. On Saturday the female kestrel flew into the nest and sadly Sunday, the snag had blown down and she was dead along with two hatchlings. A few tears. I took this picture and then left the bodies in the nest cavity. I was very excited to photograph that family, the highlight of the day is the hike at One Horse Creek and visit to the kestrel nest.

Sunday, May 31, 2020

More Balsamroot

Probably the last forays into Arrowleaf Balsamroot Land, as they have just about peaked out here. See you next year!